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  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Value
    B-
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    B
  5. Athletics
    NG
  6. Party Scene
    B-
  7. Professors
    C+
  8. Location
    A+
  9. Dorms
    C+
  10. Campus Food
    B
  11. Student Life
    B+
  12. Safety
    B-
60 Cleveland Ave.
Columbus, OH 43215
Athletic Division
Athletic Conference
From Columbus College of Art & Design

Welcome to Columbus College of Art & Design. We’re one of the country’s top art and design colleges, and we’ve been here for quite a while — more than 141 years, to be exact. But while we’re proud of our history, we’re even more excited with where we are today and where we’re headed next.

At CCAD, you’ll find state-of-the-art facilities, a faculty composed of industry professionals, and a student body of artists and designers who, like you, have creative ambition, talent, and a desire to change culture and commerce for the better. You’ll pursue your passion in the midst of a campus that supports healthy creativity and the development of students as individuals as well as artists and designers. And our campus’ size is small enough for you to build close, meaningful connections with other students, faculty, and staff in and outside of your major — but it’s also large enough to attract a diverse student population from around the world.

We can’t wait to see what you do here.

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Columbus College of Art & Design 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
February 1
Acceptance Rate
88%
SAT Range
970-1220
ACT Range
18-24
Application Fee
$50
SAT/ACT
Neither required nor recommended
High School GPA
Required
Accepts Common App
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$28,470/ 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
$19,744/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
100%

Academics

Professors
C+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
9:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
78%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.18 responses
83%
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

Animation

Animators, rejoice! Columbus is crawling with opportunities to draw from real life, thanks to Cafe Sketch, a class that partners with the world-famous Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. Plus, you can stop by Malt Adult Animation Nites around town, hosted by grad Sarah Schmidt.

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
    19%
  • On Campus
    81%
  • Online
    0%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,008Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
24
Undergrads Over 25
6%
Pell Grant
41%
Varsity Athletes
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 21 responses
  • Diversely creative
    52%
  • Artsy
    33%
  • Quirky
    10%
  • Well Intended
    5%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
76%
Poll
92%
of students say they don't have Greek life.26 responses
Poll
76%
of students say no one pays attention to varsity sports.34 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 23 responses
  • Artsy
    48%
  • Creative
    26%
  • It's extremely close knit community
    17%
  • Fast-paced
    4%
  • PAINting
    4%

    After College

    Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
    $32,200/ year
    National
    $33,028
    Graduation Rate
    65%
    National
    49%
    Employed 2 Years After Graduation
    92%
    National
    83%
    82%
    of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.17 responses

    Columbus College of Art & Design Reviews

    394 reviews
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    When I first visited CCAD I was so impressed with how inclusive it seemed to be. Having just graduated from high school and moving to CCAD from out of state, I felt like I would have a good support system. Boy was I wrong! Every time I asked for help, I felt shut down or dismissed. Professors are either great or horrible. Some were very unprofessional, rude, and do not teach a thing. I felt like no one cared about my success and when I verbalized my concerns to my Advisor, nothing was ever done about the issue. It is far too expensive for the skills you actually learn. It is all smoke and mirrors but you don't realize it until it is too late. I withdrew after my freshman year. It was a very bad experience for me and now I owe $22k for next to nothing. Security is a farce. I had people bully me and threaten me but security would not help me. If you are not gay, be prepared to be bullied. On the plus side...Food is decent, lots of choices. Close to buses and things to do.
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    I did my undergraduate at the Columbus College of Art & Design in Industrial Design, along with minors in design research and business. My experience at CCAD not only helped me grow professionally but as an individual. The smaller class sizes make the learning personalized, and the professors are nothing short of amazing. Their teaching style and drive to expose their students to the industry while at school instills in you a work ethic, drive, and professional sense that outlasts your time at CCAD. The diversity in classmates broadens your world to different perspectives turning you into a well-rounded designer and provides life-long connections.
    Overall: An amazing irreplaceable experience, but the senior cabinet and board of trustees care more about PR moves and self-insolation than student needs.

    To address the big negative first - the professors, dean of design, and other staff facilitating projects and student opportunities always go above and beyond (many times at their own expense) to try and fill in gaps where the upper administration should be acting to aid students.

    With that being said, it's unbelievable to me the amount of connections, opportunities, experience, and feedback I've been able to receive from the school thanks to the smaller class sizes. It commonly feels like students are finding ways to help bring out the best in each other's projects during classes. I've been at a larger school where it feels easy to get lost in a degree farm, but at CCAD you get to realize your professors value your success.