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  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
    A-
  12. Safety
    A-
PCA&D is a private college located in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 242 undergraduate students. Admissions is fairly competitive as the PCA&D acceptance rate is 44%. Popular majors include Commercial and Advertising Art, Design and Visual Communications, and Game Design and Interactive Media. Graduating 44% of students, PCA&D alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $22,500.
204 N Prince St
Lancaster, PA 17603
Athletic Division
Athletic Conference

Pennsylvania College of Art & Design Rankings

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PCAD Admissions

Acceptance Rate
44%
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

Cost

Net Price
$26,927/ 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
$8,775/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
100%

Academics

Professors
C+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
10:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
100%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.4 responses
63%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.8 responses
38%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.8 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
242Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
9
Undergrads Over 25
5%
Pell Grant
48%
Varsity Athletes
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 8 responses
  • Artistic
    88%
  • Outgoing
    13%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
46%
Poll
89%
of students say they don't have Greek life.9 responses
Poll
100%
of students say no one pays attention to varsity sports.12 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 8 responses
  • Small
    63%
  • Disappointing
    13%
  • Home away from home
    13%
  • Underrated
    13%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$28,400/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
44%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
92%
National
83%
75%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.4 responses
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I’m a current sophomore, majoring in illustration. I’m not as seasoned as an upperclassman, however so far, PCAD has been excellent! It may lack dorms and a dining area, however there are other options! I commute, however my pals have had a ton of support and help with finding places to rent! There’s a public parking garage behind the school that students can get discounted parking passes for! With a new president as of Fall 2018 and the recent addition of a provost, PCAD has been rapidly growing, evolving, and improving! They have been extremely receptive to student concerns. The school atmosphere is extremely close knit. The faculty truly care for the students and take the time to get to know everyone and they always offer support. One professor and his wife opened an art shop across the street (both PCAD grads, too!) and they always stock it with supplies needed for projects, which saves tons of stress and time! I highly recommend checking the school out and asking questions!
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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.
I took several Continuing Education classes (including pre-college classes) here for about 3 years before my mother and stepfamily had to move from Lancaster. I enjoyed all of my classes here because the technology was amazing and all of the instructors were knowledgeable and friendly. The elevator was really really slow though so I took the stairs to my classes (usually on the second and third floors of the building). Other than that I can't really complain. The town is gorgeous and vibrant, it's no NYC but it has its own unique charm. I can see why regular students of the college would complain about things like tuition and the nonexistent on-campus housing.