Recent Updates: The New School has released its academic plan for 2020-21 and a phased reopening plan for its New York campus. Please check the Parsons Paris website for information about our Paris campus. Learn more.

  • 20-21 Academic Plan

  • With the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, and neighbors as our highest priority, Parsons has developed a plan for the coming academic year that ensures students benefit from an educational experience that is true to Parsons’ mission and values, and that supports your potential to respond to this current moment as creative problem solvers and critical thinkers. What is more, we are dedicated to ensuring that the physical, intellectual, and emotional aspects of your practice continue to grow, and are fully supported both inside and outside of the curriculum — regardless of where you are or what in-person access we have to our campus.

    Key Features

    • In alignment with the university’s 2020-2021 academic plans, all classes that would have met on campus during the fall 2020 semester will either be delivered online during the fall or moved to a later semester. Online classes will proceed as planned.
    • Some programs are adjusting curricula so that classes that are dependent on specialized facilities or equipment can be moved to a later semester. Other classes that can be more readily delivered online may be moved up in the sequence. For the most up-to-date information on Campus Access and Facilities, please reference this document.
    • Though most courses will continue to be delivered in the traditional 15-week format, where appropriate, some courses may be offered in condensed formats (for example, 7 weeks) to allow for more intensive engagement with the course material. Should we make this kind of change to a course in which you are currently enrolled, you will have an opportunity to review the changes and add/drop as appropriate.
    • Courses will be held in a combination of synchronous (live) and asynchronous (self-paced) formats, to maximize engagement and allow for learning across multiple time zones.
    • The university is exploring the possibility of limited access to Making Center spaces and other on-campus activities in fall 2020, depending on New York City and State regulations. We will continue to communicate with you as these plans develop in accordance with evolving physical distancing requirements.
    • For the 2020-2021 Academic Year, all students will pay no more than the equivalent of two full-time semesters, no matter the sequence of their course of study. More information on tuition is available here.

    The 2020-21 Academic Experience

    Parsons has offered fully online degree programs since 2008, and many faculty already have significant online teaching experience. Over the past several months, we have devoted ourselves to carefully planning the creation of new modes of online delivery, preparing to deliver an excellent, intentionally designed educational experience for all students, including those who will not be able to be in New York City.  All of our planning is designed to ensure the timely completion of course and program requirements.

    External partnerships and career preparation have always been hallmarks of a Parsons education, and the school is extending its global networks into the classroom, now more than ever. You will continue to learn from and with thought leaders from around the world on a regular basis, with access to enhanced opportunities for mentoring, internships, and support from visiting artists, guest scholars, critics, and industry leaders.

    Program-Specific Information

    Every program within Parsons is reviewing — and in some cases revising — its curriculum for the 2020-2021 academic year. Details concerning course offerings and sequencing will be published on the respective webpages for our undergraduate First Year curriculum and for our individual undergraduate, graduate, and associate’s degree programs. Advisors are available to provide individualized guidance and to direct you to other resources as needed. 

    Global Offsite Semester Option

    Recognizing that many international students may not be able to travel due to visa restrictions if we open campus in the fall, The New School is developing an innovative program that enables new first-year students outside of the United States to start the academic year in their home country. This offering is based on relationships with international partner institutions and will allow students to access space resources and/or courses with the partner in addition to online courses with The New School. 
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    University FAQs 

    We understand you may have questions regarding how The New School community will be living, learning, and experiencing the university in the 2020-2021 academic year. Learn more in our FAQs.

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Undergraduate Adult Learners

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