Students in a printmaking classFreshman (High School Applicant) Admissions Requirements

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Details for each of the application requirements are listed below the checklist. Note that all materials are due no later than the application deadline, except high school transcripts, which may be submitted up to one week after the application deadline (see the link above for deadlines). 

Although most materials should be submitted online, note that if you are mailing materials thorough FEDEX, Pratt is closed for winter break from December 24 through January 1. Please do not send FEDEX packages to arrive during this period as no staff will be on campus to accept them. You may, however, send items by regular mail during this period.

  1. Online Application (online required) with fee of $50; international applicant fee is $90. Go to the online application.
  2. Official transcript from your last high school attended (as long as it includes any prior years at other high schools). If it does not, you must submit official transcripts from any schools not included. If you took the GED, you must submit official scores in addition to transcripts. Transcripts should be sent by your school either by mail or by using Naviance to submit electronically (preferred). The mailing address is below.
  3. Results of the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT 1) or the American College Testing Program (ACT). The writing test is optional. The essay portion of the SAT is not required. International applicants, see item #7 below.
  4. Optional letter of recommendation. See details below. Note that a letter of recommendation is not required.
  5. Portfolio: A visual or writing portfolio is required for all majors but construction management. Portfolios must be submitted at View Portfolio Requirements.
  6. Essay: See (6) below for topic. The essay is part of the online application and is submitted online.
  7. International applicants only whose first language is not English must submit the TOEFL (required score of 79 (electronic score) for four-year programs and 71 for two-year programs), the IELTS (required score of 6.5 for four-year programs and 6.0 for two-year programs), or the PTE (53 for four-year programs and 48 for two-year programs) or the SAT or ACT (no specified minimum). If your first language is English, you may submit the SAT or ACT, but we will also accept the TOEFL, IELTS or PTE. Please have official scores sent by the testing company. Please review international requirements online here. Note that we highly recommend that international applicants submit the SAT in addition to one of the English proficiency exams listed.

Checking Your Application Status

Check the status of your application online at the link below using your email address and the password you created when you submitted your application. Note that you will not be able to check your status until your application has been completed and submitted.

Check my application status

Fall Entrance: All majors are accepted for fall for high school applicants. A complete list of majors and concentrations is available online.

Spring entrance: Only the following majors only consider high school applicants for spring entrance. 

  • Associate's Programs
  • B.A. Art History
  • Construction Management
  • Critical and Visual Studies

1. Application Form with Fee: Pratt's application must be used to apply with the appropriate non-refundable application fee ($50 for U.S. citizens and Permanent Residents, $90 for international applicants). Fees may be paid by credit card or electronic check. In cases of extreme financial hardship, applicants may request a fee waiver. All applicants must apply online.

Fee Waivers

Undergraduate applicants may request a college application fee waiver on the basis of family financial hardship using either the NACAC form or the SAT Fee Waiver form. Please follow the instructions on the College Board or the NACAC website to obtain either form and bring it to your guidance counselor. The criteria are listed on both sites.

Applicants who have already received an application fee waiver code from the College Board do not need to request a fee waiver code from the Pratt Institute admissions Office. The College Board code can be entered directly onto the online application by clicking the “Save, Pay, and Send” button at the end of the application once it is complete.  This will take you to the application fee payment screen where you will choose the option to enter the College Board application fee waiver code to submit your application.

Applicants who have not received an application fee waiver code from College Board must first email a scanned copy of their waiver form to or fax it to 718.636.3670 with a cover sheet saying "Attention: Application Fee Waiver Request" before completing your online application. You will be emailed a one-time use waiver code to use on your online application once your fee waiver request is received and approved. Please let your guidance counselor know that we do not recommend mailing the fee waivers. They may email or fax us. Make sure you print information clearly and legibly on the forms. If faxing the form, you must include an email address to which the fee waiver code can be emailed. Failure to do so will prevent the processing of your request. Please allow up to five business days for the emailed requests and ten business days for faxed requests to be processed. The data you provide may be checked against the FAFSA. Please email if you have questions about fee waivers. The application fee waiver code can only be used once and will be assigned to a specific applicant. Attempts to share the code will result in loss of fee waiver and possible withdrawal of your application. Please note that only the online application fee can be waived; we are not able to waive the Slideroom visual portfolio submission fee.

2. Official High School Transcripts: A high school diploma or equivalent is required for admission to all of Pratt Institute's undergraduate programs. Applicants should request official transcripts from all secondary schools attended and have them sent by the school.  If your school uses Naviance, your guidance office may send transcripts electronically. If they do not use Naviance or another electronic system, transcripts must be mailed to the admissions office at the address below. Applicants who have received a high school equivalency diploma are required to have official High School Equivalency Examination (GED) scores sent to the admissions office in addition to official transcripts from all high schools attended. Students who are taking college-level classes while in high school must have the college send an official transcript to Pratt in order to receive college credit.

