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C+
Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    C+
  2. Value
    C
  3. Diversity
    B+
  4. Campus
    NG
  5. Athletics
    NG
  6. Party Scene
    NG
  7. Professors
    C
  8. Location
    A+
  9. Dorms
    NG
  10. Campus Food
    NG
  11. Student Life
    A
  12. Safety
    C+
PA the Fine Arts is a private college located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 182 undergraduate students. The PA the Fine Arts acceptance rate is 93%. Popular majors include Painting, Printmaking, and Sculpture. Graduating 57% of students, PA the Fine Arts alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $16,900.
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Address
128 N. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
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Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Rankings

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Admissions

Acceptance Rate
93%
Application Deadline
SAT Range
ACT Range
Application Fee
$60
SAT/ACT
Neither required nor recommended
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action

Cost

Net Price
$36,688/ 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
$16,070/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
100%

Academics

Professors
C
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Student Faculty Ratio
6:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
182Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
6
Undergrads Over 25
17%
Pell Grant
24%
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After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$20,200/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
57%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
77%
National
83%
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PAFA is tiny, so there are not that many classes offered and the whole school is on the same schedule: two classes a day, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, with a 90-minute lunch break in between. You have to know you want to be at a program like this to be happy here. The instructors are so knowledgeable and are experts in their respective fields; it is primarily a painting school, and it is EXTREMELY steeped in tradition, so they still teach traditionally. The program is pretty intense but you learn a lot and the instructors are extremely encouraging of their students. Freshman classes probably have about 15 students, maybe even a few more, and that's about as big as the classrooms can handle. If you took art classes in high school, you know how much space all those projects can take up! Higher level classes can have anywhere from 5-12 students depending on the popularity of the class, number of sections offered, and the amount of freedom older students have in their schedules. Many of the teachers have been here a fairly long time and some even went to PAFA themselves.
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This is a school that is easily underestimated and ignored by people. The school is small in size and has only two buildings, but it is a very cost-effective school to learn Fine art. PAFA offers as many courses and student services as possible in a limited space. All faculty members are very helpful and kind.
Security is in the building and courtyard 24/7; off campus, you are in center city, which is generally fine during the day. Every student has key cards which have to be swiped to enter the building and again at the entrance to any of the interior floors and stairwells. There's a shuttle that runs every night at 10:30, after the building closes, to get students back to the dorms safely. There is information available for sexual assault, domestic violence, emotional support, psychological help, and other topics posted around the campus, and that information was advertised to us during orientation. I haven't heard of any sexual assault at school, and it's hard to believe there could be much of an issue at such a small school.

The school has an agreement with a local health provider that lets students see a general practitioner free of charge. There is also a thing set up with the University of Pennsylvania's psych center that will counsel students for free (for a limited number of visits) and give 24/7 support.