Make Pratt Munson your place

Pratt Munson is an intimate, creative community of artists, designers, communicators, and educators ready to get the best start to their collegiate arts education. A diverse body of 200 students from around the world begin their education in the Pratt Institute’s upstate New York campus. 

Your journey to Pratt Munson starts here, with our admissions team. We’re here to help you navigate the application process and make you familiar with the people and places that make Pratt Munson special. 

Your application is the beginning of a lasting relationship you’ll build with the Pratt Munson community. Amidst the deadlines, essays, and supplemental materials, we’d like to emphasize this above all: we are grateful for your time and effort, and we are eager to get to know you!    





Application Deadlines

High School Applicants (First-Year Students)

  • Non-Binding Early Action Deadline: November 15, 2023
  • Regular Decision Deadline: January 15, 2024
  • Additional Deadlines: First-year and Transfer Applicants: February 15, March 15, April 15, May 15, 2024,  (pending program availability)

New First-Year Students

Apply through the Common App at and select Pratt Munson in Utica. You can also apply to Pratt in Brooklyn at the same time. To activate your application at Pratt Munson after applying to Pratt in Brooklyn, email

Transfer applicants should use Pratt Institute's online application at

How to Apply as a First-Year Student

  • Click the "Apply Online" link for First-Year Applicants. 
  • Create an account or log in on CommonApp's website and go to your Dashboard. 
  • Click on the "College Search" tab and search for "Pratt Munson." 
  • Choose "Pratt Institute" from the options. 
  • Click "Add College" to add Pratt Institute to your "My Colleges" tab. 
  • Fill out the online application form, selecting the campus/campuses you want to apply to under the "Academics" section. 
    • If applying to both campuses, select Pratt Institute (Main Campus) and a program for the main campus. Then select "Yes" to apply to Pratt Munson and choose a major for Pratt Munson. 
    • If applying only to Pratt Munson, select Pratt Munson (Extension Campus) and a program. 
  • Complete the rest of the application, ensuring that all required information is provided. 
  • CommonApp will notify you if anything is missing before you can submit your application. 

For Transfer Applicants

  • Click the "Apply Online" link for Transfer Applicants.  
  • Create an account on Pratt Institute's application portal. 
  • Select the "Undergraduate Transfer Application" from the Application Menu and begin the application. 
  • On page 2, choose the campus/campuses you want to apply to. 
    • You can apply to both campuses with one application. 
    • If applying to both campuses, select Pratt Institute and the desired major, then proceed to select Pratt Munson and one of its programs. 
    • If applying only to Pratt Munson, select Pratt Munson and the desired program. 
  • Complete the rest of the application.

For International Applicants

Am I an international student? You are considered an international student if you are a citizen of any country other than the United States. However, those who hold dual citizenship or are a permanent resident of the United States should apply as a domestic applicant, regardless of your country of residence. For those who are living in the U.S. in undocumented status, you will be reviewed as a domestic student, although you will not be eligible for Federal Aid. Citizenship or visa status does not factor into the admissions review – applicants are considered based on the materials submitted in their application.

International Students Applying to Pratt Munson

  • International students will apply as either a first-time high school applicant or transfer applicant. You are considered a transfer applicant if you have completed (or will complete) 12 or more credit hours of study at a college or university.
  • To apply as an international student, complete your application using the Common App if you are a first-year high school applicant. Please make sure you use a credit card. The application sites do not accept international debit cards.

International Requirements

  • International students follow the same application requirements as domestic applicants.
  • Tests of English proficiency. All students for whom English is a second language must submit one of the following accepted exams:
    • TOEFL and TOEFL Home Edition (the minimum score is 71 for 2-year programs)
    • TOEFL ITP Plus (minimum 527 for 2-year programs)
    • PTE (minimum 48 for 2-year programs)
    • IELTS or IELTS Indicator (minimum 6.0 for 2-year programs)
    • Cambridge English (the minimum score is 175 for 2-year programs). Pratt accepts C1 or C2 test results.
    • SAT or ACT (no minimum)

      Please have official scores sent by the testing company. Pratt accepts the TOEFL My Best Score and super scores SAT and ACT tests. Scores must be received by our deadlines. Any test scores must have been taken within one year of submitting an application in order to be considered valid. Pratt no longer accepts Duolingo test scores as of August 1, 2022.

