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    B
  2. Value
    C
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    B
  5. Athletics
    NG
  6. Party Scene
    A-
  7. Professors
    B
  8. Location
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  9. Dorms
    B
  10. Campus Food
    B+
  11. Student Life
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  12. Safety
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Art Institute of Chicago is an above-average private college located in Chicago, Illinois. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 2,681 undergraduate students. Admissions is fairly competitive as the Art Institute of Chicago acceptance rate is 59%. Popular majors include Studio Arts, Visual and Performing Arts, and Art History. Graduating 66% of students, Art Institute of Chicago alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $25,100.
About School of the Art Institute of Chicago...
Athletic Division
Athletic Conference
Address
36 S Wabash Suite 1201
Chicago, IL 60603
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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
January 15
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
Yes

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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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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

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
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  • 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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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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Truly America's most influential art and design school. The School Of The Art Institute Of Chicago is distinct in the way that it provides undergraduate students an interdisciplinary curriculum and the necessary freedom to develop as artists, designers, and scholars. At the same time, students are able to strive for a level of rigor, investigation, and cultural relevance that makes SAIC truly special. I believe that the interdisciplinary curriculum will challenge and allow freedom in experimentation therefore, students translate the most complex ideas into tangible forms of paintings, sculptures, films, performances, books, installations, inventions, buildings, community projects, and more often than not, a combination of the above. Few schools in the world provide such broad range of possibilities.
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) is a fantastic school that genuinely cares about the success of their students. The faculty and students are an empowering group of independent artists who I genuinely enjoy learning from and working with. This school pushes young artists to explore new ideas, mediums, and places to broaden their views of what an artist can do and what art can become. SAIC is a rigorous school. For students who are willing to work hard and take risks to better their artistic practice, SAIC will be a rewarding experience as it has been for me.