WHAT IS PRECOLLEGE?

PreCollege is a program that supports future artists, designers, and creative thinkers to develop their skills and creative voice. High school students engage in rigorous college-level courses, modeled after Pratt Institute’s undergraduate offerings and taught by Pratt faculty who are committed to sharing their expertise in the fields of art and design. Students enrolled in credit-bearing PreCollege classes receive elective credits accepted at Pratt and most other colleges and universities.

WHEN DO PRECOLLEGE CLASSES TAKE PLACE? 

All Precollege classes are listed as Eastern Standard Time, including online courses. The schedule and duration of the program will be listed on the site. All PreCollege classes are synchronous. 

WHO SHOULD JOIN PRECOLLEGE?

PreCollege fall and spring classes are designed for high school students from across the country and around the world to develop their creative voice and build skills in art, design, and creative thinking. Online classes are open to students aged 15-18. In-person summer classes are available only for students aged 16-18.

HOW IS PRATT RESPONDING TO COVID-19?

Pratt’s on-going Covid-19 response is available at pratt.edu/coronavirus. Pratt is taking every measure to ensure student safety and keep the community updated. 

ARE THERE ONLINE CLASSES? 

PreCollege will hold classes both online and in-person. Locations will be written in the course description. 

WHEN DOES REGISTRATION OPEN FOR PRECOLLEGE?

Applications for PreCollege open several months before classes begin. Please join our email list and follow our instagram so you can know when our applications launch before anyone else.

ARE THERE SCHOLARSHIPS FOR PRECOLLEGE?

Scholarships are only available in the summer. There are limited scholarships available for PreCollege. Applications are available through the PreCollege general application. 

DO PRECOLLEGE CLASSES HAVE HOMEWORK?

All PreCollege courses will have homework. Credit classes are held to the same standards as undergraduate courses and students should expect to have homework that is proportional to the hours they spend in class. Non-credit classes will also have homework assignments but will be less academically demanding.

WHAT CLASSES ARE OFFERED?

Our web page lists our most recent classes and classes coming in the future. If you are interested in another class, please email us at precollege@pratt.edu. We’re always looking to expand our course selections and cater to our student’s interests. 

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CREDIT VS NON-CREDIT CLASSES?

Students enrolled in credit-bearing PreCollege classes receive elective credits accepted at Pratt and most colleges and universities. PreCollege credit classes are 38% discounted from Pratt courses. Classes are taught at the college level and support a rigorous and exciting introduction to explorations in art, design and creative thinking. Upon successful completion of each course, students receive a transcript indicating the grade received based on Pratt’s grading system. Some classes are also offered for non-credit. Students who take the course for non-credit do not receive a letter grade or a transcript and have a more lenient attendance policy.

WHAT CLASSES ARE OFFERED IN THE FALL AND SPRING?

Our Previous offerings are available on our Fall and Spring PreCollege page. It is our goal to continue to offer a diverse selection of concentrations for students. However, in the event of a class being canceled due to low enrollment, students will be notified and rescheduled.

WHEN DO REGISTRATIONS CLOSE FOR FALL AND SPRING CLASSES?

Registration closes 1 week (5 business days) before the start of each course. Early registration is encouraged as space is limited. Pratt PreCollege courses support high school artists, designers, and creative thinkers and are not open to other audiences. 

WHAT MATERIALS ARE REQUIRED FOR PRECOLLEGE CLASSES?

Materials required for the class will be relayed by the instructors before classes start. Materials will vary based on the class and credit load. 

HOW CAN I COMMUNICATE WITH CLASSMATES AND FACULTY ONLINE?

 Students can use Canvas and their Pratt email to connect with others. If you are unable to connect with your instructor, email the office at precollege@pratt.edu

CAN I TAKE PRECOLLEGE CLASSES IF I’M IN MIDDLE SCHOOL?

We accept highschool students between the ages of 15 and 18. PreCollege courses would not be suitable for middle school students. Please check the Saturday Art School program for more additional programming for young students. 

WHAT SUPPLIES DO I NEED?

Students should estimate spending $400 on supplies for the program. Due to the variety of concentrations offered, PreCollege is unable to provide a generic supply list. There are many great resources and supply stores near campus including but not limited to:

WHAT DO I DO IF MY ONEKEY DOESN’T WORK?

