Pratt is committed, as always, to delivering a world-class education with our renowned faculty. There are two options for attending Pratt this fall. One is fully online. With the other, roughly 70% of courses will be offered fully online, while 30% will occur in a hybrid format, meeting sometimes online and sometimes in person. These percentages will vary by degree program. Additionally, how much of a hybrid course occurs in person or virtually will vary by the course. More information about the academic curriculum is available online.
All students, whether they join us in New York City or study remotely, will be able to make full-time progress toward their degrees. Pratt's degree programs educate students in a wide range of fields and ensure that students achieve the outcomes specific to their fields. Achieving those outcomes is ultimately what it takes to complete a degree, and there can be more than one path to that end.
This semester we are asking students to do some of their learning online, some of it in a hybrid form. In other semesters, they may do more in-person learning. All of this learning, in all of these modalities, constitutes progress towards completion of a degree.
Overall, the education we offer is as excellent as ever. The form in which we offer it is changing, becoming (of necessity) more flexible, and we are committed to being flexible as we support our students through their years at Pratt and to graduation.
While the educational experience and the learning goals achieved will be of the same quality, students and their families must be aware that the overall in-person social experience will be radically different and dramatically constrained in comparison to our previous experiences.
The in-person components of hybrid courses, in order to meet health and safety standards, will involve physical distancing, and limited numbers of students in any given space, with regulated and limited access to specialized equipment and facilities, including studios and labs. We will not be able to offer long stays and unlimited access to studios as we normally would.
Schools, departments, and individual faculty have been working through the summer to ensure that the fall semester’s course offerings will be of the highest quality in all modes of delivery. No matter where or how our students choose to take courses or access services, they will be supported by our dedicated and distinguished faculty and staff, and the enhanced robust technology needed to learn and create. We are committed to providing an excellent and equitable Pratt educational experience online, as well as safely in hybrid courses where faculty and staff will use campus facilities, albeit in a highly monitored, time-limited, and regulated way.
For students who decide to shift their study entirely online, we will work with them to ensure that their semester’s work is satisfying and advances their progress toward their degree.
All courses, whether online or hybrid will finish the semester virtually following Thanksgiving Break.
Continuing students who have pre-registered for Fall 2020 will need to revisit their Fall course schedule given these changes to calendar and course formats. Through the Student Self-Service Portal, students are able to learn which courses have been designated for in-person or hybrid delivery, and will be able to adjust their schedule as needed. All of these designations are visible via the Student Self-Service Portal now.
New undergraduate students will be registered by Undergraduate Advisement during July. New graduate students will register through their programs.
As described in the June 11th email from Provost Kirk E. Pillow, Fall semester classes will begin on Monday, August 24. In-person instruction will conclude on Tuesday, November 24 before the Thanksgiving Break. Following the break, in order to eliminate the heightened risk of infection from holiday travel and family gatherings, the final two weeks of the semester will be completed virtually, with the last day of the semester being Friday, December 11. Please reference Pratt’s Academic Calendar for additional information.