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  2. Value
  3. Diversity
  4. Campus
  5. Athletics
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  8. Location
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Pacific Northwest College of Art is ...
Private not-for-profit
Athletic Division
Athletic Conference
511 NW Broadway
Portland, OR 97209


Acceptance Rate
Application Deadline
SAT Range
ACT Range
Application Fee
Neither required nor recommended
High School GPA
Early Decision/Early Action


Net Price
$35,840/ year
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $34,303/ year
  • $30-48k
    $32,186/ year
  • $49-75k
    $36,050/ year
  • $76-110k
    $32,643/ year
  • $110k+
    $37,787/ year
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  • Flexible repayment options, and strong borrower protections


Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
Evening Degree Programs
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.7 responses
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.11 responses
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.11 responses



Full-Time Enrollment
Undergrads Over 25
Pell Grant
Varsity Athletes
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Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
of students say they don't have Greek life.11 responses
of students say no one pays attention to varsity sports.9 responses
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After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$25,100/ year
Graduation Rate
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
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Pacific Northwest College of Art Reviews

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The housing at Pacific Northwest College of Art is okay. The price is way too much though. It's understandable with the value of the environment and how much you get amenity-wise, but it's difficult to live there without having a job on the side to cover the extra cost. And being an art student, it's really difficult to keep that dorm paint free. I remember spilling ink a few times on the floor and having to pay for the damage. I love the amenities in the dorm, they have a working washer and dryer, bathtub, kitchen, and a large closet. Plus it's only 5 blocks from the school! I know I'll be spending my four years in the dorm because of the convenience. If I were to move out, the most affordable living would be at least 45 minutes out of the way. The process of getting a dorm was rather difficult because they had just updated their new website, so it was definitely difficult at first. Especially with the financial aid. But everything worked out fine! I love the dorms, I just wish they were a little bit more affordable for me.
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Pacific Northwest College of Art has a great variety of classes. Depending on your major, you have a lot of classes to choose from and it's likely that you will have to take all of the classes that are provided for your major throughout your 4 years. The classes are very interesting too, and the professors know so much about their topics. They truly love what they teach, and that inspires me to learn so much more. All my classes that I've taken have been small. It's a small school, so there's only about 10 kids per class. I like the small classes because the students can really engage with each other better, and help one another out. The style of the classes is usually Socratic,where the students and the professors engages with one another and ask many questions and learn from one another. Most of my studio classes are mainly individual taught, and the professors help each student find their own unique style. It was very different from how I was taught in high school, but these teaching styles have really helped me succeed. I didn't do well in high school for the lack of teacher engagement, but now I feel so privledged to have professors that truly want to see you succeed.
I just completed my first year at Pacific Northwest College of Art, so I don't know very much about the alumni network. But I do know that the school is very vocal when it comes to job and internship prospects. They have many workshops at the school that teach you how to put your name out there in the art world, and how to get a really great job from that. I've even learned how to become my own entrepreneur through those workshops, and I'm so grateful that my school has them. There's a dedicated classroom in the school that announces internships, job applications, and has an attendant that works around the clock to help you. The school emails you whenever there's an alumni coming back to discuss jobs, or a lecture from an employer, or a lecture for your own enjoyment. I've been to many throughout my school year, and all of them have been helpful!