B-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    C+
  2. Value
    B-
  3. Diversity
    A+
  4. Campus
    B
  5. Athletics
    B
  6. Party Scene
    NG
  7. Professors
    C+
  8. Location
    A
  9. Dorms
    C+
  10. Campus Food
    B+
  11. Student Life
    A-
  12. Safety
    B+
Academy of Art University is ...
Private for-profit
Athletic Division
NCAA Division II (without football)
Athletic Conference
Pacific West Conference
Address
79 New Montgomery St.
San Francisco, CA 94105
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Established in 1929, Academy of Art University is the largest private accredited art and design school in the nation. Located in San Francisco, the epicenter of culture and technology, Academy of Art University has a diverse population of more than 16,000 students from around the world. Academy of Art University believes that all students interested in studying art and design should have the opportunity to do so, and its no-barrier admissions policy makes this possible. We welcome students from all over the world for our 30 programs and various degree levels.

Academy of Art University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Application Deadline
Acceptance Rate
100%
SAT Range
ACT Range
Application Fee
$50
SAT/ACT
Neither required nor recommended
High School GPA
Accepts Common App
No
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Cost

Net Price
$29,301/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $31,080/ year
  • $30-48k
    $32,141/ year
  • $49-75k
    $34,077/ year
  • $76-110k
    $35,668/ year
  • $110k+
    $34,576/ year

Academics

Professors
C+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
14:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
81%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.271 responses
80%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.243 responses
58%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.243 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
4,827Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
66%
Pell Grant
26%
Varsity Athletes
4%
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Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
36%
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  • Tough but rewarding
    24%
  • Here you will find the tools to become great.
    20%
  • You HAVE to be passionate or you won't like it
    12%
  • Creative
    10%
  • The pursuit of happiness begins here.
    10%
  • Creativity and passion at its finest
    7%
  • Your wallet matters
    6%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$37,700/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
34%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
81%
National
83%

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My experience is going well, so far. The classes aren’t as difficult as they may seem, but your passion in whatever you major in will overcome the amount of work you are given. I haven’t really been to a party, but people have told me that the parties are nice! We have food around each building, so it’s different options to choose from. Some of the buildings are super far apart, so catching the shuttle is really a important. The professors are great though! It’s a great school!
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First of all my opinion of Academy of Art University. This is the best 2017 university in America. At my fabulous age of 60 this year. This year has been the best teaching through high quality talented instructors. A direct interacting with the instructors on a weekly basic was superior. The best high-production-value on line materials and media. What's very impressive was listen to past Academy of Art student to now successful senior directors and movie produces come back with valuable knowledge, which causes my motivation and persistence to rise to a higher level to be the best in my field no matter what's my age. I am very grateful for my experience being a part of a university that's not asking the question what could we do that would help the world around us to think more successfully. But keeps generating new energy producing and creating successful people all over the world.
I have only had minor experience with online classes before attending AAU, but I was surprised at how organized and effective they were. It is very well structured and participation in discussion is required so there is a connection built between classmates. The workload is reasonable and the time given to complete readings and projects if sufficient. Media including instructional videos created directly by AAU teachers help immensely in learning how to use required software as well as learning all the techniques presented in the modules. It is not all just reading! Those who need visuals to help them learn will find those videos very helpful.