ArtCenter at a Glance

Founded in 1930 and located in Pasadena, California, ArtCenter College of Design is a global leader in art and design education. With a current enrollment of approximately 2,100 students (52% female and 48% male, representing more than 40 countries), the College has a student/faculty ratio of 9 to 1. ArtCenter offers 11 undergraduate and seven graduate degrees in a wide array of industrial design, visual and applied arts disciplines, as well as a joint MS/MBA program with the Drucker School of Management and a minor in Social Innovation through the Designmatters program.

In addition to its top-ranked academic programs, the College also serves residents of the Greater Los Angeles region through a highly regarded series of year-round educational programs for all ages and levels of experience. Throughout the College's long and storied history, ArtCenter alumni have had a profound impact on popular culture, the way we live and important issues in our society.

ArtCenter is a private nonprofit fully accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). Renowned for both its ties to industry and social impact initiatives, the College is the first design school to receive the United Nations’ Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) status.

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Admissions Profile

Headcount (HC) unless noted (Fall 2016)

  • UG Acceptance Rate1: 56%
  • UG Percentage (New) Male/Female: 37% / 63%
  • Average SAT Verbal/Average SAT Math2 = 532 / 584
  • Average high school GPA2 = 3.27
  • Average prior college GPA2 = 3.23
  • Percentage of New Undergraduate Students from:
    • California: 63%
    • Out of State: 19%
    • International: 35%
  • UG Applications Received (CY 2016) : 1,776
  • UG Acceptance Rate1 (CY 2016): 63%
  • GR applications received (CY 2016): 545

Enrollment Profile

Headcount (HC) as of (Fall 2016)3

  • Undergraduate students: 1,908
  • Graduate students: 230
  • Total FTE (UG + GR): 1988.94
  • Percentage New First-Time Freshman/New Transfers5: 56% / 44%
  • Average Age for New First-Time Freshmen: 18.4
  • Average Age for all New Degree-Seeking UG Students: 20.4
  • Average Age for Undergraduate Students: 23.1
  • Average Age for Graduate Students: 28.2
  • Student/Faculty Ratio: 9:1
  • # of Course Sections (Fall 2016): 882
  • # of Independent/Guided Studies (Fall 2016): 82/2
  • # of Internships (Fall 2016): 49
  • Average Class Size (Fall 2016): 11.3

Faculty/Staff Profile

Fall 2016 figures

  • Full-Time Faculty: 112
  • Part-Time Faculty6: 328
  • Staff ( FT + PT): 272

Retention/Graduation Rates

  • First-Year Retention of New First-Time Freshmen (Fall 2015 Cohort): 81%
  • Six-Year Graduation Rates New First-Time Freshmen (Fall 2010 cohort): 73%

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Costs

  • Yearly Undergrad Tuition and Fees: $40,597 (2 semesters, 2016-2017)
  • Yearly Graduate Tuition and Fees: $42,873 (2 semesters, 2016-2017)
  • Annual Operating Budget: $93.5 million (FY 2017)
  • $21.3 million Board-designated endowment (as of 6/30/16, FY 2016)
  • $59.52 million Donor-restricted endowment (as of 6/30/16, FY 2016)

Financial Aid

Calendar Year (CY) 2016 unless noted7

  • Aid processed: $50.5 million (CY 2016)
  • Students with Financial Need8: 78% (CY 2016)
  • Students who Received Financial Aid9: 69% (CY 2016)
  • Students who Received ACCD Scholarship10: 58% (Fall 2016)
  • Average Amount of Scholarship11: $5416 (Fall 2016)
  • Undergraduates who received a Pell Grant12: 33% (Fall 2015)
  • New full-time first-time degree/certificate seeking students who received a Pell Grant12: 23% (Fall 2015)

Undergraduate Enrollment by Major

Fall 2016 figures

  • Advertising: 51
  • Entertainment Design: 155
  • Environmental Design: 76
  • Film: 86
  • Fine Art: 61
  • Graphic Design: 291
  • Illustration: 607
  • Interaction Design: 49
  • Photography: 120
  • Product Design: 205
  • Transportation: 196
  • Non-Degree: 11

    Graduate Enrollment by Major

    Fall 2016 figures

    • Art: 38
    • Broadcast Cinema/Grad Film: 44
    • Grad Environmental Design: 21
    • Grad Graphic Design: 21
    • Grad Transportation Design: 35
    • Industrial Design: 30
    • Media Design: 41
    • Non-Degree: 0

