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B-
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
    A
  12. Safety
    A-
PNCA is a private college located in Portland, Oregon. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 378 undergraduate students. The PNCA acceptance rate is 95%. Popular majors include Illustration, Graphic Design, and Photography. Graduating 31% of students, PNCA alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $20,800.
About Pacific Northwest College of Art...
Athletic Division
Athletic Conference
Address
511 NW Broadway
Portland, OR 97209
Website

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
95%
Application Deadline
January 31
SAT Range
ACT Range
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action

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Cost

Net Price
$33,265/ 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
$16,267/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
100%

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
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
378Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
40
Undergrads Over 25
18%
Pell Grant
39%
Varsity Athletes
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 5 responses
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  • Art Kids
    60%
  • Art kids, hipsters
    20%
  • Hipsters
    20%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
84%
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
$27,400/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
31%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
87%
National
83%
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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.
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PNCA is a great art school for motivated students. The teachers are all excellent, and the environment is very safe and accepting. If you're looking for an "easy out" in art school, don't come here. We don't mess around. My only complaint has to do with their grading system and online homeroom site. The grading system lacks accountability. Other than that I think there is a culture of respect and growth, and if you're looking for a place to learn to be a professional artist, this is a good place to do that.
Pacific Northwest College of Art is a world class art school with some of the best staff, studios and facilities I've ever seen. My only wish is that it was a bit cheaper!