Undergraduate

Congratulations on your admission to Parsons The New School for Design. Welcome to one of the world's premier schools of art and design.

To become a Parsons student, complete these steps:

  1. Reserve Your Place in the Class by Paying the Admission Tuition Deposit.
    To accept our offer of admission and reserve your place in the class, go to my.newschool.edu and follow the instructions to pay your tuition deposit by the deadline date stated in your acceptance letter. First-time users: Look up the net ID for your user name and enter your date of birth as your password (MMDDYY format). Returning users: Use your current log-in. Whether you are a first-time or returning user, use the "Reset Your Password" link if your password does not work.

    If you are unable to pay online: If you cannot use the online system, you can pay your $500 tuition deposit by mail with a check or money order. Download the Admission Reply Form (PDF) and mail it with your payment by the date stated in your admission letter.

    Special circumstances regarding the tuition deposit: If you paid the tuition deposit previously or are part of a special program that exempts students from paying a deposit, simply return the Intent to Enroll form included with your acceptance letter by the deadline date.

    If you are not planning to attend: We understand that plans can change. If you are unable to accept our offer of admission, please complete the online cancellation form.

  2. Check Your Financial Aid Status
    In order to receive financial aid, U.S. citizens and eligible noncitizens must submit the Free Application for Financial Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.ed.gov (the New School code is 002780). Carefully read all the comments on your Student Aid Report (SAR) and follow up as necessary. If you have been awarded a scholarship and/or are eligible for financial aid and have a completed application on file, you can check the status of your financial aid online at my.newschool.edu. Log in using the instructions above. More information about applying for financial aid and other financing options available to all students can be found on the Student Financial Services website.
  3. International Students: Begin Working on the International Student Application Packet
    If you are an international students who has to file the I-20 or DS-2019 form to obtain a student visa, you received a link to the online International Student Application Packet in your acceptance letter. You can also access the link in my.newschool.edu by way of the Accepted Student tab. The International Student Packet Web page includes information about obtaining the I-20 or DS-2019, guidelines for providing financial documents, instructions and procedures for F-1 transfer students, and other important forms and information. More information is available on the International Student Services website.

The New School would like to make your transition to college as smooth as possible. If you have any questions or concerns before you arrive, feel free to contact us at thinkparsons@newschool.edu or 212.229.5150.

Accepted-Student Chats on AIM

Would you like to talk to a current Parsons student about student housing, registering for classes, and other topics of concern to new students? Chat with Charis or Juan on AOL Instant Messenger (AIM name: ThinkParsons) about what it's like to be a Parsons student. They are prepared to help with all your questions. Times posted are Eastern Standard Time.

 
Notice: Chats are suspended for summer recess beginning May 28. They will resume in mid-August.

  • Mondays: 6:00–8:00 p.m.
  • Tuesdays: 6:00–8:00 p.m.
  • Wednesdays: 6:00–8:00 p.m.
  • Thursdays: 6:00–8:00 p.m.
  • Sundays: 12:00–4:00 p.m.

Name: Charis

Major and Year: Media and Culture/Fashion Design, BA/BFA (dual-degree program at Parsons and Eugene Lang College); '14

Hometown: Williamstown, Massachusetts, and New Milford, New Jersey
Favorite extracurricular activities: RA at 13th Street Dorm, watching foreign dramas/films, and exploring NYC
Favorite book or blog: unnouveauideal.typepad.com
Best thing to eat in New York City: Nutella and strawberry waffle from the Waffles & Dinges truck
When did you know that Parsons was the school for you: "After talking to seniors who were actually sad to be leaving despite their promising futures at several leading design companies."

Name: Juan

Major and Year: Illustration BFA; '12
Hometown: Jersey City, New Jersey
Favorite extracurricular activities: Collecting vinyl toys, producing music (DJ), and researching urban culture for design inspiration
Favorite book or blog: Capacity by Theo Ellsworth
Best thing to eat in New York City: Cuban sandwich and yucca fries from Casa Havana in Chelsea on Eighth Avenue.
When did you know that Parsons was the school for you: "Parsons became my school of choice when I toured the school and my department, which was Illustration. Seeing students work and learning about the possibilities of taking classes in other departments like Communication Design and Design and Technology, I realized that Parsons offered all the possibilities and skills that I could wish as an illustrator. That was an opportunity that I couldn't possibly pass by."

Advising and Registration

Students who have submitted their tuition deposit will receive an email from the Office of Advising introducing their academic advisors and providing directions for scheduling an advising appointment and registration. More information and important dates can be found on the Parsons Advising Incoming Students page. All new students must have submitted the required tuition deposit either through the online system or the Admission Reply Form (PDF) in order to register or apply for university housing.

More information and important dates can be found on the Parsons Advising Incoming Students page.

English Course Placement Test

All new students who are not native English speakers must take the English course placement test before they begin classes. Regardless of fluency, previous English coursework, degrees or diplomas from U.S. institutions, TOEFL score, or SAT score, if English is not your first language, you must take the test. There are no exceptions.

The test is administered during Orientation Week before the beginning of each fall and spring semester. Your scores will determine whether you will be required to take English as a Second Language (ESL) courses at The New School and (for transfer students) whether any English course transfer credits can be applied to meet Parsons' first-year writing course requirement. The test is composed of the following sections: listening comprehension (recorded speech followed by multiple-choice questions), grammar questions (multiple choice), reading comprehension questions (multiple choice), one 30-minute essay (choice of two topics), and a brief oral interview.


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