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B-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B
  2. Value
    B-
  3. Diversity
    A-
  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
    B+
About Cleveland Institute of Art...
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11610 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44106
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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
54%
SAT Range
1010-1270
ACT Range
20-26
Application Fee
$40
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Accepts Common App

Cost

Net Price
$34,930/ 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
$21,089/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
98%

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
61%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.18 responses
22%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.18 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
620Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
16
Undergrads Over 25
8%
Pell Grant
35%
Varsity Athletes
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 13 responses
Report
  • Art school kid
    62%
  • Open minded
    23%
  • Observant
    8%
  • Stressed
    8%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
76%
Poll
78%
of students say they don't have Greek life.18 responses
Poll
95%
of students say no one pays attention to varsity sports.21 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 12 responses
Report
  • Unique
    50%
  • Greedy
    17%
  • Fast-paced
    8%
  • Home away from home
    8%
  • Transcendent (art joke. ha, ha)
    8%
  • unsafe
    8%

    After College

    Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
    $36,600/ year
    National
    $33,028
    Graduation Rate
    56%
    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
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    Cleveland Institute of Art Reviews

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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.
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    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.
    CIA is awesome! I just finished my sophomore year in Animation and I'm still loving it. The professors are amazing and I feel like I've learned so much at the end of each semester. I can't speak for any other programs, but the Animation program is awesome. I only wish we could cover more subjects. There's not enough time in a year honestly. I wish we were able to take Illustration classes without having to submit a portfolio and get accepted into a second major. Because, for example, we don't get to take classes like Character Design (since it's technically an Illustration class). Overall though, it's a great program with great people. Heads up for freshmen/prospective freshmen, Animation is one of the most competitive majors to get into at this school. It's definitely worth it, but you should know that going in.