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  1. Academics
    C+
  2. Value
    C
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    B
  5. Athletics
    NG
  6. Party Scene
    A-
  7. Professors
    B-
  8. Location
    A+
  9. Dorms
    C
  10. Campus Food
    NG
  11. Student Life
    A-
  12. Safety
    A-
PNCA is a private college located in Portland, Oregon. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 430 undergraduate students. The PNCA acceptance rate is 93%. Popular majors include Graphic Design, Illustration, and Painting. Graduating 43% of students, PNCA alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $20,800.
511 NW Broadway
Portland, OR 97209
Athletic Division
Athletic Conference

Pacific Northwest College of Art Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

PNCA Admissions

Acceptance Rate
93%
Application Deadline
January 31
SAT Range
ACT Range
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Neither required nor recommended
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action

Cost

Net Price
$37,252/ 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
$16,564/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
94%

Academics

Professors
B-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
10:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
86%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.7 responses
75%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.12 responses
42%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.12 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
430Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
33
Undergrads Over 25
18%
Pell Grant
63%
Varsity Athletes
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 6 responses
  • Art Kids
    67%
  • Art kids, hipsters
    17%
  • Hipsters
    17%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
61%
Poll
100%
of students say they don't have Greek life.12 responses
Poll
100%
of students say no one pays attention to varsity sports.10 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 6 responses
  • Inspirational and full of Discovery
    33%
  • Unpredictable
    33%
  • Interesting and Informative
    17%
  • Overrated
    17%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$27,400/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
43%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
87%
National
83%
50%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.4 responses
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I very much enjoy the environment, resources the school has to offer, as well as professors at this college. There is a wide array of resources available for what I need to get done in my artistic life, and the friendly nature of my other colleagues makes the experience great. However, I am not very satisfied with the animation program at the college, where animated arts is my major. The school doesn't necessarily prepare you for the industry, and seems to be more leaned towards specializing in experimental animation, thus I am not getting the adequate education I need for animation.
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I studied video & sound at PNCA and I feel the program completely failed me in terms of getting any type of job in my field. The Video & Sound program is headed by white men with a curriculum about white men. It teaches you how to make video art and abstract noise, but in no way helps you to learn to apply video & sound skills to the job market. What about a basic how to record music class? A podcast class? A video color grading class? A VFX course? A documentary course? None of these exist at PNCA. Truly, you will not even learn how to properly use a camera, set up lighting, properly shoot a short film, or edit it. The positives include nice people, great study abroad program, and good teachers outside of my own program. Basically, if it's not contemporary video art, they don't think it's necessary to teach it. And that is just not practical in this world where making money off your own work is extremely difficult.
It's ok. It basically has to be at this point. With Marylhurst and Now the Oregon College of Art and Craft closing, PNCA is the last bastion of Art in Portland. Of course there is Reed and PSU, but neither really offer as intense of focus on the capabilities of art and design in the world today. PNCA is very clunky, there are a lot of kinks to work out within this school, and every step back is very worrisome to those who believe the school might fail. Nevertheless, it can improve as long as there's support for it which is mostly dependent on the people of Portland, which also is in the midst of growing.