Parsons The New School for Design (International Students)

Parsons The New School for Design (International Students)

New York, NY
student ratio
total students
$39,280 | $39,280
in-state | out-of-state tuition
Not Reported
fall application deadline
Not Reported
acceptance rate
Not Reported
admission difficulty
Average test scores for all first-year students that were accepted and enrolled.
sat math
sat reading
sat writing
act composite


Historic, Highly Selective Art and Design College Located in the Heart of New York

Founded in 1896 by famous American painter William Merritt Chase, Parsons The New School for Design is a leading center for teaching and research in the fields of art, design, and new media. The program provides students with extensive studio practice, an awareness of important concepts in contemporary art, and an understanding of the role of art in today's global society.

Parsons's students and faculty members use New York City, one of the world's cultural and artistic capitals, as an urban design laboratory. The city's world-famous museums include the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, and the Museum of Modern Art. Representatives of New York's local galleries and private studios, e-commerce, technology start-ups, and design houses are members of Parsons's faculty.

A Wide Variety of Undergraduate Degrees in a Collaborative Environment

Parsons is divided into 5 schools: the School of Art and Design History and Theory, which offers a combined Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Art and Design Studies; the School of Art, Media, and Technology, which offers Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in Communication Design, Design and Technology, Fine Arts, Illustration, and Photography; the School of Constructed Environments, which offers Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in Architectural Design, Interior Design, and Product Design; the School of Design Strategies, which offers a Bachelor of Business Administration in Design and Management, a Bachelor of Science or a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies, a Bachelor of Science in Urban Design, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Integrated Design; and the School of Fashion, which offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fashion Design. Parsons Paris offers four Undergraduate Programs; Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in Fashion Design and Art, Media, and Technology; Bachelor of Business Administration in Strategic Design and Management and a Bachelor of Arts in Art and Design History and Theory.

An International Campus Environment

Parsons is part of The New School, a leading university in New York City that was founded in 1919. Parsons Paris is a branch campus of The New School, offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs taught in English by an international faculty. Parsons¿ total student enrollment is 10,500, which includes 2,000 students from 100 foreign countries, including Korea, Japan, Canada, Taiwan, India, Turkey, Germany, Israel, the United Kingdom, Mexico, China, and Brazil. Parsons itself hosts over 1,000 international students, who constitute almost one third of its degree students.

Diverse Faculty Members and Visiting Artists from a Wide Spectrum of Backgrounds

Parsons's faculty includes more than 1,000 full- and part-time design, art, and business professionals, many of whom are key players in the art and design community. In addition, visiting artists frequently come to Parsons to share their work and critique student projects. Exhibitions at the Parsons Galleries are curated by national and international artists and designers.

Professional Internships

Parsons recognizes that student internships can provide valuable work experience and professional contacts. Therefore, many of Parsons's undergraduate departments either require professional internships or grant credit for internships.

Students have interned with companies such as Marc Jacobs, Polo-Ralph Lauren, HBO, MTV, the "New York Times," "Rolling Stone Magazine," Marvel Comics, and the Museum of Modern Art.

Real-World Collaboration with Corporations and Non-Profits

Juniors and seniors from Parsons's design disciplines have the opportunity to participate in real-world collaborations with corporations and nonprofits through student projects sponsored by these organizations.

Students from different disciplines work together -- as they need to do in their future work environment -- and they are supervised by both faculty members and project managers.

Projects are carried out in many areas, including product research and design, game design, motion design and animation, user experience design, fashion, architecture and interior design, technology and applications development, marketing and business strategy, and sustainable design.

Graduate Success

A recent survey reported that 90 percent of new Parsons graduates surveyed found employment related to their field of study within 6 months of graduating.

Renowned Parsons alumni include fashion designer Donna Karan; artists Edward Hopper, Jasper Johns, and Norman Rockwell; fashion illustrator Steven Meisel; and filmmaker Joel Schumacher.

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International Student Services

The New School addresses the needs of its large international student population through its International Student Services (ISS) department, which provides immigration advice and cultural support in many ways.

The international student mentor program provides international or American student mentors to answer any questions new students have during their first semester at Parsons.

The Conversation Partners Program allows students, faculty, and staff to improve their language and communication skills in a relaxed, non-academic setting whereas the International Club, currently with about 200 members, creates a social network for international students and interested US students.

In addition, ISS provides helpful workshops for its international community in areas such as taxes, employment regulations, and other practical topics.

