Pratt Institute
200 Willoughby Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11205
Admissions Office
200 Willoughby Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11205
(718) 636-3669 or
(800) 331-0834;
FAX: (718) 636-3670

1,141 men/963 women
88 men/80 women
532 men, 836 women

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Average SAT scores:
V 530/M 560
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Fees, books, misc.:
$3,800 approx.

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Reflecting its national and international reputation, Pratt, last year enrolled undergraduate and graduate students from forty-five states, two territories and fifty-eight foreign countries. The domestic student body is both culturally and ethnically diverse; twenty-seven percent of the student body are self-reported minorities. Fifty percent are women.

Prominent alumni/ae:
William Boyer, designer, classic Thunderbird; Peter Max, pop artist; Malcolm Holtzman, architect, Rizzoli Bookstores; Betsey Johnson, fashion designer; Robert Mapple Thorpe, photographer; Robert Redford, actor and director; Eva Hesse, painter/sculptor; Kelly Ellsworth, painter

Most popular majors: Architecture, Communications, Design, Fine Arts

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Pratt Institute
200 Willoughy Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11205
 Salve Regina University
Cannon Plaza and Pratt Library

College Description
Pratt Institute is a coeducational, private, professional college offering associate, bachelor and master's degree programs in art and design, architecture and library science. The Institute has been educating professionals for productive careers in artistic and technical fields since its founding on its present site in Brooklyn in 1887 by the industrialist and philanthropist Charles Pratt. His revolutionary philosophy of education emphasized applied knowledge and the teaching of specific skills demanded by a growing industrial economy. The Institute currently occupies 25 tree-filled acres in the landmark Clinton Hill section of Brooklyn-an historic residential district featuring turn-of-the-century brownstones, Victorian mansions and wide tree-canopied boulevards. Midtown Manhattan, the heart of New York City, is a 1/2-hour subway ride away and offers students a wealth of vocational, cultural and recreational opportunities. Pratt is the only college for art and design on the east coast that has a traditional enclosed campus with on-site student housing.

Academic Life
Pratt is one of the largest undergraduate and graduate schools for art, design and architecture in the country and offers a wide range of cross discipline study options, dual degrees and major concentrations. The Institute houses five schools: Architecture, Art and Design, Library and Information Science, Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Professional Studies. Undergraduate students may choose from 17 different professional programs. The School of Liberal Arts and Sciences provides students with a rigorous core curriculum in the humanities (mandatory for all students). Summer study abroad programs and pre-college and continuing education courses are offered through the School of Professional Studies. The School of Library and Information Science offers graduate programs only. The academic calendar follows a semester system. However, students may continue their studies in the summer by taking advantage of the two six-week intensive summer sessions offered on campus, or by enrolling in one of the study abroad programs offered through the School of Professional Studies. Pratt travel programs include such historic cultural centers as Venice, Rome, Paris and Copenhagen.

Campus Life
Pratt is one of the few colleges located in New York City that offers on-campus housing. Approximately 75 percent of the Institute's freshmen and more than half of all students live on campus in one of the five residence halls. Students can choose to live in a single room, a four- person suite, or a full apartment with one, two or three bedrooms. Pratt students can choose from more than 35 student activities, including honor societies and clubs, sports or the student-run school newspaper, publications and radio station. Student services include academic advisement, counseling and career planning and placement. The Student Activities Office sponsors a series of orientation activities for new students, designed to help them become acclimated to the school and the city. Through Pratt's optional internship program, qualified students are offered challenging on-the-job experiences in Manhattan's top art galleries and design firms.

Facilities and Resources
The Institute's 25-acre campus contains twenty-four buildings, including landmark Romanesque and Renaissance Revival-style structures, clustered around spacious lawns and tree-canopied plazas. Sixteen buildings contain extensive studio, shop and technical facilities needed to support work in all media-from the traditional to the experimental. Five buildings are student residences. All have computer networking capacities and are Internet accessible. Computer labs, established with the most current equipment and the latest software, are available for instructional purposes and individual project use. Gallery space is extensive and the work of students, alumni, staff and other well-known artists is shown throughout the academic year. Pratt's Library, an historical landmark built in 1896, was the first fully automated academic library in the New York City area. Its art and architecture collection is excellent and contains approximately 208,000 volumes, 500 periodical and newspaper subscriptions, 66,000 slides, 190,000 pictures, 50,000 microforms, and 45,000 governmental documents. Students may also use their ID cards to access collections in nearby public and collegiate libraries.

Pratt's athletic programs are housed in the Activities Resource Center, a 325-by-130-foot athletic area, one of the largest clear-span spaces in the city. There are six multipurpose athletic courts which are used interchangeably for tennis, basketball and volleyball. Special event bleacher seating is available for 5,000 people. A four lane, 200-meter track encircles the athletic courts. The mezzanine level contains a weight room and dance/exercise studios. There are full locker room facilities with saunas for men and women. Pratt is a member of both the National Collegiate Athletic Association and the eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference in Division III, and competes in women's sports in the Hudson Valley Women's Conference. Varsity sports at Pratt include outdoor and indoor track, cross country, soccer, basketball, volleyball and tennis.

Financial Aid
Pratt tries to ensure that no student is prevented from completing his or her education due to lack of funds. Approximately 74 percent of all undergraduate students and 84 percent of freshmen receive some form of financial aid through a combination of grants, loans and employment. The Institute also offers, to all students that qualify, merit-based scholarships for which no need is required. To be considered for financial aid, students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and a Pratt Financial Aid Application. The FAFSA may be obtained from Pratt and should be submitted no later than February 1. Students are automatically considered for financial aid after a decision on admission has been made and their FAFSA has been received.

Admission Requirements
Pratt maintains a highly selective admissions policy. It seeks to enroll motivated, talented students having a record of high academic achievement. The course of study at Pratt is demanding and rigorous. It is designed to prepare students for successful careers in challenging professions. The Admissions Committee carefully reviews all credentials submitted by the applicant. Admission standards are high but not inflexible; extraordinary talent may offset an average high school ranking or standardized test score. Although there is no deadline for application, students who wish to apply for merit scholarships and/or financial aid need to submit their application by February 1 for fall enrollment and November 1 for spring enrollment. All freshman applicants are required to submit the following: Application with $35 fee ($80 for international students), high school transcript, letter of recommendation, SAT or ACT test score. A portfolio for evaluation is required of all applicants except as follows: Construction Management-not required; Architecture recommended but not required for applicants with outstanding academic records. It is highly recommended that students present their original work during an interview with an admissions counselor.

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