Residential Life and Housing - Fall 2021

Maintaining a low-risk environment, the residence halls will be open with reduced density in fall 2021. Learn more about the COVID-19 protocols for current residence students.

The Office of Residential Life and Housing has prepared detailed services and protocol for the select group of residential students who have returned to campus for summer 2021. Learn more about how we are protecting our students and staff’s health and safety.

Res Life students should continue to read and respond to emails with specific instructions for Willoughby Hall. 

Sophomore Orientation

Due to the lack of in person orientation the sophomore class received last year, we are offering an opportunity to come back before the semester begins to experience our orientation program. This is completely optional, but may offer you the chance to familiarize yourself with the campus and neighborhood, as well as meet your classmates and some faculty in person. This program is open to both students living on and off campus.

Sophomore Move In Days: Tuesday, August 24 and Wednesday, August 25 
Sophomore Orientation: Thursday, August 26 and Friday, August 27

As of now, we plan to have these workshops/events for sophomores:

• Campus and "find your classroom" tours, led by current students

• Pratt Quest (an event that takes students in small teams around to various departments on campus, allowing them to learn what they do and where they are located).  This is planned for Friday afternoon.

• Weekend trips around NYC, using the subway system

• Academic computing and printing orientation, including visits to the various computer labs on campus

• Some academic departments will host sessions for new and sophomore students

• Lunch on Thursday that will gather sophomores into their first year cohorts, along with the professors who taught them.  

Housing assignments and information about scheduling your move-in appointment will be sent in early July. For questions about housing, email

Building Community and Engagement Remotely

The staff and faculty at Pratt are committed to building and strengthening their relationships with students and the relationships between students. Digital services and solutions have been developed to connect students with each other and with their professors and the administrative staff. Individual and group counseling are widely available to all students, and student clubs and organizations will continue to meet and develop programs online. For students pursuing either the remote or the hybrid option, student services, activities, and engagement are available online. All support services will continue to be easy to access. There will continue to be opportunities for students to engage in campus governance and community dialogue remotely.

Social or Work Space

There are social and work spaces on campus available to students. While using these locations, students are responsible for adhering to all aspects of the social contract, including wearing masks and remaining at least six feet apart. Reservable work or teaching space is also available for faculty and staff.

Drop-In Spaces

Student Union (main space only)
Monday through Friday, 8 AM to 8 PM, capacity 62

Center for Equity and Inclusion (Main Building, lower level)
Monday through Friday, 9 AM to 5 PM, capacity 9

Design Center Lounge (first floor)
Monday through Friday, 7 AM–11 PM, capacity 24

Lounge area of ARC Lower
Monday through Friday, 7 AM–11 pM, capacity 15

Reservable Spaces, Offices, or Workstations

To support remote and hybrid learning, space is available for students who desire a work location or private space when on the Brooklyn and Pratt Manhattan campuses. 

Rooms in Learning/Access Center (ISC, first floor)
Monday through Friday, 7 AM–11PM, capacity 1

Students may reserve L/AC rooms through the OnePratt website:

  1. Under the Learning/Access Center (L/AC), select “Schedule an appointment.”

  2. Then select “Book a room.”

  3. Once the reservation is confirmed, you are set. 

  4. Visit the reception desk in Room #104 upon entering the 1st floor for access.

Pratt Manhattan (Rooms 707A and 707B office space, no computer)
Monday through Sunday, 7 AM–11 PM, capacity 1

Rooms are available for in-person reservation on a first-come basis. Reservation schedule is outside each room:

  • Email Cedric Jackson, facility and building manager, at to ensure rooms are cleaned, and disinfected after use.

Getting Involved at Pratt

While at Pratt, you will explore many academic opportunities that will shape your identity and career path. Pratt hopes, in addition to your academic endeavors, you will explore identity beyond classes through involvement in clubs, organizations, recreation, and student employment opportunities. By getting involved, you will gain valuable skills that will enhance your personal and professional development. Many clubs and organizations will continue to meet virtually this semester, giving you the opportunity to connect with your classmates and others with similar areas of interest.

To find the most current list of student organizations and club-sponsored events at Pratt, sign in to Engage with your OneKey. Clubs and organizations will look for new members throughout the school year. If you don’t see something of interest, contact Student Government Association or Student Involvement and we will see what we can do to help you find your niche at Pratt.


There are many resources on campus to help students manage their wellbeing. Counseling Services are staffed by experienced mental health professionals. To schedule a consultation, please email or call 718-687-5356. Crisis counseling is also available 24 hours a day, seven days a week by calling 718-687-5356. 

In addition to individual and crisis counseling, the Center also hosts several support groups. This semester these include:

  • Syncing Up: Navigating between Myself and Others

  • BIPOC Process Group

  • Substance Use/Abuse Groups

  • Can’t live with them, can’t live without them - Navigating family conflict and communication. 

  • Open Art Therapy Groups

More information about these groups can be found on the Counseling Center website.

Pratt also offers many programs through the Resilience, Wellness and Wellbeing Project. This includes several opportunities for group reflection and mindfulness practices. The Health Promotion and Well-being Calendarlists a variety of yoga, and community well-being sessions, resources, and actions that you can take for self-care.

Social Contract

Pratt Institute is asking each member of our community to pledge accountability by signing a social contract agreeing to abide by requirements and expectations that will contribute significantly toward reducing the spread of COVID-19.

Athletics and Recreation

Visit for the most updated information on Athletics and Recreation.