Current Students

  • As a Parsons student learning to be a designer, you may face challenges both in and outside of the classroom. The advising staff acknowledges the diversity of the student population and approaches issues holistically, recognizing that a variety of factors influence academic performance. The overarching objectives of advising are to provide accurate, timely information and create a supportive environment to help you make academic decisions such as selecting a major, creating a plan of study, choosing whether or where to study abroad, or taking a leave of absence.

    Getting to Know Your Advisor

    Advisors have extensive knowledge of campus resources and will show you how to navigate university systems and procedures. They also act as a liaison between you and University Student Services staff and will acquaint you with procedures for communicating with faculty and other academic leadership when policy questions such as academic integrity, grade appeals, and academic standing arise.

    You are assigned to an advisor based on your program and year of study and, in some cases, your last name. You can find your advisor's name, office location, and contact information on our Advisors page. Advisor photos and bios are available through the Student Success Network.

    Scheduling an Appointment with Your Advisor

    It is easy to schedule an appointment with your academic advisor; you can book appointments and sign up for group sessions in Just follow these steps to schedule an advising appointment:

    • Go to and log in.
    • Click on the Student tab.
    • Find the Student Success Network and click the Login to Starfish CONNECT™ button (you must allow pop-ups in your browser).
    • Click on the Schedule an Appointment button.
    • You'll see a list of your instructors, TAs, and your academic advisor in the My Success Network area on the left.
    • Click on the See Available Appointments link under your advisor's name to go to his or her calendar.
    • Select an available appointment time by clicking on the Sign Up link next to the time you want to see your advisor.
    • Fill in a few details explaining why you're coming in, and click Submit.

    Developing an Academic Plan

    Whether you are trying to decide on a major or have already selected one, you can use DegreeWorks to explore your options and to monitor your degree progress. DegreeWorks will show you all of the courses required for your degree, as well as all the classes you have completed thus far. You can find out more about how to use this tool in the DegreeWorks tutorial. DegreeWorks is available on the Student tab of MyNewSchool.

    To learn about the courses you'll take and to see courses offered by other colleges of The New School, use the University Course Catalog. The course catalog links to the schedule of classes, where you can find the days and times that classes are offered. 

    There are many services on campus to assist and support students. You can find information on available services and, in some cases, schedule appointments, using the Student Success Network.