Academic Catalog 2020-2021

Student Status

Full-Time Graduate

To establish full-time equivalence, graduate students must enroll for nine or more semester credits (or an equivalent combination of credits and activities recognized as applicable). Graduate students enrolled in their thesis course or Thesis in Progress are considered full-time. Students registered for Intensive English are considered registered in activities equivalent to two credits for each section.

Part-Time Graduate

Graduate students are classified as part-time if they schedule or drop to fewer than nine credits of registered coursework.

Attendance Policy

Pratt Institute understands that students’ engagement in their program of study is central to their success. While no attendance policy can assure that, regular class attendance is key to this engagement and signals the commitment Pratt students make to participate fully in their education.

Faculty are responsible for including a reasonable attendance policy on the syllabus for each course they teach, consistent with department-specific guidelines, if applicable, and with Institute policy regarding reasonable accommodation of students with documented disabilities. Students are responsible for knowing the attendance policy in each of their classes; for understanding whether a class absence has been excused or not; for obtaining material covered during an absence (note: instructors may request that a student obtain the material from peers); and for determining, in consultation with the instructor and ahead of time if possible, whether makeup work will be permitted.

Consistent attendance is essential for the completion of any course or program. Attending class does not earn students any specific portion of their grade, but is the precondition for passing the course, while missing class may seriously harm a student’s grade. Grades may be lowered a letter grade for each unexcused absence, at the discretion of the instructor. Even as few as three unexcused absences in some courses (especially those that meet only once per week) may result in an automatic “F” for the course. (Note: Students shall not be penalized for class absences prior to adding a course at the beginning of a semester, though faculty may expect students to make up any missed assignments.)

Pratt Institute respects students’ requirements to observe days of cultural significance, including religious holy days, and recognizes that some students might need to miss class to do so. In this or other similar circumstance, students are responsible for consulting with faculty ahead of time about how and when they can make up work they will miss.

Faculty are encouraged to give consideration to students who have documentation from the Office of Health and Counseling. Reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities will continue to be provided, as appropriate.

Enrollment Verification Letters

Students can generate a watermarked PDF record of their periods of enrollment and current status at Pratt Institute online through the National Student Clearinghouse. This service can be accessed at any time through

  1. Log in with your OneKey at
  2. Click on “Academic Tools” on the left side of the page. Click on “log in” under “Verifications and Transcripts”

Through the Self-Service menu, a student may also:

  • Obtain a Good Student Discount Certificate
  • View the enrollment information on file with the National Student Clearinghouse. (Enrollment information is provided to the National Student Clearinghouse by many postsecondary institutions. Enrollment in those schools is included)
  • View the student loan deferment notifications that the Clearinghouse has provided to your loan holders (lenders and guarantors)
  • View the proof(s) of enrollment that the Clearinghouse has provided to your health insurers and other providers of student services or products
  • Order or track a transcript
  • View specific information about your student loans

A student may request an enrollment verification letter on Pratt Institute letterhead several ways:

  • Through the Academic Tools student menu (under My Courses)
  • A written request including ID number and mailing/fax destination from a student’s Pratt email account
  • In person at the Registrar’s Office with a Pratt ID

In all cases where the student is not the direct recipient, the student must provide written permission to release the information as well as the name and address of the company or person that is to receive the verification letter.