Special Conditions and Programs

  • Applicants who fall into any of the categories described below will be notified by Parsons in their admission letter.

    Summer intensive studies (SIS) Required

    Applicants will be admitted on condition that they complete a Parsons summer program in drawing and painting before enrolling in the fall. The Admission Committee makes this determination at the time of the initial review, so that applicants have ample time to make summer study plans. Information for the Summer Intensive Studies Program (SIS) can be found here.

    Early Admission of High School Juniors

    A limited number of students are admitted to the first-year Foundation Program after completion of their junior year of high school. Students interested in this program must submit SAT or ACT scores (or, if unavailable, PSAT scores) with their applications. Also, they must provide a letter from their high school confirming that they will be allowed to substitute the successful completion of the Parsons program for their regular senior year of high school. If subsequently admitted to Parsons, students will be required to submit their high school diploma to the Office of Admission before the beginning of their sophomore year at Parsons.

    Visiting Student Status

    Students currently enrolled at another college who would like to study for a semester or two at Parsons may apply for visiting student status. If you are interested in applying as a visiting student,  please submit the Visiting Student Online Application. You will find instructions and requirements for applying in the online application. The fall semester priority deadline is March 15. The spring semester priority deadline is October 15. If you have questions about applying as a visiting student, please email us at  visiting@newschool. Please note that there is limited space available for visiting students.

    ESL+Design Certificate

    Parsons and The New School for Public Engagement are offering a new joint pre-enrollment program for international students interested in degree study at Parsons. The new ESL+Design Certificate will replace the Summer Orientation Program for International Students (SOPIS). You can begin your studies now. Go to the English Language Studies department for more information.