No matter which part of the world Pratt’s students come from, most have known since childhood that they enjoy creating things, solving problems, and share a desire to change the world and leave an imprint.
Pratt receives more than 9,000 applications yearly for its first-year class of 760. Thirty-six percent of the freshman class comes from other countries, including England, France, Spain, Brazil, China, Canada, Singapore, Thailand, Turkey, and Korea. Seventy-seven percent of the undergraduate enrollment comes from states other than New York, making Pratt a truly national and international school.
Although it is possible to attend Pratt part-time, 100 percent of the freshman class chooses to study full-time, reflecting a high degree of commitment. The student body is composed of 4,806 undergraduate and graduate students—33 percent men and 67 percent women.
One of the best measures of student satisfaction is the percentage of freshmen who return the following fall. Pratt’s retention rate of 91 percent is the second highest in the country among private art schools.
Pratt students can choose from more than 60 student activities, including honor societies, clubs, sports, and the student-run school newspaper, publications, or radio station. Students regularly attend films, plays, lectures, art openings, and concerts—both on campus and around New York City. These cultural outings play an essential role in the Pratt experience.
In addition to the residence halls and cafeteria and cafés where students meet for meals, campus life is also centered around the Library, the Schafler Gallery, the new Student Union, and the Activities Resource Center, where most sports and wellness activities take place.
Athletics and Recreation
Pratt’s athletic programs are based in the Activities Resource Center, which has a 200-meter indoor track, five indoor tennis courts, basketball and volleyball courts, a weight room, dance/exercise rooms, and saunas. Pratt is currently engaged in becoming a member of the NCAA Division Three. Men’s and women’s varsity sports at Pratt include outdoor and indoor track, cross-country, basketball, volleyball, equestrian, soccer, and tennis. Pratt also offers intramural sports, fitness and wellness, and informal recreation. See www.pratt.edu/athletics. Questions about participating in varsity athletics should be addressed to email@example.com.
Living on Campus
Pratt is one of the few colleges in New York City that offers on-campus housing. More than 90 percent of first-year students and more than half of all students live on our main Brooklyn campus in one of Pratt’s residence halls. Students can choose to live in a single room, a four-person suite, or a full apartment with one, two, or three bedrooms. First-year students can apply to live in one of the campus’s recently renovated historic townhouses, which house six students. Various meal plans are available for residential students. A new residence hall is opening for first-year students two streets from campus for fall 2019. The building was designed by Thomas Hanrahan, Pratt’s Dean of the Architecture School.
What do the Chrysler Building and Scrabble have in common? Both were designed by Pratt alumni. Pratt has approximately 26,000 active alumni, whose achievements are a testament to the soundness of the Institute’s educational philosophy.
William Boyer, designer of the classic Thunderbird
Shawn Christensen, Academy Award winner
Tomie dePaola, children’s book author and illustrator
Jules Feiffer, cartoonist and playwright
Harvey Fierstein, playwright and actor, Torch Song Trilogy
Steve Frankfurt, advertising innovator
Bob Giraldi, film director
Felix Gonzalez-Torres, installation artist
Michael Gross, executive producer, Ghostbusters
Bruce Hannah, furniture designer for Knoll, named Designer of the Decade in 1990
Eva Hesse, sculptor and painter
Betsey Johnson, fashion designer
Ellsworth Kelly, minimalist painter
Edward Koren, cartoonist, The New Yorker
Naomi Leff, interior designer
George Lois, advertising designer
Robert Mapplethorpe, photographer
Peter Max, pop artist
Norman Norell, fashion designer
Roxy Paine, conceptual artist
Beverly Pepper, sculptor
Sylvia Plachy, photographer
Charles Pollock, furniture designer
Paul Rand, graphic designer, created IBM logo
Robert Redford, actor and director
Robert Sabuda, illustrator
Stefan Sagmeister, graphic designer
David Sarnoff, president, RCA Corporation
Jeremy Scott, fashion designer
Tony Schwartz, creator, Alka-Seltzer commercial
Annabelle Selldorf, gallery and museum architect
Robert Siegel, architect, Gwathmey Siegel Kaufman
Pat Steir, contemporary painter and printmaker
Mickalene Thomas, contemporary artist
William Van Alen, architect, Chrysler Building
Tucker Viemeister, product designer, Oxo Good Grips
Max Weber, modernist painter
Robert Wilson, avant-garde stage director and playwright
Carlos Zapata, residential and commercial architect
Peter Zumthor, Pritzker Prize-winning architect