Pratt Institute

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200 Willoughby Avenue

Brooklyn, NY 11205

Phone: (718) 636-3600
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
male /
Jan. 5
application deadline

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U.S. News Rankings

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U.S. News rank Category Name
#20 Overall Score: 61 out of 100. Regional Universities (North)

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Pratt Institute is a private institution that was founded in 1887. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 3,076, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 25 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Pratt Institute's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (North), 20. Its tuition and fees are $43,126 (2013-14).

The Pratt Institute is a New York City destination for students interested in the arts. Based on the principle of “Poetic Pragmatism,” academic programs at the school emphasize balancing practical skills with an artistic vision in hopes of improving the world. The school’s main campus is in Brooklyn, where students can live in university housing, though it’s not a requirement. The Pratt Institute also has a building in Manhattan’s Chelsea district. For students interested in athletics, the Pratt Institute Cannoneers compete in the NCAA Division III Hudson Valley Athletic Conference.

Pratt Institute is well known for some of its graduate fine arts programs, including interior design, industrial design, and graphic design. The school also offers graduate degree programs through its School of Information and Library Science. The Pratt Institute has graduated notable artists including William Van Alen, the architect of the Chrysler Building; fashion designer Betsy Johnson; and esteemed actor Robert Redford.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Globally recognized for its distinguished academic reputation, Pratt Institute is one of the most prestigious independent specialized colleges in the United States. Founded in 1887, Pratt offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in architecture, art and design, information and library science, and liberal arts and sciences to 4,700 students from around the world. The mission of Pratt Institute is to educate artists and creative professionals to be responsible contributors to society. Pratt seeks to instill in all graduates aesthetic judgment, professional knowledge, collaborative skills and technical expertise. With a firm grounding in the liberal arts and sciences, a Pratt education blends theory with creative application in preparing graduates to become leaders in their professions. Pratt's programs are consistently ranked among the best in the country, and its faculty and alumni include the most renowned artists, designers, and scholars in their fields. Its interdisciplinary curriculum promotes collaborative and creative strategies for design thinking, and provides students with unparalleled training facilities. Classes are taught by leading professionals in their fields, and students make important connections within their fields through faculty and Pratt's career services office. Pratt's inspirational campus in the beautiful Clinton Hill section of Brooklyn and in Manhattan on West 14th Street places it in one of the world's epicenters for arts, culture, design, and business and provides its students with an exceptional learning and working environment that extends beyond its campus.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1887
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting urban
2012 Endowment $97,599,774


When applying to Pratt Institute, it's important to note the application deadline is January 5, and the early action deadline is November 1. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due February 1. The application fee at Pratt Institute is $50. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 61.6 percent and an early acceptance rate of 55.2 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 61.6%
Application deadline January 5
SAT/ACT scores must be received by February 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Pratt Institute is 10:1, and the school has 71.4 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Pratt Institute include: Architecture; Graphic Design; Design and Visual Communications, General; Interior Design; and Industrial and Product Design. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 82 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 10:1
4-year graduation rate 45%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Architecture 14%
Graphic Design 13%
Design and Visual Communications, General 9%
Interior Design 9%
Industrial and Product Design 8%

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Student Life

Pratt Institute has a total undergraduate enrollment of 3,076, with a gender distribution of 34.9 percent male students and 65.1 percent female students. At this school, 52 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 48 percent of students live off campus. Pratt Institute is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 4,688
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA III

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Campus Info & Services

Pratt Institute offers a number of student services including placement service, health service, and health insurance. Pratt Institute also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Pratt Institute, 4 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Pratt Institute.

Students who have cars on campus 4%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Pratt Institute, 58.2 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $10,877.

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Tuition and fees $43,126 (2013-14)
Room and board $10,808 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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