Application Requirements and Portfolio Guideline
Applicants to PrattMWP must apply using Pratt Institute’s online application. When you click on “apply online” below, you will be redirected to Pratt Institute’s application, where you may select PrattMWP in Utica.
Application Deadlines: see our Apply to PrattMWP webpage
All required application materials for high school applicants (freshmen) and transfer applicants are listed below as well as instructions on how to submit them. All materials must be sent to Pratt’s admissions office by the application deadline. Note, however, that high school applicants may submit transcripts up to one week after the application deadline. The application must be submitted by the deadline. Mailed materials may be sent to: Pratt Institute, Office of Undergraduate Admissions, 200 Willoughby Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11205.
High School Applicant Requirements:
- Online Application
- High School Transcripts
- Test Scores: SAT or ACT scores; TOEFL, IELTS or PTE for international students (see below).
- Letter of Recommendation (optional)
- Portfolio uploaded to pratt.slideroom.com
Online Application (online required) with fee of $50 for domestic applicants and permanent residents and $90 for international applicants. The online application is hosted on Pratt Institute’s website, so please note that you will be redirected to Pratt Institute’s application. If you intend to apply with an application fee waiver, see below under “More Information”.
Official High School transcript(s) from each high school attended. If you have attended more than one high school but grades from your previous school appear on your current transcripts, then you do not need to send transcripts from each high school. If you took the GED, you must submit official scores as well as high school transcripts. Your college counselor may submit transcripts electronically using Naviance. If your high school mails transcripts, please use this address: Pratt Institute, Office of Undergraduate Admissions, 200 Willoughby Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11205.
Results of the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT 1) or the American College Testing Program (ACT). Scores should be sent to Pratt Institute. To ensure that we receive scores by our posted deadlines, 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. Please do not request that scores be rushed.
- International students may submit the TOEFL, IELTS or PTE instead of the SAT/ACT, however we encourage them to submit both an English proficiency test and the SAT. International students whose first language is English may be waived from the TOEFL, IELTS or PTE but must submit the SAT or ACT instead. The TOEFL test minimum score is 71. The IELTS test minimum score is 6.
Students who have been out of high school for five or more years are not required to submit the SAT or ACT but international applicants must submit a TOEFL, IELTS or PTE.
Pratt Institutional Codes
- SAT code is 2669
- CLEP code is 2669
- AP code is 2669
- ACT code is 2862
- TOEFL code is 2669
Optional Letter of recommendation: letters of recommendation are optional and not required. If you intend to submit one, however, instructions are included in the online application as we prefer you submit them though the online application. If you submit them through the application, note that you will need your recommender’s email address. A request will be sent to them through the online application. We recommend emailing them first to let them know they will receive an email. Only one is required, but you may submit up to three. You are encouraged to have at least one recommendation letter from a teacher. If you have not attended high school for three or more years, you may have your present or former supervisor provide recommendations.
Recommendations will be accepted through online submission through the online application or by mail, fax, or other electronic submission including Naviance/Parchment.
Portfolio: portfolios must be uploaded to pratt.slideroom.com. See details below.
- Include 15 to 20 images of your best work.
- Include 3 to 5 observational/life drawings. Examples may include landscapes, self-portraits, life drawings, still-life, etc.
- Sketchbook work may be included as well.
- Photography majors may submit a portfolio of photographs only, but we strongly encourage you to submit observational drawings as well.
- You do not need to mount, mat or frame your work.
Portfolios must be uploaded to pratt.slideroom.com Select undergraduate freshman or transfer.
Portfolio Reviews: portfolio reviews are available at PrattMWP’s admissions office as well as off-campus throughout the United States in the fall at National and regional Portfolio Day events. Portfolio reviews are not required but are an excellent opportunity to meet with a counselor to discuss your portfolio before formally submitting it and to learn more about PrattMWP. More information about scheduling a portfolio review with the admissions office and the off-campus National Portfolio days PrattMWP attends is available online.
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. Applicants who are transfers but apply as freshmen may have their offer of admission rescinded because of different criteria for acceptance. The scholarship will be rescinded and the applicant will be reconsidered for admission and a transfer scholarship.
