What is PreCollege?

PreCollege is a program that supports future artists, designers, and creative thinkers to develop their skills and creative voice. High school students engage in rigorous college-level courses, modeled after Pratt Institute’s undergraduate offerings and taught by Pratt faculty who are committed to sharing their expertise in the fields of art and design. Students enrolled in credit-bearing PreCollege classes receive elective credits accepted at Pratt and most other colleges and universities.

When does registration open for PreCollege?

Applications for PreCollege open several months before classes begin.

Fall applications will open in July 2020
Spring applications will open in November 2020
Summer applications will open in December 2019

Fall and Spring Classes

Who should join PreCollege?

PreCollege fall and spring classes are designed for commuter high school students living in the New York City area to develop their creative voice and build skills in art, design, and creative thinking.

What do students do in PreCollege?

Spring and Fall classes consist of a ten-week intensive course. Courses can be either credit-bearing or non-credit bearing. All classes take place on Pratt’s Manhattan campus with a final exhibition of student work taking place on Pratt’s Brooklyn campus. The final exhibition will be attended by Pratt’s admissions counselors, faculty, and students and welcome family and friends.

What is the difference between Credit Vs Non-Credit Classes?

Students enrolled in credit-bearing PreCollege classes receive elective credits accepted at Pratt and most colleges and universities. PreCollege credit classes are 38% discounted from Pratt courses. Classes are taught at the college level and support a rigorous and exciting introduction to explorations in art, design and creative thinking. Upon successful completion of each course, students receive a transcript indicating the grade received based on Pratt’s grading system. Some classes are also offered for non-credit. Students who take the course for non-credit do not receive a letter grade or a transcript and have a more lenient attendance policy.

What classes are offered in the Fall and Spring?

Our Previous offerings are available on our Fall and Spring PreCollege page. It is our goal to continue to offer a diverse selection of concentrations for students. However, in the event of a class being canceled due to low enrollment, students will be notified and rescheduled.

Where are Fall and Spring PreCollege Classes?

Fall and Spring classes are taught at Pratt’s Manhattan Campus located at 144 W 14th St, New York, NY 10011. The Final Exhibition will take place at Pratt’s Brooklyn campus located at 200 Willoughby Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11205.


Summer PreCollege

Who should enroll in PreCollege?

High School students aged 16-18 who are interested in studying Art and Design, Creative Writing, or Cultural studies. The Pratt PreCollege summer program is a rigorous, intensive program that pushes young creatives to their full potential. However, it can be very challenging for many students. Please refer to our summer calendar and course offerings before signing up.

Can International Students come to PreCollege?

International and Non-domestic students are welcome at Pratt PreCollege. For information on the requirements for attendence, visit our international students’ page.

How Long is PreCollege Summer?

Pratt Summer PreCollege lasts four weeks in the month of July. Due to the limited time of the program, students are not permitted to arrive late or leave early.

What classes do you offer for PreCollege in the Summer?

Our Previous offerings are available on our Summer PreCollege page. It is our goal to continue to offer a diverse selection of concentrations for students. However, in the event of a class being canceled due to low enrollment, students will be notified and rescheduled.

Are there Scholarships for PreCollege?

There are limited scholarships available for PreCollege. Applications are available through the PreCollege general application. All scholarship applications should be submitted by March 1st. For a complete break down of tuition and fees, please visit our official page here.

When can students arrive at PreCollege?

Students should arrive on the day of orientation. Early arrivals are not encouraged. If you need to arrive early please contact the PreCollege office before booking any flights at precollege@pratt.edu. Please state “Early Arrival” in the subject line of the email.

Where is does Pratt Summer PreCollege take place?

PreCollege takes place at Pratt’s Brooklyn Campus located at 200 Willoughby Avenue, Brooklyn, New York 11205. For more information about the campus please check the official website here.

What Art Museums will students visit?

Art museums and galleries are used to help students contextualize their art practice and reinforce concepts introduced in class. Utilizing New York City’s rich culture, students are guided through both historical and contemporary pieces. Students will receive a schedule of Museums they will be visiting upon arrival.

What are Studio Hours?

Studio hours provide an opportunity for students to work on their homework with an assigned mentor. Studio Mentors are current Pratt students who are in a related field of study and are available to share their wisdom, expertise, and advice. Studio hours are mandatory and the only time outside of class that students are permitted in their studio.

Where can students eat on campus?

Students can eat at Pratt’s Dining Hall on Pratt’s main campus. Snacks and toiletries are available at the C-Store, located in Willoughby Residential hall.

Why do all students take four classes?

All classes in the PreCollege summer program contribute to a holistic, immersive education. All classes build foundational skills, support portfolio development, and teach students skills that are vital in all art and design disciplines.

Who will my teacher be?

Students in PreCollege will be taught by Pratt faculty and alumni. Schedules will be made available at orientation. Schedules can also be accessed through the student’s Onekey.

When can parents/guardians visit?

Adults are not permitted in the residence halls at any time outside of move-in and move-out. Parents are welcome to the Final Exhibition which happens on the final day of the program. Due to the intensity of the program, it is not recommended that parents visit during any class day.

Do all PreCollege Students have roommates?

Students are assigned a roommate when they sign up for the residence halls. There are no accommodations for single-person rooms. Please contact residential life at reslife@pratt.edu for more information.

What excursions will Precollege students go on?

PreCollege offers a variety of enriching activities both on and off-campus. Students will be led on trips through New York City’s various museums, historical landmarks, and centers of culture. Students may also attend artist workshops and studios to see what artists and designers are doing today.

What do I do if my Onekey isn’t working?

