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In 1985, Eugene Lang, one of America’s most celebrated educational philanthropists, endowed a brand new undergraduate institution in the middle of downtown Manhattan. Since then, the mission of the college has been to foster the highest aims of social justice, political responsibility, and cultural awareness.

These aims, of course, have always informed the most successful endeavors of Eugene Lang himself. But the same is true of The New School as a whole—a legendary university that inspires and prepares its students to effect positive change in the world. Every year, from its Greenwich Village campus, The New School launches successful economists and actors, fashion designers and urban planners, dancers and philosophers, conductors, filmmakers, political scientists, and jazz musicians. Creative energy flows in epic proportions throughout every division of the university, but especially in its liberal arts college, which just turned 25.

As a Lang student, you don’t simply learn to analyze problems; you learn how to create sustainable solutions. Rather than saddle you with numerous required courses in a single academic major, the college encourages you to explore highly interdisciplinary paths of study. That way, you can pursue connections among the humanities, arts, social sciences, and natural sciences. You choose from—and often crisscross—twelve paths: the arts; education studies; history; literature; cultural studies and media; philosophy; psychology; religious studies; science, technology, and society; social inquiry; urban studies; and writing.

Considered by Princeton Review the best college in the country for encouraging debate and discussion, Lang is becoming more competitive by the day. And it is growing in all the right ways. Currently, about 900 students are enrolled, making Lang significantly smaller than colleges like Reed and Swarthmore. Yet Lang has an enormous faculty. Between 2003 and 2006, more than 40 new full-time professors were hired—an unprecedented number by any measure. This rapid faculty growth is part of a university-wide trend: by 2010, The New School plans to hire 175 new full-time professors.

If you think all this sounds pretty remarkable, you’re not the only one.

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