Student working on art

Foundation: 10 tips for first-year success:

  1. Get to know some sophomore, junior, and senior students; ask them about their experiences in their departments.

  2. Challenge yourself; open yourself up to experimentation and learning through failure.

  3. Visit the museums and galleries of New York regularly.

  4. Learn to ask questions to get the information you want. Talk to as many people as you can. The resources above are good places to start.

  5. Learn to effectively manage your time. Start your projects early; don’t wait until the night before something is due. 

  6. Stay as healthy as possible. Eat good food and get exercise.

  7. Sleep—you do have time.

  8. Stay in touch with and listen to your faculty. 

  9. Work on your projects with friends; get to know your foundation community. Your first-year peers will be long-lasting connections helping you to build a successful academic career throughout your time at Pratt. 

  10. "Be true to your work and your work will be true to you.” —Charles Pratt


  • Read your Pratt email.

  • Put the security phone number in your cell / 718.636.3540.

  • Sign up for the Pratt Emergency Alert on your account.