- *High School Transcripts: all transfer students except those who have completed 48 college credits or more must submit high school transcripts
- College Transcripts: Official college/university transcripts from all schools attended (no exceptions). Official transcripts must be uploaded when you complete your online application. Request an official student copy from your school, either digitally or physically, scan it, and upload it. It must have your name and the name of the school on the transcript. Transcripts from all institutions attended should be uploaded when you complete the application. Although we prefer to receive them online as they will immediately be recorded as received in our checklist system, you may mail them to Pratt Institute at the address below if you are not able to submit them online. Although official transcripts are not required until you are accepted and deposit, they may also be mailed in a stamped and sealed envelope directly from your university. All transcripts uploaded to the Admit system are considered unofficial. If you are accepted and decide to enroll, you must then submit your final official transcripts. Students who have enrolled in other institutions of higher education should upload official mid-year transcripts from each college or university. 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.
*International college transcripts (other than Japan and Korea): international students are asked to submit an evaluation of their post-secondary (college) transcript(s). This evaluation may be done by World Education Services (WES) or any other evaluation agency recommended by NACES.org. WES evaluations do not include translations. The document must be officially translated into English before submitting to WES or any other reputable education evaluation service, e.g., your embassy.
- Test Scores: SAT/ACT scores are not required; however, international students whose first language is not English must submit the TOEFL, IELTS or PTE instead. International students whose first language is English may be waived from the TOEFL, IELTS or PTE but then must submit the SAT or ACT. The TOEFL test minimum score is 71. The IELTS test minimum score is 6. Admissions must receive one of the above test scores for this requirement to be completed.
- Optional Letter of Recommendation letters of recommendation are optional and not required. If you intend to submit one, however, instructions are included in the online application as we prefer you submit them though the online application. If you submit them through the application, note that you will need your recommender’s email address. A request will be sent to them through the online application. We recommend emailing them first to let them know they will receive an email. Only one is required, but you may submit up to three. You are encouraged to have at least one recommendation letter from a teacher. If you have not attended high school for three or more years, you may have your present or former supervisor provide recommendations.
Recommendations will be accepted through online submission through the online application or by mail, fax, or other electronic submission including Naviance/Parchment.
- Portfolio: portfolios must be uploaded to pratt.slideroom.com. The transfer portfolio requirements are the same as the freshman requirements (describe above) if you have not taken art courses in your previous college. Transfer applicants who have taken art courses should include three to five examples of work from each studio course completed. You may submit up to 40 images.
Details about fee waivers, checking your application status, home-school applicants, applying undecided, and AP and IB credits are listed below.
Undergraduate applicants may request a college application fee waiver on the basis of family financial hardship using either the NACAC form or the SAT Fee Waiver form. Please follow the instructions on the College Board or the NACAC website to obtain either form and bring it to your guidance counselor. The criteria are listed on both sites.
Applicants who have already received an application fee waiver code from the College Board do not need to request a fee waiver code from the Pratt Institute admissions Office. The College Board code can be entered directly onto the online application by clicking the “Save, Pay, and Send” button at the end of the application once it is complete. This will take you to the application fee payment screen where you will choose the option to enter the College Board application fee waiver code to submit your application.
Applicants who have not received an application fee waiver code from College Board must first email a scanned copy of their waiver form to email@example.com or fax it to 718.636.3670 with a cover sheet saying "Attention: Application Fee Waiver Request PrattMWP" before completing your online application. You will be emailed a one-time use waiver code to use on your online application once your fee waiver request is received and approved. Please let your guidance counselor know that we do not recommend mailing the fee waivers. They may email or fax us. Make sure you print information clearly and legibly on the forms. If faxing the form, you must include an email address to which the fee waiver code can be emailed. Failure to do so will prevent the processing of your request. Please allow up to five business days for the emailed requests and ten business days for faxed requests to be processed. The data you provide may be checked against the FAFSA. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions about fee waivers. The application fee waiver code can only be used once and will be assigned to a specific applicant. Attempts to share the code will result in loss of fee waiver and possible withdrawal of your application. Please note that only the online application fee can be waived; we are not able to waive the Slideroom visual portfolio submission fee.
