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First-Year Students

All BFA, BBA, and BS students entering as freshmen will have similar first-year experiences, taking many of the same required courses. Students will be able to shape their path of study within those requirements by selecting from available options.

What TO DO BEFORE YOU MEET WITH YOUR ADVISOR

  1. Learn about what makes the Parsons First-Year program unique and become familiar with the choices you have using the First-Year Course Planner and the information on the First-Year Study page. You can also use the University Course Catalog to find descriptions of courses offered by all the divisions of The New School, including your first-year Parsons courses.
  2. Think about these questions as you build your schedule:
    • At what time of day are you most alert and ready to learn?
    • What other commitments will you have next semester (jobs, internships, family responsibilities)?
    • What subjects do you want to explore?
  3. If you are a freshman transfer student or you have taken courses in high school for college credit (e.g., AP or IB), take a look at the Transfer Credit Evaluation that was sent to you by the Office of Admission. Bring any relevant information to your advising meeting and discuss the evaluation with your academic advisor.

What TO DO AFTER YOU REGISTER

  1. Check your schedule after you register by following these steps:
    • Log in to MyNewSchool.
    • Select the Student tab.
    • Select View Your Class Schedule and Locations.
    • Select the correct term from the drop-down menu.
  2. See the big picture using DegreeWorks, a tool for monitoring the progress you are making toward your degree. DegreeWorks shows you all the courses you need to take to complete your degree. You can find out more about using this tool in the DegreeWorks tutorial. DegreeWorks can be accessed through the Student tab at MyNewSchool.
  3. Learn more about the Student Success Network and the ways it can connect you to faculty, your academic advisor, and campus services.
  4. Continue checking your New School email account for information on tuition billing and payment.

LAPTOP REQUIREMENT

Incoming students will need a laptop that meets our minimum technical specifications. Refer to the Laptop Requirement information sheet for details.

You must check in your laptop for logging and verification to fulfill the requirement. We will share information about the check-in process with you by email during the summer.

If you are interested in purchasing an Apple laptop, visit The New School’s Apple Store for Education, which provides a discount on Apple products. Other technology discounts available through The New School can be found on the Information Technology page.

Software

All first-year students will receive a subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud, which is provided by the university at no additional cost. The subscription gives you access to all the programs you'll need for your courses. You will be required to use the Creative Cloud version of Adobe programs for your coursework, and your instructors will use Creative Cloud software in the classroom. The software subscription will be available when you arrive on campus, so please do not sign up for membership in advance.

We also recommend that students have Microsoft Office installed on their laptops. You do not need to have the newest version. If you already have Microsoft Office installed on your laptop, you can to continue using the version you have. If you need to purchase it, the Office 365 University version is available to you as a New School student at a discounted price.

CORE MATERIALS

Make sure you're prepared for the first day of class by purchasing the required tools and supplies on the First-Year Core Materials List. Most of these items are included in the core materials kit, which is available at a substantial discount through our partnership with Blick Art Materials. The cost of the kit provided by Blick is $149.99, and you can purchase one when you arrive on campus. (Please note that you are responsible for purchasing the external hard drive on the core materials list; it is not included in the kit.)


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