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Undergraduate Application Requirements: Transfer Students


Who is a Transfer Applicant?

  • If you have attended a university or college full time (twelve semester hours or the equivalent) for at least one semester or term or will do so prior to enrollment, you are considered a transfer student.
  • If you have or will accumulate at least twelve semester hours (or the equivalent) after graduating from high school and prior to enrollment, you are also considered a transfer student.
  • If you earned college credit while still enrolled in high school (summer school, pre-college programs, advanced placement, dual enrollment between your high school and a university or community college, etc.), you are a freshman applicant.
  • If you are currently enrolled in Pratt’s Associate degree program (AAS only) and wish to continue into the BFA, you will also apply as a transfer student. Please find specific information about applying towards the bottom of this page.

If you are a transfer student, it is important to use the appropriate application. Transfers who apply as freshmen may have their offer of admission rescinded, because of different criteria for acceptance. The applicant will be reconsidered for both admission and a transfer scholarship.

If you already hold a college degree, we recommend applying as a graduate student. Find our program offerings here, and our graduate application process online.

Transfer Admissions Requirements

  1. Application form with fee (online)
  2. Official transcripts from each high school attended or official GED scores (if less than 48 college credits have been earned)
  3. An unofficial transcript from each college attended
  4. Test Scores (*optional)
  5. Two letters of recommendation
  6. Pratt Essay
  7. English Proficiency Scores
  8. Visual or Writing Portfolio (Not required for Construction Management)   

Detailed descriptions of each material can be found below. 

Pratt asks that materials are uploaded to the online application whenever possible. Portfolios are submitted exclusively at pratt.slideroom.com.  Anything that must be mailed can be sent to:

Pratt Institute
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
200 Willoughby Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11205

All supporting documents, including portfolio if required, should be submitted by the application deadline. 

1. APPLICATION FORM WITH FEE

Transfer applicants apply online ($50 for U.S. citizens and permanent residents; $90 for international applicants) through the Pratt online application. Fee waivers are available for students who qualify, instructions are included in the last page of the online application. 

2. OFFICIAL HIGH SCHOOL TRANSCRIPTS

A high school diploma or the equivalent is required for enrollment to Pratt Institute’s undergraduate program. In order to complete your application transcripts from all high schools attended are required. Applicants who have received high school equivalency diplomas 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. Pratt receives documents through Naviance, Parchment, BridgeU, EScript, Scrib, National Student Clearing House, or CIALFO.

International applicants must submit official transcripts (academic records) of all secondary school studies as well as any postsecondary studies. Applicants also must submit official results of all external examinations, for example General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE), Hong Kong School Certificate of Education, Israeli matriculation or Bagrut, Secondary School Certificates, and Baccalaureate Part I and Part II. All transcripts must be translated into English. 

Credential Evaluations for International Students

While we do not require credential evaluations for transfer applicants for their international high school transcripts specifically, Pratt strongly recommends it. These credential evaluations must be completed by a NACES member. Options for evaluation services include Span Tran for Pratt, WES, ECE, IEE, Global Credential Evaluators, or another acceptable service, e.g.: your embassy. Credential evaluations do not typically include translations, so documents must first be officially translated into English by a certified translation service. Pratt asks for a course-by-course evaluation.

3. UNOFFICIAL COLLEGE TRANSCRIPTS

Unofficial transcripts should be uploaded when you complete your online application. Official transcripts should later be sent directly to Pratt from each college/university attended if you are admitted and decide to enroll. They may be sent through services like the National Student Clearinghouse or by mail to Pratt’s Office of Admissions. Students who are in their first semester of college and applying for spring should upload their student schedule instead.

Request an unofficial student copy from your school’s registrar, either digitally or physically, scan it, and upload it. It must have your name and the name of the school on the transcript. An unofficial transcript from each institution attended should be uploaded when you complete the application. If you are admitted and decide to enroll, you will need to send final official transcripts to Pratt Institute. 