International Transcripts: International applicants must submit official transcripts (academic records) of all secondary school studies as well as any post-secondary studies. Applicants also must submit official results of all external examinations. These 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 to English. If your school cannot provide this, you must have them translated by some other reputable service such as a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services ( A WES evaluation is not required for secondary school transcripts.

3. Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT 1) or American College Testing Program (ACT) Scores: High school applicants to any of Pratt's bachelor degree programs must submit official results from either the SAT or ACT except those applying to the associate's degree programs. To ensure that we receive scores by our posted deadlines, students should take the tests as early as possible but no later than one month before the application deadline. Please be sure to have your scores sent directly to Pratt. If you applied early action and took the October SAT or ACT, the admissions office will consider your file when we receive the score.

*International students may submit the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE instead of the SAT or ACT, however we highly recommend that they submit both. International students whose first language is English may be waived from the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE but then must submit the SAT or ACT instead. Note that students who have been out of high school for five or more years are not required to submit the SAT or ACT but if international must submit a TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE.

Pratt Institutional Codes

SAT code is 2669
CLEP code is 2669
AP code is 2669
ACT code is 2862
TOEFL code is 2669

ACT and SAT test requirements may be waived for any first time high school applicant who graduated from high school five or more years prior to applying.

4. Letter of Recommendation (optional): Letters of recommendation are not required, however if you intend to submit one, we prefer that you follow the instructions for submitting letters of recommendation included in the online application. Note, however, that we will accept recommendation letters by mail, fax or through Naviance/Parchment as well if you do not intend to have them submitted through the online application. 

Only applicants who have submitted recommendation letters through the online application will be able to track and see if the letters have been received through the application console. Those who do not submit the letter through the application will not be able to check and see if letters have been received. Note that we do not provide status checks for letters of recommendation since they are not required. 

If you are having letters submitted through the online application, you will need the email addresses of your recommenders. A request will be sent to them through the online application. We recommend emailing them first to let them know they will receive an email. You may submit up to three. If you have not attended high school for three or more years, you may have your present or former supervisor provide recommendations. 

Note: disregard the letter of recommendation requirement listed in the undergraduate bulletin. It is now optional. 

5. Portfolio Requirements: View Portfolio Requirements. Note that construction management does not require a portfolio submission.

6. Essay: The essay question is included in the application. 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. The essay must be 250–500 words.

7. International Applicants: All international applicants whose first language is not English must submit the TOEFL (required score of 79 (electronic score) for four-year programs and 71 for two-year programs), the IELTS (required score of 6.5 for four-year programs and 6.0 for two-year programs), or the PTE (53 for four-year programs and 48 for two-year programs) or the SAT or ACT (no specified minimum). If your first language is English, you may submit the SAT or ACT, but we will also accept the TOEFL, IELTS or PTE. Please have official scores sent by the testing company. Note that we recommend that international applicants submit both an English proficiency exam and the SAT.

More Information

Information about selecting a major, recommended high school course work, home-school applicants, AP and IB credits, and details about required materials for permanent residents are below.

Choosing a Major: Applicants interested in architecture, writing, critical and visual studies, construction management, fashion design and art history must choose those majors at the time of application as they have different first years. Students who are uncertain about which major to choose in the Schools of Art and Design may choose undecided and then select their major in the spring of their freshman year. Certain majors like interior design and industrial design may be limited by space and must control the numbers entering to assure enough space and equipment for all students. Most departments welcome students who wish to enter their departments.

Undecided students in art and design or students who initially chose another major and want to switch to another major within their school after they arrive must request the Change of Major form from the Office of Academic Advisement and meet with the Chairperson of the department in which they want to major in the spring of the freshman year. Be prepared to bring a portfolio including work from the foundation year and a transcript with your grades from the fall semester. The process for changing major is described fully in the Academic Advisement section of the website. We encourage all students to read about our majors before they submit the application so they can make an informed choice. Students who wish to talk with an admissions counselor about the various majors are encouraged to call or come in with their work to discuss. Appointments may be scheduled by emailing or calling 718.636.3779.

Recommended High School Course Work

The following subjects are strongly recommended for admission to specific Pratt programs. 

