Academic Catalog 2020-2021

Admission Requirements for Transfer Students

Submit all documents postmarked no later than the application deadline of February 1. The online application, as well as various requirements, may be found at www.pratt.edu/apply. Writing and visual portfolios must be uploaded to pratt.slideroom.com by the February 1 deadline. See www.pratt.edu/apply for instructions on submitting your application and supporting documents.

Checklist

  1. Application form with fee
  2. Official transcripts from each high school attended or official GED scores. A high school transcript is not required of students who have attended at least four semesters of college full-time or have earned at least 48 credits by the semester for which they are applying.
  3. Official transcripts from each college attended. Upload official transcripts to the online application.
  4. Optional letter of recommendation
  5. Portfolio
  6. Essay (part of application form)
  7. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), TOEFL ITP Plus,  International English Language Testing System (IELTS), Duolingo,  or Pearson Test of English (PTE) exam results (international applicants only)

All mailed materials must be sent to:

Pratt Institute
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
200 Willoughby Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11205

Detailed information on the requirements follows.

Application Form with Fee

All applicants to undergraduate degree programs must complete the Pratt undergraduate application with the appropriate nonrefundable application fee ($50 for U.S. citizens and permanent residents, $90 for international applicants). Applications must be completed online at www.pratt.edu/admissions/applying.

Completing your undergraduate application form online is the required method. Fees may be paid by credit card or electronic check.

In cases of extreme financial hardship, applicants may request a fee waiver. The fee wavier may be found at www.pratt.edu/apply.

Official High School Transcript(s)

Transfer applicants are required to submit high school transcript(s). Note: A high school transcript is not required of students who have attended at least four semesters of college full-time or have earned at least 48 credits by the semester for which they are applying. Upload to the online application or ask your high school to send it electronically or by mail.

Official College Transcript(s)

Transfer applicants must submit official transcripts from each college attended by uploading all official transcripts to the online application. If you are accepted and choose to enroll at Pratt, you will be required to submit your final official transcripts as soon as your semester is complete and grades are available.

International Transcripts

International applicants must submit official transcripts (academic records) of all secondary school studies as well as any postsecondary studies. (See note under Official High School Transcripts.) Applicants also must submit official results of all external examinations. These would include General Certificate of Education, Hong Kong School Certificate of Education, Israeli matriculation or Bagrut, Secondary School Certificates, and Baccalaureate Part I and Part II. Transcripts must be translated into English.

Transfer students who have studied outside the US (other than Japan and Korea) are required to submit a World Education Services (WES) evaluation of their transcript(s) to expedite their application processing. WES evaluations do not include translations. The document must be officially translated into English before it is submitted to WES or any other reputable education evaluation service, e.g., your embassy.

Final Official Transcripts

If you are accepted and decide to enroll at Pratt, you may (if you attended college in the US) request your transcript from the National Student Clearinghouse or from your college.

Letter of Recommendation

Letters of recommendation are optional. See details at www.pratt.edu/apply.

Transfer Portfolio Guidelines

Visual or Writing Portfolio

The transfer portfolio requirements are the same as the freshman requirements if you have not taken studio courses in your previous college or if you have not taken our undergraduate first-year courses and will enter as a first-year student. Transfer applicants who have taken art courses should include examples of work that reflect all studio experiences at their previous college in order
to be reviewed for credit. No more than 45 images may be submitted.

Architecture

All Architecture transfer applicants must submit a visual portfolio. Applicants who have not taken architecture design studio courses in their previous postsecondary school should submit a portfolio according to the freshman requirements and will automatically be placed into the first year of design. Transfer applicants who have taken architecture design courses should include examples of work that reflect all design projects at their previous school. The number of images in the architecture portfolio will reflect the number of projects completed. Archi­tecture students seeking the transfer of studio credit must use SlideRoom to upload their images at pratt.slideroom.com.

