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  1. Academics
    C+
  2. Value
    C-
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    B
  5. Athletics
    NG
  6. Party Scene
    NG
  7. Professors
    C
  8. Location
    A+
  9. Dorms
    D+
  10. Campus Food
    A-
  11. Student Life
    B+
  12. Safety
    A-
SFAI is a private college located in San Francisco, California. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 279 undergraduate students. Admissions is somewhat competitive as the SFAI acceptance rate is 75%. Popular majors include Painting, Photography, and Printmaking. Graduating 41% of students, SFAI alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $26,500.
About San Francisco Art Institute...
Athletic Division
Athletic Conference
Address
800 Chestnut St
San Francisco, CA 94133
Website

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
75%
Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
SAT Range
930-1160
ACT Range
20-25
Application Fee
$75
SAT/ACT
Neither required nor recommended
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
Yes

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Cost

Net Price
$52,451/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $41,464/ year
  • $30-48k
    $45,007/ year
  • $49-75k
    $35,304/ year
  • $76-110k
    $45,038/ year
  • $110k+
    $52,915/ year
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Academics

Professors
C
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
9:1
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
279Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
18%
Pell Grant
25%
Varsity Athletes
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Based on 8 responses
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  • Creative
    100%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
82%
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
$31,900/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
41%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
77%
National
83%
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SFAI is for students committed to discovering their unique talents who have the courage & commitment to become professional artists. Since 1871, this has been the birthplace of one important cultural movement after another from fine art photography to Burning Man. Faculty are dedicated mentors and a student-teacher ratio of 9:1 means every student receives individual attention. A spectacular waterfront graduate campus just opened where students are assigned their own studios. That's in addition to the historic campus where Kehinde Wiley, Annie Liebowitz, Barry McGee, and many other artists once studied. These well-known artists say SFAI played a critical role in development & often return for master classes, fundraising events, and exhibitions -- part of a network of influential alumni that is global in scope. Many also say that SFAI helped establish a local culture that embraces creativity, making San Francisco a hotbed of innovation across every industry.
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Definitely wouldn't recommend for younger first-year students, being that there's a lot of responsibility and maturity you're taking on. I enjoyed smaller class sizes, was less than 10 students for some of my own. This offers more time for discussions and one on ones with the teacher. Personally, I would've liked to see greater diversity among SFAI's student body! This school is easily one of the most relaxed academic settings I've been in. Faculty at SFAI stress the importance of healthy mental and emotional health and does a great job promoting their resources for students.
It’s a very unique art institution that really personalizes your art development and brings out what ‘s inside you and helps you soar!
Look at the successful artists that went through this school—Kathryn Bigelow, Annie Leibovitz, Kehinde Wiley....