Advising is a core component of the academic experience at Parsons. Interactions between advisors and students extend the teaching and learning objectives of the university beyond the classroom. Students may encounter a variety of factors that can affect academic performance as they work toward their degrees, and advisors are able to address many of these issues from a developmental perspective. Because of their extensive knowledge of campus resources, advisors also teach students how to navigate the university system and act as liaisons between students and university services staff. Additionally, advisors help students learn how to communicate with faculty and other academic leadership when policy issues arise. The advisor’s role is to provide information and create a supportive environment.
Academic advisors aspire to engage students in making informed decisions and understanding the responsibilities connected with their decisions. We cultivate an environment where students will flourish creatively and intellectually, becoming artists and designers whose ideas and products will improve the world in which we all live.
Through a collaborative student-centered approach, advisors at Parsons guide every student in developing an educational plan to realize the student's goals.
Advising services are administered through the Office of Advising led by the assistant dean of advising and the directors of advising within each of Parsons' five schools (Art, Media, and Technology; Art and Design History and Theory; Constructed Environments; Design Strategies; and Fashion). Each school has its own full-time academic advisors. Students are assigned an advisor based on the student's program of study.
All members of the advising staff work closely with the academic leadership and faculty of the school and the Parsons Office of Student Affairs to answer questions about academic policies, majors, degree requirements, course offerings, and career development. To provide assistance in areas like billing, financial aid, time and stress management, and enhancing students' written and oral presentation skills, the advising staff will consult with and refer students to University Student Services offices: Health Services, Housing, International Student Services, Registrar, Student Disability Services, Student Financial Services, Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities, and the Writing Center.
Advisors keep walk-in hours or are available by appointment. Contact an advisor by calling 212.229.5855 or by visiting the Office of Advising at 2 West 13th Street, Room 506 (except School of Fashion advising is located at 232 West 40th Street, 12th floor).