As scholarship/financial aid info starts to roll in for all of us, the harsh reality about being able to live, pay bills, AND go to school is getting that much bolder.
I wanted to try to start this thread about Pratt's M.S. in City & Regional Planning to get insight from anyone who may have visited the school, knows someone who went there, or is a graduate of the program.
I have gotten into some great schools (in my opinion at least ) and despite the fact I have not yet heard from Pratt, assuming I am admitted, I am starting to weigh this program very heavily. I simply cannot afford to go to Columbia (many of their classes are during the day and they weren't very generous with aid). As a NY'er, going to Pratt would allow me to keep my job and still go to school (at night).
My main concern is the reputation of Pratt and the opportunities after graduation not just on the local level, but on the national level, as well (I hope to return to California after graduating). I've heard that Pratt's program is extremely heavy on the Community Development side and often ignores other aspects of planning. As someone who is not going to grad schools to specialize in Community Development, this really concerns me. FYI, if I were to end up there I'd specialize in Physical Planning.
Any insight would be so, so, so appreciated!!