Pratt Institute

Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, is ranked by Business Week as one of the top design schools in the United States and offers majors in virtually every area of art, design, and architecture.  With almost all programs ranked among the top five or ten in the country, Pratt attracts the brightest and most talented students in the US.  Over 1000 faculty members, most of them practicing professionals, connect students with internships and eventually jobs. Ninety-two percent of Pratt’s students are employed within one year of graduation; twenty percent of students are employed before graduation. Payscale lists Pratt graduates with the second highest mean starting salaries of all the universities offering art and design.

Some statistics that might interest you:

Total Undergraduate Enrollment: 3,226

96% of Undergraduates are full-time
100% of First-Year Freshmen are full-time

31% of Undergraduates are male, 69% are female

Pratt students come from 47 states and 82 countries

International Enrollment: 27%

Average student:faculty class ratio: 9:1 (9.4 to 1)

Percent from out of state
71% of Undergraduates
78% of First-Time Freshmen

Percent living in residence halls
54% of Undergraduates
90% of First-Time Freshmen

Test Scores

SAT Critical Reading: 25th percentile: 520 / 75th percentile: 630
SAT Math: 25th percentile: 530 / 75th percentile:  660
SAT Writing: 25th percentile: 520/ 75th percentile: 640

Average age of full-time freshmen: 18

Average entering GPA: 3.63


Pratt offers majors in fine art, fashion design, communications design, interior and industrial design, animation, motion arts, interactive arts, history of art and design, art and design education (teacher preparation), writing, and critical and visual studies, and more.   The School of Architecture offers the five- year NAAB accredited architecture degree and a four-year degree in construction management. We also offer an associate’s degree (transfer track) in painting/drawing and graphic design/illustration for students who are not ready or not interested in a four-year program. 

The difference between our Bachelor of Fine Art and a Bachelor of Arts is the fact that the studios and professional courses constitute about two-thirds of the BFA curriculum.   Students apply for a particular program– art, design, architecture, or writing–and begin studying in that program their first year.  (The admissions requirements include evidence of talent in addition to academic ability.)

View the  Gallery of Student and Faculty Work!


Brooklyn (main campus): A 25-acre campus with 35 buildings, some historic, some contemporary, grassy plazas, and residence halls on campus makes Pratt a top choice for students looking for a traditional college experience in the context of an art and design school. Pratt is the only art, design and architecture college in New York City with an actual traditional college campus.  All programs but the two-year associate degree programs and both the two and four-year construction management programs are located on the Brooklyn campus.

Manhattan: Pratt’s Manhattan campus is located in the exciting Chelsea area in a restored historic building.

Extension Campus: PrattMWP College of Art and Design is Pratt’s upstate New York extension campus in Utica.  It offers the first two years of Pratt’s BFA programs in fine arts, photography, art and design education (teacher preparation), and communications design (graphic design, illustration, advertising art direction).  There are many reasons why students choose PrattMWP, including a substantially lower cost. Information is available at

Applying: The deadline for the fall semester is January 5th.  Because we have an enrollment cap with strict limits on certain majors, we strongly encourage students to apply early if Pratt is their first choice.  Pratt has a generous merit scholarship program; all applicants are considered.

Interested students may request information about Pratt at

AXA Achievement Scholarship

AXA Achievement  Scholarship:Visit  to learn more and apply online.


$1.4 million awarded
Scholarships in the amount of $2,500, $10,000 and $25,000
A winner in every state, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico, and in every local community where AXA has a presence
Apply by: December 15, 2016
Only the first 10,000 applications will be accepted. APPLY EARLY!
Every winner’s high school will also receive a grant of $1,000

Drive Smart Teen Digital Short Contest

The annual Drive Smart Teen Digital Short Contest sponsored by CTIA Wireless Foundation launches today. Students can enter a digital short educating others about the dangers of driving distracted for a chance at a $10,000 scholarship! For more information, visit

What: Chance to win a $10,000 scholarship
Who: 13 to 18-year-old U.S. residents [official rules]
How: 30-60 second digital short to educate about the dangers of distracted driving
Deadline: December 19, 2016

Cornell University

Cornell’s Early Decision financial aid application deadline for U.S. citizens/permanent residents, and eligible non-citizens is November 15. The Early Decision international financial aid application deadline for international citizens is November 1. For more information regarding financial aid at Cornell, please visit:

Cornell uses the Common Application (CA) or the Universal College Application (UCA), both of which can be completed and submitted online. Students should choose one format to submit all required application materials. The Cornell Questions and Writing Supplement (CA) or the Cornell Supplement (UCA), required of all applicants, includes important Cornell-specific questions and required essays to help us learn more about intellectual interests and goals related to the selected college/school at Cornell. Details on all admission requirements can be found here: And you can learn more about standardized testing requirements here:

Students applying to the Architecture program are required to participate in an interview as part of the admission process and applicants to the Department of Art are strongly recommended, although not required, to have an interview. Students may visit or call 607.255.4376 to learn more and schedule an interview. Formal admission interviews are optional for applicants to Hotel Administration. Further details can be found at For all other applicants, there are no required, formal interviews available.