Students who have enrolled in other institutions of higher education should upload mid-year transcripts from each college or university showing in progress coursework. Students who have completed a four-year degree and are applying as an undergraduate for another program must submit their final official transcript with the degree and date of degree noted.

Credential Evaluations for International StudentsCollege transfer students who have studied outside the US are required to submit a credential evaluation of their transcripts. These credential evaluations must be completed by a NACES member. Options for evaluation services include Span Tran for Pratt, WES, ECE, IEE, Global Credential Evaluators, or another acceptable service, e.g.: your embassy. Credential evaluations do not typically include translations, so documents must first be officially translated into English by a certified translation service. Pratt asks for a course-by-course evaluation.

4. TEST SCORES:  PRATT IS TEST-OPTIONAL 

Pratt is test-optional for transfer applicants (US citizens and permanent residents only); we do not require the SAT or ACT tests. Applicants who do not submit test scores will not be at a disadvantage in the admissions process. 

International students and those for whom English is a second language must submit proof of English proficiency. They may choose to submit one of our accepted English proficiency exams (see #7 below), or may submit either the SAT or ACT instead.

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. 

SAT code is 2669

CLEP code is 2669

AP code is 2669

ACT code is 2862

TOEFL code is 2669

5. TWO LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION

Two letters of recommendation are required; one from a teacher, and the other from either a teacher, counselor, or employer. Letters should be submitted through the Pratt application for transfer applicants. If you have been out of school, we welcome a recommendation from anyone with the ability to assess your preparedness for undergraduate study.

6. PRATT ESSAY 

Write about a piece of work (visual art, musical performance, piece of writing, architecture, or design) that has influenced you and describe the impact it has had on your perspective OR write about a piece of your own work and the impact that creating it has had on you. The essay should be 250-500 words or two pages maximum. Make sure your essay is complete before uploading because you will not be able to make changes after you submit your application. 

7. TESTS OF ENGLISH PROFICIENCY 

All students for whom English is a second language must submit one of the following accepted exams: 

  • TOEFL and TOEFL Home Edition (minimum 92 for 4-year programs or 71 for 2-year programs)
  • TOEFL ITP Plus (minimum 600 for 4-year programs or 527 for 2-year programs)
  • PTE (minimum 62 for 4-year programs or 48 for 2-year programs)
  • IELTS or IELTS Indicator (minimum 6.5 for 4-year programs or 6.0 for 2-year programs)
  • SAT or ACT (no minimum) 

Please have official scores sent by the testing company. Pratt accepts the TOEFL My Best Score and super scores SAT and ACT tests. Scores must be received by our deadlines.

English Proficiency Waivers: Applicants who have earned a four-year Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in the US are exempt from submitting the English proficiency exam. Pratt will waive the test requirements for international transfer students whose first language is English.  You must have studied your most recent four years in a high school, college and or university in the U.S. or  other nations where English is the official language. Please note that Pratt does NOT waive the TOEFL/IELTS/PTE test requirement for students who have attended an English-speaking school in a non-English speaking country. 

If you intend to waive your score requirement, select the reason for waiver on the application, and you will be reviewed for eligibility after submission. Waivers are issued at the discretion of the admissions office. Questions should be directed to the transfer counselor at transadm@pratt.edu. 

English Placement Exam: Although we may waive the test score to apply, this does not necessarily waive the Pratt English placement exam requirement, which may still be administered if you enroll. Depending on the results of your exam, you may be required to take additional courses in the Intensive English Program. Questions may be directed to transadm@pratt.edu

8. PORTFOLIO

Portfolio requirements vary by program: 

  • All transfer art, design, and architecture applicants, including photography, fashion design, and BFA in History of Art and Design applicants, must submit a visual portfolio that includes examples of work for any studio class at their previous college in order to be reviewed for credit. Transfer students may submit up to 45 images. If you haven’t taken studio courses, please submit self-initiated work. Pratt accepts 2-D, 3-D, and time-based media. Portfolios must be submitted by the application deadline. Pratt requires a minimum of two observational drawings or paintings.  Observational work offers insights as to how you interpret and translate the 3-dimensional world onto a 2-dimensional surface.  Because Pratt’s Foundation year utilizes life drawing as one of the ways to explore and create within the picture plane, it is important to see some evidence of this work in a portfolio to evaluate your placement. If you are a lens-based artist or fashion designer, the observational work you submit acknowledges that you are open to exploring the picture plane through 2D and 3D studio work.  
  • Applicants to Film, Writing, Critical and Visual Studies, BA in History of Art and Design, and the AOS in Game Design and Interactive Media should see specific portfolio requirements below. 

