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Application Guidelines

Important News: Accepted Student packets will be emailed to registered students during the week of April 24th. The Accepted Student packet will contain important forms, deposit instructions, and student ID information necessary to begin your journey with Pratt PreCollege.

All prospective students must complete the PreCollege Summer Application to be considered for acceptance into the Pratt PreCollege summer program taking place in-person on Pratt’s Brooklyn campus. Program acceptance is based on student eligibility and program capacity.

Early applications are encouraged as concentration capacity is limited. Student acceptances are sent on a rolling basis and concentration choices are only confirmed after program deposit payment and proof of health insurance are submitted. Applicants must rank their top concentration preferences in their application as students are automatically registered in the next available course if their top selection is unavailable. Review Course Descriptions before making your selection.

Applications submitted after the priority application deadline will continue to be reviewed and accepted as long as space permits.No scholarship applications will be considered after the priority deadline. 

Application Checklist

Complete applications require that students submit the information below.

All students:

  • A personal statement
  • $50 non-refundable deposit

International students:

  • Photograph of a valid passport
  • Proof of English language proficiency

Scholarship applicants:

  • Recommendation requests
  • 2 samples of work
  • Household financial information [optional]
  • Letter of hardship [optional]


Interested students may indicate they would like to be considered for a scholarship award during the PreCollege application process. Student applications for scholarships are reviewed separately from the PreCollege admission review and acceptance into the program is not impacted by a student’s scholarship award. Please note, travel and materials costs are excluded from the award.

  • Merit Scholarship
    This scholarship is open to all first-time PreCollege attendees and is awarded to students who demonstrate exceptional work and show dedication to their creative development. [Awards up to $1,000]
  • Need-Based Scholarship
    This scholarship is open to US citizens and permanent residents and is awarded to students who exhibit strong work or artistic promise and dedication to their creative development as well as demonstrate financial need in order to attend the PreCollege program. [Full tuition, including fees, room and board]
  • Black Alumni at Pratt Scholarship
    The Black Alumni of Pratt’s Visual Arts & Creative Writing Scholarship is open to all junior and senior high school students of African and Latinx descent who are residents of New York State and registered in a New York State school. [Full tuition, including fees, room and board]

Eligibility Requirements

  • Show proof of full C0VID-19 vaccination at least 2 weeks before the first day of the program. (For more information about Pratt’s COVID-19 response and vaccination requirements please visit
  • At least 16 years old and no older than 18 years old before the first day of the program. No exceptions.
  • Currently enrolled in high school (or equivalent program).
  • United States citizen, permanent resident, or international student with approvedUS Visa.
  • Self-motivated, responsible, and willing to dive into college-level study with support from faculty and staff.
  • Passionate and inquisitive about creating works of art, design, architecture or writing. Program is open to all levels of experience but best suited for students who have some experience with a creative practice, whether in a formal or informal setting.

Student Registration Process 

Students must complete an Accepted Student Packet to confirm attendance and participation in the summer residential program. Failure to complete any part of the Accepted Student Packet may result in the student registration being cancelled. 

Completed Accepted Student Packet includes the following:  

  1. Student-Parent PreCollege Agreement and Liability Release Form
  2. Health Evaluation Packet (including TB test, immunization records, and doctor’s exam)
  3. Proof of valid Health Insurance
  4. Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination and Booster
  5. Program Deposit Payment