The New School is not for everyone, but it's incredible for those who prefer a non-traditional urban college. I specifically attend Eugene Lang School for Liberal Arts. Academically, I love the school. There are very few required courses and for the requirements that you do have to fulfill, you typically can still choose from about 10+ difference courses to meet those requirements. Students are given a great autonomy for choosing courses and there is an option to design an individualized major (which is what I am doing). Course topics are very interesting and specific. Most classes are small, seminar-style courses. The teacher sits at the table with the class and they are heavily based on discussion. Despite their larger size, lecture courses are also heavy in discussion. Most first year students would agree that the difficulty of the coursework is equivalent to that of an AP course in high school, or possibly even a regular high school course depending on the class and professor. Most coursework is reading and writing intensive. As a liberal arts school, there are little to no exams given and a lack of emphasis on STEM subjects. All of the teachers that I have had are extremely engaging, as well as passionate, knowledgable, and accomplished. They genuinely care about their students and make class as interesting as possible. An aspect of academics that a lot of students (including myself) have trouble with is the feeling that there are not enough practical courses. For example, although the courses are interesting, they mostly discuss theories and society, rather than teaching skills. For this reason it at times feels like students are wasting money on tuition. The New School is not for everyone but for this who seek curricular autonomy and interesting, discussion-based courses, it is an excellent choice.