Parsons School of Design, New School University: Narrative Description

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66 Fifth Ave.
New York, NY 10011-8878
Tel: (212)229-8900; 877-528-3321; Admissions: (212)229-8910; Fax: (212)229-8975; Web Site:

Description: Independent, comprehensive, specialized, coed. Part of New School University. Awards associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees. Founded 1896. Setting: 2-acre urban campus. System endowment: $114.9 million. System-wide research spending 2001-02: $6.4 million. System-wide educational spending 2001-02: $8218 per student. Total enrollment: 2,958. Faculty: 759 (48 full-time, 711 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 10:1. 1,630 applied, 42% were admitted. Full-time: 2,331 students, 76% women, 24% men. Part-time: 171 students, 80% women, 20% men. Students come from 48 states and territories, 66 other countries, 47% from out-of-state, 0.1% Native American, 6% Hispanic, 3% black, 18% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 32% international, 21% 25 or older, 21% live on campus, 18% transferred in. Retention: 86% of 2003 full-time freshmen returned. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: visual/performing arts; business/marketing. Core. Calendar: semesters. ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, distance learning, summer session for credit, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements: Option: early admission. Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA, portfolio, home examination, SAT I or ACT. Recommended: minimum 3.0 high school GPA. Required for some: essay, interview. Entrance: very difficult. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year: Application fee: $40. Comprehensive fee: $36,735 includes full-time tuition ($25,330), mandatory fees ($595), and college room and board ($10,810). College room only: $8100. Part-time tuition: $864 per credit hour.

Collegiate Environment: Orientation program. Social organizations: 11 open to all. Most popular organizations: gallery committees, Latino/Latina Student Group, Chinese Student Association, American Institute of Architectural Students. Major annual events: senior shows, Fashion Critics Award Show. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices, controlled dormitory access. 948 college housing spaces available; 518 were occupied in 2002-03. Freshmen given priority for college housing. Option: coed housing available. Adam and Sophie Gimbel Design Library plus 2 others with 4.1 million books, 4.7 million microform titles, 22,150 serials, 48,379 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. System-wide operations spending 2001-02: $2.8 million. 934 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

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