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| Pratt is not all it's cracked up to be. I spent all four years of high school counting down the days until I would go to an art college in New York City. Due to scholarships I ended up at Pratt. I tried to be positive about Pratt, I even joined several clubs, but after two years I couldn't deal with the school anymore. The neighborhood is very unsafe and unfriendly. Alot of the students aren't that talented and are simply there because they can afford the 30,000$ tution - which brings me to another point, for that much I expect a lot more than Pratt provides. I had to deal with stupid and unfriendly staff, Broken drafting tables (which makes keeping up in a 3,000$ class annoyingly difficult), horrible food service and I constantly questioned where the money was going. On the upside the professors- within your selected major- are very good and supportive, also being in NYC has endless oppourtunities BUT these are things you can get at schools like Parsons, SVA and FIT (save some $!) |
|Jun 24 2007|| 2nd Year Female --
Class 2009 |
| This is the least organized school setting I have ever been in. They lose EVERYTHING and not just my stuff, everyone I know has had some sort of hold put on their account or some sort of academic advisement mix-up that is mostly the product of a poorly organized system. I went to public schools for all of high school and I would have thought that a school that could take so much money from you would be at least as organized as free education. Not at all. |
Let's talk about the new website design? The old website was a disgrace. A design school with a shitty website is bad, but a design school that upgrades their website to the exact same format as the Yale art department website? That's ridiculous. You can't even navigate the damn thing. I was trying to figure out something about study abroad- nothing. I can't even figure out who the top faculty members are other than the President. And it's not in the Pratt Student Handbook either.
If you want to figure out what department deals with something, you will spend a looooong time running around in circles before either giving up or finding out it doesn't exist or that no one cares. Usually all three.
I spend as much time dealing with financial aid and the bursar's office every week as I do on homework assignments.
If you are in financial need, DO NOT attend this school. They will suck you dry and then ask for more. They screwed up my health insurance and didn't charge me last semester and then charged me double this semester but offered my no aid. I have a little over a thousand dollars in debt to them now (which I have to say isn't an unusual occurance). And I'm trying to transfer out of this hell-hole and they won't send my transcripts until this debt is taken care of. I have spent more of my energy crying and freaking out over the constant battles I have with financial aid and the stupid mixups that they create and are completely useless in solving than I can explain. And it's not just me. I know far too many people who are in similar situations.
The student body sucks. Because of the high acceptance rate the freshman class is overcrowded this year and you wouldn't believe how stupid some of the kids are. I am baffled on a daily basis by the number of retarded questions and statements that come out of these kids' mouths. I feel like I'm going to school with kids who shouldn't have graduated high school. I understand that some people excel in artistic areas more than academic areas in art school, but the kids in my English class didn't even know what a thesis statement was. How do you get through high school English without knowing what a thesis statement is?
I think art school could potentially be great, and I think that the teachers here are wonderful. But the professors are about the only good thing about this school.
So if you have a lot of money to spend, and don't mind dropping an extra thousand or so when the school screws up, and you're not too bright, and you don't mind when academic advisement screws up and you end up a second or third year senior.... this is probably your art school. Actually, I think they have an application online, it's probably the easiest thing to get to on the impossible to navigate website. You couldn't pay me to stay here any longer. Please, please, please reconsider this school. Go to Parsons or RISD or MICA. Or even SVA. But I'm transfering to another school as soon as possible.
|Mar 05 2007|| 1st Year Female --
Class 2011 |
| I am a parent who has just sent her 16 year old HS student to the Pre-college program for summer 06. What a dissapointment and what a rip-off!!!! The instructors were horrible. She had a loser who teaches at Parsons and has that Parsons attitude, yet taught the class as if it was elemetary school. My daughter was doing more advanced work in 6th grade! There was a minority racist teaching architecture that we don't even think was an architect ( as was stated)and made several inappropriate comments to the entirely Caucasian class regarding the placement of "one of her own" as the head of the AIA, never mentioning what he actually did to achieve that status, only that he was African American( which nowadays seems to be enough to get one anywhere). Next was a graduate student Art History teacher who was boring as hell and didn't even know how to get around the city for museum field trips, let alone teach these kids anything. At the end of the month-long nearly $4000 program, my daughter does not even have one portfolio piece to show for it. She is a very talented kid, an honor student, a recepiant of many awards, and is involved with Student council and leadership positions. The lack of any work is certainly not because of her lack of interest or enthusiasm. To top it off, her Ipod was stolen and no one helped he do a damn thing about it. She maqde calls to the Director, Jason Kellermyer, but he was completely unconcerned. The architecture teacher's son saw who stole it but they did not come with my daughter to fill out the report so securitry did not belive there was a witness. Security at Pratt is made up of a small army of moronic monkeys that must have come from the zoo up the street are are completely untrained to do anything like take a proper report or give proper advice. The department is heded up by a nasty piece of wrk named Frank Crisa who apparently is a retired police officer still on a pension from the NYPD while making a salery at Pratt for doing NOTHING but being useless and nasty and not at all interested in any crimes happening on campus. When I told him Pratt was my daughter's number 1 college choice before this incident and now I'd never send her there, he told me in his very gangland-like manner " I could care less!" I am considering getting an attorney to try and recoup some of the money we had stolen from us to attend this joke of a pre-college program. Oh yeah...supposedlyu there were 75 "schlarships" to attend this program based on "merit". My daughter asked avery person she met if they got one ( since she only got $500, the lowest amount...they mislead you into thinking if you do eveything they ask and you get a scohlarship, it will be for full tuition - $1650, but after sending in a bunch of non-refundable money and missing out on other programs she was only able to get "the lowest amount based on a point system" according to Jason Kellermyer. My daughter asked at least 85 kids if they got a scholarship and not one did...hmmmm...I wonder who got "the money". Everyone who saw my daughters slides were so impressed they thought she could get in to college right now. So...who did get the "full scholarship" and where were these 75 recipients? I think this program is set up to get as much money from unsuspecting individuals while lying through their teeth and providing substandard, cheap instruction. DO NOT SEND YOUR CHILD TO THIS PROGRAM!!!! there are many many pre-college opportunities pout there that HAVe to be better than this. Prsatt pre-college is a huge SCAM! |
|Aug 15 2006|| 1st Year Female --
Class 2008 |