The Admission Committee will make a decision on your application only after all required materials have been received. The following instructions are also available for download (PDF).
Slideroom Submission Instructions
Parsons requires that you submit the Parsons Challenge in addition to the online application. The Parsons Challenge exercise must be submitted online through SlideRoom.
Finalize your Parsons Challenge submission at the time you submit your application. This will help prevent delays with reviewing your application, as we must receive all required materials before we can place your application under review.
Once you have submitted all required materials in SlideRoom, a confirmation number will be emailed to you. Save it for your records.
Required Application Materials
Application Form: Complete the online application. All applicants are required to apply online.
Application Fee: A nonrefundable $50 application fee and a $5 SlideRoom fee, payable as part of the online application.
Official Transcripts All applicants must provide official high school and/or college transcripts. If you are currently in school, submit transcripts for all coursework completed to date. Applicants who have attended more than one high school can submit only the graduating school’s official transcript as long as courses taken at previous schools are reflected on that transcript.
By Mail: Official transcripts must include an original signature or a raised university seal and be mailed in a sealed envelope that has been signed or stamped by the issuing registrar or records office. You can request that institutions send transcripts directly to The New School's Mailing Address for Supplemental Materials or mail transcripts yourself, accompanied by the Application Materials Cover Sheet.
Foreign Credentials: All transcripts not written in English must be accompanied by a certified English language translation.
Foreign Credentials with Transfer Credits: Applicants who wish to transfer academic credits earned at non-U.S. institutions are required to have their transcript(s) evaluated by World Education Services (WES), our preferred provider, or by another member of the National Association of Credit Evaluation Services (NACES). A course-by-course evaluation must be prepared for each transcript.
If using WES, visit www.wes.org for instructions and to begin the application process. The "Required Documents" section will explain what to send. If you request your report online, search for "New School Parsons" when selecting our institution. WES will send your completed evaluation directly to The New School.
If using another NACES provider, follow instructions for that provider. Mailed evaluations and translations should be sent to the mailing address provided for supporting materials. If you are forwarding the sealed documents yourself, be sure to include the Application Materials Cover Sheet.
Electronic Transcripts: The New School will accept electronic transcripts sent from the following approved vendors:
National Student Clearinghouse
Naviance by Hobsons
Parchment, which includes Avow Systems Inc. and Docufide Inc.
The New School does not recognize electronic transcripts sent directly by a student or a school office as official transcripts. Note: This does not apply to international documents. All international academic credentials must be translated and evaluated by either WES or another NACES provider.
SAT or ACT Results: All applicants currently attending an American high school either in the United States or abroad must submit either SAT or ACT scores. The SAT institution code is 2638. The ACT code is 2854.
TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE Results: All international applicants whose first language is not English must submit valid TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE scores. The minimum score required for TOEFL (IB) is 92, for IELTS is 7.0, and for PTE is 63. (A score of 500 or better on the Critical Reading section of the SAT also satisfies this requirement.)
The English language testing requirement is waived for applicants who have earned a four-year degree from a U.S. college or university and for citizens of the following countries whose native language is English: Ireland, Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, and the United Kingdom.
Arrange for the testing service to send your test scores directly to The New School. (The New School's TOEFL institution code is 2638.) For IELTS, follow the instructions of the testing service. We accept scores from tests taken within the past two years. If your scores are older, you must retake the test. For more information, visit TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE.
Applicants also have the option of enrolling in The New School's English as a Second Language (ESL) program. Students who test at ESL Level 6 can waive the TOEFL/IELTS/PTE requirement. Visit the ESL courses for more information.
International applicants should refer to International Students pages for more information about English language requirements and ESL course options.
Parsons Challenge: All applicants must complete the Parsons Challenge exercise. The Parsons Challenge must be completed in SlideRoom. This exercise helps the admission committee understand how a prospective student develops ideas, creates a theme, visually communicates that theme, and defends the work in writing. Using any medium or combination of media (drawing, video, photography, sculpture, 3D work, collage, digital images, etc.), create three new pieces that express a common idea.
Essay: In an essay of 500 to 550 words, describe an urban experience you have had in relation to a physical place, book, movie, poem, documentary, artwork, or design piece that left a significant impression on you. Explain how you might change something in your own neighborhood on the basis of your impressions from this experience. This might involve adding, removing, redirecting, or rearranging urban objects or processes. Supporting images are optional.
Two Letters of Recommendation: Applicants coming directly from high school must submit one recommendation from a guidance or college counselor and one from a teacher. Students transferring from other colleges or universities should submit two recommendations from professors with whom they have studied. Your references should be able to speak knowledgeably about your qualifications to study at Parsons The New School for Design. Recommendations can be submitted online; instructions are included with the online application. If you prefer, the recommendation form can instead be mailed in a signed, sealed envelope. To have a recommendation sent by mail, download the PDF recommendation form found in the online application, complete your personal information, save the file, and forward it to your recommender for completion and submission. You can also forward signed and sealed recommendations to the Office of Admission using the Application Materials Cover Sheet.
Mailing Address for Supplemental Materials
Parsons The New School for Design Office of Admission Undergraduate Programs (PS 100) 72 Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10011
When notified of acceptance, applicants will receive complete instructions for additional procedures regarding financial aid, housing, tuition and fees, I-20 visas (for nonresidents of the United States), and other matters. The decision to admit applicants is always contingent upon their successful completion of any current studies and the receipt of their final transcripts by the admission committee.
Interviews are not required. Applicants with questions about Parsons or the admission process are encouraged to attend an information session. See the Admission Calendar for dates and times.