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B
Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    B
  2. Value
    C
  3. Diversity
    A+
  4. Campus
    B+
  5. Athletics
    NG
  6. Party Scene
    A-
  7. Professors
    B
  8. Location
    A
  9. Dorms
    B+
  10. Campus Food
    B+
  11. Student Life
    A
  12. Safety
    B-
36 S Wabash Suite 1201
Chicago, IL 60603
About School of the Art Institute of Chicago...
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Founded in 1866, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) is one of the most historically significant accredited independent schools of art and design in the world. We are ranked among the top ten art and design schools in the world by QS World University Rankings; we were named “the most influential art college in the United States” by Columbia University’s National Arts Journalism survey; and are ranked among the top 4 graduate fine arts programs in the nation by U.S. News and World Report.

SAIC is distinct in providing an interdisciplinary curriculum, cutting-edge facilities, renowned faculty, exceptional resources including the Art Institute of Chicago, and the necessary freedom to develop as artists, designers and scholars.

Foremost, SAIC is about students. We are dedicated to providing a complete liberal arts education as well as the arts and design education that will serve our alumni throughout their multifaceted careers.

School of the Art Institute of Chicago Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Application Deadline
April 15
Acceptance Rate
59%
SAT Range
1120-1340
ACT Range
22-28
Application Fee
$65
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Neither required nor recommended
Accepts Common App
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$47,785/ 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
$16,495/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
91%

Academics

Professors
B
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
10:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
80%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.44 responses
46%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.46 responses
36%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.45 responses

Majors

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio

One of SAIC’s most distinguishing features is our interdisciplinary curriculum. At SAIC you will not declare a "major" and you will not be bound to work in a single discipline! Students have the creative freedom to explore and customize their education among our 18 departments, and are always free to choose the appropriate media to best realize their visions.

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
2,735Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
154
Undergrads Over 25
6%
Pell Grant
20%
Varsity Athletes
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 35 responses
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  • Unique and creative
    37%
  • So unique they're not unique anymore
    20%
  • Variable
    17%
  • Some are pretentious, but the art makes up for it.
    9%
  • Weird
    9%
  • Weird and unique and nice and supportive
    9%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
88%
Poll
93%
of students say they don't have Greek life.57 responses
Poll
95%
of students say no one pays attention to varsity sports.61 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 37 responses
Report
  • Conceptual and Progressive
    62%
  • Expensive, unique, conceptual, progressive
    16%
  • Expensive and somewhat elitist but unique
    11%
  • Not for everyone, but the best for me.
    8%
  • Current conceptual
    3%

    After College

    Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
    $33,500/ year
    National
    $33,028
    Graduation Rate
    65%
    National
    49%
    Employed 2 Years After Graduation
    83%
    National
    83%
    74%
    of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.34 responses
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    School of the Art Institute of Chicago Reviews

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    It was honestly the BEST college ever! It's a memory and quite the story that will remain in my heart forever. You were devoured by creativity walking down those hallways every day. In the mornings, you were welcomed with smiles from your fellow students and teachers, it was so uplifting. I am so proud when I say I went to "The Art Institute of Chicago". I took so much knowledge of what i learned from there with me, and use the skills in my every day life. The professors were so understanding and so positive, paying special attention to every single student in their class.
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    This school is aboslutly beautiful and it very connected to both the city life and the community within Chicago as well. You feel safe and right at home in the enviorment, and everyone there definitly seems happy to be there. The classes that are offered are very diverse and expansive, and the alumni there are increible as well. Great school overall!
    Photography Program is concept first, images second. This causes a problem for a lot of students, but also opens up new methods of thinking and considering art and practice. Given that the school's student body is almost entirely made up of those in a Studio practice, a formal education on history, social sciences, and many other important elements that make up conceptual art are not instructed. This, personally, caused problems for me since my practice is history-driven and relies on a very formal background and understanding of seemingly common-knowledge topics that many other students are unaware of