Admission and Aid | Parsons School of Design

  • Admission & Aid

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  • Parsons welcomes applicants who seek a rigorous education in an environment where creativity, critical thinking, and global perspectives thrive together. If you are ready to take first steps toward your creative education and career, you have come to the right place.

    Here you can find the information you need about visiting, applying to, and attending our school. If you have other questions about the application process or the Parsons experience, the Office of Admission is here to help.

  • How to Apply

    Choose a link below to learn more about the application process, including step-by-step instructions for each of our three degree levels.
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      Whether you are applying as a domestic or an international student, you can find information to help guide your next steps, including tips for creating an ideal portfolio and connecting with admission counselors.

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      We offer resources to guide you through the application process as a domestic or international graduate applicant. Topics covered include application and portfolio guidelines and connecting with admission counselors.

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  • Tuition & Financial Aid

    To help you plan for the investment of a university education, we’ve brought together information about tuition and other costs with details on financial aid, including scholarships.
    • Tuition & Fees

      Tuition at Parsons varies by program and may be a flat rate or a per-credit rate, depending on your program and registration. You can learn more about tuition costs, fees, and living expenses for degree-seeking students.

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    • Financial Aid & Scholarships

      The New School provides a comprehensive program of financial aid services including significant institutional scholarship support based on both merit and need.

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  • Welcoming All Students

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      Transfer Students

      If you're looking to make a change and are seeking an interdisciplinary and rigorous design education, Parsons might be the right fit for you. Our admissions and financial aid offices are ready to help you navigate the transition to our top-ranked school.

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      International Students

      Parsons’ community of students, faculty, and staff come from around the world. International students — more than a third of our student body — bring fresh perspective and global context to our work here. Our office answers questions about English language requirements, foreign transcripts, visas, and more.

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      Visiting Students

      Students visiting from overseas bring new ideas and creative practice to the classroom. If you are interested in complementing your current degree path with one to two semesters at Parsons, we have resources to help you apply and settle into life in NYC.

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  • Visiting campus is an ideal way to get to know our community. The New School Welcome Center on Fifth Avenue is open Monday through Friday except on major holidays. We recommend that all prospective students for bachelor's programs attend an information session and take a student-led tour.
  • If you have questions about how to apply, tuition and fees, financial aid, or any part of the application process, our Admission staff is here to help.
  • Take The Next Step

Submit your application


To apply to any of our undergraduate programs (except the Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students and Parsons Associate of Applied Science programs) complete and submit the Common App online.

Undergraduate Adult Learners

To apply to any of our Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students and Parsons Associate of Applied Science programs, complete and submit the New School Online Application.


To apply to any of our Master's, Doctoral, Professional Studies Diploma, and Graduate Certificate programs, complete and submit the New School Online Application.