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| Pratt is not for everyone to say the least, it requires an open mind, a very good work ethic and sacrafice both of time, and sadly health. The work load can be at times grueling but the students for the most part do things whole heartedly because they came to Pratt for a specific reason, and if that means no sleep and little food...well. There is some really mind blowing work going on, and the staff is great and there is something around campus that sucks you in as a student and makes you wamt to be a part of what ever is going on. The run down buildings give the school character, unlike the monochrom,monotone,monolife neveau art schools popping up around the country.I suppose pratt is a school for a purist, and you can only get something out of pratt if you make something out of pratt. |
|Mar 23 2004|| 2nd Year Female --
Class 2005 |
| Pratt Institute has been a waste of my $35,000. They do a really good job of making this place sound amazing, selective, and well worth your money -- when you're actually here, it's a completely different story. For one, the cost is insane!! Even though most people do get a $5,000 a year scholarship, other aid available is minimal when you take into account how expensive books and supplies are. They've had ongoing construction that starts around 8:30am and is guaranteed to wake you up. The dorms are falling apart, they cram as many students into one unit as possible (I'm in a 3 bedroom and there's 7 of us here). After the second semester starts, if your roommate leaves, they take the extra furniture to make sure you don't have the benefit of its use. But worse, they don't take into consideration who they allow to live here -- I was stuck with a 30 year old roommate who didn't shower, didn't wear deoderant, and had psychological problems. I tried to discuss with the RA and was told there was nothing they could do about it. There are a few people who have roommates into their 50's. I was a transfer student who earned 65 credits -- only 33 credits counted when I came here and I was placed in all foundation classes with entering freshman. The staff is underpaid and rude; everything is a task and battle here -- the campus is unsightly. The only good thing about it is the location to Manhattan. |
|Feb 27 2004|| 1st Year Female --
Class 2006 |
| I've been here for three and a half years and there hasn't been a single one where I have not had a problem with my financial aid. Fixing anything is a long, painful process. Advisement is a joke; if you're short one credit they will probably neglect to tell you until it is too late. |
The dorms and facilities are filthy and/or broken or eternally under repair. The Willoughby dorm rooms are stripped apartments crammed full of as many students as possible, and often infested with mice. No effort is made to group students by like interest or major. The food and supplies are priced to get as much money out of students as possible (and if you're on a meal plan you have no choice in terms of where you buy food). Food from the cafeteria will probably make you sick 3 out of 5 times.
Not enough emphasis is put on the creation of a portfolio!! I can't stress this enough - a portfolio is ESSENTIAL to illustration majors seeking jobs. There should be a mandatory class that specifically focuses on this. Senior Projects are supposed to, but it rarely works out that way.
Freelancing used to be mandatory, but it isn't anymore (a shame).
If your style does not fit with Pratt's Image, you're in for a rough time - they favor students who have work that looks a certain way. Some teachers are actively closedminded, egotistical jerks who don't care if they are ONLY ONE class out of *8* you're taking. A very few are amazing.
|Feb 26 2004|| 3rd Year Female --
Class 2004 |