Academic Catalog 2020-2021

Student Registration

New Student Initial Registration

Entering new students may be required to go online and choose courses during the new student registration time period. The Registrar’s Office will provide detailed registration instruction materials for entering new students. Some departments provide advisement in a group setting; others complete advisement by phone or email. Contact advisers for further information.

Payment of tuition and fees must be completed before August 1 to avoid a late fee.

All new students are required to participate in the orientation program before the start of their initial semester. Contact the Office of Student Involvement for published schedules.

Continuing Student Registration

Continuing students are assigned a registration date based on their degree progress. Official registration dates can be found in the Academic Calendar or on our website at www.pratt.edu/academic calendar. To avoid late fees, all registered students who plan to continue in subsequent semesters are required to register during the open registration period. This registration period closes at the end of the previous semester. Failure to register during the open registration period and make payment in advance may result in late fees. Late registrations will also severely jeopardize a student’s chances of obtaining his or her preferred academic course schedule.

Late Registration

Late registration periods are subject to a late fee. The amounts and timing of these fees are described in the Tuition and Fees section of this bulletin and the Academic Calendar. Registration or reinstatement after the published add period requires a written appeal to the Office of the Registrar.

Admission to Class

It is the responsibility of each student to obtain an official schedule (printout of registered course, section, credit, and time) on myPratt after completion of the registration process. Students are strongly cautioned to review and confirm all data. If any course/section/credit correction is necessary, the student can make adviser-approved changes on myPratt through the first two weeks of classes (drop/add period) only. Students may also alter their schedule on Student Planning.

Veterans Affairs

Pratt Institute participates in the following Veterans Administration Benefits:

  • Chapter 33 Post 9/11 GI Bill
  • Chapter 30 Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB)
  • Chapter 1606 Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB-SR)
  • Chapter 31 Veterans Vocational Rehabilitation

Because the New York Regional Veterans Administration (VA) will not accept certification of enrollment before the first class day of any session, students planning to enroll under any of the VA programs should initiate the certification procedure by making an appointment to see the veterans’ adviser in the Office of the Registrar after registration is completed. Depending on the Chapter, students receive monthly checks from the VA or the VA will send the check directly to Pratt six to eight weeks after certification. Failure to request certification upon completion of registration may result in a four- to six-week delay in the receipt of the first benefit check. As of January 1976, those students receiving survivor’s benefits (children of deceased veterans) are no longer required to be certified by the school. Appropriate forms may be obtained at the student’s VA Regional Office. New transfer students who have already received educational benefits should bring their VA claim number to the veterans’ adviser.

New students who have been in active military service must submit a certified copy of their DD 214 (discharge papers). Students in Active Reserve should be certified by their commanding officer, and the signature of the Pratt veterans’ adviser should be obtained from the Registrar’s Office. Students who support spouses, children, or parents should submit birth certificates or marriage cert­ifi­cates as appropriate. Students in the Reserve (Chapter 1606) seeking to obtain educational benefits should see their commanding officer for eligibility counseling and forms and, if eligible, should then see the Pratt veterans’ adviser for certification. All students receiving benefits under Veterans’ Vocational Rehabilitation (Chapter 31) should contact their counselors at the VA, who will forward an “authorization form” to Pratt’s veterans’ adviser.

In accordance with Title 38 US Code 3679 subsection (e), this school adopts the following additional provisions for any students using U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Post 9/11 G.I. Bill@ (Ch. 33) or Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (Ch. 31) benefits, while payment to the institution is pending from the VA. This school will not:

  • Prevent nor delay the student's enrollment
  • Assess a late penalty fee to the student
  • Require the student to secure alternative or additional funding
  • Deny the student access to any resources available to other students who have satisfied their tuition and fee bills to the institution, including but not limited to access to classes, libraries, or other institutional facilities

However, to qualify for this provision, such students may be required to:

  • Produce the Certificate of Eligibility by the first day of class
  • Provide written request to be certified
  • Provide additional information needed to properly certify the enrollment as described in other institutional policies

Veterans receiving an allocation for books should note that Pratt Institute does not maintain the campus bookstore. The VA should be notified accordingly. Final and official author­ization cannot be forwarded to the VA until the student has completed registration. Pratt Institute serves only as a source of certification and information to the VA Regional Office. The student must carry out all financial transactions with the VA directly. All transactions are carried out with the Buffalo Office:

P.O. Box 4616
Buffalo, NY 14240

The New York Regional Office is at:

245 W. Houston Street (at Varick Street)
New York, NY 10014

Residency Requirement

Every undergraduate must complete at least 50 percent of the credits required for graduation—including final 30 credits—at Pratt. Credits earned through approved study abroad programs will be considered to be earned in residence. To be considered for graduation honors, a student must have completed a minimum of 50 percent of the credits required to complete the degree at Pratt.