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A Leading Art School in New York City

The Pratt Institute, a leading art and design school in New York City, attracts international students from 72 countries. Thirty-three percent of Pratt's undergraduate students are from outside the United States.

Pratt's degree programs include fine arts, architecture, digital art, industrial design, and fashion design. The urban campus' location in the "world's art capital" of New York City gives students abundant opportunities to meet resident artists and designers, and become immersed in galleries, studios, and museums.

Pratt supports international students through an intensive English language program. Its Office of International Affairs offers students extensive guidance in becoming familiar with the American college system.

Campus Near Renowned Art Centers

The Pratt Institute's main campus is located in Brooklyn, a borough of New York City. Brooklyn is New York's most populated borough with 2.5 million people and vibrant ethnic neighborhoods. The Pratt campus is less than 30 minutes from the city's borough of Manhattan and within easy access of renowned art centers such as the Museum of Modern Art and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.

Spread across 25 acres in a residential Brooklyn neighborhood, the Pratt campus is an urban mix of green space, brick streets, and historic buildings. Its Pratt Sculpture Park occupies the entire campus and is the largest sculpture park in New York City.

Second Largest Independent Arts College

The Pratt Institute was created in 1887 and is the second largest independent arts college in the United States. Its founder was wealthy oil magnate and philanthropist Charles Pratt.

Today, the Pratt Institute offers 23 majors in art and design. Programs such as industrial design, architecture, and interior design at Pratt are ranked among the best in the United States by "DesignIntelligence" magazine.

Four colleges on campus offer undergraduate study: the School of Art, School of Design, School of Architecture, and School of Liberal Arts and Sciences.The largest is the undergraduate design school with 1,164 students.

Over 2,925 undergraduate students are enrolled at Pratt.

B.F.A. Programs and Architectural Degrees

Programs leading to a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree include writing, fine art, fashion design, and film. Undergraduate architecture students enroll in a 5-year degree program, where the curriculum emphasizes critical thinking, design, technology, and social responsibility. Students also can earn degrees in construction management, photography, and communications design, among other fields.

The school encourages students to follow their own artistic vision while expanding visual thinking and learning new ideas and techniques. The institute's faculty is composed mostly of working art and design professionals who can support students as they develop the practical skills and knowledge they need to succeed.

From Digital Art to Traditional Media

The latest techniques in new media are incorporated into arts programs at Pratt. An example is Pratt's digital arts program. Students in the program use the computer as a medium to create interactive and web-based art. They study under distinguished professionals, who have exhibited nationally and internationally.

Traditional media also is represented at Pratt. Fine arts students choose specialty concentrations in ceramics, printmaking, drawing, painting, sculpture, and jewelry making.

Core Foundation Year and Liberal Arts

Proficiency in English is required at Pratt, and the school helps students achieve fluency through its Intensive English Program. All international students must take an English placement examination unless they are from countries where English is their first language.

The 3-hour exam includes a reading test, essay, and interview. Results can determine how many courses students can enroll in and affect their acceptance into degree programs.

Pratt's one-year program in learning the English language is ideal for students who intend to study art, design, or architecture at Pratt or other art schools. Instruction includes skill development in reading, writing, speaking, and listening. English courses emphasize art and design themes such as designing public spaces and artists and society.

Pratt also offers an intensive summer English program. Students take English immersion classes for 6 weeks. They meet 6 hours per day, Monday through Thursday.

Eligibility for Merit Scholarships, Internships

International students may be eligible for merit scholarships, which are determined upon acceptance. International students are also eligible to participate in Pratt's paid internship program once they have met visa requirements.

Top Designers and Artists Among Notable Alumni

Pratt graduates become part of notable alumni, which includes renowned architects, painters, photographers, and designers. Fashion designer Betsey Johnson is a Pratt graduate. Actor-director Robert Redford also attended Pratt, along with cartoonist Edward Koren and photographer Robert Mapplethorpe.

Location & Contact

Address 200 Willoughby Avenue, DeKalb Hall
Brooklyn, NY  11205
United States
Contact Mr. Adam Ward
Visit Coordinator
Phone: 718-636-3779
Fax: 718-636-3670

Majors & Degrees

Architecture And Related Services Associate Bachelors
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Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services Associate Bachelors
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Construction Trades Associate Bachelors
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Education Associate Bachelors
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English Language And Literature/Letters Associate Bachelors
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Visual And Performing Arts Associate Bachelors
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Ceramic Arts And Ceramics Checkmark
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Application Fee
Avg. high school GPA for freshman
Admission Requirements
Required Transcript of high school record
One recommendation
Required for some programs Other requirements may exist (see below)
Recommended A minimum high school GPA of 3
Other requirements: Portfolio

Application Deadlines

Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
Other early decision plan Not reported Not reported
Transfer Not reported Not reported

Test Scores Accepted

Test Avg. Score 25th % Info icon 75th % Info icon
ACT Composite 23 28

Tuition & Fees

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Full-time student fees
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Room only
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Other Payment Considerations

Guaranteed tuition plan offered No
Tuition pre-payment plan No

Student Body

Total Undergrad students
International Students
Out-of-state students


Hispanic/Latino 9.72%
Black or African American 3.89%
White or Caucasian 40.55%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0.25%
Asian 14.74%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0.16%
Two or more races 2.1%
Other 2.2%


Male (30.42%)
Female (69.58%)

Campus Life


College-owned housing Yes
Housing requirements None
Housing options Co-ed housing
Disabled housing
% of undergrad students who live in college housing 54%

Campus Security & Safety

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Men's Sports

Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
Badminton Checkmark No No
Basketball Checkmark Division 3 No
Cross-country Running No Division 3 No
Field Hockey Checkmark No No
Football Checkmark No No
Golf Checkmark No No
Lacrosse Checkmark No No
Soccer No Division 3 No
Tennis No Division 3 No
Track And Field No Division 3 No
Volleyball Checkmark No No
Weight Lifting Checkmark No No
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Women's Sports

Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
Badminton Checkmark No No
Basketball No No No
Cross-country Running No Division 3 No
Field Hockey No No No
Football No No No
Golf No No No
Lacrosse Checkmark No No
Soccer No Division 3 No
Tennis No Division 3 No
Track And Field No Division 3 No
Volleyball No Division 3 No
Weight Lifting Checkmark No No


Total Faculty
Student-Faculty Ratio
Full-time - 153
Part-time - 960
Male - 641
Female - 472
Pratt Institute (International Student Information)