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 2020-2021 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. 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.

    Our plans for the coming academic year follow the public health guidelines from the City and State of New York to ensure the health and safety of our community. 

    The 2020-2021 Academic Experience

    Spring 2021

    Given the continued prevalence and changing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, in New York City, the United States, and the world, we are following local public health recommendations to ensure the health and safety of our community. These are guiding the university-level decisions about the spring semester. 

    • In alignment with the university’s 2020-2021 academic plans, nearly all spring 2021 classes will continue to be taught online. Parsons will continue taking measured steps to offer additional access to campus, including the Making Center, equipment checkout, and other university resources.
    • Students who choose to or need to enroll in a hybrid option will still take nearly all courses online, and take a hybrid course, offered university-wide. This course will combine online learning with an in-person component, in which students will attend one on-campus small-group instructional offering in compliance with social distancing guidelines. Priority access to this hybrid course will be given to first-year and incoming graduate students, and the course description will be available on the course catalog soon. 
    • A few individual programs are also exploring hybrid learning opportunities that comply with safety regulations and social distancing guidelines. Your program director and advisors will provide individualized guidance and direct you to other resources as needed.
    • Campus access is currently available for all Parsons students who have submitted the required testing documentation for individualized project work. Making Center access (for tools and equipment) is currently available to all Parsons students who have completed required orientations and are already authorized to use equipment. Students can reserve blocks of time (up to 6 or 12 hours depending on the space) to work on their projects on campus. Equipment rentals for off-campus use are also available. Students may submit work digitally to be produced for pickup in select labs and shops (e.g., printing services at the Design Lab, Durst Digital C-printing, 3D, laser cutting, CNC, and kiln firing). In order to allow for greater access, we are exploring new online orientations for select labs and shops in the Making Center, as well as additional submission-based pickups. Safety guidelines will remain in effect for the spring.
    • We will be in touch early in the spring semester regarding plans for exhibiting/showcasing program thesis work for graduating seniors.
    • Spring 2021 course registration will begin on November 30 for continuing students. The course catalog and schedule of classes will be updated the week of November 16.
    • Visit Parsons Now, our virtual community hub, to see featured work and stay updated on virtual events and news highlights.
    • For FAQs, policy updates, and an archive of university-wide email announcements, please visit Parsons Remote.

    Fall 2020

    • All classes are taught online in fall 2020.
    • Some programs have adjusted 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. 
    • 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. 
    • Our Global Offsite Semester opportunities build on partnerships with a number of universities overseas and open new opportunities at Parsons Paris to provide access to creative and making spaces for many of our international students. Learn more below. The university facilitated limited access to the Making Center and other on-campus spaces for task time in fall 2020.

    Tuition Fees

    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.

    Global Offsite Semester Option

    The New School has developed 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. 

    Learn more about the Global Offsite Semester.

    University Housing

    Residence halls will continue to be available on a limited basis. After opening our residence halls on a very limited basis during the fall semester, we plan to expand access and capacity in spring, while still taking all necessary steps to meet required social distancing guidelines. Housing will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. 

    For social distancing measures, we will assign each student to a single bedroom, but a suite with multiple bedrooms may accommodate multiple students. Additionally, to help ease the financial burden of students who choose to live in university housing in spring 2021, we have lowered the housing rates and fees. 

    Please visit the University Housing page for more information.

    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

To apply to any of our Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students and Parsons Associate of Applied Science programs, complete and submit the New School Online Application.


To apply to any of our Master's, Doctoral, Professional Studies Diploma, and Graduate Certificate programs, complete and submit the New School Online Application.