Parsons - The New School for Design

374 reviews
  1. New York, NY
  2. 4 Year
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Parsons - The New School for Design is ...
Private not-for-profit
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65 Fifth Ave.
New York, NY 10011

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of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.16 responses
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  • Rich kids
  • Artsy and fancy
  • Eclectic
  • Eclectic Rich Kids that are angry at mom and dad

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Disorganized, but Generous. When I applied to Parsons, I called two weeks later to make sure all materials for my application were received. The lady in the FA office told me, &quot;Oh...we don't have any of your 4 transcripts&quot;. I was confused, because I had sent the transcripts months ago, so I told her to check again. She then told me, &quot;Oh! I'm sorry, they were in someone else's file. They're all here&quot;. Obviously, I was frustrated...this was terribly disorganized.

On the flip side, I applied the summer before the first semester of my freshman year, which is much later than most people in my class, and still received about $15,000 in merit scholarship money and the rest on Federal I'd say they were quite generous.

I think the Parsons FA is severely underfunded, because other colleges at the New School are able to offer their students much more aid money (like Lang, for example, who's FA office is swimming in cash in comparison).

Obviously, coming to Parsons won't be an easy financial decision for anybody. I have heard of people in my class receiving full scholarships, and apparently those were the people with the most impressive Parsons Challenge Projects (Parsons' supplement)--so work hard at that. In my book, although expensive, Parsons is worth the money. The school has incredible alumni relationships and connections, and combined with being in New York City, you'll find yourself with an internship or job that kids from other art/design schools won't have access to (especially for Fashion Design and Photography).
  • College Sophomore
  • Aug 14 2012
Around the school's main buildings, there are a two staple shops that all students know of. They are Valentino's and Mapi's. Mapi's is a tiny coffee shop across the street of one of the main buildings, that all students go to during breaks, to buy coffee or other bottled drinks, bagels, and breakfast sandwiches. It's pretty cheap and everything tastes great! Valentino's on the other hand is als popular but a bit overpriced. This store is just around the corner from Mapi's. It is much larger and has a wider selection of food, drinks, and snacks. It has a deli, a sushi selection, korean food, and a bar of hot and cold food that is cooked that day: pastas, soups, salads, chinese food, stir fried veges, etc. It's all worthy of being eaten if you're willing to pay a couple bucks more. Valentino's has a student discount for Parsons students if you show them an ID or just ask for a student discount. Other places that are quite popular and tasty are Murray's bagels, and RafiQis which is a food cart that sits just outside of the 2 West 13th street building that serves mid-eastern food:meat over rice with salad.
  • College Freshman
  • Dec 1 2012
No Complaints Here! The main Parsons campus is located right next to Union Square where there is a variety of all sorts of food and places to dine and eat. Though some places might be a bit over priced, if you know the right places to go, there are some very affordable and delicious foods you can find. One of my absolute favorite places to grab a quick bite to-go or to stay but also affordable and healthy is a Japanese corner restaurant called Enju. And the Fashion building is right at Times Square so at either location it will probably be very difficult not to find a good restaurant at every corner. The desserts are also fabulous. For one thing, you can never not have a place to dine and enjoy yourself in NYC.
  • College Sophomore
  • July 25 2012