C+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Value
    C+
  3. Diversity
    B-
  4. Campus
    NG
  5. Athletics
    NG
  6. Party Scene
    NG
  7. Professors
    C-
  8. Location
    B
  9. Dorms
    NG
  10. Campus Food
    NG
  11. Student Life
    B-
  12. Safety
    A
Pennsylvania College of Art & Design is ...
Private not-for-profit
Athletic Division
Athletic Conference
Address
204 N Prince St
Lancaster, PA 17608
Website
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Located in downtown Lancaster, Pennsylvania and founded in 1982, Pennsylvania College of Art & Design is a private, professional art college offering BFA degrees in digital media, fine art, graphic design, illustration, and photography. Because visual, verbal, and virtual communication is increasingly valued in a global society, our curriculum emphasizes the relationships among thinking, making, and communicating. A small college with a big reach, we transform our students by challenging them to cultivate expansive points-of-view and create sophisticated visual output. The ability to continue to learn and create extends beyond the college experience. PCA&D is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) and the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), is approved as a college and for degree-granting privileges by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, and is a member of the Association of Independent Colleges of Art & Design (AICAD).

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Admissions

Application Deadline
Acceptance Rate
40%
SAT Range
ACT Range
Application Fee
$40
SAT/ACT
Recommended
High School GPA
Required
Accepts Common App
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Cost

Net Price
$24,209/ year
National
$15,403
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $17,662/ year
  • $30-48k
    $19,262/ year
  • $49-75k
    $25,028/ year
  • $76-110k
    $25,695/ year
  • $110k+
    $27,351/ year

Academics

Professors
C-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
11:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
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40%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.5 responses
20%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.5 responses

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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
211Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
5%
Pell Grant
34%
Varsity Athletes
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 6 responses
Report
  • Artistic
    100%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
44%
Poll
83%
of students say they don't have Greek life.6 responses
Poll
100%
of students say no one pays attention to varsity sports.9 responses
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After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$27,300/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
41%
National
48%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
92%
National
83%
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I have visited PCAD and their administrators who've come to schools and College Fairs several times, and each time I visit I learn something new that I didn't know before. Downtown Lancaster has an antique feel, and when you're in the school it is no exception. The infrastructure of the school looks old and rickety, but it has highly developed software and techniques for those going into fields such as digital media. The library is massive, and the students all get along so well because they are all interested in the one thing that matters to them most-- art! It's a small college at that, having only about 300 students attending. It thrives in smaller classes so that students have more interaction with the instructor. Overall, a very structured school with the intent to give students a good experience in art and to settle them into their future careers.
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Tightly-knit community of students, small class size allowed me to feel comfortable. The faculty is outstanding- successful in their respective fields, passionate and attentive as instructors. I never felt like just a number at PCAD. First Fridays are a great perk. No student housing; our campus is downtown Lancaster! I chose to transfer after my foundation year because I could not afford the tuition.
I am a graduating senior of this school and in the short amount of time that I've been here, I've seen it go through a lot of changes. The most valuable thing about this school is its faculty and class sizes. I would say that those two factors outweigh just about everything else you could possibly consider, because the sky is the limit if you have great guidance and a lot of one-on-one attention. The faculty will go out of their way to make sure every opportunity is available to you, they are extremely knowledgeable, and they will work with other faculty/department chairs to get you what you need. The problem is that the administration underappreciates the hell out of them, doesn't pay them enough, and tries to make them do things that aren't their jobs. Despite all of this, they do an amazing job of shielding students from their own oppression, but ultimately in the last three years the school has lost FOUR amazing faculty in just my department alone.

The president and Dean of Students put on this front like they are all about the students, but when students bring issues to their attention, nothing gets done. The building hours right now are insane. No other art school has our hours. For two years they talked about this "exciting sculpture" for the green space the school owns across the street, just to reveal a big orange and blue sign made of steel that looks awful, doesn't make sense, and that all of the students and faculty hate. They spent a couple million on that instead of using that money for something useful for the students. They are just totally oblivious to what healthy collaboration means. The school is rapidly turning into a trade school instead of a fine art school the way it was founded. They just revealed a new digital media major, which has infinite possibilities in the fine art world, but their entire gallery show to introduce the major was all commercial (app design, game design, digital illustration, cartoon animation) etc. New administration!