C+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Value
    C-
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    C
  5. Athletics
    NG
  6. Party Scene
    B+
  7. Professors
    B-
  8. Location
    A
  9. Dorms
    D
  10. Campus Food
    B+
  11. Student Life
    B
  12. Safety
    A-
San Francisco Art Institute is ...
Private not-for-profit
Athletic Division
Athletic Conference
Address
800 Chestnut St
San Francisco, CA 94133
Website

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
65%
Application Deadline
SAT Range
930-1160
ACT Range
20-25
Application Fee
$75
SAT/ACT
Recommended
High School GPA
Required
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Test Scores and GPA for San Francisco Art Institute

Cost

Net Price
$44,999/ 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
    $36,692/ year
  • $30-48k
    $37,436/ year
  • $49-75k
    $41,165/ year
  • $76-110k
    $45,727/ year
  • $110k+
    $46,589/ year

Academics

Professors
B-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
10:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
90%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.10 responses
57%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.7 responses
86%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.7 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
385Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
18%
Pell Grant
30%
Varsity Athletes
Poll
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Based on 8 responses
Report
  • Creative
    100%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
76%
Poll
89%
of students say they don't have Greek life.9 responses
Poll
78%
of students say no one pays attention to varsity sports.9 responses
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After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$24,600/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
38%
National
48%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
87%
National
83%
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San Francisco Art Institute Reviews

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What I like most about SFAI is the encouragement students are given to explore avenues of art previously thought to be untenable or too far out there to understand or effect. Each department is very different from the other but they are all alike in that exploration into the unknown isn't discouraged or looked at as a waste of time. Students aren't treated like laborious product makers for the masses. At SFAI concept & development are the top priorities of the art makers who find themselves there, teachers & student alike. As a painter I can attest to the advocacy of the fluid nature of the school. Since attending the institution I've found myself delving into projects using materials that stray far from the 2-dimensional world I previously held close as my own. While I am still a painting major, the skills I've amassed in the form of metal sculpture not only inform my work as a painter but have opened a realm more vast than what was thought to be circumscribed for me to begin with.
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Avoid this school at all costs... great place to visit as a tourist but if you're going to invest 40k a year go elsewhere ... this school is limited with their facilities, other art schools offer private studios for seniors and state of the art resources.. Sfai felt dated and the atmosphere was dead, not much going on on campus. They pride themselves on their history, but the legacy does not live on. They're more invested in the mfa program than bfa. Whatever exciting activities that do take place on campus are usually private catered parties for admin and donors. Fine art oriented, not a design school. However it is pretty relaxed, with some great professors. Best way to get by is keeping to yourself. I found the students to be catty, immature, cliquish and sabotaging if your work stands out. Be careful who you open up to. It's a smile at your face stab you in the back student body.
SFAI is very diverse and has a lot of different types of artists. I love how they let you use ALL the facilities even if its not your major or even if you don't take any classes in the subject. All the studios are available to all students. There are some amazing teachers and there are some okay teachers. You just gotta ask around to see who's good. It also depends on what type of learner you are. Some people do well with tough critique and harsher feedback and others do well with more encouragement and suggestions. I really like the general vibe of the school. The cafe isn't great, only serves a few options every day. Its not buffet style. The students are great, super cool and funny. All kinds of people.