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C+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    C+
  2. Value
    C
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    B
  5. Athletics
    NG
  6. Party Scene
    NG
  7. Professors
    B-
  8. Location
    A
  9. Dorms
    C+
  10. Campus Food
    NG
  11. Student Life
    B
  12. Safety
    B
PNCA is a private college located in Portland, Oregon. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 363 undergraduate students. The PNCA acceptance rate is 94%. Popular majors include Illustration, Graphic Design, and Photography. Graduating 32% of students, PNCA alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $20,100.
About Pacific Northwest College of Art...
Athletic Division
Athletic Conference
Address
511 NW Broadway
Portland, OR 97209
Website

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
94%
Application Deadline
SAT Range
ACT Range
Application Fee
$50
SAT/ACT
Neither required nor recommended
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action

Cost

Net Price
$35,840/ year
National
$15,523
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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Academics

Professors
B-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
9:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
86%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.7 responses
82%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.11 responses
45%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.11 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
363Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
21%
Pell Grant
34%
Varsity Athletes
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 5 responses
Report
  • Art Kids
    60%
  • Art kids, hipsters
    20%
  • Hipsters
    20%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
86%
Poll
100%
of students say they don't have Greek life.11 responses
Poll
100%
of students say no one pays attention to varsity sports.9 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 5 responses
Report
  • Inspirational and full of Discovery
    40%
  • Unpredictable
    40%
  • Interesting and Informative
    20%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$25,100/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
32%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
85%
National
83%
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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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I've been attending PNCA for four semesters and arrived as a transfer student. With my prior college experience, I can truly affirm that PNCA has a faculty and staff that are dedicated and committed to helping their students toward becoming better makers, designers, and artists. The culture here is strong and encourages us all to become better individuals by helping our fellow students. I haven't experienced comradery like this from faculty, staff or students from any college I've attended before.
The workload is very challenging at times. But I don't think that I'd become a better creative without doing the work and being pushed.
There is plenty of resources and support available that I wouldn't normally have access to. Whether that be coding, alternative photographic development techniques, creating music, getting better at yoga or 3d printing, to name a few.
As a Freshman and a non-traditional student, I was extremely nervous. PNCA does an extremely wonderful job to ensure the safety and the well being of their students. There are so many people who are there willing to help you and wanting to see you succeed.