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  1. Academics
    B
  2. Value
    B+
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    B-
  5. Athletics
    NG
  6. Party Scene
    C
  7. Professors
    B-
  8. Location
    B+
  9. Dorms
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  10. Campus Food
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  11. Student Life
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  12. Safety
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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 1,649 undergraduate students. Admissions is somewhat competitive as the ArtCenter acceptance rate is 69%. Popular majors include Illustration, Graphic Design, and Engineering Technology. Graduating 73% of students, ArtCenter alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $39,400.
About Art Center College of Design...
Athletic Division
Athletic Conference
Address
1700 Lida Street
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
69%
Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
SAT Range
ACT Range
Application Fee
$50
SAT/ACT
Recommended
High School GPA
Recommended
Early Decision/Early Action
No

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Cost

Net Price
$43,814/ 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
    $39,844/ year
  • $30-48k
    $38,426/ year
  • $49-75k
    $42,927/ year
  • $76-110k
    $50,409/ year
  • $110k+
    $54,270/ year
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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
50%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.20 responses
20%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.20 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,649Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
29%
Pell Grant
23%
Varsity Athletes
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 14 responses
Report
  • Busy
    50%
  • Inspired
    50%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$50,300/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
73%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
86%
National
83%
94%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.16 responses
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There's a lot of value to be gained in any design discipline from the knowledgeable professors that teach at Art Center. You will not sleep to manage the work load with how the school arranges each term curriculum. With that said, you will become stronger from any of the demanding programs offered. You definitely should get your fundamental skills in all design software expected of your major before enrolling to be able to manage effectively.

This is a design school filled with international students and can feel foreign at times. It is extremely expensive at about $22,000 per term. Supply costs required for classes are far greater than any academic school with associated book costs. One must not overlook the cost to attend this school, as it can break a student with financial hardship. Most of everything is at a premium for price, food, supplies, tuition, etc.
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Art Center is a great school. The office of admissions in this college is very helpful with any concerns before starting school. It has wide array of options for careers, both for undergraduate and graduate. The campus is very nice and it is located in Pasadena which is a very nice area to live in or to just be around. The staff is quite helpful and the community of people associated with this school is amazing. Their history and experience with the education and design community should be enough for you to consider one of the best art schools in the US.
I took summer classes at Art Center College of Design for Animation. I learned a lot and was able to have fun working on my craft at the same time. Our instructor was great and I'd love to go back and take more classes. I am going to be enrolled at the school full time soon as a freshmen. It was a difficult choice for me because they don't have on campus housing. This seems to be a big deal in middle class present day American culture to have that "college experience" where you live in away from home for the first time. Luckily, my parents live in the LA area and I wouldn't mind the commute. I'd imagine it's more difficult on a tight budget for those whose homes are so far away they'd have to pay rent in the area in freshmen year.