Freshman Admissions Requirements for Fall 2014 and Spring 2015
Fall Application Deadlines and Timeline
*Pratt is extending its fall 2014 freshman application deadline to February 15.
The online application and all required documents should be submitted by the application deadline or within two weeks from the deadline.
Details for each item are listed below the checklist.
- Online Application (online required) with fee of $50; international applicant fee is $90. The online application is at www.pratt.edu/apply.
- 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. Transcripts should be sent by your school either by mail or by using Naviance to submit electronically. The mailing address is below.
- Results of the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT 1) or the American College Testing Program (ACT) with writing. International applicants, see item #7 below.
- Optional letter of recommendation. This is no longer required. Reference form is downloadable if your reference prefers a form). You may have your reference submitted by mail.
- Portfolio: A visual or writing portfolio is required for all majors but construction management. See details below (5).
- Essay: See (6) below for topic. The essay is part of the online application and is submitted online.
- International applicants only whose first language is not English must submit the TOEFL (required score of 79 (internet-based test 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.
Admissions Decision Timeline for Freshmen
- Early action decisions will be mailed by January 6.
- Regular decision decisions will be mailed by April 1.
- Spring decisions will be made by November 15.
Checking your application status: you will be notified by email if your file is incomplete at the end of February (early November for spring entrance) and given the opportunity to submit missing documents in time for review. Pratt’s checklist is also available through the application portal. You can check the status of your materials online. You will need to enter your email address and the password you created when you submitted your application. Please note that it can take up to two weeks for documents you have recently sent to update and show as received on the checklist. If your documents do not show as received and you sent them within the past two weeks, please do not worry, and continue to check back.
All majors are accepted for fall. A complete list of majors and concentrations is available online.
The following majors consider freshmen for spring entrance. Please do not apply for one of these and request a change of major to a program that does not accept students in the spring. Most programs are limited in space, and the best chance for acceptance is to apply for fall.
- Construction Management
- BA Art History
- Critical and Visual Studies
- Associate's Programs
Pratt is closed for winter break from December 24 to January 2. Please do not send FEDEX packages to arrive during this period.
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). Applications should be completed online to expedite processing. Fees may be paid by credit card or electronic check. In cases of extreme financial hardship, applicants may request a fee waiver.
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. Before completing your online application, you must email a scanned copy of the waiver form to email@example.com or fax to 718.636.3670 with a cover sheet saying "Attention: Application Fee Waiver Request." 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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, they may send transcripts electronically. If they do not use Naviance, 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 (www.naces.org). A WES evaluation is not required for secondary school transcripts.
3. Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT 1) or American College Testing Program (ACT) Scores: First-time freshmen* applying 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. Please do not request that scores be rushed. Pratt recommends that applicants to the Bachelor of Architecture program submit the results of the SAT II Mathematics Level I or II Subject Test. 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. 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. 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 freshman applicant who graduated from high school five or more years prior to applying.
4. Letter(s) of Recommendation (optional): Applicants may submit one optional letter of recommendation from teachers or professionals who have direct experience with the applicant's artistic, academic, and creative potential. An optional recommendation form is also available online for recommenders who prefer a form rather than a letter. If the form is not used, it is essential that the writer include the applicant's full name in the letter. Letters should be mailed directly to the admissions office (address below). The letter of recommendation is not required and will not show up in the status checklist. Please do not call or email the office asking if we received your letters of recommendation.
5. Portfolio Requirements: Pratt requires a visual portfolio for fine arts, communications design, art education, fashion design photography, digital arts, industrial design, foundation/undecided, interior design, art history (BFA) and architecture applicants and a writing portfolio for the writing program, the BA in Art History, and critical and visual studies. Film applicants may choose one of the options listed below under the section titled Film Applicants. Architecture applicants with a GPA of 3.7 or higher may waive the portfolio requirement. Construction Management does not require a portfolio. All portfolio requirements are described below. The visual portfolio requirement is the same for all majors but film. We request that visual portfolios be uploaded at pratt.slideroom.com. Writing portfolios may be uploaded to the application or uploaded at Slideroom. See instructions below.
6. Essay: The essay question is part of 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 should be 250–500 words.
7. International Applicants: All international applicants whose first language is not English must submit the TOEFL (required score of 550 on paper version for four-year programs and 530 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.
First-time Freshman Art, Design, and Architecture Applicants: All first-time freshman art, design, and architecture applicants (includes all majors except art history BA applicants and construction management) must submit a visual portfolio consisting of 12–20 images of two-or three-dimensional work, although film applicants may instead submit Option 2 below. (Art History BA applicants must submit a writing portfolio. See section below.) BFA in History of Art and Design applicants submit a visual portfolio.) The visual portfolio requirement is the same for all majors but film.
Architecture applicants follow the same visual requirements for portfolio except that the portfolio for architecture applicants with a high school GPA of 3.7 is optional and is automatically waived.
The visual portfolio should consist of a variety of media and approaches. It can include assignment-based projects, self-directed work or pieces of a collaborative nature. The portfolio does not need to be specific to the discipline to which you are applying. The portfolio must include at least three to five pieces of work from observation. (See below for a description of the observational process). Applicants should avoid including work that copies photographs, uses the grid system, or directly replicates any other artist's work (including replicating anime drawings, cartoons, or video game character designs).
Film/Video Applicants: The following new portfolio requirements are required for fall 2014 applicants.
Film/video applicants must choose from either Option 1 or Option 2, but all film/video applicants must submit the writing sample in C below.