Please contact our Technology Desk at technologydesk@pratt.edu or by calling them at 718.636.3765

How do I access my Pratt Email?

Each student is provided a pratt.edu email account where important information from PreCollege staff and the Institute will be sent. Students can access their Pratt email at webmail.pratt.edu using your Pratt OneKey username and password Pratt emails can also be accessed through Gmail.com, signing in with a OneKey username@pratt.edu and password.

Can students receive mail?

 Pratt’s mailroom is located in Thrift Hall, 1st Floor. Phone: 718.636.3417, email: mailctr@pratt.edu. Students may pick up mail or packages from the mailroom Monday-Friday 9 AM-4 PM. It is the responsibility of the student to pick up their own mail. It is recommended that mail not be sent towards the end of the program as it may arrive after a student departs. Please note to not send mail more than two weeks before the start of the program or it may be returned to the sender. All mail must include the student's name as indicated below and should be sent to:

PreCollege Program: For (Student’s name)
Pratt Institute
200 Willoughby Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11205

What Supplies do I need?

Students should estimate spending $400 on supplies for the program. Due to the variety of concentrations offered, PreCollege is unable to provide a generic supply list. Supplies can be purchased while in Brooklyn. There are many great resources and supply stores near campus including but not limited to:

Blick Art Supplies
536 Myrtle Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11205

Apple Art Supplies
321 Dekalb Avenue 
Brooklyn, NY 11205

How are Grades decided?

Credit-bearing classes (Concentration & Foundation) are evaluated on Pratt Institute’s Grade System, which follows a general A-F grading scale. Non-credit courses (Art History & Portfolio Development) register as P (pass) or F (fail).

Where do I get my transcripts?

PreCollege transcripts will reflect the grades and elective credits earned. Grades and transcripts become available a month after the completion of the program. Please email registrar@pratt.edu for information on how to receive them. Official transcripts may also be ordered through www.getmytranscript.com.

What is the Attendance policy at PreCollege?

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. If you have a health or mental health condition that could impact your attendance, please contact the Learning/Access Center to set-up accommodations.

Faculty are also responsible for including a reasonable attendance policy on the syllabus for each course they teach, consistent with PreCollege department-specific guidelines, and with Institute policy regarding reasonable accommodation of students with documented disabilities.

Is Pratt PreCollege accessible?

Accessibility resources are available at pratt.edu/accessibility. For specific questions or concerns about accommodations for PreCollege students please contact LAC@pratt.edu. If assistance is needed accessing a location on campus please reach out to campus Public Safety, notify PreCollege staff and sign up with the Learning/Access Center.

Does Pratt offer transportation to campus?

Due to limited staff, we are unable to offer transportation to campus. For recommendations on transportation, please check Pratt’s official site.

What is Pratt Institute Public Safety (P.I.P.S)?

The P.I.P.S department provides 24 hours a day protection to the campus. P.I.P.S Officers are charged with the enforcement of Pratt Institute Rules and Regulations. They are staff employees and are responsible for a full range of services, including preparation of crime and condition reports, response to emergencies, conducting fire drills and any other situation requiring security assistance. They are stations all around campus, including each residence hall. During any emergency, students should call the P.I.P.S booth at 718.636.3540.

What Residence Halls are available?

There are two residence halls available to students.

Stabile Hall (VAS):

Vincent A. Stabile Hall houses 225 students in four to five person suites. With few exceptions, the room dimensions, not including the small entry foyer, are 12' x 12'. The award-winning design of the building boasts a large common lounge with smaller work and lounge spaces on each floor, all of which contribute to a vital living and working environment.

Pantas Hall (LJP):

Leo J. Pantas Hall accommodates 212 residents. Rooms have an 8' x 9' entranceway that leads to a 10' x 16' larger bedroom space. The building boasts a large work area in addition to a dramatic main lounge.

What is the Curfew at PreCollege?

Monday through Sunday on all evenings for the duration of the program, resident students must sign in for curfew with the on-duty Resident Advisor (RA) by 11 PM and are not permitted to leave the residence halls until 6 AM. Curfew sign-in is taken very seriously, and any students signing in after 11 PM will be in violation of this policy. Repeated violations of the policy may result in expulsion from the program.

Can students be released overnight?

Weekend releases are discouraged and to be used only when necessary. The program only has three weekends in which encompass cultural excursions, lectures, Studio Space and other enrichments. Do not complete this Weekend Release form unless the reason for the release is unavoidable. Complete ONLY if a student needs to be away from campus overnight during a weekend. All weekends away must be prearranged and approved. Students may not be released overnight during weekday evenings. Those who still decide to submit a release must complete the form and email to precollege@pratt.edu before the start of the program.

What should I pack?

Students who are living in residence halls should bring:

  • Twin XL Sheets
  • Comforter/Blanket
  • Pillows
  • Hangers
  • Trash can
  • Towels, Hand-Towel, Washcloth
  • Bath-Mat
  • Laundry Bag
  • Detergent
  • Toilet Paper
  • Small Desk Lamp
  • Shampoo/Conditioner/Body Wash

All students should bring:

  • Sunscreen
  • Bug Spray/Repellent
  • Allergy Medication
  • Light Jacket/Hoodie
  • Pajamas
  • 6-7 Casual Outfits
  • 1 Pair of Flip-flops
  • 1 Pair of Running Shoes
  • 1 Pair of Formal Shoes
  • 1-2 Nice Outfits (Button Down Shirt/Blouse, Slacks/Skirts, or Dresses)
  • Headphones
  • Earplugs
  • Rain gear and Umbrella
  • Spending money for non-program activities