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Parsons The New School for Design Stats, Info and Facts

A pioneer in art and design education since its founding in 1896, Parsons has cultivated outstanding artists, designers, scholars, businesspeople, and community leaders for more than a century. Today, when design thinking is increasingly being employed to solve complex global problems, Parsons is leading new approaches to art and design education.

At Parsons, a diverse community of students develops critical thinking skills and applies them to challenges ranging from environmental degradation to physical accessibility and humanitarian crises. Through a network of interconnected design laboratories, students explore global phenomena at multiple sites and scales of engagement, from on-campus research initiatives to partnerships that affect change in New York and around the world.


Throughout their journey, Parsons students benefit from instruction and mentorship by some of the most accomplished artists, designers, architects, photographers, illustrators, scholars, and critics in the world. Under the guidance of this renowned faculty, they learn to weave together different areas of expertise to radically rethink their fields.


Although Parsons provides the tools to master a single discipline, the practical knowledge students acquire and the collaborative methods they learn can be applied in a variety of contexts.

All of these possibilities befit Parsons' tradition of challenging conventions, anticipating trends, and improving the world--a tradition embodied by Parsons alumni, who lead their fields by creating art and design that matters.

Reviews in 3 Sentences
  • Siobhan from New York, NY
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  • Parsons is a high end school that offers a resonable sized student to teacher ratio. I gained a lot of information in the one semester I attended and find that…

  • Jun-07-2012 Read More
  • Sarah from Mclean, VA
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  • this is a great school especially for fashion and it is conveniently located in new york city, where many fashion companies are located. there are many opportunities for jobs and…

  • Feb-29-2012 Read More
  • Elizabeth from Greeley, CO
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  • Parsons is one of the best non-traditional design schools in the country, focusing on intense collaboration with your peers and external partners. The school is very competitive, though welcomes students…

  • Dec-28-2012 Read More
  • Jenny from New York, NY
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  • depending in your major, it's a rigorous school that excepts a lot form the students. it can be a hit or miss sometimes in terms of the classes and teachers.…

  • Feb-21-2012 Read More


Student Responses to Review Topic: Am I Enjoying Being Here
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  • Helen from New York, NY
  • Dec-24-2011 I am a current student here

    As Parsons is located in the center of New York City, its culture is pretty much merged with the entire city culture. The school makes use of the unique qualities in New York to inspire students. Most of the social activities happen in the city rather than on actual parsons campus areas, which makes it always an exciting and new experience.

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