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B
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B
  2. Value
    B
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    B
  5. Athletics
    NG
  6. Party Scene
    C
  7. Professors
    B-
  8. Location
    A-
  9. Dorms
    NG
  10. Campus Food
    NG
  11. Student Life
    B+
  12. Safety
    A-
ArtCenter is an above-average private college located in Pasadena, California in the Los Angeles Area. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 1,717 undergraduate students. Admissions is somewhat competitive as the ArtCenter acceptance rate is 70%. Popular majors include Illustration, Engineering Technician, and Automotive Engineering Technician. Graduating 68% of students, ArtCenter alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $40,300.
About Art Center College of Design...
Athletic Division
Athletic Conference
Address
1700 Lida St
Pasadena, CA 91103

Art Center College of Design Rankings

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

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
70%
Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
SAT Range
ACT Range
Application Fee
$50
SAT/ACT
Recommended
High School GPA
Recommended
Early Decision/Early Action
No

Cost

Net Price
$45,622/ 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
$16,766/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
60%

Academics

Professors
B-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
9:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
82%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.17 responses
48%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.23 responses
26%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.23 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,717Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
288
Undergrads Over 25
26%
Pell Grant
23%
Varsity Athletes
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 17 responses
Report
  • Busy
    41%
  • Inspired
    41%
  • Diverse
    6%
  • Fraudulent
    6%
  • Stressed
    6%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$53,600/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
68%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
87%
National
83%
94%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.16 responses
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Art Center College of Design Reviews

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I see why ACCD used to be good. They have a genius system of pitting talented students against each other, forcing them to bring out their best through natural competition. Surviving until graduation is a feat in Art Center. But at least while I was there, I wasn't getting my tuition's worth.
The school is OBSESSED with expansion. They are buying expensive properties in downtown Pasadena with money from students who will graduate long before expansion is finished. They admit almost anyone now. Stark contrast from the days when acceptance to Art Center itself proved your potential. Because of recent increase in student size, freshman classes are CROWDED, and parking structures are not well prepared for the amount of students.
Where is the elite artist institution that used pump out best commercial artists in the industry?
P. S They have some seriously unstable people teaching students(who are mostly addled with anxiety, stress and fatigue already) if that wasn't enough.
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Their workload is ludicrous, you won't have any life outside of school (not even to relax), nobody gets sleep, you pull at LEAST one all-nighter per week, materials cost is insane, have to be full time, the admissions office is awful, conform to the workload or get left behind, have to teach yourself the majority of the material (on top of your other classes/work), teachers play favorites, some teachers are TERRIBLE at explaining material/won't even teach what they're supposed to, no one cares about your mental/physical health (even though they claim to), the tuition is WAAAYYY overpriced, and you pretty much have to be an art expert already before you come here ... so why go at all? There's also NO diversity here for some reason with no POC (everyone is Asian?). PLEASE save yourself before they suck you into their trap of "working you to death = greatness". This place is dangerous for aspiring artists, especially young people. Go take workshops or watch Youtube tutorials.
Overall, ACCD has fallen from its former reputation.

Pros:
Beautiful facilities in a safe, trendy city. A lot of the equipment is state-of-the-art. The school attracts highly competent students as well as several star instructors.

Cons:
The education is substandard for its cost. The school preys on students (and parents) who have heard its past reputation. ACCD no longer provides the needed skills to succeed in the very industries it promises to train students for. Many instructors are out of touch with modern, basic industry knowledge.

I am extremely saddened to say that graduating from this school has had little bearing in my career- reputable classmates and instructors I knew left early to pursue better education and work elsewhere.

In a few years, ACCD went from having a highly selective entrance rate to accepting the majority of its applicants. I would be wary of overly glowing reviews that don't mention its problems, and sadly would not recommend this school to anyone.