Parsons Paris

Parsons Paris.

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. Official 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 courses taken at previous schools are reflected on that transcript.

    Transfer Applicants: Transfer applicants who have completed fewer than 24 college credits (on a semester system) must submit high school transcript(s) in addition to college transcripts. Students who have completed any college coursework must apply as transfer students, regardless of whether they plan to apply those credits to their studies at Parsons.

    By Mail: Official transcripts should have an original signature or a raised university seal, and must be in a sealed envelope that has been signed or stamped by the issuing university’s registrar or records office. Applicants can either send official transcripts with an Application Materials Cover Sheet or request that institutions send transcripts directly to The New School. See “Mailing Address for Supplemental Materials” for our mailing address.

    Electronic Transcripts (U.S./Domestic Institutions Only): The New School accepts electronic transcripts only from our approved vendors. The New School’s approved vendors in order of preference are
    • Parchment Exchange
    • Naviance by Hobsons
    • SCRIP-SAFE International
    • National Student Clearinghouse
    We do not accept electronic transcripts sent directly by a student or school offices. Note: All international academic credentials must be submitted as indicated in the International Academic Credentials sections below.

    High School Equivalency: For GED, TASC, and HiSET, send official test score results by postal mail.

    Homeschooling: For homeschooling, send an official transcript from your sponsoring high school or state homeschool association. If an official transcript is not available, you are required to submit either GED, TASC, or HiSET test score results by postal mail. Homeschooled applicants must provide the equivalent of a high school transcript, with course or subject titles, duration of study for each title, content of study for each title, and an assessment of performance, or “grade.” Preferably, the courses completed at home are part of a curriculum developed and evaluated by a nationally recognized diploma granting organization or agency. If not connected with such an organization, homeschooled applicants must obtain and submit a GED as confirmation that they have completed a generally acceptable secondary school curriculum. If an official transcript from a state homeschool association or sponsoring public high school is not available, homeschooled students must submit an equivalency or GED, TASC, or HiSET exam results. Individual homeschool transcripts with date of completion do not suffice as official proof of graduation.

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

    International Academic Credentials with Transfer Credits: Applicants who attended post secondary institutions outside of the U.S. 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. In the absence of an evaluation, the Admissions Committee will do their best to render a decision. Please note, in some cases a review cannot be made without an evaluation and a committee decision will be delayed.
  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. Homeschooled applicants must submit standardized test scores from the either the SAT or ACT. Homeschooled applicants can submit two standardized subject test results in lieu of the SAT.
  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 4-year degree from a U.S. College or University, or for citizens of the following countries whose native language is also English: England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, South Africa, or Common Wealth Caribbean (Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and Grenadines, and Trinidad and Tobago).

    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.
  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. Essays: 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: What do you make, how do you make it, and why do you make? Ultimately, where do you visualize your creative abilities and academic study taking you after your education here at Parsons? (Maximum 500 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.