Submitting Your Visual or Writing Portfolio

Portfolios should be uploaded using SlideRoom at pratt.slideroom.com, following instructions on the site. You will receive immediate confirmation that your work has been received. You may edit images until you hit the “submit” button. There is a charge of $15 for submission. Admissions advisement sessions and reviews at National Portfolio Days or by appointment off campus do not fulfill the applicant’s visual requirement. They are for guidance only. Please submit your work by the deadline (February 1 for fall and October 1 for spring).

Do not send work to the Admissions Office. All work must be submitted on SlideRoom. All submitted materials, including the portfolio, become the property of Pratt Institute. Portfolios in any format will not be returned or held for pickup.

Portfolio for Writing and Critical and Visual Studies

Applicants are required to upload a writing portfolio of recent writing (no more than 10 pages) to SlideRoom at pratt.slideroom.com. Writing applicants may submit poetry, short stories, and excerpts from novels, articles, and essays. Please submit at least one sample of analytical writing. We encourage you to submit several examples of your writing in different styles. If you submit poetry, you must also submit some prose. Critical and Visual Studies applicants should submit examples of analytical writing. At this time, feedback on writing portfolios is not available through the Admissions Office.

Essay

The essay is uploaded on the last page of the application. It should be between 250 and 500 words. Topic: Describe when and how you became interested in art, design, writing, architecture, or the particular major to which you are applying. Describe how this interest has manifested itself in your daily life.

Test of ENglish Proficiency

International applicants whose first language is not English should take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam, the TOEFL ITP Plus (administered by Vericant, see below) , the Duolingo, the Pearson Test of English  or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and have the results sent by the application deadline. Register online at www.toefl.org for the TOEFL.The transfer  minimum test requirements are the same as those listed under High School Students. 

Applicants from China and Korea

In order to provide an in-person interview opportunity for all Chinese and South Korean applicants interested in Pratt Institute and to process your application faster, we have partnered with Vericant. Vericant will conduct video interviews and short writing samples with our applicants in Mainland China. Vericant does not evaluate candidates but, instead, posts the interviews online for our admissions team to review. The Vericant interview will form part of your application package if you opt to be interviewed.

Although the Vericant interview is not mandatory, we highly recommend it, as it will give you an excellent opportunity to showcase your skills and professionalism to our admissions team.

To learn more about Vericant and to schedule an interview, please visit Vericant’s website at students.vericant.com.

Vericant provides interviews in the following cities. Main cities (three): Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen; Secondary cities (10): Chengdu, Chongqing, Dalian, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Nanjing, Qingdao, Wuhan, Xi’an, and Zhengzhou.

Transfer Credit/Placement

Transfer credit may be granted for coursework that is comparable to Pratt’s coursework and is completed at a school accredited by an accrediting agency or state approval agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education or the international equivalent.

Credit may be awarded for courses in which

  1. a grade of C or higher is earned from domestic institutions (or 70 or higher from international institutions, as determined by a reputable education evaluation service) and
  2. the course corresponds to the specific course requirements of the applicant’s proposed program of study. Courses with grades lower than C (including C-) or less than 70 are not transferable.

Students seeking transfer credits for studio courses in art, design, or architecture are required to submit a portfolio reflective of their studio coursework comp­leted at their prior college as part of the admission application. Transfer credit shall be granted for courses taken at another institution only when the coursework involved and the level of the transfer applicant’s achieve­ment permit the student to complete the remaining coursework successfully.

All students petitioning for transfer credit(s) must submit official transcript(s) from all colleges attended. Credit evaluations will be completed only after acceptance. AP credit will also be considered. Please request that your official AP scores be sent to Pratt during the summer before you enroll. See page 206 for more details.

Prior to registration, the transfer student receives an estimate by the Office of the Registrar of the credit that can be expected for work done at his or her previous college(s).

Additional supporting documents may be requested by the Office of Admissions (bulletin, course hours, syllabi etc.). The Pratt program is planned with the appropriate art and design academic adviser using the estimate as a guide for the required work to be completed. After all final official transcripts have been received, a comp­lete evaluation of transfer credit will be sent to the student. Transfer credit is not included in the scholastic index. If less than 50 percent of a student’s credits are earned at Pratt, the student will not be considered for honors. Search “Transfer Credit” at www.pratt.edu for details.

all Accepted International Students

All enrolling international students need to submit international student forms to the Office of International Affairs. International students include both students who need an I-20 for the F-1 student visa and international students in other immigration statuses. (U.S. permanent residents are not considered international students.)

