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36 S Wabash
Chicago, IL 60603
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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 the #2 graduate fine arts program 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.

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School of the Art Institute of Chicago Rankings

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Admissions

Application Deadline
April 15
Acceptance Rate
57%
SAT Range
1120-1360
ACT Range
22-29
Application Fee
$65
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Neither required nor recommended
Accepts Common App
Yes

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Cost

Net Price
$50,167 / 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
$17,087 / year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
91%

Scholarship

Academics

Professors
grade B
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
11:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
80%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes. 44 responses
44%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want. 48 responses
34%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage. 47 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.

Online

Online Programs Offered
0
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
0
How Students Learn
  • All
    0%
  • None
    100%
  • Some
    0%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
2,804 Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
179
Undergrads Over 25
5%
Pell Grant
18%
Varsity Athletes
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Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 37 responses
  • Unique and creative
    35%
  • So unique they're not unique anymore
    24%
  • Variable
    16%
  • Some are pretentious, but the art makes up for it.
    8%
  • Weird
    8%
  • Weird and unique and nice and supportive
    8%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
91%
Poll
93%
of students say they don't have Greek life. 59 responses
Poll
95%
of students say no one pays attention to varsity sports. 63 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 39 responses
  • Conceptual and Progressive
    59%
  • Expensive, unique, conceptual, progressive
    21%
  • Expensive and somewhat elitist but unique
    10%
  • Not for everyone, but the best for me.
    8%
  • Current conceptual
    3%

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After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$33,500 / year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
70%
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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