Who attends Summer Intensive Studies?
The pre-college program is open to students between the ages of 16 and 18 who have not yet attended college. Students in this program explore and develop their skills in art and design as they create portfolio pieces for college admission.
The college-level program is open to adults and students at least 19 years old who have completed a minimum of one year of college. Students receive intensive training in art and design, which helps them develop their skills and define their academic and professional goals. Many students attend the college-level program to complement full-time degree programs and to build the skills and portfolios necessary for admission to graduate programs.
What are the admission requirements?
This is an open enrollment program available to students with a strong interest in art and design study. There is no application process, and registrations are processed on a first-come, first-served basis.
When should I apply?
Registration begins on November 19, 2013, and continues until all seats in the courses have been filled. Because courses are filled on a first-come, first-served basis, we recommend that you register early.
What should I do if the class I want to take is already full?
Courses that are full are listed online as "Closed for Registration." We maintain a limited waiting list for each course. You can complete the waiting list request form here.
How will I know if I've been accepted?
You will receive a confirmation letter by email from Parsons SPACE (Summer, Pre-College Academy, Continuing Education) within two weeks of completing your registration.
When do I attend class?
Classes are held Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., with a one-hour lunch break.
Where are classes held?
Most classes are held at Parsons in Greenwich Village, in the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center and the new University Center at Fifth Avenue and 13th Street. (The Gimbel Design Library is also housed at this location.) Digital classes are held in the University Computer Center, 55 West 13th Street.
Who teaches in Summer Intensive Studies?
Courses are taught by Parsons faculty and a select group of New York– and Paris-based artists and designers.
How many students are in each class?
Each class has a maximum of 18 students.
Will I have homework?
This is a rigorous academic program. Students should expect to have two to three hours of homework a day.
What should I bring on the first day of class?
Approximately two weeks before the program begins, instructors will email supply lists to their students. Students should bring the supplies to the first class. Do not purchase any supplies on the list that are unfamiliar to you. Wait until the first day of class and speak with your teacher before making the purchase.
How do I apply for housing?
To apply for housing, you must complete the housing registration online. The link to the online housing application is sent to registered students in the confirmation letter sent by the office of Parsons SPACE. Visit Parsons Summer Housing to learn more about summer housing.
How much does it cost to live on campus?
Please see Summer Housing Fees.
Am I guaranteed housing?
As long as you apply before the deadlines, housing will be available.
Am I required to live in the residence halls?
No. You can live off campus while attending the summer program.
Where are the dormitories in relation to the classrooms?
All classes are held in the L, W, N, F, E, I, and U buildings, which are situated within walking distance of the dormitories (S, T, and V buildings). View our campus map for more details.
What amenities are available in the residence halls?
Most dormitories are equipped with phones and Internet and cable access. Visit Student Housing for more details.
Are the residence halls safe?
All residence halls have 24-hour security guards on duty. Entry is carefully regulated.
Are there staff members in the residence halls?
There are always staff members on duty in the residence halls.
Will I have a curfew?
Pre-college students are subject to a midnight curfew.
Am I allowed to have visitors and guests?
Yes. All guests, including parents, guardians, and siblings, must leave a photo ID and register in the guest log when visiting. Students enrolled in Summer Intensive Studies who are 18 years of age or younger as of June 30, 2014, are subject to curfews and are not permitted to have overnight guests in their rooms. Students 19 years of age and older can request overnight guest accommodations, which are available on a very limited basis. A small number of rooms are available for a fee in other buildings for overnight guests during the summer.
Is there a meal plan?
The summer Dining Dollars meal plan will be available for all students attending classes during Summer Intensive Studies Session II (but not during SIS Session I). All pre-college students staying in university housing are automatically enrolled in the Dining Dollars program and given a starting balance of $500. Off-campus commuters are welcome to enroll in the program. All meals purchased in the Dining Dollars program are exempt from New York State and City sales tax.
Dining Locations at 55 West 13th Street
Monday–Friday, 8:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
Offerings include Starbucks coffee, Tazo Tea, Edy's Ice Cream, sushi, house-baked pastries, and a large selection of grab-and-go snacks and meals.
Café 55—fourth floor
Monday–Friday, 8:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
Saturday, 11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Offerings include hot entrées, a full deli service, made-to-order salads, sushi, house-baked pastries, a large selection of grab-and-go snacks and meals.
What student activities are offered outside of class?
Activities scheduled outside of class provide opportunities to meet other students, become better acquainted with the university, and discover New York City. Some events relate to admission to degree programs and career exploration, including Portfolio Review Day, Discovery Day, and industry guest lectures.
What will I do on weekends?
You can participate in the many extracurricular activities scheduled during the summer. Events attended in past years include baseball games and Broadway shows. You will receive a complete calendar of extracurricular activities for summer 2014 at orientation.
What about the rest of my free time? Will I be all alone?
During class hours, you will be with faculty members and classmates. At lunch break, you can go to one of the student meeting areas, the dining locations, or a nearby restaurant or deli. After class and before the midnight curfew, you will do homework (two to three hours a day), eat, and enjoy leisure time. Students generally connect very quickly with one another and go out in groups.
Will I be able to see New York while I am studying there?
Visits to museums, exhibitions, and other places of interest are scheduled during class hours to provide inspiration for your work. You can also explore New York City on your own during your leisure time.
Will I be safe in New York?
The New York classrooms and dormitories are in safe locations. Because New York City is so large, it is essential that students take safety precautions, such as walking with groups and being aware of their surroundings. Visit the Safety and Preparedness site to learn about managing emergencies at The New School.
How can I communicate with my family and friends?
Most of the university dormitories are equipped with Internet access and phones. The university computer center also offers students free Internet access in a state-of-the-art computer lab.
Are scholarships available?
Yes. Visit Summer Scholarships for information.
Can I pay for the program after I register for my class?
No. You must pay tuition in full at the time of registration to reserve a space in the program.
Do I need to apply for a student visa?
Yes. After you have registered for the program, a written confirmation will be emailed to you. This letter will contain your student identification number, which will allow you to log in to the International Students page to access the visa application procedures and forms.
Is there a language requirement?
Yes. A TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 550, or 79 on the Internet-based course, is required for international students. Visit TOEFL for more information.
Whom should I speak with if I have more questions?
The staff at the International Student Services Office is available to address your questions and concerns.
What should I bring with me?
Travel light. Make sure you have an umbrella, sturdy walking shoes, and light clothing, as New York can be hot and steamy during the summer.
Can I mail supplies and other items to the university?
Unfortunately, since there is no storage space for student belongings, we cannot accept packages.
I know that I will earn four credits at Parsons by successfully completing my course. Will these credits transfer to my college?
Most colleges accept the earned credits for Summer Intensive Studies courses. We strongly recommend that you check in advance with an advisor at your college to find out whether the credits apply.
How can I get my grade and transcript?
At the end of the program, you can access your grade through our online student information system. Transcripts must be requested from the Registrar's Office. You will receive a student handbook with information explaining this process in detail.