Parsons The New School for Design

Parsons The New School for Design

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


More than 100 Years of Art and Design Excellence

Founded in 1896, Parsons The New School for Design has cultivated outstanding artists, designers, scholars, business people, and community leaders for more than a century. Famous alumni include Donna Karan and Norman Rockwell.

As part of The New School, a leading university located in the Greenwich Village section of New York City, Parsons embraces curricular innovation and global perspectives on the future of design. The program's location in New York City, a global center of art and technology, places students at the forefront of emerging trends

Leading-Edge Design Education

Although Parsons offers rigorous training in more than 25 specialized areas of study, no one program is isolated from the others. Students are encouraged to take courses from all or any of Parsons' 5 schools: the School of Design Strategies; the School of Art, Media, and Technology; the School of Art and Design History and Theory; the School of Constructed Environments; and the School of Fashion.

Parsons strongly promotes technology skills development in all its programs. Students master computer graphics, computer-assisted design, interactive multimedia, digital imaging, and a host of other technological tools.

A Wide Range of Degrees in Design Strategies

Undergraduate degrees offered by Parsons School of Design Strategies include a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in Design and Management, a Bachelor of Arts (BA) and a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Environmental Studies, a BS in Urban Design, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Integrated Design.

A Unique Emphasis on the Business of Design and Environmental Impacts

Students explore design fields and industries while completing a business program. Business problems unique to design industries are examined. For example, training includes the design lifecycle, managing creative projects, and identifying opportunities for innovation.

Environmental studies, administered by the Tishman Environment and Design Center, emphasizes urban ecosystems, sustainable design, and public policy.

The School of Art, Media, and Technology

Degrees offered by Parsons School of Art, Media, and Technology include an Associate of Applied Sciences (AAS) in Graphic Design; 5 Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degrees including communication design, design and technology, fine arts, illustration, and photography; and 3 Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degrees including design and technology, fine arts, and photography.

BFA programs offer an exciting and comprehensive experience in studio practice, contemporary art ideas, and community and global interaction. Undergraduates explore color, texture, and form to find their own individual voice.

MFA programs explore the design implications of emerging technologies and the evolving connections between technology, design, and the human experience. The curriculum integrates critical discourse, theory, experimentation, and hands-on production.

The School of Art and Design History and Theory

Most art and design undergraduate students begin their education with the Foundation year. This program ensures that students have the necessary methods, materials, and technical and problem-solving skills for success in BFA programs.

Parsons, in conjunction with Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts, also offers a 5-year BA/BFA dual degree that combines art and design studies and liberal arts with a studio major.

The school also offers Master of Arts (MA) degrees in Fashion Studies and in History of Decorative Arts and Design. The fashion studies master's program builds careers in fashion research, academia, and culture. The history of decorative arts and design master's program trains the next generation of decorative arts and design historians, curators, and authors.

The School of Constructed Environments

The School of Constructed Environments addresses the social, economic, and ecological vitality of today's urban habitats. Departments in the school include product, lighting, architecture, and interior design. The interior design program is the oldest in America, started in 1906 by the school's namesake, Frank Alvah Parsons.

BFA degrees are offered in product design, interior design, and architectural design. MFA degrees are offered in lighting design and interior design. Students may earn a National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB)-approved professional Master of Architecture (MArch) degree.

A dual-degree graduate program combines the MArch and MFA in Lighting Design.

The school also offers an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Interior Design. The program is best suited to students who have had some prior college experience, are clear about their interests within the world of design, and are prepared for rapid immersion in a professional course of study.

The School of Fashion

The home of America's first fashion design program, Parsons School of Fashion alumni have created the highest level of clothing design in the last century. The school helped establish New York City's Seventh Avenue Fashion District as the epicenter of American fashion.

Degrees offered by Parsons School of Fashion include an AAS in Fashion Design, an AAS in Fashion Marketing, a BFA in Fashion Design, and an MFA in Fashion Design and Society.

The school's AAS programs explore the relationships between design, merchandising, and marketing. Students learn the process, skills, and language of fashion design and marketing.

Students earning a BFA degree learn each stage of fashion design including concept development, studio methods, fashion drawing, and fashion digital studio environments.

One of the school's newest programs -- the MFA in Fashion Design and Society -- is the first graduate program of its kind in the nation, training fashion designers with a multi-disciplinary, cultural, and global understanding of fashion.

On-Campus Living and Activities

Parsons The New School for Design has 3,800 undergraduate students and more than 400 graduate students. Parsons is part of The New School, a leading university with a total enrollment of more than 10,000. Of these, about 1,680 reside in one of the on-campus residence halls or graduate student apartments. All new undergraduate students, particularly first-time freshman, are encouraged to live on campus during the first year.

Parsons is connected to all New York City has to offer: its culture, its history, its opportunities, and its energy. The New School provides plenty of opportunities for students to get active and meet other students from across the university.

These include recreational and intramural sports as well as more than 35 recognized organizations and clubs that support a wide range of student interests.

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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