Admission Requirements

The Admission Committee will make a decision on your application only after all the required materials have been received.

You can download these instructions.

Required materials

  1. Application Form: Complete the online application.
  2. Application Fee: Pay the $50 nonrefundable application fee online by credit card.
  3. Transcripts:
    All applicants must provide official high school and/or college transcripts. If you are currently in school, submit transcripts for all coursework taken to date. Applicants who have attended multiple high schools may submit only the graduating school’s official transcript as long as all prior coursework is reflected on that transcript.

    By Mail: Official transcripts should have an original signature or a raised university seal, and must be in a sealed envelope that has been signed or stamped by the issuing university’s registrar or records office. Applicants may send official transcripts with an Application Materials Cover Sheet, or applicants can request that institutions send transcripts directly to The New School at the Mailing Address for Supplemental Materials.

    Transfer Applicants: Transfer applicants who have completed fewer than 24 college credits (on a semester system) must submit high school transcript(s) in addition to college transcripts. Students who have completed any college coursework must apply as transfer students, regardless of whether or not students plan to apply those credits to their studies at Parsons. Fashion Marketing and Graphic Design applicants who plan to complete their degree entirely online must already have an undergraduate degree or sufficient undergraduate credits to fulfill the AAS degree requirement of 21 credits in humanities, including 6 credits in English.

    Foreign Credentials: All transcripts not written in English must be accompanied by a certified English translation. Foreign Credentials with Transfer Credits: Applicants who would like to transfer academic credits earned at non-U.S. institutions are required to have their transcript(s) evaluated by World Education Services (WES), our preferred provider, or by another member of the National Association of Credit Evaluation Services (NACES). A course-by-course evaluation must be prepared for each transcript.

    If using WES, visit www.wes.org for instructions and to begin the application process. The "Required Documents" section will explain what to send. If you request your report online, search for "New School Parsons" when selecting our institution. WES will send your completed evaluation directly to The New School.

    If using another NACES provider, follow instructions for that provider. Mailed evaluations and translations should be sent to the mailing address provided for supporting materials. Applicants forwarding these sealed documents should include an Application Materials Cover Sheet. page one

    Electronic Transcripts: The New School will accept electronic transcripts sent from the following approved vendors:
    • National Student Clearinghouse
    • Naviance by Hobsons
    • Parchment, which includes Avow Systems Inc. and Docufide Inc.
    • SCRIP-SAFE International
    We do not accept electronic transcripts sent directly by a student or school offices as official transcripts. This policy does not apply to international documents. All international academic credentials must be translated and evaluated by either WES or another NACES provider.
  4. TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE Results: All applicants whose first language is not English must submit valid TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE scores.

    TOEFL Institution Code:
    2638

    TOEFL Minimum Score requirement:
    79 Internet-based

    TOEFL Minimum Score Requirement for Fashion Marketing Online and Graphic Design Online Applicants: 92 Internet-based

    IELTS Minimum Score requirement: 6.5

    PTE Minimum Score requirement:
    53

    The TOEFL/IELTS/PTE requirement may be waived for applicants who have earned a 4-year degree from a U.S. College or University, or for citizens of the following countries whose native language is also English: England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, or South Africa.

    Arrange for the testing service to send your test scores directly to The New School using the institution codes listed above. We accept scores taken within the past two years. If your scores are older, you must retake the test. For more information, visit TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE.

    Applicants also have the option of enrolling in The New School English as a Second Language (ESL) program. Students must pass Level 5 to waive the TOEFL requirement. Visit the ESL website for more information. 
  5. Statement of Intent: Upload a one-page Statement of Intent describing the events and ideas that led to your interest in this major. Please note that this must be included when you submit your online application.
  6. Creative Assignment: Please complete the assignment for the program to which you are applying (described below). The Creative Assignment is required as an essential advising tool.
  7. Résumé (optional): A brief résumé (CV) listing education, relevant work experience, travel, etc., including dates and positions held, must be submitted online.

Creative Assignment Instructions

IIt is strongly recommended that you submit the creative assignment with your online application. If work must be mailed, original artwork larger than 8.5” x 11” will not be accepted. You may also submit your work on a cross-platform CD-ROM or DVD. Save each of your images as a JPEG no larger than 2MB. Clearly label the CD or DVD with your name and date of birth, and attach the Application Materials Cover Sheet (PDF). 

Fashion Design: Create a collage that defines the lifestyle of the kind of woman or man for whom you would like to design. Use images taken from magazines, and pay attention to color, textures, and other basic elements.

Fashion Marketing: Write a one-page analysis of a fashion marketing campaign you feel has been successful.

Graphic Design: Design a postage stamp depicting your favorite fruit or vegetable. Submit an 8"x8" solution.

Interior Design: Present a collage of images illustrating your ideas for the design of a small advertising agency office in an urban townhouse. Your collage should include details (descriptions, images, or both) of the kinds of furniture, the colors, and the materials you would use to execute your ideas.

Additional Information

  • Applicants must have graduated from high school at least two years prior to be eligible to apply.
  • Submitted Materials: All materials submitted to the Office of Admission become the property of Parsons.
  • Accepted Applications: When notified of acceptance, applicants will receive complete instructions for additional procedures regarding financial aid, housing, tuition and fees, I-20 visas (for nonresidents of the United States), and other matters. The decision to admit applicants is always contingent upon their successful completion of any current studies and the receipt of their final transcripts. All accepted students are must have their official final transcripts on file before they begin classes.
  • Interviews: Personal interviews are not required. Prospective students who have questions about Parsons or the admission process are encouraged to attend an information session. Review the Admission Calendar for dates and times. 
 

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