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  • Meet Our Undergraduate Team

  • Our staff of undergraduate admission counselors are here to answer questions about your application and share stories about what it's like to study at The New School and our colleges. Read about our team below, and contact the counselor responsible for your geographic territory. 

  • Christopher Aaron - Admission Counselor, Bachelor's Program for Adults & Transfer Students

    Christopher Aaron

    Adults & Transfer Students

    Christopher Aaron - Admission Counselor, Bachelor's Program for Adults & Transfer Students

    Christopher Aaron

    Title: Admission Counselor, Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students
    Contact: aaroc502@newschool.edu

    Degrees Earned: AAS Fashion Design, Parsons School of Design, The New School; BA Theater/Communications, University of Southern California
    When Not at Work: Go thrifting, make clothes, visit NYC parks, and eat my way through NYC.
    My Favorite Spot in New York City: Transmitter Park in Greenpoint

    Sam Byron -  Assistant Director of Admission, College of Performing Arts

    Sam Byron

    IL, KS, MO, NY (Brooklyn & Queens), WI

    Sam Byron -  Assistant Director of Admission, College of Performing Arts

    Sam Byron

    Title: Interim Director of Admission, College of Performing Arts
    Contact: byrons@newschool.edu

    Degrees Earned: MFA Playwriting, School of Drama, College of Performing Arts, The New School; BA Writing and BA Drama, Ithaca College
    When Not at Work: I take time for creativity and spend time outside if I can—oh, and binge-watch The West Wing.
    My Favorite Spot in New York City: Pizza Loves Emily in Brooklyn. It's what pure happiness would be if it suddenly manifested as a hipster pizza restaurant that also served wings and the best freakin' cheeseburger in New York City.

    Dena DeYoung - Admission Counselor

    Dena DeYoung

    AK, WA, Latin America, Mexico

    Dena DeYoung - Admission Counselor

    Dena DeYoung

    Title: Admission Counselor
    Contact: dena@newschool.edu

    Degrees Earned: MA Anthropology, The New School for Social Research, The New School; BA Liberal Arts with a concentration in Anthropology and Public Health, Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts, The New School
    When Not at Work: I hang out with my dogs and outside—I love camping, hiking, or just sitting in a park!
    My Favorite Spot in New York City: Washington Square Park on a sunny day or Chinatown, eating something delicious.

    Mike Fakih - Senior Director of Enrollment and Admissions, Parsons Paris

    Mike Fakih

    Europe, Middle East, Africa

    Mike Fakih - Senior Director of Enrollment and Admissions, Parsons Paris

    Mike Fakih

    Title: Senior Director of Enrollment and Admissions, Parsons Paris
    Contact: fakihm@newschool.edu

    Degrees Earned: MPA, Sciences Po Paris
    When Not at Work: Meet my friends, exercise, eat, visit museums and/or exhibitions. At times, I love just sitting on my couch!
    My Favorite Spot in New York City: When I am in NYC, I like hanging out at The New School, actually, and around Union Square and Greenwich Village. In Paris, where I am based, I have countless favorite spots, especially around the central districts in the second and tenth districts of the city.

    Ben Fortunato - Admission Counselor

    Ben Fortunato

    DC, MD, NC, VA, WV

    Ben Fortunato - Admission Counselor

    Ben Fortunato

    Title: Admission Counselor
    Contact: fortb958@newschool.edu

    Degrees Earned: MA Arts Management and Entrepreneurship, School of Performing Arts, The New School; BFA Jazz and Contemporary Music (Guitar), School of Jazz and Contemporary Music, The New School
    When Not at Work: Perform, teach, and take my dog to the beach.
    My Favorite Spot in New York City: The Jazz Gallery on 27th and Broadway. It's a great spot to catch incredible music and to support emerging professional musicians and composers.

    Lauren Goodman-Kékesi

    Lauren Goodman-Kékesi

    Global (Adult and Transfer Students)

    Lauren Goodman-Kékesi

    Lauren Goodman-Kékesi

    Title: Admission Counselor, Adults and Transfer Students
    Contact: goodmanl@newschool.edu

    Degrees Earned: BA Humanities, University of Maryland; AA Music Theory, Prince George's Community College
    When Not at Work: Collect vinyl, bake, and travel.
    My Favorite Spot in New York City: ... is waiting to be discovered! I'm new to the city.

    Brennan Jung Photo

    Brennan Jung

    NY

    Brennan Jung Photo

    Brennan Jung

    Title: Admission Counselor
    Contact: jungb610@newschool.edu

    Degrees Earned: BFA, The New School (Jazz Performance); BA, The New School (Psychology)
    When Not at Work: Play music and surf. Time outdoors keeps me going.
    My Favorite Spot in New York City: The Rockaways and Pilgrim Surf! If you're looking for the heart of the ocean community in Brooklyn, it's at Pilgrim. If we're not hanging out there, we're getting barreled at Beach 62nd St.

