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

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
66%
Application Deadline
SAT Range
1030-1300
ACT Range
22-28
Application Fee
$65
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Neither required nor recommended
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Cost

Net Price
$44,378/ year
National
$15,403
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $35,717/ year
  • $30-48k
    $37,114/ year
  • $49-75k
    $38,708/ year
  • $76-110k
    $41,482/ year
  • $110k+
    $41,828/ year

Academics

Professors
B
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
9:1
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
2,623Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
7%
Pell Grant
15%
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
$31,700/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
63%
National
48%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
85%
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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This school allows you to explore your creative potential with no barriers, no judgment. Professors are well known artists all over the world; you are learning from people who have been in the field for many years. The degree is well recognized because some of the most famous artists have been taught at the school. Professors are kind and open to all ideas. Most other schools just give you assignments, this school gives you a blueprint for creativity and helps apply your knowledge to whichever field of work you decide to pursue, even one that might not necessarily be taught directly at the school.
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My experience so far at SAIC has been very eye opening. I have learned new things that I didn't think I would ever learn in my life. I have been exposed to a numerous amount of opportunities. I have met some amazing people along the way, and overall I have had a great experience!
Being a transfer student from Parsons Paris to SAIC I came with a very fresh outlook to how the school functioned and the overall feeling of the school. The ambiance of the school overall is very artistic, much less corporate than what Parsons was. Facilities are amazing. Teacher are great, though sometimes I miss that some professors are not fully invested in their work outside of school. I feel that SAIC is filled with authentic fine artists, less people that see school as a path to make money but as a way to ultimately learn and grow as artists. In a way, there is something very sensible that makes SAIC unique.