Requesting the I-20

To request the I-20, first submit your enrollment deposit to the Office of Admissions. See instructions for submitting an I-20 request at www.pratt.edu/oia under New Students on the left of the web page. The request and documents are submitted online.

Pratt Institute
Office of International Affairs
200 Willoughby Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11205
USA

English Exam for Enrolling Students

All students for whom English is a second language  must meet Pratt Institute’s English requirement. The English exam determines if you meet the Institute’s English requirement or if you will need Intensive English Program (IEP) courses to meet the requirement.

If your TOEFL score is 100 iBT (or 600 pBT or 250 cBT) or higher (see www.pratt.edu/iep) , or if English is your native language, then you will not need to take the exam because you meet the English requirement.

English Language Placement Exam Waivers

Exam waivers automatically will be given to students who who meet the criteria at pratt.edu/iep

Please note: Language test waivers for the admissions process do not automatically waive the English Placement Exam requirement. Students who have taken the SAT in lieu of the TOEFL for admission are required to take the English Placement Exam unless they meet one of the waiver criteria listed at the IEP website link above. 

Admission to Associate Degree Programs at Pratt Manhattan

Transfer applicants to the Associate Degree Programs at Pratt’s Manhattan Center should use the online application at www.pratt.edu/admissions/applying. Please follow the same requirements listed for high school applicants or transfer students to the BFA. The SAT/ACT is not required. Applicants to the BFA programs in Fine Arts or Communications Design who do not meet the qualifications for the BFA may be accepted instead to the associate’s degree.

Admissions Decisions

Admissions decisions are issued as follows for applicants who submitted complete applications. Early action decisions will be made by mid-December. January 5 deadline decisions will be made by April 1. Spring decisions will be made by November 15. Admissions files are not considered complete and will not be reviewed until all required materials have been received.

Deposit Deadlines

Accepted students who plan to enroll at Pratt for the fall term are required to make a deposit of $500 by May 1, the official candidate’s reply date. Accepted students for the spring term must submit their deposit by December 1 or two weeks after acceptance, whichever is later. International students should submit their I-20 request forms as soon as possible after the deposit deadline. The full amount of the nonrefundable deposit is credited to the student’s first semester tuition. Housing application deposits are also due on the above mentioned dates. Deposits should be made at www.payments.pratt.edu.

Financial Aid

Domestic applicants who intend to file for financial aid for fall 2019 will be able to access the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on October 1, 2018, and can use their 2018 income tax statements. The FAFSA should be submitted electronically. See all instructions at www.pratt.edu/aid. If you wish to have the IRS populate your FAFSA in seconds, click on the button asking for permission. This greatly expedites the completion of this form. You should submit the FAFSA before February 1 for fall enrollment and by October 31 for spring enrollment. Please make sure that the email address you gave Pratt’s Office of Admissions is the email address you use.

  • FAFSA code is 002798
  • Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) school code for New York State residents: 0615—undergraduate

Readmission

Baccalaureate degree candidates seeking readmission should submit an Application for Readmission (available in the Office of the Registrar or at www.pratt.edu/admissions/applying) to the Office of the Registrar. The Application for Readmission should be accompanied by a brief statement outlining the student’s reasons for wishing to return to Pratt and official transcripts from other schools attended after leaving Pratt. Deadline dates for filing applications for readmission are June 1 for the fall term and December 1 for the spring term. Any student who did not file for an approved leave of absence and who, during the preceding term, either was not registered at Pratt or did not complete the term is required to apply for readmission. Requests from students who left the Insti tute while not in good standing may be reviewed by  the Committee on Academic Standing of the school to which readmission is sought. Notification of final action and registration instructions are sent to the student by the Office of the Registrar.

