School of the Art Institute of Chicago

37 South Wabash Avenue, Chicago, Illinois

School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Museum class

The School of the Art Institute Chicago (SAIC) is a dynamic community of critical thinkers and innovative artists and designers. Our 3,500 students, from across the globe, develop their creative and critical abilities through 33 interdisciplinary programs, while working with award-winning faculty, including many of the leading practitioners in their fields. Our students bring with them a variety of experiences and passions, and we provide them a venue for invention, experimentation, and inspiration.

DEGREES OFFERED: BA, BFA, MFA, MA, M.Arch, MS
ACCREDITATION: AATA, HLC, ISBE, NAAB, NASAD, NCACS
MAJORS OFFERED:

Art History, Theory, and Criticism
Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Designed Objects
Art and Technology Studies
Art Education
Art Therapy
Arts Administration and Policy
Ceramics
Contemporary Practices*
Design for Emerging Technologies**
Fashion Design
Fiber and Material Studies
Film, Video, New Media and Animation
Historic Preservation**

 

Interdisciplinary
Liberal Arts*
New Arts Journalism**
Painting and Drawing
Performance
Photography
Printmedia
Sculpture
Sound
Visual and Critical Studies
Visual Communication Design
Writing

* UNDERGRADUATE ONLY
** GRADUATE ONLY

UNDERGRADUATE COST OF ATTENDANCE 2016-2017
FULL-TIME DEPENDENT  
TUITION $ 44,910
MANDATORY FEES 840
BOOKS & SUPPLIES 1,770
ON-CAMPUS ROOM & BOARD 13,640
OFF-CAMPUS ROOM & BOARD 9,520
OTHER 2,010
FINANCIAL AID 2015-2016 FULL-TIME FRESHMEN *
AID CATEGORY AVG PER RECIPIENT 1st YR RECIPIENTS
INSTITUTIONAL AWARDS4 $14,959 17%
FEDERAL/NATIONAL GRANTS 5,469 4%
STATE & LOCAL GRANTS 4,563 1%
FEDERAL STUDENT LOANS 6,234 8%

AVERAGE AMOUNT RECEIVED PER RECIPIENT: $21,257
17% OF FULL-TIME FRESHMEN RECEIVED AID

* Most recent financial aid data available

ACCEPTANCE RATE: 61%

Acceptance Rate = The percentage of students admitted out of applications received in a given year.

ATTENDANCE RATE: 23%

Attendance Rate (also know as yield) = The percentage of admitted students who enroll in a given year.

ENROLLMENT: FALL 2016

UNDERGRADUATE FTE1 = 2,747

UNDERGRADUATE

FULL-TIME 2,681
PART-TIME 168

NOTE 1: "Full-Time Equivalent" is the common way to measure the relative size of colleges. This adjusts for differences in the percentage of part-time students (or faculty). For example: one full-time student = 1 FTE; three half-time students = 1.5 FTE, etc.

UNDERGRADUATE ADMISSIONS PROCESS
APPLICATION: Required
ONLINE APPLICATION: Required
HOME EXAM: Not Required
INTERVIEW: Recommended
ESSAY: Required
SAT / ACT: Required
PORTFOLIO: Required

TRANSCRIPTS

HIGH SCHOOL: Required
COLLEGE: Required, if transferring
FACULTY: 2016-2017

FACULTY FTE1 = 455

FULL-TIME 171
PART-TIME 557
 

STUDENT/FACULTY RATIO: FALL 2016
7.5 TO 1
FTE STUDENTS PER FTE FACULTY1

RETENTION

FRESHMAN RETENTION2

FALL 2014 FRESHMEN
RETURNING IN FALL 2015
82%
 
FALL 2015 FRESHMEN
RETURNING IN FALL 2016
80%

SIX-YEAR GRADUATION RATE2

FALL 2009 FRESHMEN
GRADUATING WITHIN SIX YEARS
 
63%
 
FALL 2010 FRESHMEN
GRADUATING WITHIN SIX YEARS
 
66%

UNDERGRADUATE ETHNICITY

FALL 2016

UNDERGRADUATE GENDER DISTRIBUTION

FALL 2016
73% FEMALE
27% MALE

NEW STUDENT GEOGRAPHIC DISTRIBUTION3

FALL 2016
OTHER PROGRAMS

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate
Continuing Education
Early College Program

SPECIAL OPPORTUNITIES

Cooperative Education Internship Program
Career Development Office
Study Abroad & Domestic Exchange
Study Trips
Oxbow Summer School of Art and Artists Residency
Over 50 Student Organizations
fNewmagazine
FreeRadio SAIC
Student-run Galleries
Teacher Institute in Contemporary Art

NOTE 1: "Full-Time Equivalent" is the common way to measure the relative size of colleges. This adjusts for differences in the percentage of part-time students (or faculty). For example: one full-time student = 1 FTE; three half-time students = 1.5 FTE, etc. NOTE 2: Retention and graduation rates for Art Center College of Design are calculated using the entire new student population entering Spring, Summer, and Fall terms (including a large population of transfer students), and not only "First-Time, Full-Time Freshmen" as required by the U.S. Department of Education. Thus these numbers are different than the retention and graduation reported to the U.S. Department of Education. NOTE 3: Geographic distribution is reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates. NOTE 4: Includes all institutional scholarships and grants, but does not include College Work Study or third party awards. NOTE 5: Data presented is drawn from the most recent school year available. NOTE 6: All $-amounts are shown in US dollars. Canadian $-amounts were converted to US dollars using exchange rate at the time the data were collected ($1 Canadian = $0.70 US).