New School, The

Parsons School for Design

Campus Description

At Parsons, a diverse community of students develops critical thinking skills and applies them to challenges ranging from environmental degradation to physical accessibility and humanitarian crises. Through a network of interconnected design laboratories, students explore global phenomena at multiple sites and scales of engagement, from on-campus research initiatives to partnerships that effect change in New York and around the world.

In fall 2013, we began offering undergraduate degree programs at our new Paris campus. Selected graduate programs launched in fall 2014.

Faculty Mentors – Throughout their journey, Parsons students benefit from instruction and mentorship by some of the most accomplished artists, designers, architects, photographers, illustrators, scholars, and critics in the world. Under the guidance of this renowned faculty, they learn to weave together different areas of expertise to radically rethink their fields.

An Emphasis on Collaboration – Although Parsons provides the tools to master a single discipline, the practical knowledge students acquire and the collaborative methods they learn can be applied in a variety of contexts.

All of these possibilities befit Parsons' tradition of challenging convention, anticipating trends, and improving the world—a tradition embodied by Parsons alumni, who lead their fields by creating art and design that matters.

Parsons The New School for Design is a division of The New School

66 Fifth Ave., New York, NY 10011

800.292.3040 or 212.229.5150
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Degrees Offered

Associate (AAS), Bachelor's (BA/BFA, BBA, BFA, BS), Master's (MA, M.Arch, M.Arch/MFA, MFA, MS), Graduate Certificate


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Enrollment for Fall 2015

Undergraduate (Matriculated): 4,253 (Full-time: 846 men, 2,929 women; Part-time: 91 men, 387 women)
Graduate (Matriculated): 923 (Full-time: 242 men, 614 women; Part-time: 24 men, 43 women)
37% enrolled in top quarter of high school class
14% enrolled in top 10% of high school class
SAT verbal range: 500 – 620
SAT math range: 500 – 630
ACT range: 22 – 27
78% have a high school GPA of 3.0 or higher
22% have a high school GPA of 2.0 to less than 3.0

Campus Demographics

 Undergraduate StudentsGraduate Students
% Black / African American5%4%
% Asian12%6%
% Hispanic / Latino9%6%
% White, Non-Hispanic24%26%
% International / Nonresident Alien45%53%
% Two or more races2%1%
% Unknown Race / Ethnicity2%4%

Tuition Information for 2015-2016

Tuition & Fees:
$44,666 per year, or $1,480 per credit; other fees may apply
Tuition Only:
Room & Board:
$14,200 to $23,820 (room and board vary depending on residence hall, room and meal plan)
Room Only:
$14,200 to $21,500 (Room vary depending on residence hall and room plan)

Admission/Application Deadlines

Freshmen Applications:
fall- rolling, January 15 priority, early action November 1; spring- rolling, October 15 priority, October 15 priority for international applications
Transfer Applications:
fall- rolling, March 15 priority

Financial Aid Deadlines

Financial Aid Deadlines (Same for Freshmen and Transfers):
fall- March 1 priority; spring- November 1 priority

Application Requirements

Freshmen: For BFA program: Online application; secondary school transcripts; Parson's Challenge; portfolio; artist's statement; $50 fee.
Transfers: Also, college transcripts.
International: Same as Freshman requirements. Also, TOEFL, IELTS or PTE scores may be required for applicants whose first language is not English. See for complete requirements for specific programs.
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Average Non-Need-Based Scholarship or Grant Aid:
Types of Non-Need Aid Awarded:
Academic Scholarships; Music Scholarships