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.
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.
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 continue using the version you have. If you do not have Microsoft Office, you can receive Office 365 Education for free by signing up through the
Office 365 Education page, using your New School email address. You will have access to the software as long as you are a student.
Make sure you're prepared for the first day of class by purchasing your required tools and supplies. Parsons is in the process of updating the materials needed for your first year, but you can view last year's
First-Year Core Materials List for a general idea. Most of these items will be included in the core materials kit, which is made available at a substantial discount through our partnership with
Blick Art Materials. More information about where and how to purchase the kit will be provided 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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