English as a Second Language Programs

Parsons students who are non-native English speakers are required to take ESL courses, which include traditional ESL classes, a class on American cultural language, and classes on critical reading and writing. A summer pre-enrollment program offers ESL classes to students who have been conditionally accepted into Parsons. The average ESL class size has 15 students.

Location & Contact

65 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10011-8878

Ms.Tomiko Pilson

Assistant Director of Admissions

Phone: 212-229-5665 ext. 2305
Fax: 212-229-5665

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Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
  • Architecture
    • Architecture Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Natural resources/environmental science
    • Environmental Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Social sciences
    • Urban Studies/Affairs
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Visual and performing arts
    • Design and Applied Arts Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Design and Visual Communications
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Fashion/Apparel Design
      Associate Degree offered for this major. Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Fine/Studio Arts
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Graphic Design
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Illustration
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Industrial and Product Design
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Interior Design
      Associate Degree offered for this major. Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Photography
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.


  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied
    • Accepted
    • Acceptance Rate
    • Enrolled4,372
    • Female Applicants
    • Females Accepted
    • Female Acceptance Rate
    • Male Applicants
    • Males Accepted
    • Male Acceptance Rate
  • Applying
    • Application Fee
    • Required for All Essay or personal statement
      Transcript of high school record
      online application, SAT or ACT (if applicable), Parson’s Challenge, portfolio, TOEFL/IELTS /PTE scores may be required for applicants whose first language is not English, artist statement
    • Required for Some Essay or personal statement
    • Average high school GPA for first-year freshman3.24
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
  • Test Scores Accepted
    • Test Average School Accepted 25th Percentile* 75th Percentile*
    • SAT Critical Reading 480 590
    • SAT Math 480 630
    • SAT Writing 470 610
    • ACT Composite 22 27
    • * 25th and 75th percentile is the score that 25/75 percent of students score at or below.

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *$39,280
    • Out-of-state tuition *$39,280
    • In-district tuitionN/A
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student fees$860
    • Room and board *$15,100
    • Room only *Not Reported
    • * Room and board charges vary according to board plan selected (i.e., 12-meal plan, 19-meal plan, etc.) and student level (freshman, sophomore, etc.)
  • Other Payment Considerations
    • Guaranteed tuition plan offeredNo
    • Tuition pre-payment planNo
    • Tuition payment plans offeredInstallments
    • Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuitionEmployees or children of employees

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Undergraduate Students4,372
    • Male Student Percentage21%
    • Female Student Percentage79%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic/Latino8.79%
    • Black or African American4.1%
    • White or Caucasian26.98%
    • American Indian or Alaska Native.05%
    • Asian13.88%
    • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander.14%
    • Two or more races2.68%
    • Unknown2.24%
  • Other Student Statistics
    • International Breakout41.14% representing 86 other countries
    • Out-of-state Students73% out-of-state student

Campus Life

  • Housing
    • College-owned housing available Yes
    • Housing Requirements Not Reported
    • Housing options Coed housing , Special housing for disabled
    • Percentage of undergraduate students who live in college-owned housing 24%
  • Student Activities
    • Student-run campus newspaper Yes
    • Drama / theater group Yes
    • Student-run radio station Yes
    • Student-run television station No
    • Marching band No
    • Choral groups Yes
  • Student Services
    • Legal services No
    • Health clinic Yes
    • Personal / psychological counseling Yes
    • Women's center No
  • Student Organizations
    • Greek fraternities No
    • Greek sororities No
    • Local fraternities No
    • Local sororities No
    • Other organizations No
    • Most popular organizations Fashion Design and Textiles Group, Sisters on the Runway at The New School, DREAM:IN NY, Sustainable Cities Club, BriCollab Art Initiative
  • Campus Security and Safety
    • 24-hour emergency telephone / alarm services Yes
    • 24-hour patrols by trained officers Not Reported
    • Students patrols Not Reported
    • Late-night transport / escort services Not Reported
    • Electronically-operated dormitory entrances Yes
    • Other 24-hour security desk personnel


  • Men's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Basketball Yes No No
    • Cross-country running Yes No No
    • Soccer Yes Yes No
    • Volleyball No Yes No
  • Women's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Basketball Yes No No
    • Cross-country running Yes No No
    • Soccer Yes Yes No
    • Volleyball No Yes No


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty1,083
    • Full-time Percentage15%
    • Part-time Percentage85%
    • Female Percentage51%
    • Male Percentage49%
    • Student:Faculty Ratio9:1 or 4,025 students to 468 faculty





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