Parsons School of Design

Parsons School of Design

New York, NY
student ratio
total students
Tuition Cost $46,820 | $46,820
in-state | out-of-state
Average Financial Aid Package $23,941
January 15
fall application deadline
acceptance rate
Moderately Difficult
admission difficulty
Average test scores for all first-year students that were accepted and enrolled.
sat math
sat reading
sat writing
act composite

Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
  • Architecture
    • Architecture Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Business/marketing
    • Fashion Merchandising
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
  • Computer and information sciences
    • Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Liberal arts/general studies
    • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Visual and performing arts
    • Design and Applied Arts Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Fashion/Apparel Design
      Associate Degree offered for this major. Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Fine and Studio Arts Management
      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. Bachelor's 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.


50% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied4,825
    • Accepted2,445
    • Acceptance Rate50%
    • Enrolled4,291
    • Female Applicants3,688
    • Females Accepted1,872
    • Female Acceptance Rate50%
    • Male Applicants1,137
    • Males Accepted573
    • Male Acceptance Rate50%
  • Applying
    • Application Fee $50
    • Required for All Essay or personal statement
      Transcript of high school record
      Letter(s) of recommendation
      online application, Parsons Challenge portfolio, artist statement
    • Required for Some
    • Average high school GPA for first-year freshman3.42
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
    • Fall freshmen January 15th March 15th Yes
    • Out-of-state Fall freshmen Not Reported
    • Early decision plan Not Reported
    • Other early decision plan Not Reported
    • Transfer April 1st December 20th Yes
  • Test Scores Accepted
    • Test Average School Accepted 25th Percentile* 75th Percentile*
    • SAT Critical Reading 601 560 650
    • SAT Math 606 540 670
    • SAT Writing
    • ACT Composite 26 23 28
    • * 25th and 75th percentile is the score that 25/75 percent of students score at or below.

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *$46,820
    • Out-of-state tuition *$46,820
    • In-district tuitionN/A
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student fees$1,100
    • Room and board *$15,000
    • Room only *$16,250
    • * 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

Financial Aid

    • Average Financial Aid Package:$23,941
    • Average Freshman Financial Aid Package:$25,388
    • Average International Student Financial Aid Package:$7,255
    • Average Loan Aid:$4,281
    • Average Grant Aid:$7,449
    • Average Scholarship and/or Grant Aid Awarded:$16,503
    • Percentage of Students with Need who Receive Financial Aid:100%
    • Average Percentage of Financial Need Met: 79%
    • Percentage of Students Who Had Their Need Fully Met: 16%

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Undergraduate Students4,291
    • Male Student Percentage22%
    • Female Student Percentage78%
  • Race/Ethnicity
    • Hispanic/Latino9.66%
    • Black or African American4%
    • White or Caucasian23.98%
    • American Indian or Alaska Native.14%
    • Asian12.75%
    • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander.09%
    • Two or more races2.78%
    • Unknown or International Student2.71%
  • Other Student Statistics
    • International Breakout43.88% representing 102 other countries
    • Out-of-state Students75% 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 25%
  • Student Activities
    • Student-run campus newspaper Yes
    • Drama / theater group Yes
    • Student-run radio station No
    • 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 Not Reported
    • Most popular organizations Not Reported
  • 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


  • Faculty Breakdown
    • Total Faculty993
    • Full-time Percentage16%
    • Part-time Percentage84%
    • Female Percentage54%
    • Male Percentage46%
    • Student:Faculty Ratio11:1 or 4,925 students to 437 faculty

Location & Contact

65 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10011

Ms. Erin Stine

Director of Undergraduate Admissions for Parsons School of Design

Phone: 212-229-8989

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