Every student, once matriculated at Pratt, whether as a freshman or a transfer student, is expected to complete his or her degree requirements at Pratt, both in professional areas and in liberal arts and sciences. A student who is in good academic standing (a GPA of 2.00 or above for undergraduate students, or 3.00 and above for graduate students) may request to take a course at another college. Students must get permission in advance to take courses at other colleges for transfer to their Pratt record.

For Courses Completed Prior to Attending Pratt

All final and official college and high school transcripts (indicating the date of graduation or any conferred degrees) must be submitted to the Institute prior to enrollment. All students petitioning for transfer credit(s) must submit an official transcript from each college attended. One school’s courses listed on another school’s transcript are not acceptable.
Failure to submit these documents on time may result in loss of transfer credit and an incomplete records hold that will block all registration activity. Additional transcripts will not be accepted for transfer credit evaluation once the first semester begins.

Permission Policy for Undergraduate Programs

Associate Programs

After initial matriculation, students may earn up to 3 credits from another accredited institution.  The type of credit to be received at Pratt is specified in advance on the permission form and approved by the department chairperson.

Baccalaureate Programs

After initial matriculation, students may earn up to 6 credits at another accredited institution if approved by the department chairperson. The type of credit to be received at Pratt is specified in advance on the Permission to Take form. To be accepted for transfer credit, the course must be recognized for credit by the other institution and must be passed with a grade no lower than C. A grade of C- is not acceptable for transfer purposes. Final grades of all transferred credits are not included in the GPA.

Students who entered in 2017 and prior: Every undergraduate student complete at least 48 semester credits at this institution. The last 32 credits must be taken in final sequence to earn any undergraduate degree. For those permissions that fall within the last 32 credits, students must petition the school dean for a waiver of the residency requirement.

Students who entered in 2018 and later: 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. For those permissions that fall within the last 30 credits, students must petition the school dean for a waiver of the residency requirement.
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Instructions

  1. Download or pick up the Permission to Take form from the Office of the Registrar.
  2. Permission for studio credit must be approved by the chair of the student's department. Permission for liberal arts credit must be approved by the appropriate department chair in the school of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The approved permission must be signed for clearance and filed in the Office of the Registrar before the course is taken.
  3. At completion of the course, an official transcript must be sent from the other institution to Pratt Institute's Office of the Registrar.
  4. Once the transcript is received and reviewed, the credit will be posted to the student's record as transfer credit.

Permission Policy for Graduate Programs

After initial matriculation, students may earn up to 6 credits at another accredited institution. Graduate students need to be mindful of the residency requirement. For most programs, transferred credit may not exceed 25 percent of the total credits required. The Professional Master of Architecture program permits transfer of up to 33 percent of the total credits required. To be accepted for transfer credit, the course must be recognized for graduate level credit by the other institution and must be passed with a grade no lower than B. A grade of B- is not acceptable for transfer purposes. Final grades of all transferred credits are not included in the GPA.

Instructions

  1. Download or pick up the Permission to Take form from the Office of the Registrar.
  2. Permission for professional credit must be approved by the chair of the student's department. Permission for liberal arts credit must be approved by the appropriate department chair in the school of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The approved permission must be signed for clearance and filed in the Office of the Registrar before the course is taken.
  3. At completion of the course, an official transcript must be sent from the other institution to Pratt Institute's Office of the Registrar.
  4. Once the transcript is received and reviewed, the credit will be posted to the student's record as transfer credit.

Portfolio/Work Experience Credit

Based on previous work experience and/or portfolio, credit may be granted only for work experience gained before initial matriculation at the Institute. This is available to all graduate and undergraduate students in both the School of Architecture and the Schools of Art and Design. When applying for admission the student should indicate his or her intention to seek credits for work experience. Students must submit the following documentation for credit consideration:

  • Résumé
  • Professional portfolio
  • Letters from employers detailing responsibilities and areas of expertise

To Petition for Portfolio/Work Experience Credit:

  1. Petition in person at the office of the appropriate chairperson. You will be advised as to the feasibility of your request and given a statement of intent to be completed. You should keep a copy of the document and be sure another is in your permanent file.
  2. Present a copy of the Statement of Intent to the Registrar's Office with a $100 deposit. The Office of the Registrar will give you an application form, which should be returned to that office after completion. When the entire process is complete, the Registrar’s Office will apply the deposit to a fee schedule of 30 percent of the regular per-credit tuition rate per credit evaluated.
  3. Submit documentation as described above to appropriate departmental chair. Please allow one week for evaluation.
  4. Return the application with the proper authorization to the Office of the Registrar to complete the process. You will be billed accordingly.

Payment is due upon billing. Credits earned through this procedure will not count toward the Institute's minimum residence requirement.