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  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Value
    B
  3. Diversity
    B+
  4. Campus
    C+
  5. Athletics
    NG
  6. Party Scene
    B-
  7. Professors
    B-
  8. Location
    B+
  9. Dorms
    B
  10. Campus Food
    B-
  11. Student Life
    B
  12. Safety
    A-
11610 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44106
About Cleveland Institute of Art...
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From Cleveland Institute of Art

The Cleveland Institute of Art is a premier college of art and design in the thriving University Circle neighborhood. Students and graduates from 15 majors are highly sought-after for internships and full-time positions in hundreds of industries, from transportation and product design to entertainment, galleries, publishing, studio arts, and more.

Our friendly, collaborative environment, individual studio spaces, and a roster of faculty with robust practices outside the classroom: these are just the start of what makes CIA the first choice among students seeking a rigorous art education.

Cleveland Institute of Art 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
June 1
Acceptance Rate
73%
SAT Range
1060-1230
ACT Range
19-25
Application Fee
$40
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Accepts Common App

Cost

Net Price
$33,034/ 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
$22,924/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
100%

Academics

Professors
B-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
9:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
87%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.15 responses
62%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.21 responses
19%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.21 responses

Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
0
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
0
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    6%
  • On Campus
    94%
  • Online
    0%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
649Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
21
Undergrads Over 25
8%
Pell Grant
51%
Varsity Athletes
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 14 responses
Report
  • Art school kid
    71%
  • Open minded
    21%
  • Observant
    7%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
69%
Poll
76%
of students say they don't have Greek life.21 responses
Poll
96%
of students say no one pays attention to varsity sports.24 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 15 responses
Report
  • Unique
    47%
  • Greedy
    20%
  • Transcendent (art joke. ha, ha)
    13%
  • Fast-paced
    7%
  • Home away from home
    7%
  • unsafe
    7%

    After College

    Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
    $36,600/ year
    National
    $33,028
    Graduation Rate
    64%
    National
    49%
    Employed 2 Years After Graduation
    92%
    National
    83%
    88%
    of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.8 responses

    Cleveland Institute of Art Reviews

    212 reviews
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    Ive got a lot of school pride. Currently a senior and I've always loved CIA but it is not without flaws. And they're big ones. The pros is that the quality of education is actually fairly solid, but this depends totally on what major you're in. The food scene is pretty ok, there are great campus events held by students, great creative atmosphere, etc.Cons: Students with SERIOUS mental illnesses that pose as a threat to others (threatening students with a knife) aren't reprimanded/ expelled in fear that they'll lose a tuition check. ABSOLUTELY NO DIVERSITY. How this school got a A- rating in diversity I have no freakin clue. Students are about 85 percent white, 10 percent Asian, 5 percent black and other. I am literally the only black student graduating in my department(one of the most popular at the school).Over enrollment is out of control. One department had to expand to let in more students and the quality of education is SERIOUSLY lacking in that major now. Love CIA but come on...
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    Class of 1997 here! I majored in Drawing and enjoyed each and every aspect of the curriculum. I remember rigorous art teaching and amazing faculty, as well as committed and diverse students who are supportive of one another. I am in a slightly different field today (art therapy and social work), but my foundation remains rooted at CIA.
    Glad to not be returning...the academics were good and I did learn a lot overall but the location is unsafe and getting worse. I attended last year and would have left sooner if I hadn't already paid tuition. Apart from the numerous alerts students receive weekly about shootings in the area and other violent crime, walking around you must always keep an eye behind you. In my own experience I had people on the street grab my arms, follow me, scream and even a man at a bus stop just one block from the school sexually harass myself and another student. To say the least never walk alone. It is also difficult to sleep in the dorms, there are constant sirens up and down the street of the dorms which only increase as it becomes night. There were also social issues with the students and dorms but those are really everywhere, it just seems more apparent when the environment isolates students, especially ones who are not from the area already knowing people.