D1 loves her foundation studios and the instructors and speaks very highly of the head of the foundation dept. She has found that the faculty are very accessible and supportive so far. Of course those are all schools of art and design, not architecture. She didn’t really like the English lit course during the first semester but things have improved a bit this semester. I think the prof. was focusing on some pretty obscure themes earlier on and seems to have settled into more conventional literary themes now, thankfully (although to be honest from what my daughter told me over Winter Break I really liked the stuff they were doing! LOL). That prof. is also teaching the class for the arch. students and I don’t know how they did or whether they liked the course or not. D1 tells me that she’s really looking forward to sophomore year because then she gets to choose electives for her academic subjects.
Overall the campus seems to be a very friendly and welcoming place. She really has enjoyed getting to know the other students and her foundation group is pretty tight-knit at this point. D1 hasn’t really interacted much with the administration (I’ve probably done so a bit more just in terms of paying the bill, checking on FA status, and so on . . .). I actually found Pratt to be a lot better organized once you enroll! Never had a problem with getting an answer to a question. Bursar’s office gets a bit swamped right before the fall semester starts but they do get back to you if you leave a message.
Dorms are older and not as nice as what some of the other art colleges have (especially those with new dorms!). D1 lives in Pantas and really likes it but is considering Willoughby for next year. Those are actually apartments with kitchens (you still are required to purchase the meal plan). Right now she says having a roomie in architecture (and they share a bathroom with at least one other arch. student) is kind of like having your own room because her roomie spends so much time over at the school of Arch. The TV in the lounge has been on exactly twice - once for Super Bowl, and the other time for the Oscars. When that happens a good number of residents all come down and watch together which she really likes. The dorms have fun activities and parties that she’s been involved with.
D1 plays on the Pratt’s quidditch team and really enjoys that. They do get creamed by NYU, however.
Obviously the location is primo. Clinton Hill is a relatively peaceful part of Brooklyn and of course Brooklyn is going to be a lot quieter than Manhattan anyway. But you can get out over to a museum or to a show or just eat out pretty much whenever you want (or whenever you can get away from your work . … ). People complain about the G train not running often enough but D1 thinks it’s fine.
I realize I don’t really have cons (other than the older dorms). I’ll try to think of some and then post an update!