Architecture, Writing, and Critical and Visual Studies Programs:  

English 4 units
Social Studies 1 unit
College Prep Math 3–4 units  
Science 2 units (d)
Academic Electives 3 units (a)
General Electives 2 units (b)

Construction Management Program

English 4 units
Social Studies 1 unit
College Prep Math 4 units (c)
Science 2 units (e)
 Electives 5 units

Art and Design Programs

English 4 units
Social Studies 1 unit
Mathematics 1 unit
Science 1 unit
Academic Electives 3 units

Notes (a) May include additional units in social studies, science, math, foreign language or any combination of these
(b) Should include studio art
(c) Should include trigonometry and advanced algebra
(d) Should include chemistry, physics, or biology
(e) One unit must be in either chemistry or physics, preferably physics.

Home-Schooled Applicants

Pratt Institute welcomes applications from home-schooled students. In the absence of conventional high school records, submitting the items below will help us to evaluate your readiness for the programs that we offer. Home school transcript that includes: Course titles; Course grades; Units of credit for courses; Grading Scale (if other than A-F letter grades); and Signature of the home school administrator (the parent or other person who organized, taught, and evaluated your home school coursework) In the absence of a traditional transcript, you may present a portfolio of the work you consider most indicative of your academic achievements (This is in addition to the regular visual portfolio requirement). This may contain records such as grades from community college or other post-secondary level courses that you may have taken, scores from AP tests (these are also administered independently of schools), recommendations from qualified tutors or teachers, examples of independent research, or descriptions of books and other curricular materials used in preparation for college-level work. Upon Deposit: Proof of high school graduation must be sent to Pratt before you arrive. This requirement may be satisfied by supplying any of the following: 1. Official scores from the official High School Equivalency Examination (GED). 2. A letter from your local superintendent of schools as proof of your readiness to enter college and that your home schooling was conducted in accordance with state laws. 3. Certificate of graduation from a diploma-granting organization or non-traditional school. Failure to provide will result in a registration hold.

AP Credit

Pratt Institute accepts up to a maximum of nine (9) total AP credits (up to 3 credits in each of the categories) with a score* of four (4) or five (5) only in the following:

English - 3 credits. AP courses of study accepted are English Language and Composition: transfer credit given for HMS-101. Enrollment in HMS-103 the first semester at Pratt is required.  (Art and Design students)

Math or Science - 3 credits. Students given transfer credit for a specific course may not enroll in other courses listed below as equivalent, but must enroll in more advanced courses. AP courses of study accepted are:

AP Exam Equivalent Courses
AP Art History  HA-115 Survey of Art 1*
AP Biology  MSCI-REQT Math/Natural Science Requirement
AP Calculus AB MSCI-300 Calculus I
AP Calculus BC MSCI-300 Calculus I
AP Calculus AB Subscore MSCI-300 Calculus I
AP Chemistry MSCI-REQT Math/Natural Science Requirement
AP Eng Lang/Comp HMS-101A Introduction to Literary and Critical Studies
AP Env Science MSCI-180P Environmental Science
AP Physics B MSCI-221 Conceptual Physics
AP Physics C-E&M MSCI-221 Conceptual Physics
AP Physics C-Mech MSCI-221 Conceptual Physics
AP Statistics MSCI-REQT Math/Natural Science Requirement

*Note: A student achieving an AP score of 3 in the History of Art and/or Design will have the option to be interviewed by the chairperson of the department to determine sufficient mastery of course material. The chairperson will then determine whether the student may be assigned to a higher level course. In no case will the process result in a waiver of credit requirements but only in the substitution of another course.

Studio Art: Pratt does not award credit for AP Studio Art.

AP credits are accepted at the time of initial matriculation at Pratt. Applicants submitting AP scores must have official score reports sent by the College Board directly to the Admissions Office as soon as they are available in order to get credit. They must be submitted before arrival at Pratt. Students who fail to submit scores before they register will not get credit for AP scores. Please notify the Transfer Admissions Office with any questions. Unofficial copies will not be accepted. Students who have already registered will have their classes changed by their academic advisor as soon as the AP credits are received and entered.

IB Credit: (Beginning with fall 12 entering students) International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma recipients may receive transfer credits for higher-level courses in which they earn a score of five (5) or higher. Pratt awards transfer credit for second languages (Language B) taken at the higher level only if the student's major at Pratt requires foreign language. Pratt Institute does not award transfer credit for IB Visual Arts courses or exams.

Additional Required Application Materials for Permanent Residents: Applicants who are Permanent Resident Aliens, refugees and other eligible non-citizens must provide a photocopy of their alien registration card.

Mailed materials (transcripts and optional recommendation letters) should be sent to:
Pratt Institute
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
200 Willoughby Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11205