  • English Proficiency Waivers
    • International applicants who have studied at a high school in the U.S. for at least three years with academic success may waive the test requirement. Those who have studied in another country where English is an official national language and the mode of instruction may also waive the test requirement with official transcripts that demonstrate at least three full years of academic success.
    • Pratt does NOT waive the test requirement for students who have attended an English-speaking school in a non-English speaking country unless the school is US accredited (e.g. American schools) or an English-speaking IB World school.
    • If you intend to waive your score requirement, select this option on the Common App, and waivers will be issued after your application has been submitted and reviewed for eligibility. Waivers are issued at the discretion of the admissions office.

Preferred Names and Personal Information

  • It’s important for international students who will go through a visa process and submit official documents to take extra care when including personal information in their application materials. Included below are some helpful tips to make sure your application and enrollment process are smooth.
  • A discrepancy between names, dates, or email addresses or other personal information can cause delays or mis-matching of documents during the application or visa process. It’s important that your information is consistent across all materials submitted. 
  • The applications have a space for preferred names, nicknames, and legal names. Things that can prevent us from matching your documents, portfolio or other materials to your file are:
    • Special characters like hyphens, spaces, or accents  
    • Reversal of given and family names 
    • Reversal of month and day for your date of birth (In the US, dates are formatted as MM/DD/YYYY)

International Scholarships

  • Pratt Munson awards generous merit-based scholarships to international accepted applicants based on a comprehensive evaluation of their application materials. There is no separate application necessary for scholarship consideration. All international applicants who are admitted will be automatically considered for scholarship. If you are the recipient of an award, it will be included in your acceptance letter. Please visit our Financial Aid page for more information.

Application Requirements

  1. Application form with fee (online)
  2. Visual Portfolio
    1. View portfolio requirements and guidance here.
  3. Official transcripts from each high school attended or official GED scores
  4. Test Scores (*optional)
  5. Optional letters of recommendation
  6. Pratt Essay
    1. Write about a piece of work (visual art, musical performance, piece of writing, architecture, or design) that has influenced you and describe the impact it has had on your perspective OR write about a piece of your own work and the impact that creating it has had on you. The essay should be 250-500 words or two pages maximum. Make sure your essay is complete before uploading because you will not be able to make changes after you submit your application.
  7. Tests of English Proficiency
    1. All students for whom English is a second language must submit one of the listed accepted exams. Please see the “For International Applicants” section above.

Pratt asks that materials are uploaded to the online application whenever possible. Portfolios are submitted exclusively at Anything that must be mailed can be sent to:
Pratt Institute
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
200 Willoughby Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11205
Submit all materials, including the portfolio, by the application deadline. High school transcripts can be submitted up to one week after the deadline.

Admissions Decisions

  • Early action decisions sent at the end of December and beginning of January.
  • “Regular decision” admissions decisions are announced starting the last week in February and every subsequent week.
  • Check your application status. After you’ve applied, you can check the status of your application anytime. Just log into the link above using your email address and the password you used when you applied. It’s important to note that it can take up to three weeks from the date we receive your materials for your checklist to update, so your status may have some delay.
  • Notification sent via email and postal mail.

Fee Waivers

  • High school applicants can request fee waivers through CommonApp.
  • Transfer students must request a fee waiver before filling out the application:
    • Request a waiver using the NACAC form or SAT Fee Waiver form and provide it to your guidance counselor.
    • If you already have a fee waiver code from College Board, enter it on the online application.
    • Email a scanned copy of the waiver form to or fax it to 718.636.3670 with a cover sheet titled "Attention: Application Fee Waiver Request" if you haven't received a fee waiver code.
    • Allow up to five business days for emailed requests and ten business days for faxed requests to be processed.
    • International students are not eligible for fee waivers.

For further questions about fee waivers, email

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