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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
PCA&D is a private college located in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 250 undergraduate students. Admissions is fairly competitive as the PCA&D acceptance rate is 50%. Popular majors include Commercial and Advertising Art, Design and Visual Communications, and Studio Arts. Graduating 43% of students, PCA&D alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $22,500.
About Pennsylvania College of Art & Design...
Athletic Division
Athletic Conference
Address
204 N Prince St
Lancaster, PA 17603
Website

Pennsylvania College of Art & Design Rankings

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

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
50%
Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
SAT Range
ACT Range
Application Fee
$40
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action

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Cost

Net Price
$27,471/ 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
$6,638/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
99%

Academics

Professors
C-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
12:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
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50%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.6 responses
33%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.6 responses

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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
250Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
10
Undergrads Over 25
5%
Pell Grant
37%
Varsity Athletes
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 7 responses
Report
  • Artistic
    86%
  • Diverse
    14%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
36%
Poll
86%
of students say they don't have Greek life.7 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
Report
  • Small
    67%
  • Disappointing
    17%
  • Home away from home
    17%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$28,400/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
43%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
92%
National
83%
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First and foremost, because this is an Art and Design school, there are some things here that are lacking (but that aren't really important to us in the first place). We don't do sports, also no big parties. There aren't frats or sororities so any parties are more of friend get togethers. The Professors are absolutely wonderful, the staff too. Everyone is so helpful in every way imaginable. Also the local area is so cute! There are so many cafes and bakeries to visit, a lot of pizzerias and asian cuisine. Also a close by farmers market! There is of course, with any city, crime. But PCA&D takes all of the proper precautions with school security and student safety. If there is anything reported, car accidents, fires, and other incidents, you are notified both through email and text to ensure proper safety and awareness.
I would highly recommend this school for any artist with a passion to work with what they love.
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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.
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.