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BA/BFA Program Application Instructions

The admission committee will make a decision on your application only after all the required materials have been received. The following instructions are also available for download (PDF).

Slideroom Submission Instructions

  1. In addition to submitting the Common Application, you are required to submit a portfolio and the Parsons Challenge through SlideRoom.
  2. Finalize your portfolio and Parsons Challenge submissions at the same time that you submit your application. This will help prevent any delays with reviewing your application, as we must receive all required materials before we can place your application under review.
  3. 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

  1. Application Form: Complete the Common Application. All applicants are required to apply online.
  2. Application Fee: A nonrefundable $50 application fee and a $10 SlideRoom fee, payable as part of the online application.
  3. Transcripts:
    All applicants must provide official high school and/or college transcripts. If you are currently in school, submit transcripts for all coursework taken to date. Applicants who have attended multiple high schools may submit only the graduating school’s official transcript as long as all prior coursework is reflected on that transcript.

    By Mail: Official transcripts should have an original signature or a raised university seal and must be sent in a sealed envelope that has been signed or stamped by the issuing university's registrar or records office. Applicants can send official transcripts with an Application Materials Cover Sheet or request that institutions send transcripts directly to The New School at the mailing address for supplemental materials.

    Foreign Credentials: All transcripts not written in English must be accompanied by a certified English translation.

    Foreign Credentials with Transfer Credits: Applicants who would like to transfer academic credits earned at non-U.S. institutions are required to have their transcripts 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 you are using WES, visit www.wes.org to view instructions and begin the application process. The "Required Documents" section explains 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 you are using another NACES provider, follow instructions for that provider. Mailed evaluations and translations should be sent to the mailing address provided for supporting materials. Applicants forwarding these sealed documents should include an 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.
    • SCRIP-SAFE International
    We do not accept electronic transcripts sent directly by a student or school offices as official transcripts. This policy does not apply to international documents. All international academic credentials must be translated and evaluated by either WES or another NACES provider.
  4. 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 2521. The ACT code is 2828.
  5. TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE Results: All 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 68. Our TOEFL institution code is 2638.

    The TOEFL/IELTS/PTE requirement may be 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 also English: England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, or South Africa.

    Arrange for the testing service to send your test scores directly to The New School using the institution codes given above. We accept scores earned within the past two years. If your scores are older, you must retake the test. For more information, visit TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE.

    The SAT is also accepted, with a minimum score of 500 on the Critical Reading section required for admission.

    Applicants also have the option of enrolling in The New School English as a Second Language (ESL) program. Students must pass Level 6 to waive the TOEFL/IELTS/PTE requirement. Visit the ESL website for more information. 

    International applicants should refer to the International Students page for test requirements and ESL options.
  6. Parsons Challenge: The Parsons Challenge must be completed in SlideRoom. All applicants must complete the Parsons Challenge. This exercise helps the admission committee understand how a future student develops ideas, creates a theme, visually communicates that theme, and defends the work in writing. Using any medium, create three pieces that convey a common idea. Acceptable media can be drawing, video, photography, sculpture, 3D work, collage, and digital images. You can use a consistent or varied medium.
  7. Portfolio: The portfolio must be completed in SlideRoom. Freshman applicants should submit a portfolio of 8 to 12 pieces. Portfolios can include drawings, paintings, photographs, digital media, design, three-dimensional work, Web design, animation, video, and other digital media. Transfer applicants should submit a portfolio of 8 to 12 pieces in the area of interest.
  8. Essay: Submit two essays discussing the following topics:


    Essay 1
    : Please elaborate on what a liberal arts education means to you and how it can inform your studio practice or how you see your studio practice being enhanced by study of liberal arts. Explain how the dual-degree BA/BFA program at Eugene Lang and Parsons can help you realize your goals. (Maximum 250 words)

    Essay 2: Describe a time when you were in the minority. (Maximum 250 words)

  9. 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. A recommender should be able to speak of your qualifications to study at Parsons The New School for Design and Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts. Recommenders can submit recommendations online (instructions are included with the online application). If preferred, the recommendation form can instead be sent by mail in a signed, sealed envelope. To send the recommendation by mail, download the PDF recommendation form found in the online application, complete personal information, save the form, and forward to the recommender for completion and submission. Applicants can also send signed and sealed recommendations to the Office of Admission using an Application Materials Cover Sheet.
 


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