CHRONOLOGY OF MAJOR NAME CHANGES AT THE NEW SCHOOL (INCLUDING PARSONS & MANNES BEFORE AFFILIATION) 

1896

Chase School of Art founded in New York City.

1898

Chase School of Art renamed New York School of Art (incorporated in 1902).

1909

New York School of Art re-incorporated as New York School of Fine and Applied Art.

1916

Mannes established in 1916 by David and Clara (Damrosch) Mannes, two leaders in musical education.

1919

New School for Social Research founded as an institution of higher education for adults, offering non-credit courses only.

1921

New York School of Fine and Applied Art establishes overseas campus, Paris Ateliers.

1933

New School for Social research establishes the Graduate Faculty of Political and Social Science. Also known as the "University in Exile," it hosts scholars who have been forced to leave Germany and other parts of Europe.

1934

The Board of Regents of the State of New York grants the New School for Social Research a provisional charter to offer Master of Social Science and Doctor of Social Science degrees to students of the Graduate Faculty of Political and Social Science.

1939

Paris Ateliers closes. Although Parsons sponsors study abroad programs in France after World War Two, the name "Paris Ateliers" is never used again.

1940

The Dramatic Workshop of the New School is established.

1942

École Libre des Hautes Études is established for French scholars in New York.

1942

New York School of Fine and Applied Art officially renamed Parsons School of Design. It had previously been called Parsons informally.

1943

The New School for Social Research is divided into two schools: the School of Politics and School of Liberal Arts and Philosophy.

1944

Senior Year at the New School, also called the Senior College, begins to offer "adult centered" undergraduate courses for students with some previous college credits, developed to fit the needs of returning soldiers taking advange of the GI Bill.

1948

The Dramatic Workshop ends partnership with the New School and begins operating independently.

1959

The New School is fully accredited as a university by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools.

1961

Last reference to the School of Politics and Social Studies and School of Philosophy and Liberal Arts in a catalog.

1962

The catalog of the New School for Social Research lists two main divisions: The Graduate Faculty and  The New School.

1965

The Center for New York City Affairs is established. It offers credit and non-credit courses "designed to meet the needs of both professionals and laymen for a comprehensive program which focuses on the character, history, needs and problems of our many-faceted metropolis."

1969

First reference to an " Adult Division" in a catalog, although it is not yet listed as an official division.

1970

Parsons School of Design joins the New School for Social Research as an affiliate institution.

1972

Freshman Year Program is established to offer college-level courses to students who have completed at least the junior year of high school, with the assumption they will finish their bachelors degrees elsewhere. It is the first full time day program devoted exclusively to undergraduate at the New School for Social Research. Adult Division is listed as an official division in course catalogs.

1972

Adult Division is listed as an official division in course catalogs.

1972

The Center for New York City Affairs begins to offer MA degrees in Urban Affairs and Manpower Development, in addition to continuing education.

1978

Seminar College is established as a full-time, degree-granting undergraduate program.

1978

Graduate School of Management and Urban Studies offering MA and MPS degrees separates from Center for New York City Affairs, which continues to offer non-credit continuing education courses.

1980

The Seminar College and Senior College are joined to form the Undergraduate Division, which also includes the Freshman Year Program beginning in 1981.

1984

The Senior College returns to the Adult Division, while the Seminar College and Freshman Year Program remain the Undergraduate Division.

1985

Otis Art Institute is listed as a division of the New School for Social Research.

1985

The Seminar College is expanded and renamed Eugene Lang College, now its own division. The Freshman Year Program is no longer specifically referenced.

1986

Program in Jazz begins at the New School for Social Research, although it is not yet listed as a division.

1989

Graduate School of Management and Urban Professions is renamed Graduate School of Management and Urban Policy.

1989

Mannes College of Music joins the New School for Social Research as a division.

1991

Otis School of Design returns to being independent of the New School for Social Research.

1995

The Actors Studio begins a partnership with the New School for Social Research, offering a 3 year MFA.

1996

Actors Studio at the New School becomes School of Dramatic Arts.

1998

School of Dramatic Arts becomes Actors Studio School of Dramatic Arts.

1998

New School for Social Research is renamed New School University, now comprising seven divisions.

2004

Actors Studio School of Dramatic Arts becomes Actors Studio Drama School.

2005

New School University is renamed The New School. It now consists of eight divisions:  The New School for General Studies (formerly The New School); The New School for Social Research (formerly the Graduate Faculty); Milano The New School for Management and Urban PolicyParsons The New School for Design; Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts; Mannes College The New School for Music; The New School for Drama (formerly the Actors Studio Drama School); The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music.

2011

The New School for General Studies is combined with Milano the New School for Management and Urban Policy to form The New School for Public Engagement.

2015

Rebranding results in several changes to divisions and names. The New School now consists of 5 divisions: The New School for Social Research; the Schools of Public Engagement (including: Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students; Creative Writing Program; Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy; School of Media Studies; and School of Languages); Parsons School of Design; Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts; and College of Performing Arts (combining the Schools of Mannes, Jazz and Drama).