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The New School Parsons 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.

Located in Greenwich Village in the heart of New York City, The New School is the only comprehensive university housing a world-famous design school, a premier liberal arts college, a renowned performing arts college, a legendary social research school, and many more schools and programs designed for students of every age and stage of life.

Imagine a university where scholars, artists and designers find the support they need to challenge convention and fearlessly create positive change in the world. Imagine a community where walls between disciplines are dissolved, so journalists collaborate with designers, architects with social researchers, media specialists with activists, poets with musicians. Imagine an intellectual and creative haven that never has and never will settle for status quo. The New School is just such a university community, attracting students from all over the world to its home in the heart of Greenwich Village. Founded in 1919 by those who imagined a school that would rethink the purpose of higher education, today The New School offers more than 10,000 students areas of study across more than 135 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. No matter what area of study students pursue, they discover a unique form of creative problem solving that will forever change the way they investigate and create - relentlessly questioning convention, collaborating across disciplines and taking risks. For undergraduates, The New School offers programs in art and design, liberal arts and the performing arts at: Parsons School of Design, Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts, and the College of Performing Arts, which includes Mannes School of Music, the School of Jazz and the School of Drama.

BFA in Dramatic Arts

Parsons School of Design

Design Inspired Thinking

One of the largest and most prestigious art and design schools in the nation, Parsons School of Design offers undergraduate degree programs in New York City and Paris. Students are enabled to develop the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in a rapidly changing society, through collaboration with peers, industry partners, and communities around the world.

A Diverse Community of Artists

The faculty are drawn from working professionals, and the students hail from more than 65 countries and every possible background - bringing a truly global perspective to classes. At Parsons, the 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 effect change in New York and around the world.

Parsons Paris

Parsons' academic center in Paris offers undergraduate degree programs taught in English. Guided by a faculty of professionals from Europe and New York, students at Parsons Paris use the city as a laboratory, collaborating on creative projects and exploring ways to apply art and design to the challenges of urban life.

The Parsons Difference

Professional internships with the world's top designers and artists, interdisciplinary collaborations, and international study opportunities augment Parsons' undergraduate programs in Architectural Design; Art, Media, and Technology (Parsons Paris only); Communication Design; Design and Technology; Environmental Studies; Fashion Design; Fine Arts; Illustration; Integrated Design; Interior Design; Photography; Product Design; Strategic Design and Management; and Urban Design.

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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