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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, Graphic Design, and 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 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
70%
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
$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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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.
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I felt I had been managing the workload fairly well up until midway through, when it seemed like instructors became more interested in encouraging the few most elite students who had won outside awards with student projects (which require money to continue to apply and submit these projects), rather than give appropriate attention to all students. Beware that if you apply and are accepted, the scholarship offered does not track with the tuition's increase every year - you will see that % shrink every year as costs rise about 10% every fall term. Money became a struggle and severely hampered my ability to take certain courses known to be expensive or to maintain my supplies for existing classes. The experiences were interesting and good and I graduated with honors, but ultimately I judge my experience by that fact that I am seeing little return on my investment in both earning potential and ability to get a livable wage job.
It's a great school with a lot of opportunities. Being in a very fast-pace, competitive environment pushes students to give the best of their efforts to grow and become successful in their studies. Having instructors that are also full-time designers is a great advantage because you learn what the professional world is like in that field. You also build many great connections. It is definitely not a school for slackers, and you'll learn that almost immediately. Art Center is designed to weed out the weak and keep only the best students. There are many rigorous courses offered and one way or another you will find your perfect match for what it is that you want to do when you graduate. Although very expensive and stressful, if you make the most of your time at Art Center, it will definitely pay off.