Every student, once matriculated as a freshman or a transfer student, is expected to complete his or her degree requirements at Pratt both in professional areas and in liberal arts and sciences. Credit earned at other accredited institutions by readmitted students who were previously matriculated will be evaluated for transfer to the Pratt record by the Office of the Registrar. Readmitted students are expected to meet the degree requirements that are in effect at the time of readmission.

Changing Schools within Pratt

Students who wish to transfer from one school to another within the Institute should complete a Change of School Transfer Application at pratt.slideroom.com. Students must meet the admissions criteria for the program to which they are applying. A limit of one transfer between schools will be considered. Students requesting a second transfer will be required to obtain additional approval from the deans of both schools.

Nonmatriculated/Special Students

Nonmatriculated or special students are not candidates for a degree from Pratt Institute. They may take no more than 6 credits per semester and may register only if space is available in a class after matriculated students have registered. Acceptance as a nonmatriculated or special student is based on the applicant’s background and ability to successfully complete the coursework. No more than 18 credits may be accumulated by a nonmatriculated student. International students holding a student visa must meet with the international student adviser before submitting an application. Additional information is ava- ilable from the Office of Admissions. A nonmatriculated/special student who plans to apply for admission as a matriculated student should meet with the chair of the program to which they wish to apply. A nondegree form is available at www.pratt.edu/admissions/applying.

PrattMWP College of Art and Design (Extension Center)

PrattMWP College of Art and Design (Extension Center), Munson-Williams-Proctor, is located in upstate New York. To apply, visit www.mwpai.edu for a description of requirements, or check off PrattMWP on Pratt’s application. Students take the first two years *(all studio courses must be completed) and a total of 54 credits at PrattMWP in Utica and finish the remaining two years in Brooklyn. PrattMWP offers Fine Arts, Photography, Art Education (teacher certifi­cation), and Communications Design. Students may apply to both Pratt in Brooklyn and PrattMWP in Utica on the Pratt application at the same time. Note that students are not permitted to relocate to the Brooklyn campus early. Students must complete the full curriculum at PrattMWP before relocating to Brooklyn to finish their degree.

Intellectual Property

Pratt is committed to fostering the artistic and intellectual creativity of our community. The products of our creativity are both the physical property we create—paintings, designs, and manuscripts—as well as the intellectual ideas these works represent. The latter is called intellectual property. Pratt’s Intellectual Property Policy applies to all of our community members and is intended to respect the value of creators, whether students, faculty, or staff. It also provides for sharing our creative products to further the knowledge and academic growth of our collective community. Knowledge of intellectual property rights is an important responsibility of all members of our community and an important part of the intellectual life of every creative professional. Pratt’s complete Intellectual Property Policy can be found on the web at www.pratt.edu/provost.

The Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program

Director
Amanda Diaz
adiaz208@pratt.edu

Pratt Institute is committed to providing access to higher education for all capable students. Pratt tries to ensure that no student is prevented from completing his or her degree due to a lack of funds. The Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP) provides an opportunity to offer admission and support to talented New York students who have not reached their full academic potential due to barriers in their educational, economic, or personal background. Applicants must be New York State residents who meet New York State’s Arthur O. Eve HEOP income guidelines.

The Arthur O. Eve HEOP students are Pratt students. They attend the same classes, live in the same residence halls, participate in the same extracurricular activities, have access to the same resources, and pursue the same careers as other Pratt students. The Arthur O. Eve HEOP provides additional supportive services designed to assist students with academic, financial, social, and personal matters. This includes tutoring, counseling, and financial aid for students throughout their college careers.

The ultimate goal of the program is to make higher education possible for students who are inadmissible under regular admissions guidelines, but who have the potential and motivation for academic success.

Applicants who feel that they may be eligible for the Arthur O. Eve HEOP should contact the Office of Admis­sions for further information and check off the Arthur O. Eve HEOP on the admissions application. The Arthur O. Eve HEOP office is located on the first floor of the Information Science Center (ISC), Room 104, and is open Monday through Friday, 9 AM to 5 PM. Summer hours are 9 AM to 4 PM. The telephone number is 718.636.3524. Check the HEOP page at www.pratt.edu/heop for instructions on applying to the program and submitting
your financial information.