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  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Value
    A-
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    C
  5. Athletics
    NG
  6. Party Scene
    B
  7. Professors
    B
  8. Location
    B-
  9. Dorms
    C
  10. Campus Food
    C+
  11. Student Life
    B
  12. Safety
    C+
UNCSA is an above-average public university located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina in the Greensboro Area. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 884 undergraduate students. Admissions is fairly competitive as the UNCSA acceptance rate is 38%. Popular majors include Cinematography and Video Production, Theatre Design, and Dance. Graduating 75% of students, UNCSA alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $23,800.
1533 South Main St.
Winston Salem, NC 27127
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University of North Carolina School of the Arts Rankings

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North Carolina the Arts Admissions

Acceptance Rate
38%
Application Deadline
SAT Range
1090-1290
ACT Range
21-29
Application Fee
$95
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action

Cost

Net Price
$12,579/ 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
$9,777/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
74%

Academics

Professors
B
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
7:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
69%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.13 responses
65%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.17 responses
41%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.17 responses
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Majors

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
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    14%
  • On Campus
    86%
  • Online
    0%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
884Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
6
Undergrads Over 25
4%
Pell Grant
23%
Varsity Athletes
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 15 responses
  • Artistic,creative, talented, dedicated
    40%
  • Pretentious. hipster. artsy. different. creative.
    27%
  • Creative
    20%
  • Driven
    7%
  • Stressed
    7%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
100%
of students say they don't have Greek life.18 responses
Poll
96%
of students say no one pays attention to varsity sports.27 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 15 responses
  • ART
    53%
  • Focused
    20%
  • Intensive
    20%
  • Determined
    7%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$35,500/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
75%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
92%
National
83%
88%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.8 responses
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University of North Carolina School of the Arts Reviews

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I LOVE UNCSA! Getting to work with some of the best teachers in the country and forming great relationships is part of what makes UNCSA so great. They truly care about your development and well being, and will do anything to help you accomplish your goals. Not to mention the equally talented students that are incredible to collaborate with. The academics are lower than the standards of most colleges, but then again it is an art school so you're there for a specific art.
While some people think going here lessens the typical college experience, I would actually disagree. We get free tickets to performances, movies, concerts, which all add culture and exposure. I have learned so much about other arts, which enrich my own performances and will help benefit my future career.
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During my time at UNCSA, I found the arts education exemplary. My technical training had me hired on a job literally the day after graduation, and during the time I worked in that field I had great success thanks to the training I got at UNCSA. The student lifestyle while I was there was pretty brutal, with morning academic classes, afternoon/evening arts classes, and weekends spent doing film projects. Academic classes in general, with some notable exceptions (there are a handful of incredible academic teachers there doing amazing work with exhausted arts students), were lackluster when compared to more general education schools, but UNCSA is an arts conservatory and excels at that.
Filmmaking alum here. I learned a lot about my craft from some very knowledgeable and talented people here, and I met some very great and interesting people. However, my biggest piece of advice for incoming Filmmaking students is, if you're interested in cinematography, editing, production design, or animation, this school is fantastic and will absolutely be a good investment. If you're interested in writing, look somewhere else. The screenwriting program at this school is a total joke and a waste of time.

But like any other school, it's what you make of it. There are students who do really really well here and some that really really don't. If you're dedicated, know how to put yourself out there, and don't want to be a writer, this school may be for you. I'll also add that one drawback to studying filmmaking here is its location. Not building your networks in a place like LA or New York or Atlanta can make finding a job in one of those cities tougher after graduation.