Skip to Main Content
Compass College is a private college located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 132 undergraduate students. Admissions is somewhat competitive as the Compass College acceptance rate is 79%. The only major offered is Cinematography and Video Production. Compass College graduates 82% of its students.
About Compass College of Cinematic Arts...
Athletic Division
Athletic Conference
41 Sheldon Blvd SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Work Here? Claim Your College


Acceptance Rate
Application Deadline
SAT Range
ACT Range
Application Fee
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Early Decision/Early Action

Test Prep

SAT and ACT Prep Options
Learn More
  • Affordable, effective, and enjoyable online test prep
  • Guaranteed score improvement with smart feedback and progress tracking


Net Price
$23,066/ year
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $22,394/ year
  • $30-48k
    $22,623/ year
  • $49-75k
    $24,849/ year
  • $76-110k
    $26,305/ year
  • $110k+
    $25,650/ year
Student Loan Options from Lenders
Learn More
  • Apply online in just 3 minutes
  • No origination, application and processing fees, no fees for early repayment
Niche may be compensated by the third party lenders and others who place ads on the website. Niche is not a lender and does not endorse the products of these advertisers. Fees that Niche receives for ads do not affect the terms you may be offered by the lender you choose. There are many additional borrowing options available.


Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
Evening Degree Programs
We don't have enough responses to know if students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.Take our survey
We don't have enough responses to know if students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.Take our survey
We don't have enough responses to know if students agree that the workload is easy to manage.Take our survey

More opinions are needed!
Write a review to add yours.Review Compass College of Cinematic Arts

Do You Work at Compass College of Cinematic Arts? Claim Your College Today!
Claim your free account to keep your college's data up-to-date and get insights on user activity for your profile.



Full-Time Enrollment
Undergrads Over 25
Pell Grant
Varsity Athletes
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
  • More opinions are needed to display this poll.Take our surveyto add your opinion.

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
Graduation Rate
Employed 2 Years After Graduation

More opinions are needed to display this poll.  Take our survey

Colleges like Compass College of Cinematic Arts

Compass College of Cinematic Arts Reviews

31 reviews
All Categories
Attending Compass was the single worst decision of my life, allow me to explain. I graduated with honors and worked hard. I currently work in the industry, no thanks to compass. The first semester I was roped in by the glamourous board of trustees and internships, only to find out thet never actually visit with the college and the internships were not realistic. We had 2 weeks of class time which was cancelled entirely because of construction, in a 1 year program, that's a lot of lost time. One professor had zero credentials, while another worked at the local theater. One claimed his computer crashed and had us record a final grade we believe we deserved, not kidding. Internship placement = Find one, good luck. If you know GR, you also know the college is located just blocks from all the homeless missions. East Sheldon is very unsafe. Between living costs which are completely up to you, food, tuition, you are looking at over 30k. I will pay for this mistake for many years to come.
Start Your Review of Compass College of Cinematic Arts
Rate It!
The first year was wonderful. Fast paced with a heavy workload, but everything centered around film and working in the industry. Unfortunately the new hires less and less qualified, and the curriculum is drifting farther and farther from film. This school is ok, if you want a general knowledge base, but don't expect any specific gain in the fields of: Art, Wardrobe, Music, Sound Mixing or Recording, Post Production, or Assistant Directing.

Unlike previous years, no one helps with the internship program. Students are entirely on their own to find or make an internship happen.

Very few of my recent graduating class have jobs in the industry at this time.

Also while I was working on a film project at the school, there was a shooting a block away. Due to the parking situation and complete lack thereof, I was harassed on a regular basis by the people and panhandlers in the neighborhood.
The workload in the first trimester is easy, mostly reading. It becomes more hands-on as you enter the second trimester and third trimester is heavy on different sets. They discouraged having a part-time job but I was able to work ~10 hours/week very easily.

Curriculum is very general. You won't find any of those USC Spielberg-for-a-whole-semester! classes here, which was disappointing for me. I would've liked to dive into a specific director or editor or genre for a few months.

That being said, it's definitely enough to get you by. If you're actually going to pursue a film career, you'll learn everything you need once you're out in the field, so don't bother yourself with 4 years of school if you don't need to.

The faculty was wonderful when I was there, though I know there was some tension in the administration in 2014. It's a very close-knit community because the class size is so small.