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B
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  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
    A-
  11. Student Life
    A
  12. Safety
    B-
School of the Art Institute of Chicago is ...
Private not-for-profit
Athletic Division
Athletic Conference
Address
36 S Wabash
Chicago, IL 60603
Website
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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

Acceptance Rate
59%
Application Deadline
SAT Range
1020-1240
ACT Range
22-27
Application Fee
$65
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Neither required nor recommended
Early Decision/Early Action

Cost

Net Price
$43,494/ 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
    $34,018/ year
  • $30-48k
    $36,050/ year
  • $49-75k
    $39,399/ year
  • $76-110k
    $40,923/ year
  • $110k+
    $43,199/ year
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  • Simple, straightforward student loans with an easy application
  • Flexible repayment options, and strong borrower protections

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
47%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.45 responses
36%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.44 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
2,681Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
7%
Pell Grant
22%
Varsity Athletes
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 34 responses
Report
  • Unique and creative
    35%
  • So unique they're not unique anymore
    21%
  • Variable
    18%
  • 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
86%
Poll
95%
of students say they don't have Greek life.56 responses
Poll
97%
of students say no one pays attention to varsity sports.60 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 36 responses
Report
  • Conceptual and Progressive
    64%
  • Expensive, unique, conceptual, progressive
    14%
  • 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
$32,100/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
66%
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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SAIC is a great school, with great faculty that know what they are doing. I am part of the Fashion Program and absolutely love it. The social life is a bit weird, and you kind of have to be 21 to go out on the weekends. But if you don't mind staying in or just hanging out with friends its great! Being in the heart of Chicago makes for a lot of fun adventures.
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SAIC has some interesting classes and faculty. However, the administration has a lot of room for improvement. The school cares more for the school's reputation rather than individual student's experience of the school.
I was being bullied by another student at SAIC, who talked to my friend and told her that he will get me deported (I am an international student). I talked to the school admins about the situation, and they never even got a statement from my friend regarding the threat made against me, and did not do much about it. If SAIC truly cares for diversity and inclusivity, I think SAIC would have done more than nothing. Threatening to deport someone should not taken lightly, it is discriminatory and anti-immigrant.
This school provides a wonderful education for my field of interest (art therapy), and has other incredible departments as well. I have had no issues with the school's well delivered education in my past two years (although, freshman classes can be tough, but I think that is common anywhere). An issue I have with this school is mainly with the options and prices of food in the cafeteria. The food is average and incredibly over-priced in my opinion. Another thing that is difficult with SAIC is student life. I feel, as many of my peers at this school do as well, that it can be hard to make connections due to a lack of student life and activities. That is personal, however. Other than that, great school and above wonderful education.