History, Affiliations and Rankings
Established in 1887, Pratt Institute is a private institute in New York. It was founded by the American industrialist Charles Pratt who was a successful businessman and oil tycoon and was one of the wealthiest men in the history of Brooklyn to provide formal education in the faculties of architecture, engineering, and fine arts.Early courses attempted to instruct students in a range of topics, including mechanical engineering, dressmaking, and furniture construction. The institution prepared its graduates to work as engineers, mechanics, and technicians. Since drawing, whether freehand, mechanical, or architectural, was regarded as a common language that could unify such disparate disciplines, drawing was a solid foundation for all of the school's programmes. A substantial Liberal Arts programme was also intended to supplement the institute's curriculum. It is still a part of Pratt's curriculum for students to study disciplines like history, arithmetic, physics, and literature.The institute has affiliations with the American Collegiate Athletic Association and the Hudson Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. The Pratt Institute ranks #8 QS WUR Ranking By Subject and #244th in US College Rankings 2022 by Times Higher Education.
Infrastructure, Campuses and Courses
Pratt Institute has three campuses, situated in Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Utica. The main campus is located in Brooklyn, New York.The majority of the campus's structures were constructed before World War II and are significant historically. The main university building, a six-story Romanesque Revival style structure, holds administrative offices, academic facilities, and studios. The institute houses schools for art and design, architecture, and liberal arts and sciences. Pratt's MWP campus situated in Utica features a mix of historic and contemporary architecture and the renowned MWPAI Museum of Art. Pratt Institute library consists of numerous collections that focus on the visual arts, architecture, design, creative writing, and allied faculties. It includes more than 200,000 volumes of print materials, 600+ periodicals, and more. Moreover, it provides a wide range of monographs, serials, and electronic resources.The institution also has an online bookshop so that students may conveniently and swiftly access books. There are 110+ student communities and clubs at Pratt Institute, where students can explore new interests and build leadership skills. The main communities include the Art & Design education Club, Animation Club, Ceramics club as well as Fashion & Sustainability Club. Pratt Institute provides a wide range of bachelor's and master's programs across fields such as arts, sciences, design, architecture, and others. Programs at Pratt Institute are provided through its six constituent academic schools. It provides over 25 bachelor's degree programs and 26 master's degree programs.
Accomplishments and Alumni
The Pratt Institute has been accredited by the Middle States Commission of Higher Education.There are around 62,000 Pratt Institute graduates in 83 different countries. The notable alumni of the institute are Lloyd Espenschied, an American electrical engineer, Joshua Davis, an American designer, and William E. "Bill" Garity, an American inventor.Additionally, the Black Alumni of Pratt (BAP), a university graduates group created in 1990, assures greater academic and professional opportunities for students and alumni of African and Latino descent.
Student Diversity and Visiting Companies
Pratt Institute values diversity in all its dimensions. The University has more than 4,100 student enrolments, out of which 2,900 are undergraduates, and more than 1,200 are postgraduates. They have more than 1,500 international students on campus. The male-to-female ratio is 30:70 at Pratt Institute making it a fairly gender-balanced university. Some of the leading recruiters at this institute are Amazon, Goldman Sachs, Deloitte, Apple, and others.