PORTFOLIO FOR FILM APPLICANTS

There are two parts to the film portfolio at Pratt:

  • Visual Component: Select Option A or Option B or Option C
  • Writing Component: Complete the required writing sample 

Find details below: 

Visual Component (Choose A, B, or C)

Option A

A visual portfolio that includes examples of work for any studio class at their previous college in order to be reviewed for credit. Transfer students may submit up to 45 images. If you haven’t taken studio courses, please submit self-initiated work. Portfolios can include 2-D, 3-D, and time-based media. 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. Pratt requires a minimum of two observational drawings or paintings. Observational work offers insights as to how you interpret and translate the 3-dimensional world onto a 2-dimensional surface.  Because Pratt’s Foundation year utilizes life drawing as one of the ways to explore and create within the picture plane, it is important to see some evidence of this work in a portfolio in order to evaluate your placement. If you are a lens-based artist or fashion designer, the observational work you submit acknowledges that you are open to exploring the picture plane through 2D and 3D studio work. 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).

Option B

Video: A three- to five-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. (Should be submitted on SlideRoom at pratt.slideroom.com.)

Pratt requires a minimum of two observational drawings or paintings. Observational work offers insights as to how you interpret and translate the 3-dimensional world onto a 2-dimensional surface.  Because Pratt’s Foundation year utilizes life drawing as one of the ways to explore and create within the picture plane, it is important to see some evidence of this work in a portfolio in order to evaluate your placement. If you are a lens-based artist or fashion designer, the observational work you submit acknowledges that you are open to exploring the picture plane through 2D and 3D studio work. 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).

Option C

Storyboard : A series of photographs you have taken or drawings you have made that, when viewed in a sequence, tell a simple story or portray an original character or place. Include a brief written narrative (less than one page) about the character, place, or story you’ve created. (Should be submitted on SlideRoom at pratt.slideroom.com.)

Pratt requires a minimum of two observational drawings or paintings. Observational work offers insights as to how you interpret and translate the 3-dimensional world onto a 2-dimensional surface.  Because Pratt’s Foundation year utilizes life drawing as one of the ways to explore and create within the picture plane, it is important to see some evidence of this work in a portfolio in order to evaluate your placement.  If you are a lens-based artist or fashion designer, the observational work you submit acknowledges that you are open to exploring the picture plane through 2D and 3D studio work. 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).

Writing Component 

Write a one-page original film synopsis. Then, write a two-page descriptive treatment for a scene within the film. This should not include dialogue, but should rely heavily on character interactions and visual storytelling. 

Please upload the writing sample to either the media section of SlideRoom in PDF format or to the attachments section as a Word document.

PORTFOLIO FOR WRITING, CRITICAL AND VISUAL STUDIES, AND BA IN HISTORY OF ART

Applicants are required to submit a writing portfolio of recent writing (no more than 10 pages). Writing applicants may submit poetry, short stories, and excerpts from novels, articles, and essays. Please submit one sample of analytical writing (essay, term paper, or article). We encourage you to submit several examples of your writing in different genres. If you submit poetry, you must also submit some prose. Please upload writing samples online through the Common App if you are a first-year applicant and directly to Slideroom at pratt.slideroom.com if you are a transfer.  Submit to either the media section in PDF format or to the attachments section as a Word document.

