Taking a Leave of Absence
Students in good academic standing who need to interrupt their studies for personal reasons should petition for a leave of absence by meeting with the advisor in their school and completing the official Exit Form. Leaves of absence are typically approved for one or two semesters, depending on the curriculum and academic requirements of the program and the nature of the student's request. Medical leaves of absence require appropriate documentation.
Withdrawing from a Degree Program
Students who wish to withdraw completely from the university must meet with the advisor in their school and complete the official Exit Form. A student who withdraws and later wishes to return to the university must reapply through the Office of Admission.
Students seeking to return to the university after an extended period away must apply for readmission.
Situations requiring readmission are as follows:
If you left Parsons for any of these reasons, you will need to complete the Readmission Application (PDF).
The readmission application requires you to write a Letter of Intent. Your letter should include relevant information regarding reasons for leaving Parsons; academic status at the time of departure; activities since leaving, including study at other institutions; and future goals.
If you have enrolled elsewhere (including other divisions of The New School) since you last attended Parsons, please include an official transcript of your course of study.
If health difficulties affected your course of study at Parsons, please provide an update on your health and a recommendation from a qualified medical or mental health clinician.
If you have been working, a recommendation from your employer is helpful to include.
Some applicants may also be required to submit a portfolio.
Deadlines: You must submit the complete readmission application no later than August 1 to be considered for readmission in the fall semester and no later than November 15 for readmission in the spring semester.
If you have any questions about the readmission criteria or process, please call the Office of Advising at 212.229.5855 or write to AdvisingParsons@newschool.edu.
Students may take summer courses for transfer credit at another institution provided they:
Bring the summer course catalog from the other institution to your advisor and complete the Permission to Take Courses at Another Institution form (PDF).
Note: Because each Parsons program has a carefully structured, sequential curriculum, approval is rarely given to take core program courses at another institution.
If you wish to change your major within the same division and degree program, fill out the Change of Department Form (PDF) and take it to your advisor. Students wishing to remain in the same division but change degrees (for example, from BBA to BFA) should consult the Parsons Catalog for applicable procedures. If you wish to transfer to another division of the university, you must apply through the Office of Admission.
Your degree requirements for graduation are based on your catalog year. Your catalog year is determined based on the year that you entered Parsons as well as the degree program that you entered as an incoming student:
Current Parsons students may also find the degree requirements corresponding to their catalog years in DegreeWorks.