Monday, September 28, 2015

Campus Spotlight: Parsons School of Design

Courtesy of Parsons website
By Jordan Friedman
World Education Services

With a whopping 38 percent of its students hailing from outside the United States, the Parsons School of Design, one of seven colleges at The New School, might be the perfect fit for you if you’re interested in design, art, or a similar field. Offering a range of degrees from architecture to fashion design to data visualization, Parsons is a great school to enable you to focus on your creative side.

Students at Parsons hail from around the world, with the most represented countries being China, India, South Korea, Canada, and Mexico, according to the Parsons website. The New School provides international students with International Student and Scholar Services, through which international students can receive immigration aid and support as they adapt to the U.S. (You can find plenty of info on ISS at the office’s website, and read more about its programs and events here.)

Parsons consists of five sub-schools, with focuses on fashion, art and design history and theory, design strategies, constructed environments, and art, media, and technology. Within those schools, Parsons offers 27 programs at the undergraduate, graduate, and associate degree levels. On top of academics, Parsons offers students ample opportunities for research, particularly at the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center. Other research opportunities are available at the Parsons Institute for Information Mapping, the DESIS Lab, the PETLab and the Center for Transformative Media. Read more about research options here.

International Applicant Requirements:
  • English language requirement: Applicants are required to submit TOEFL, IELTS or PTE exam scores. However, these can be waived for those who have already earned a four-year degree from a U.S. college or university, or for international applicants (with English as a native language) who are from England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, South Africa, or Commonwealth Caribbean. Click here to view the minimum score requirements for different degree programs.
  • English Course Placement Test: Non-native English speaking students are required to take a placement test prior to the start of their first semester of classes. Regardless of your English fluency, English-language proficiency exam scores or other test scores, if you are not a native speaker, you must take this placement test. These scores will determine whether you will enroll in English as a Second Language (ESL) courses at The New School and whether any of your English course transfer credits can be used to fulfill the first-year writing requirement.
  • Transcript: International applicants who wish to have their academic credits transferred must have their transcript evaluated by World Education Services or another member of the National Association of Credit Evaluation Services. For more information on having your credentials evaluated, visit

• Location: New York, N.Y.
• Founded: 1896
• Type: Private
• School of Art and Design History and Theory
 School of Art, Media and Technology
 School of Constructed Environments
 School of Design Strategies
 School of Fashion
By the Numbers
 Total number of students: Nearly 5,000
 Total students in single courses or certificate programs: ~2,000
 Full-time faculty: 125+
 Part-time faculty: 1,000+
 Percentage of student body from overseas: 38 percent
Tuition (law school)
 AAS: $21,040 per term / $1,430 per credit
• BBA: $21,040 per term / $1,430 per credit
• BFA: $21,040 per term / $1,430 per credit
 Parsons/Lang BA/BFA: $20,200 per term / $1,370 per credit
 BA, BS Environmental Studies: $20,200 per term / $1,370 per credit
• Graduate (except MFA Photography): $21,585 per term / $1,520 per credit
• MFA Photography: $1,350 per credit (per term N/A)
Murray McKay
Senior Associate Director of Enrollment, International Admissions, Parsons
(212) 229-5150 x4117

Erin Stine
Director of Undergraduate Admission
(212) 229-5150 x4020

International Student Services


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