PORTFOLIO FOR AOS IN GAME DESIGN AND INTERACTIVE MEDIA APPLICANTS

There are two parts to the AOS in Game Design and Interactive Media portfolio at Pratt:

  • Creative Component: Select Option A or Option B
  • Writing Sample: Complete the required writing sample 

Find details below: 

Creative Component

Option A

A visual portfolio consisting of 12–20 examples of 2-D, 3-D, and time-based media. 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. Pratt requires a minimum of two observational drawings or paintings. Observational work offers insights as to how you interpret and translate the 3-dimensional world onto a 2-dimensional surface.  Because Pratt’s Foundation year utilizes life drawing as one of the ways to explore and create within the picture plane, it is important to see some evidence of this work in a portfolio. If you are a lens-based artist or fashion designer, the observational work you submit acknowledges that you are open to exploring the picture plane through 2D and 3D studio work. 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).

Option B

Game Proposal: Applicants may submit an original game proposal including at least 3 of the following 5 elements. The proposal can be for any sort of game.

  1. Characters
  2. Narrative
  3. Strategy
  4. Rules
  5. World/Visual Descriptions

Writing Sample 

Describe in detail the impact that a game has made on you. Applicants may write about any aspect of the game that impacted them the most. What effect did it have on you? How has it influenced you? What techniques do you feel the game developers use to achieve this impact?

Please upload the writing sample to either the media section of SlideRoom in a PDF format or to the attachments section as a Word document.


Current Pratt Associate’s Degree Students Applying to the B.F.A. Programs

Entrance to the B.F.A. is for fall only.

Students in their second year of the associate’s degree who expect to complete by the end of the spring semester must submit a transfer application to Pratt’s admissions office to be considered for the B.F.A. A cumulative Pratt GPA of 2.7 by the end of the fall semester of the sophomore year is required. Your acceptance is contingent on your maintaining your grades in your final semester and completing the requirements/courses for the degree. It is based on the portfolio and grades in the associate’s degree program. Make sure you submit work from all courses taken so that your portfolio reflects your skills.

See AAS transfer scholarship information.

Changing Your Major

Students in the Associates degree who decide to change their major upon entering the B.F.A. will need to take an additional year’s worth of coursework to make up the coursework they missed in the sophomore year. Students in the program who wish to change their major in the second year of the program would have to take additional coursework to make up the classes missed in the new major. We do not encourage students to change majors either in the program or after transferring to the B.F.A. because of the additional time needed to make up the sophomore required courses in the new major.


Transfer of Credits

Residency Requirement:
Every undergraduate must complete at least 50% of credits required for graduation—including the final 30 credits—at Pratt.   Credits earned through approved study abroad programs will be considered to be earned in residence.

Evaluation of Credit

Transfer credit is granted for coursework that is comparable to Pratt’s coursework and is completed at a school accredited by an accrediting agency or state approval agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education or the international equivalent. Only courses with a grade of C or better will be considered acceptable for transfer to the Pratt record. Credit will not be awarded for courses with grades lower than C (including C-). Credits may be awarded for courses that meet the following:

Credit evaluations will be completed at the time of acceptance. Accepted students who seek AP, IB, or CLEP credit must submit official copies of score reports to the Admissions Office prior to enrollment.

Prior to the deposit deadline, the transfer student receives a credit evaluation for work done at previous college(s). Additional documents may be requested (bulletin, course hours, syllabi, etc.) in order to complete the evaluation. Final official transcripts are required to ultimately award any credits.

Placement

In order to place  out of foundation year you must submit a portfolio of work from courses similar to Pratt’s first year program. For example, in Art and Design: to place as a sophomore, you must have taken classes similar to the foundation year curriculum to receive credit, and you must submit work from each studio course taken. To receive credit for the sophomore year, you must include examples from your major if you took major classes that reflect Pratt’s second-year. The curriculum for each major is available online. The level of work in the transfer portfolio in addition to credits in courses taken are used to determine placement (freshman first semester, sophomore second semester, etc.) in Pratt’s programs. Failure to show work from particular classes will affect the level of placement. Pratt has very limited space for transfer applicants, much of which is dependent on placement.