B-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Value
    B
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    B-
  5. Athletics
    NG
  6. Party Scene
    C
  7. Professors
    B-
  8. Location
    B-
  9. Dorms
    B+
  10. Campus Food
    C
  11. Student Life
    C+
  12. Safety
    A-
Ringling College of Art & Design is ...
Private not-for-profit
Athletic Division
Athletic Conference
Address
2700 North Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34234

Ringling 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

Will You Get In?

Test Scores and GPA for Ringling College of Art & Design

Cost

Net Price
$42,532/ 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
    $38,150/ year
  • $30-48k
    $37,802/ year
  • $49-75k
    $42,639/ year
  • $76-110k
    $43,261/ year
  • $110k+
    $46,657/ year

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
55%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.29 responses
31%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.29 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,181Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
8%
Pell Grant
22%
Varsity Athletes
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 16 responses
Report
  • Friendly, hardworking
    69%
  • Hard working weirdos
    19%
  • Stuck up, odd, not attractive, scary
    13%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
87%
Poll
93%
of students say they don't have Greek life.28 responses
Poll
76%
of students say no one pays attention to varsity sports.37 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 19 responses
Report
  • Magical
    42%
  • Hard working
    26%
  • Top notch
    16%
  • Terrifying
    5%
  • Unprogressive
    5%
  • Work-mill
    5%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$32,800/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
70%
National
48%
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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Ringling College of Art & Design Reviews

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My experience at Ringling College of Art and Design was fantastic! I was only there for as a first-year Illustration student, but I left there with more knowledge of drawing than when I went in.

I will say, that it was a tough journey, what with my limitations being pushed, but it was well worth it in the end. I can now see perspectives in a completely new...perspective!

Drawing for Illustrators was a new experience for me, too. I really hated painting, and the entire class was done with Gouache paint. But it helped me see lighting and color differently. I learned how to control the paint a lot better. If given the opportunity, I would like to go back.

My only issue is the cost. It is considered one of the most expensive schools in the country, and they prove that with how much the tuition is. I spent more money on supply refills than anything else.

Other than that, I loved Ringling.
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The good side:
Most professors are great, knowledgeable and eager to aide students in finding their own style and place in the world of art.
Impeccable facilities.
Internships opportunities galore.
Extensive collection of researchable material at the library.

The flip side:
Some professors just plainly don't care.
No good variety for Liberal Art or Electives courses.
There's no professional care for a student's condition, neither financially nor psychologically.
With poor to nonexistent interdepartmental communication, people in critical positions barely understand their role in the institution –or worse, they do know but don't care–, leaving one to wonder what actual qualifications are needed to attain such a place in the institution. It's better to do your own research on financial and time management than ask any advice from these nincompoops at FinAid and Advising as there's a risk of having your entire academic standing in peril if said advice is followed.
The general rule is that you should always compare departments, not colleges. Ringling boasts some great ones.

The Computer Animation program is one of the nation's best, and many alumni have found work in companies like Dreamworks, Pixar, and Disney. Ringling's Graphic Design program boasts impressive alum, as does Illustration.

The campus is small, and you will get to know every student in your year. The facilities are varied and modern, including 3d printers, laser cutters, photo studios, entire computer labs stocked with Wacom Cintiqs, an incredible library, and much more.

It is a private school and it is incredibly expensive– Ringling is not known for being generous with scholarships. A Bachelor's degree with run you 45k/year. Some friends I know graduated with over $100k in student loan debt.

Ringling is an amazing school, but there are many ways to get an arts education, depending on what your goals are. Think hard about what loans like that will do to you.