Pratt Institute

Student fashion show. Photos: Courtesy of Pratt by Fernando Colon

Student fashion show. Photos: Courtesy of Pratt by Fernando Colon

Location: Brooklyn, New York, USA


Undergraduate: Fashion Design

Annual Tuition: 


Famous Alumni: Jeremy Scott, Betsey Johnson, Laura Kim, Adam Selman, Samantha Pleet

Enrollment: 4,349 students (entire school) 

Class Size: 10-19 (entire school)

Student/Teacher Ratio: 9.5:1 (entire school)

Classes Are Taught in: English

Percentage of International Students: 30%

What the Students Say:

"One of the best things about Pratt is the location. It’s in New York and very close to all the excitement, but still has a traditional campus with a lawn and some peace and quiet."

"Our school's not open to all aspects of fashion design. Deconstruction/Reconstruction is highly focused. So is sustainability. However, eveningwear and costume design is frowned upon. Many professors push students to adopt their ideas of fashion rather than developing their own. The school also lacks sewing machines, overlocks, pearlers and so on... Our school lacks many other important things, but it is the best place to find colleagues that will take the time to help one another out."

"Pratt’s location in NYC on its own campus is a huge help for getting internship experience year-round in the fashion industry. However, studio space is far too limited for the average class size, and the workload is very heavy. Your primary socializing will be in studio as you work. Getting through the program, while difficult, will prepare you for the pace and intensity of the industry."

The Bottom Line: Pratt is a great choice if you want to study fashion, but would like to study other applied arts, as well. And it's one of the few design programs which offers electives in fashion editorial/magazine publishing. The New York City location is a big advantage, but still, a majority of students and alumni were less-than-satisfied with the school's help when it came to internships and jobs. However, the school's post-graduate employment rate is exceptionally high, and survey respondents all said they were all happy with their decision to attend the school, overall.

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Last updated December 2018.