Please contact our Technology Desk at technologydesk@pratt.edu or by calling them at 718.636.3765

HOW DO I ACCESS MY PRATT EMAIL?

Students can access their Pratt email at webmail.pratt.edu using your Pratt OneKey username and password Pratt emails can also be accessed through Gmail.com, signing in with a OneKey username@pratt.edu and password. For further details, check out our website here

IS PRATT PRECOLLEGE ACCESSIBLE?

Accessibility resources are available at pratt.edu/accessibility. For specific questions or concerns about accommodations for PreCollege students please contact LAC@pratt.edu. For more information, please view the Learning/Access Center website.

WHAT IS THE ATTENDANCE POLICY AT PRATT?

Pratt Institute understands that students’ engagement in their program of study is central to their success. While no attendance policy can assure that, regular class attendance is key to this engagement and signals the commitment Pratt students make to participate fully in their education. If you have a health or mental health condition that could impact your attendance, please contact the Learning/Access Center to set-up accommodations.

Faculty are also responsible for including a reasonable attendance policy on the syllabus for each course they teach, consistent with PreCollege department-specific guidelines, and with Institute policy regarding reasonable accommodation of students with documented disabilities. 

WHEN WILL I RECEIVE MY ACCEPTANCE? 

PreCollege accepts on a rolling basis. You will receive a decision on your application a few weeks after you submit. If you have any questions in the meantime please reach out directly to the office. 

WHERE ARE PRECOLLEGE CLASSES HOSTED ONLINE?

PreCollege classes are hosted over Zoom and Canvas. Faculty may use other online tools to enhance class such as Miro. Students can use their Pratt emails to sign up for these services.

HOW CAN I COMMUNICATE WITH CLASSMATES AND FACULTY ONLINE?

Students can use Canvas and their Pratt email to connect with others. If you are unable to connect with your instructor, email the office at precollege@pratt.edu

CAN INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS JOIN?

International students are eligible to apply for our online program. We are unable to accept international students into our in-person program at this time. 

DO INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS NEED TO SUBMIT ANY ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTATION FOR PRECOLLEGE ONLINE? 

International students holding citizenship from a country where English is not the national language are required to upload one of the following documents with the Summer Program application.

  • A score report showing a minimum TOEFL examination score of 540 PBT / 207 CBT / 76 iBT, IELTS score of 6, or PTE score of 48.

  • Proof of recent successful study in a United States or other English speaking country institution of education. A minimum of one year and a GPA of at least 2.0.

  • These English Proficiency documents will be reviewed by PreCollege staff and shared with the Office of International Affairs.

WHAT ARE THE TECHNOLOGY REQUIREMENTS OF PRECOLLEGE ONLINE CLASSES?

  • A laptop or desktop computer with a reliable internet connection 

  • Access to a webcam or phone camera  

  • A scanner or decent digital camera 

  • All students will be given access to the required digital tools through their Pratt Onekey account (e.g. GSuites, Slack, Adobe Suite, and Zoom). Pratt will use these online platforms to connect students with their faculty and it is the student’s responsibility to check that their region/computer is capable of supporting these various platforms and tools.

WHERE SHOULD STUDENTS WORK AT HOME?

Students should prepare a space where they are able to work without description. We understand that circumstances at home are not always ideal, however, a strong at home studio has the following:

  • Natural lighting or strong overhead lights

  • Access to windows and ventilation

  • A desk and chair

  • A door for privacy

  • Internet connection

  • Cleaning supplies to wipe down any surface

  • An area to store supplies

WHAT IS THE REFUND POLICY?

Please see below the new changes/ updates to our Fees and Refund Policy: 

  • Processing fee of $35 will be charged per course per term, this fee is non-refundable. 

  • Any special fees such as lab and materials will be non-refundable after the first class and are not subject to discounts.

  • A $15.00 cancellation fee will be charged for withdrawals within five business days prior to the start of the first class.

  • No refunds will be issued after the second class begins 

All refund and withdrawal written requests should go to scpsfinancialservice@pratt.edu

Additional questions? Contact precollege@pratt.edu.