    Bomi Kim - Admission Counselor

    Bomi Kim

    IN, KY, NJ, OH, PA

    Bomi Kim - Admission Counselor

    Bomi Kim

    Title: Admission Counselor
    Contact: kimb@newschool.edu

    Degrees Earned: BA Art Studio, University of California Davis; MFA Visual Arts, Rutgers University
    When Not at Work: I love to cook! 
    My Favorite Spot in New York City: Prospect Park

    Alex Kirkpatrick - Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admission

    Alex Kirkpatrick

    CO, ID, NJ, OR, PR, Canada

    Alex Kirkpatrick - Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admission

    Alex Kirkpatrick

    Title: Senior Assistant Director of Admission & Communications
    Contact: alex.kirkpatrick@newschool.edu

    Degrees Earned: BFA Jazz and Contemporary Music (Drums), School of Jazz and Contemporary Music, College of Performing Arts, The New School
    When Not at Work: I play the drums, write and record music, explore NYC on bike, cook, and spend time with friends and family.
    My Favorite Spot in New York City: Any bench on Eastern Parkway

    Dustin Liebenow

    Dustin Liebenow

    NY

    Dustin Liebenow

    Dustin Liebenow

    Title: Senior Director of Parsons Undergraduate Admission
    Contact: liebenod@newschool.edu

    Degrees Earned: BFA Fine Arts, Pratt Institute
    When Not at Work: I work on my art practice, spend time with family, visit antique stores, and explore new places.
    My Favorite Spot in New York City: I love the Frick Collection and going to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, as well as any great coffee shop.

    Ardit Marku - Admission Counselor

    Ardit Marku

    IO, MT, ND, NE, SD, WY, Staten Island, Manhattan

    Ardit Marku - Admission Counselor

    Ardit Marku

    Title: Admission Counselor
    Contact: markua@newschool.edu

    Degrees Earned: BA Literature and Linguistics, Hunter College
    When Not at Work: Paint, read, write, travel, hike, run by the beach or some kind of body of water, and watch horror movies right before bed and then promptly regret it.
    My Favorite Spot in New York City: Central Park. I know everyone says it, but it is so ICONIC. That feeling of being in the middle of the city but still feeling like you're in nature will never get old to me.

    Kaitlin Miller - Admission Counselor

    Kaitlin Miller

    MA, ME, NH, RI, VT

    Kaitlin Miller - Admission Counselor

    Kaitlin Miller

    Title: Admission Counselor
    Contact: kaitlin@newschool.edu

    Degrees Earned: BFA Photography, Parsons School of Design, The New School
    When Not at Work: I like to hike, kayak, and cook! All typically done with a true crime podcast on in the background.
    My Favorite Spot in New York City: Rockaway Beach! But my home away from home is Lil Frankie's in the East Village.

    Elizabeth Puleio -  Director of Transfer, Adult, and Visiting Admission

    Elizabeth Puleio

    Global (Adult and Transfer Students)

    Elizabeth Puleio -  Director of Transfer, Adult, and Visiting Admission

    Elizabeth Puleio

    Title: Director of Transfer, Adult, and Visiting Admission
    Contact: puleioe@newschool.edu

    Degrees Earned: MA Higher and Postsecondary Education, Teachers College, Columbia University; Psychology, College of the Holy Cross
    When Not at Work: Experience NYC with my kids, travel, and dance
    My Favorite Spot in New York City: All of 9th Street in the East Village

    India

    India Sahai

    NY

    India

    India Sahai

    Title: Admission Counselor, College of Performing Arts
    Contact: sahai201@newschool.edu

    Degrees Earned: BFA Jazz and Contemporary Music, The New School
    When Not at Work: I like to perform and write music!
    My Favorite Spot in New York City: East River bike path and parks

    Tina Wu - Admission Counselor, College of Performing Arts

    Tina Wu

    NJ, China

    Tina Wu - Admission Counselor, College of Performing Arts

    Tina Wu

    Title: Admission Counselor, College of Performing Arts
    Contact: wut@newschool.edu

    Degrees Earned: MM Composition, Belmont University; BM Composition, Oberlin College
    When Not at Work: I like to rock-climb and eat at vegan-friendly restaurants.
    My Favorite Spot in New York City: Green-Wood Cemetery

  • Contact Us

    Office of Admission
    72 Fifth Avenue
    New York, NY 10011
    admission@newschool.edu

    212.229.5150 or 800.292.3040

  • Take The Next Step


Submit your application

Undergraduates

To apply to any of our undergraduate programs (except the Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students and Parsons Associate of Applied Science programs) complete and submit the Common App online.

Undergraduate Adult Learners

To apply to any of our Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students and Parsons Associate of Applied Science programs, complete and submit the New School Online Application.

Graduates

To apply to any of our Master's, Doctoral, Professional Studies Diploma, and Graduate Certificate programs, complete and submit the New School Online Application.

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