Based on the information that was available on the orientation website over the summer it did appear that schedule changes this week might be more about special circumstances (for instance, your appeal for a higher level of calculus than originally placed into was granted, etc.) than stuff like switching into a class you like better. That meshes with what your D heard today at the group advisor meetings. Not sure how Add/Drop will work for the first years but I think it's going on currently for upper div. Could be wrong about that.
Is your daughter taking mostly core classes this quarter? My D found the guidelines to be very useful and the recommendation to load up on the Core in first year is very clear. That two year window means that 3rd and 4th years get lower priority for those crucial classes. Pretty sure all the major courses of study accomodate the fact that you are busy with the Core for at least two quarters of first year.
Pratt has its freshman dorms right on the dedicated, 25-acre campus. And the campus is beautiful. My D15 chose it for those reasons because she wanted a definite community. It's unusual for an art school to have a dedicated campus and Pratt is the only one in NYC to have this. The School of Architecture is 2 blocks to the south but everything else in the Schools of Art and Design should be right on campus. They brag that their students carry their artwork across campus, not across town. My D was involved in a few things during fresh. year, including being on the Quidditch team (they'd get their butts kicked by NYU). She's never had an issue with lack of friends or community but then again she's usually pretty busy with her schoolwork and projects.
From what we saw on tour a few years ago, MICA does a pretty good job at creating a "campus-like" feel but the buildings are still a bit spread out throughout Bolton Hill. The freshman dorm is a huge plus there.
^^What BB and T are saying. A thought that occurred to me recently: of the 15,000 NMF's, about half - 7,500 - are awarded something with the designation of "National Merit" attached to it (either the NM $2500 one-time, or a corporate, or a college-sponsored scholarship). When the dust settles, they want those named winners of a college sponsorship to actually be attending that college. Could it be that at least some of the remaining 7,500 who are NOT receiving anything specified a college they don't end up attending? Just a thought.
Seems to me that if your choice of college is settled, the thing to do is to maximize your chance of winning SOMETHING from NM.
You must send the scores via College Board, just as you would to a college or any other scholarship organization. NMSC's code is 0085. So yes, you do have to pay. If you are referring to the "old" test you'll need to make sure NMSC still accepts that. They usually allow for something like a two year window so as long as you've taken the test within that time frame you should be good. Complete instructions, including timelines, for the 2018 program can be found here: