Loveofgood, according to the Princeton Review for colleges, Pratt's acceptance rate is as follows:
Freshman Admission Statistics
Total applicants who are accepted: 47%
Total of accepted students who enroll: 35%
Average SATs are 1115 and average GPA is 3.4 ( I don't know if that is weighted or unweighted)
Wannagotocornell. it depends. RISD has an average SAT of 1203. It depends on the art school. Pratt maybe a little above average. Check out Princeton Review on the web. I think its www.princetonreview.com and search different colleges.
I read both GPA and SAT stats for art schools in a special way. I know from my interaction with art students, esp. RISD, that they are usually extremely smart as well as creative. But often these students begin to sort themseves into an "art track" in the latter part of high school, and they don't always take the most demanding academic program. Also, they know that their admission to art school will depend more on their portfolio than on their grades and test scores. So they focus on their art-related skills and experiences, and are generally not the type who will retake SAT's to squeeze out a few more correct answers.
That said, academic skills beyond art can be invaluable both in art school and beyond. I include math as well as research, writing, and general cultural knowledge and experience. Art school admissions committees therefore do pay attention to this aspect of an applicant's background, and good grades and test scores can definitely help (indeed I get the impression that often merit scholarships go to students who are strong in core "academic" subjects as well as art).
D goes to Pratt. Originally went in as an interior design major but after first semester of foundation year found she wanted to change her major. Pratt is an accredited FIDER school and is consistently ranked 1,2 or 3 in that program. Go to the FIDER website and you will find the list of FIDER accredited schools as well as an explanation about what FIDER accreditation entails. Google FIDER
Be advised, those of you who are going to Pratt: I lived in NYC. Pratt has a reputation for working their kids VERY hard. In fact, the work load is supposed to be almost unbearable. This is designed as a weeding out process as well. Be careful what you wish for. You might get it.
D did not find the workload unbearable but challenging and time consuming. In fact, for her going to a stand alone art school was absolutely the best choice. The website for Interior Design rankings was only referenced to show where the rankings are coming from. I know the shools cited have on their websites references that they made the list. I have found lists from last year from various schools sites. Paying money to find that out is absolutely not necessary. How is your D? Any decisions about summer programs? Also do you know anything about tax deduction for tution? I do not mean the HOPE Scholarship ( I do not think we would qualify) but I thought there was a new federal deduction you can take. Now with two kids in college with a tution bills totallying about 50k we are looking for all the help we can get. Thanks
RISD is not FIDER accredited. You might want to investigate further if that is a factor for you.