International students are not eligible for fee waivers.
Please email email@example.com if you have questions about fee waivers.
Checking Your Application Status: You may check your status online to see which materials we have received and which are outstanding. You will need to enter your email address and the password you created when you submitted your application. Please note that it can take up to two weeks for documents you recently sent to display as received on the checklist. If your documents do not show as received and you sent them within the past two weeks, please do not worry, and continue to check back. Note that letters of reference will not show on the checklist as they are no longer required.
Home-Schooled Applicants: PrattMWP welcomes applications from home-schooled students. In the absence of conventional high school records, submitting the following items will help us to evaluate your readiness for the programs that we offer: Home school transcript that includes: Course titles; Course grades; Units of credit for courses; Grading Scale (if other than A-F letter grades); and Signature of the home school administrator (the parent or other person who organized, taught, and evaluated your home school coursework) In the absence of a traditional transcript, you may present a portfolio of the work you consider most indicative of your academic achievements (This is in addition to the regular visual portfolio requirement). This may contain records such as grades from community college or other post-secondary level courses that you may have taken, scores from AP tests (these are also administered independently of schools), recommendations from qualified tutors or teachers, examples of independent research, or descriptions of books and other curricular materials used in preparation for college-level work.
Upon Deposit: Proof of high school graduation must be sent to PrattMWP before you arrive. This requirement may be satisfied by supplying any of the following: 1. Official scores from the official High School Equivalency Examination (GED). 2. A letter from your local superintendent of schools as proof of your readiness to enter college and that your home schooling was conducted in accordance with state laws. 3. Certificate of graduation from a diploma-granting organization or non-traditional school. Failure to provide will result in a registration hold.
AP Credit: PrattMWP accepts up to a maximum of nine (9) total AP credits (up to 3 credits in each of the categories) with a score* of four (4) or five (5) only in the following:
English - 3 credits. AP courses of study accepted are English Language and Composition: transfer credit given for HMS-101. Enrollment in HMS-103 the first semester at Pratt is required. (Art and Design students)
Math or Science - 3 credits. Students given transfer credit for a specific course may not enroll in other courses listed below as equivalent, but must enroll in more advanced courses. AP courses of study accepted are:
AP Exam Equivalent Courses
AP Art History HA-115 Survey of Art 1
AP Biology MSCI-REQT Math/Natural Science Requirement
AP Calculus AB MSCI-300 Calculus I
AP Calculus BC MSCI-300 Calculus I
AP Calculus AB Subscore MSCI-300 Calculus I
AP Chemistry MSCI-REQT Math/Natural Science Requirement
AP Eng Lang/Comp HMS-101A Introduction to Literary and Critical Studies
AP Env Science MSCI-180P Environmental Science
AP Physics B MSCI-221 Conceptual Physics
AP Physics C-E&M MSCI-221 Conceptual Physics
AP Physics C-Mech MSCI-221 Conceptual Physics
AP Statistics MSCI-REQT Math/Natural Science Requirement
Studio Art: Pratt does not award credit for AP Studio Art.
AP credits are only accepted at the time of initial matriculation at PrattMWP. Applicants submitting AP scores must have official score reports sent by the College Board directly to the Admissions Office as soon as they are available in order to get credit. They must be submitted before arrival at PrattMWP. Students who fail to submit scores before they register will not get credit for AP scores. Unofficial copies will not be accepted. Students who have already registered will have their classes changed by their academic advisor as soon as the AP credits are received and entered.
IB Credit: International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma recipients may receive transfer credits for courses in which they earn a score of five (5) or higher. Pratt Institute does not award transfer credit for IB Visual Arts courses or exams.
Additional Required Application Materials for Permanent Residents: Applicants who are Permanent Resident Aliens, refugees and other eligible non-citizens must provide a photocopy of their alien registration card.
Questions? e-mail or call (800) 755-8920