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  1. Academics
    B
  2. Value
    B-
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    C+
  5. Athletics
    NG
  6. Party Scene
    C+
  7. Professors
    B-
  8. Location
    B-
  9. Dorms
    B-
  10. Campus Food
    D+
  11. Student Life
    B
  12. Safety
    B
Ringling Art & Design is a private college located in Sarasota, Florida. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 1,519 undergraduate students. Admissions is somewhat competitive as the Ringling Art & Design acceptance rate is 67%. Popular majors include Illustration, Animation, Video Graphics and Special Effects, and Game Design and Interactive Media. Graduating 67% of students, Ringling Art & Design alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $31,200.
2700 North Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34234
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Ringling College of Art & Design Rankings

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Ringling Admissions

Acceptance Rate
67%
Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
SAT Range
ACT Range
Application Fee
$70
SAT/ACT
Neither required nor recommended
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action

Cost

Net Price
$52,384/ 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
$15,115/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
95%

Academics

Professors
B-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
11:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
76%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.29 responses
50%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.36 responses
28%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.36 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,519Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
42
Undergrads Over 25
5%
Pell Grant
25%
Varsity Athletes
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 23 responses
  • Friendly, hardworking
    52%
  • Hard working weirdos
    17%
  • Stuck up, odd, not attractive, scary
    13%
  • Tired
    13%
  • Stressed
    4%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
91%
Poll
89%
of students say they don't have Greek life.35 responses
Poll
77%
of students say no one pays attention to varsity sports.44 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 26 responses
  • Magical
    31%
  • Hard working
    23%
  • Top notch
    15%
  • Terrible
    12%
  • Expensive
    8%
  • Terrifying
    4%
  • Unprogressive
    4%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$33,200/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
67%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
90%
National
83%
94%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.18 responses
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Speaking as an Illustration major: Ringling makes a strong sales pitch, but the reality of attending is a lot less "creative wonderland" and a lot more "oppressive overwork culture." Half the friends I've made in my time here have dropped out from mental health issues or financial burdens. Unless you're a well-adjusted neurotypical with a free ride, it's not worth the loans, the stress, or even the beach (which you'll rarely even get to see bc homework).
Financially and creatively you're far better off A.) cultivating your personal work and sense of discipline, B.) building real connections with working artists in your field, and C.) attending community college/short intensive workshops to expand your skills. Don't let art school steal your soul.
ps: the school is going downhill fast because of aggressive over-enrollment & lack of resources, CA is the only major that's retaining its quality.
pps: TAKE BUSINESS CLASSES, they will help you navigate artistic self-employment/freelancing!
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Ringling College of Art and Design has always been my dream school ever since I was first informed about it at the age of ten years old. By the time I applied, I had been practising drawing animals, background art, and even worked on a few comics and fan games! Ringling was impressed by the time I told them and gave me a scholarship as well as an acceptance letter! So ever since then, I've been working on making sure I got my Bachelor's in Game Art. I look forward to the day when I walk in that cap and gown!
The education had been incredible so far, however it's one of the most expensive educations in the country and because of its competitive nature there are very few scholarship opportunities for my major specifically. If you can not get the cost of tuition covered by loans and scholarships then you are at a severe disadvantage compared to students who are covered. If you are poor or underprivileged, you WILL see and feel the difference between your work and the work of your wealthier classmates, no buts about it. Because of this, the school population is largely comprised of white students, which isn't intrinsically bad, but clearly demonstrates how difficult social mobility is for poor and minority students on this campus.