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.
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 Student Success 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, photo, bio, and contact information through
Starfish, the Student Success Network.
It is easy to schedule an appointment with your academic advisor; you can book appointments and sign up for group sessions in MyNewSchool. Just follow these steps to schedule an advising appointment:
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 also available in
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 either Starfish or the Students page.