Among Cornell’s campus partners in student success is the American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program (AIISP) at Cornell which supports Native American students in reaching their educational goals. AIISP is a tremendous source of education about the cultures of North American Indians, enabling both Native and non-Native students to develop respect for and an understanding of indigenous worldviews through the curriculum in American Indian Studies. Cornell also has an award-winning Residential Program House (Akwe:kon) – a unique architectural gem where you can live with Native and non-Native students and participate in cross-cultural social and educational events.

Cornell hosts ROTC units for all branches of the military—Army, Navy/Marine Corps, and Air Force—and we invite you to learn more about programming, scholarships, and training and educational opportunities at

Interested students are encouraged to use MeetEzra, Cornell’s searchable database of frequently-asked questions. MeetEzra content is dynamic and growing and currently includes everything from the admissions process to academics to life on campus. If you haven’t already done so, check out MeetEzra today!

For more information, contact the admissions rep for your region. The listing of Cornell’s recruitment staff and their respective regions is available at

Columbia University Updates

Revised Testing Requirements
We have revised our standardized testing requirements in order to increase flexibility for students. Columbia no longer requires SAT Subject Tests or the writing section on either the SAT or ACT exam. Starting this year, ACT test-takers with multiple sittings will be assessed based on their best result in each individual section (“superscoring”). We will also continue to superscore the SAT. The hope is that these new testing policies will reduce anxiety surrounding the application process by allowing each student to put the best foot forward in the application process.

Two Application Options
Additionally, this year students have two options to apply to Columbia: the Common Application and the Coalition Application. Columbia does not have a preference for one application over the other, but students should submit only one complete application, including supporting materials. We have purposely made both applications mirror each other for student and counselor ease.

Updated Columbia-Specific Application Questions
In order to encourage more meaningful self-reflection,  two of the Columbia-specific application questions have been changed. Instead of asking about what extracurricular activity applicants were most proud of, students are now asked about what aspect of the Columbia community they most want to impact, shifting the focus from individual achievement to community. And instead of asking what applicants found most appealing about Columbia, applicants are now asked what they most value about Columbia, looking to get more information about a student’s character. The new wording signals Columbia’s commitment to a holistic consideration of how each individual may fit into our community.

Financial Aid Outreach
For many students and families, college affordability is a primary concern, and Columbia continues to strive to assist families with the financial aid application and educational financing process. Columbia recently overhauled our financial aid eligibility letter for admitted students in order to help families more easily understand their net price. We are also introducing enhanced outreach to students to help them navigate the earlier availability of the FAFSA and CSS Profile financial aid applications. Columbia’s Early Decision financial aid application deadline will remain November 15, but it has moved the Regular Decision financial aid application deadline to February 15, to allow more time to work with students through the application process.

With the November 1 Early Decision deadline around the corner, it won’t be long before admissions staff officially greet the first members of Columbia’s Class of 2021. For more information, please contact or connect with your regional admissions officer.

Meredith College

College is about more than just attending class. That’s why Meredith College makes sure that campus life is just as strong as our academics – in order to develop confident, well-rounded women.

Nearly two-thirds of our students live on campus. Why? Because its residence halls are exceptionally comfortable. And their upper-level students enjoy living in our LEED-certified on-campus apartments. By living on campus, Meredith students are within close proximity of all of the opportunities available on campus – and in Raleigh.

Meredith places a high value on our students getting involved outside the classroom. In fact, 94% of our students participate in some form of experiential learning – whether that’s undergraduate research, internships, or study abroad.

Meredith is also strong in athletics. Meredith fields eight NCAA Division III teams, which have won numerous conference awards.

For students seeking other involvement, Meredith offers more than 100 clubs and organizations. Students may participate in service organizations, performing arts groups, student-led publications, and religious, social, and academic clubs. The best part – all provide opportunity for women to gain hands-on leadership experience.

For more information, students may contact our Admissions staff by phone: (919) 760-8581 or email:






Summer at Duke – 2017 Available Now!

Interested students can use their summer to prepare for college, learn from renowned professors, and experience a truly international program.  Last Summer over 500 lucky high school students spent the month of July at Duke University taking classes, going on excursions, enjoying great residential activities, and making friends from around the world!

Visit the Summer at Duke website to review the 2017 programs dates and details:

If you are currently in Grades 10 or  11, you can take classes with Duke Professors and earn college credit through Summer College.

If you are currently in grades 9 -12, you can enjoy personal enrichment classes with a global perspective through Summer Academy

Wentworth Institute of Technology

Are you a student interested in improving life on earth? If so, Wentworth Institute of Technology now offers two majors to lead students toward this goal. Its current Biomedical Engineering major is focused on medical devices and systems. Its new major, Biological Engineering integrates the physical sciences, math and engineering with cellular and molecular biology. While both majors have some similarities, they are also very distinct at Wentworth. You can learn about the differences here. Information is also available on all of our engineering majors at

You may contact an admissions counselor at  or  617-989-4000 for more information.

Epilson Sigma Alpha Scholarships

The 2017-2018 Epilson Sigma Alpha scholarship applications are currently open. The early bird scholarship deadline is December 15, 2016. All applications submitted by this deadline will be automatically eligable for the Early Bird Scholarship. The final deadline for applications will be February 1, 2017. Click here or visit if you would like more details.

NCAA Eligibility Center

The NCAA’s new registration website is live! Please visit to take a look at the updated site. It includes several resources to help students, parents, counselors, and coaches. Please see some popular choices below: