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  1. Academics
    C+
  2. Value
    C+
  3. Diversity
    A+
  4. Campus
    B-
  5. Athletics
    B
  6. Party Scene
    B+
  7. Professors
    C+
  8. Location
    A+
  9. Dorms
    B-
  10. Campus Food
    B+
  11. Student Life
    A-
  12. Safety
    B
79 New Montgomery
San Francisco, CA 94105
Athletic Division
NCAA Division II (without football)
Athletic Conference
Pacific West Conference
From Academy of Art University

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

Cost

Net Price
$29,887/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$10,098/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
63%

Academics

Professors
C+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
14:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
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.263 responses
57%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.263 responses

Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
71
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
11
Online Associates Programs
27
Online Bachelor's Programs
33
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    30%
  • On Campus
    32%
  • Online
    38%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
4,090Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
2,961
Undergrads Over 25
33%
Pell Grant
34%
Varsity Athletes
5%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 10 responses
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  • Artistic
    60%
  • Outgoing
    40%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
71%
Poll
52%
of students say they don't have Greek life.23 responses
Poll
39%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.23 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 183 responses
Report
  • Tough but rewarding
    22%
  • Here you will find the tools to become great.
    19%
  • You HAVE to be passionate or you won't like it
    12%
  • Creative
    11%
  • Creativity and passion at its finest
    10%
  • The pursuit of happiness begins here.
    9%
  • Your wallet matters
    5%

    After College

    Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
    $38,600/ year
    National
    $33,028
    Graduation Rate
    40%
    National
    49%
    Employed 2 Years After Graduation
    81%
    National
    83%

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    Academy of Art University Reviews

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    I am an online only student taking synchronized classes as I could not afford to move from Texas to San Francisco while also being concerned about COVID numbers. The online learning experience for me has been made as simple and clear cut as possible by my professors and I commend them for handling such matters the way they have. Though we are all still learning and adjusting to this new form of education, each of my professors has been stupendously organized with their Zoom meetings and each assignment is always explained in our discussion topics, so I can view the requirements any time without confusion. I feel that I am easily able to follow along and have rarely been confused in the past month I have attended.
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    As an emerging artist, I really wanted to enroll in a school that would guide me on my journey to being successful and cultivate my skills to a professional level as I enter a largely competitive industry. I am so glad I chose the Academy of Art. The entire staff has been nothing short of wonderful, informative and helpful. I could not ask for better individuals to learn from. They are professional and passionate about helping all their students find their place in whatever industry they choose and are never not preforming their duties at their absolute best. I am only a freshman at this point in time but I can already feel that I am much farther along than what I would've been had I chosen to pursue art independently. The knowledge I have gained is invaluable and I can only imagine my progress at the end of the year, let alone as a graduate.
    It's pretty average. Though I have only done online so it always feels impersonal. I have a few problems with it's grading system when it comes to having students giving critique on projects. It isn't encouraged like you are getting extra credit for it. Instead it is just another grade. Which leads to a bunch of last minute generic comments like, "oh nice colors" I have seen stuff like that with almost every assignment now.

    One more issue I have with it is that they try to not accept transferable credits. I got sent from junior year to sophmore when I transferred. I had to submit several portfolios to get back those credits.