Welcome, students! -Prat


Incoming and returning students traveled to the Pratt Institute campus from across the city and around the world to begin a dynamic new academic year. In a week-long orientation, new students were encouraged from their first moments at Pratt to connect with their fellow students through a variety of activities. These offered something for everyone, with group tours to iconic New York neighborhoods such as Chinatown, Little Italy, Soho and Williamsburg, Brooklyn providing a lively introduction to the spectrum of local life and culture they partake in during their time at Pratt as you can develop their practices and expand their knowledge.

Students move into the Brooklyn campus (Photo by Katie Kwok, BArch ’23)
A student and their parent carry a box across a campus path and smile at each other.
Students move into the Brooklyn campus (Photo by Ron Hester Photography)

Over a series of days, the students arrived at the dormitories, where they made new friends and reconnected with classmates. This year’s student body represents 49 states and 80 countries, with more than 20% identifying as first-generation students.

President Frances Bronet speaks at a podium.
President Frances Bronet greets students in Pratt (Photo by Katie Kwok, BArch ’23)

President Frances Bronet and Delmy M. Lendof, vice president, student affairs, welcomed students to two sessions in Memorial Hall, with President Bronet in her introduction sharing her enthusiasm for the year ahead and all that the students will accomplish. They also hosted a special welcome for families, which provided an overview of health protocols, moving in, and the students’ experiences at orientation.

A student, her parents and Vice President of Student Affairs Delmy Lendof smile at the camera.  They are holding signs reading Pratt and 2022
The Parent/Family Orientation with Delmy M. Lendof, Vice President Student Affairs, at center (Photo by Ron Hester Photography)
Two students are greeted by orientation staff at a long table on campus.
Students are greeted by orientation staff in Pratt (Photo by Ron Hester Photography)

To prepare for the upcoming semester, incoming students took tours of the campus and its resources such as the library and Learning/Access Center. Sessions with the mindfulness-focused meditation incubator and the Ignition Lab, which engages Pratt’s aspiring entrepreneurs in creating startups, provided insight into the breadth of programs at Pratt. Special sessions for incoming, international, transfer, graduate and other students helped them learn how to make the most of their immersive educational experience.

Three students listen to a fourth student explain the Foundations Lab.  The space is a brightly lit room with sketch and figure models arranged on glass shelves
Students learn about the Foundations Lab on Pratt Quest (Photo by Katie Kwok, BArch ’23)

In the Pratt Quest, students worked in teams on a scavenger hunt around the Brooklyn campus, discovering various offices, departments and more along the way. Social events also brought the students together, including a games and sports night at the ARC, an outdoor silent disco, a casino night at the student union, a movie screening on the lawn, a block party with lighted miniature golf and table tennis, and a trip to Coney Island.

A gathering of student union students around various gaming tables and slot machines.
Casino Night at the Studentenwerk (Photo Katie Kwok, BArch ’23)
Students playing volleyball at the recreation center.
Games and Sports Night at the ARC (Photo by Katie Kwok, BArch ’23)
Students are smiling and playing around a glowing foosball table.
Students play foosball at the Silent Disco (Photo by Katie Kwok, BArch ’23)
a college student giving the peace sign at the camera while glowing lights glow around him.  They're out on campus, it's dark, and they're in a crowd of other students
The Block Party on the Brooklyn campus (Photo by Katie Kwok, BArch ’23)
a photo looking over the backs and heads of a group of college students approaching Coney Island's amusement park.
Students on a group visit to Coney Island (photo by Katie Kwok, BArch ’23)

Other events helped students adjust to life in New York City, whether it was understanding how to navigate the Brooklyn and Manhattan campuses or learning how to use the subway. Visits to the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden showcased the range of cultural resources just a short drive away that can make the city an inspiring part of your college experience. An early morning stroll across the Brooklyn Bridge to watch the sunrise revealed the beauty of the Manhattan skyline and harbor in the first warm light of dawn.

Students watch the sunrise over Brooklyn from the Brooklyn Bridge.
Students watch the sunrise on the Brooklyn Bridge (Photo by Katie Kwok, BArch ’23)

Before the busy start of classes, the joyous week was a time to explore all aspects of life and learning at Pratt, while forging a community among the diverse incoming student body.


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