A visual portfolio consisting of 12–25 examples of two-or three-dimensional work. The work should consist of a variety of media and approaches; applicants may include a three-minute-maximum video for which the applicant has primary creative control in addition to work in other media. Work may include assignment-based projects, self-directed work or pieces of a collaborative nature. The portfolio does not need to be discipline-specific. The portfolio must include at least three to five pieces of work showing observational drawing; examples might include a landscape, still-life, self-portrait, life drawings, etc. Applicants should avoid including work that copies photographs, uses the grid system, or directly replicates any other artist’s work (including replicating anime drawings, cartoons, or video game character designs).
Visual Sample: Applicants submit either A or B below, and all must submit C (the writing sample).
A) Video: A brief 3–5 minute video in which you had primary creative control. This may be fiction, documentary, or experimental in approach, and it may be silent or include sound, but it must reflect your aesthetic, intellectual, and emotional interests. (May be submitted on Slideroom at pratt.slideroom.com
B) Graphic Series: A series of photographs you have taken or drawings you have made which, when viewed in a sequence, tells a simple story, or portrays an original character or place. Include a brief (less than one page) written narrative about the character, place, or story you’ve created. (May be submitted on Slideroom).
C) Writing Sample (All film applicants must submit C below)
C) A one- to two-page descriptive treatment for a short film. This film contains no dialogue or voiceover but is all communicated through visual images, sound, and character behavior and action. Your film treatment must include at least two locations, one of which is a kitchen. It must also include at least two props, a pen and a jar of peanut butter. All else is up to you. (Should be submitted on Slideroom as a pdf in the Add Media section.)
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Art, Design, Architecture Applicants: Visual Portfolio Format: Applicants must submit their portfolios online at Slideroom.
How to Submit Your Portfolio. Visual portfolios must be uploaded at pratt.slideroom.com. This is the easiest, fastest, and least expensive way to submit your work, and it is required. You will be able to edit it online until you press the "submit" button, and you will receive immediate confirmation that we received your work. Your portfolio should be submitted by the application deadline or within two weeks from the deadline. Do not send original work. All submitted materials, including the portfolio, become the property of Pratt Institute. Portfolios in any format other than Slideroom will not be returned or held for pickup. Do not email images to us; do not send CDs or slides. We do not review personal websites.
Admissions advisement sessions and reviews done during National Portfolio Days or by appointment off-campus do not fulfill the applicant's visual requirement. They are for guidance only.
The Visual Portfolio
The most frequent question we receive is what should be included in the portfolio. Here are a few things to think about as you edit your work for submission to Pratt Institute.
Am I meeting the requirements asked for in the application?
This may seem simple but you might be surprised by how many applications and portfolios we receive that do not follow the directions laid out in the application instructions. Sending five pieces of work just isn't enough to see the scope of your work. Sending fifty pieces indicates a lack of ability to edit your work.
Am I showing some form of the observational process?
With very few exceptions, work from observation is required in some form for all specialized art and design schools. Pratt is no exception. The observational process is the foundation for almost every discipline taught at Pratt. It refers to the visual and psychological process of looking at the world around you, making decisions about how you want to interpret what you see, and then replicating that which you observe. This process is fundamental to creating and understanding all things visual. Working from observation means that you are drawing what you see. For the portfolio requirements, demonstrate that you are able to go through this observational process. The medium you use and subject to which you choose to apply the observational process is up to you. Technical studies in various media are adequate but try to move beyond technical studies and use the observational process to express something that is connected to who you are and what you are thinking about. Some examples of subjects for work from observation are still life, figure, landscape, and an interior space
What does my work say about me?
Is the work you are submitting telling us about who you are, what you've been doing, what your opinion is, where you want to go? Many applicants limit addressing these questions to their essay. Use your creativity and skills to address these questions visually. We want to see that you are willing to take some risks, go beyond what is asked of you, and that you are asking big questions.
Am I showing a range of skills and approaches?
Diversity of work is a very important part of the portfolio. It can include but is not limited to using different types of media, using different visual styles or making work about different subjects. It also includes visually approaching a single question 100 different ways and then showing us the three that you thought were the most, or sometimes least, successful in answering that question. Show us that you are open to all kinds of creative solutions to all kinds of questions. Do not make work specifically for the admissions portfolio. Just make work, and lots of it. When it is time to apply, it is simply a matter of editing what you have made to show us what you might accomplish while you are here at Pratt.
For additional advice on your work, please contact our Visit Coordinator at email@example.com or 718.636.3779 to set up an appointment with one of our admissions counselors either on our campus or off-campus. Applicants seeking portfolio feedback counselors should contact the office between March 15 and December 1. The schedule of states we visit and Portfolio Days we attend is posted online at www.pratt.edu/visit.
Writing, Critical and Visual Studies, and Art History B.A. applicants: Applicants are required to submit a writing portfolio of recent writing (no more than ten pages). Writing applicants may submit poetry, short stories, and excerpts from novels, articles, and essays. Please submit 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 and B.A. in Art History BA applicants should submit examples of analytical writing.
Writing samples may be uploaded to the application or to Slideroom at pratt.slideroom.com under Media as a pdf. If you are unable to create a pdf, please upload a word document under Attachments on Slideroom. At this time feedback on writing portfolios is unavailable through the admissions office.
Choosing a Major: Applicants interested in architecture, writing, critical and visual studies, construction management, fashion design and the BA in art history must choose those majors at the time of application. They have different first years. Students who are uncertain about which major to choose in the School 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 are limited by space and must control the numbers entering to assure enough space and equipment for all students. Most welcome students who wish to enter their departments.
Each year 50 freshmen or about eight percent enter as "undecided." 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 on our website (www.pratt.edu/academics) and try to choose a major since some majors may not accept students for the sophomore year.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 718.636.3779.
Industrial Design Was Ranked Third Nationally by DesignIntelligence; Interior Design Was Ranked Fourth; Architecture Was Ranked Eleventh.
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 only 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:
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
200 Willoughby Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11205