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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

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
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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.247 responses
58%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.247 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%
Poll
43%
of students say they don't have Greek life.7 responses
Poll
57%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.7 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 167 responses
Report
  • 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
    8%
  • 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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Academy of Art University Reviews

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The experience was amazing, to be in SF and having experienced instructors to teach is great! I've learned so much and have improved drastically from knowing nothing to making something decent with my skill sets. It definitely helps to have someone guide you and tell you what you need to know instead of trying to find the answer(s) SOMEHOW by yourself with self-help youtube tutorials.
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I am currently attending this school and I love it! I am an online student and full time employee. The system for online is simple to use and very helpful. It guides me to my assignments, but also assist with research and websites for outside assistance. My Professors have been amazing taking the time to actually assist me or directing me to the OWL's. The OWL"s assist like an online tutor answering any questions or corrections for those not asked. I am comfortable with AAU.
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!