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| Pratt is a waste! The cost is too high, the campus is horrible, and the staff is IMPOSSIBLE to deal with. They'll send you to thirty different places to get one simple task accomplished before sending you right back to where you started from. If you're looking to feel safe on your campus, Pratt isn't for you. The security is a joke! Half the time they're sleeping, talking on the phone, or talking with each other, they never actually do their job. There have been three shootings in the Spring '04 semester in the Willoughby dorms (one in a hallway, one in a stairwell, and the third went right through someone's window!). Security didn't care and tried to brush it under the rug. This place is awful and anyone entering the Fall '04 semester and living in Willoughby, well, I feel sorry for you. They're building a new store in the former Willoughby parking lot. I came as a transfer to Pratt in the '02 spring semester so I dealt with the constant construction at 8am my first year and 3/4 of my second year right outside my window - it robs you of the little bit of sleep you can possibly get. Now with the store going up, prepare for another 5 years of noise because it'll never get finished in a timely manner. I stayed around for a sophomore year because people said it would get better, but it didn't. I'm happily going to UCLA in the fall. |
|Jul 09 2004|| 2nd Year Female --
Class 2006 |
| What do I think of Pratt? Well... not too much. As a graduate student in industrial design who had worked several years in the graphic arts trade, going back to school (Pratt) was quite a challenge in patience and anger management. I originally wanted to attend Rhode Island School of Design, but being married and living in N.Y. made it more convenient to ride the slow train to Brooklyn. |
Anyway my biggest disappointment was with the administration. From the idiot admissions director to the incredibly lazy and apathetic people who worked the offices throughout campus, I'm not sure how I managed to get through those arduous two years without hurting someone. As for the professors? They're ok. Most were stuck in their heyday of the sixties and seventies, and taught in the manner they were taught -- ancient techniques. Beyond classes, you really had to push yourself and learn the stuff on your own because most professors didn't have offices, and some did not wanted to be contacted after class time.
Retrospectively, I do regret going there. I learned lot of design theories and eventually got a decent job after graduation, but the sore memories were too much to bare. My experience during undergraduate studies at Univ. of Texas at Arlington, was much, much more pleasant and far more memorable. And naively, that's what I'd expected at Pratt.
| Starting Job: Furniture designer, Preparedness: A, Reputation: C- |
|Jul 09 2004|| Alumnus Male --
Class 2000 |
| 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 |