    Academic Programs and Distinctions

    2016-2017

    • Bachelor of Fine Arts or Bachelor of Science offered in 11 undergraduate programs. Master of Fine Arts or Master of Science offered in seven graduate programs. Designmatters Minor in Social Innovation offered in five undergraduate programs.
    • Joint MS/MBA degree offered in conjunction with Claremont Graduate University’s Drucker School of Management
    • Consistently ranked as America’s number 1 industrial design school for both undergraduate and graduate programs in the annual DesignIntelligence survey
    • Highlighted in Azure Magazine as one of the top industrial design schools in North America
    • Ranked among the top film schools in the United States by both The Hollywood Reporter and TheWrap
    • Top 20 ranking in U.S. News & World Report’s "Best Graduate Schools"
    • Achieved top 20 status in Niche’s 2017 rankings of the Best Colleges for Design in America (#13) and Best College for Arts in America (#18)
    • Earned highest honors in Graphic Design USA’s top design schools
    • Ranked among the top 50 schools offering “Best Bachelor’s in Graphic Design” by College Choice
    • College Factual includes ArtCenter among the top 20 schools for veterans studying film, video and photography
    • Ranked among The 50 Top Animation Schools in the U.S. by both Animation Career Review and gamedesinging.org
    • ArtCenter ranks #5 in PayScale’s 2016-17 College Salary Report for Best Undergraduate Art Schools

    Employment After Graduation

    Fiscal year 2017 figures13

    • 87.0%: Job Placement Rate for Classes of 2015 Bachelors (1-Year Out Graduates, 53.7% response rate)
    • 88.1%: Job Placement Rate for the Classes of 2015 Masters (1 Year Out Graduates, 60.0% response rate)
    • 89.2%: Percent of Classes of 2015 Bachelors that indicated that Post-Graduation Occupation was Somewhat or Very Related to their Program/Area of Study (of total respondents)
    • 87.1%: Percent of Classes of 2015 Masters that indicated that Post-Graduation Occupation was Somewhat or Very Related to their Program/Area of Study (of total respondents)

    Post Graduate Studies 14

    • Less than one percent of undergraduates who graduated between Jan 2015 and Dec 2015 indicated that they were subsequently enrolled fulltime in graduate level education within one year of graduation (53.7% response rate).

    Public Programs

    Calendar year 2016 figures

    • Year-round open enrollment programs for students of all ages. Courses offered at both campuses. Public Programs consists of four programs: Art Center at Night, Art Center for Teens, Art Center for Kids, and Art Center for Teachers.
    • Course Enrollment in Public Programs: 3,443
    • Many of the same faculty members teach in the College’s degree programs
    • Staff: 8
    • Total ACN faculty: 78
    • ACN-only faculty: 50
    • Faculty Shared with Degree Program: 28
    • Course tuition is individually priced
    • Typical tuition for one course in ACN $830, SH $300, KIDS $275, DBL $760
    • Scholarship applications: 466
    • Scholarships awarded: 234

    Galleries

    Calendar year 2016 figures

    • 10 Gallery and Exhibition Spaces
    • In Calendar Year, mounted 60 exhibitions
    • In Calendar Year, hosted 18,000 – 26,000 visitors

    Facilities

    2016-2017

    • Two campuses: Hillside and South
    • 162.66 acres
    • 231,709 net sq. feet of academic/instructional facilities

    Library

    January 2016 figures

    • Book volumes: 100,140
    • DVDs and other cinema: 11,416
    • Current periodical subscriptions: 425
    • Research, Image, Video, and Training Databases: 41
    • Gate count (i.e. Number of people who walk in the Library): 118,206
    • Research/Reference questions: 670
    • Reference consultations: 167
    • Instructional sessions: 56

    Undergraduates Students by Gender

    Fall 2016

    • Male: 48%
    • Female: 52%

    Graduate Students by Gender

    Fall 2016

    • Male: 56%
    • Female: 44%

    All Students by Gender

    Fall 2016

    • Male: 48%
    • Female: 52%

    Undergraduate Students by Ethnicity15

    Fall 2016

    • International: 29%
    • Hispanic/Latino: 12%
    • American Indian/Alaska Native: 0%
    • Asian: 35%
    • Black/African American: 1%
    • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 0%
    • Caucasian: 16%
    • Two or more races: 4%
    • Unknown/Undeclared: 1%

    Graduate Students by Ethnicity15

    Fall 2016

    • International: 56%
    • Hispanic/Latino: 5%
    • American Indian/Alaska Native: 0%
    • Asian: 9%
    • Black/African American: 2%
    • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 0%
    • Caucasian: 22%
    • Two or more races: 4%
    • Unknown/Undeclared: 2%

    All Students by Ethnicity15

    Fall 2016

    • International: 32%
    • Hispanic/Latino: 11%
    • American Indian/Alaska Native: 0%
    • Asian: 32%
    • Black/African American: 1%
    • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 0%
    • Caucasian: 17%
    • Two or more races: 4%
    • Unknown/Undeclared: 1%

    Faculty by Gender

    Fall 2016

    Full-Time

    • Male: 71%
    • Female: 29%

    Part-Time

    • Male: 71%
    • Female: 29%

    Faculty by Ethnicity15

    Fall 2016

    Full-Time

    • International: 3%
    • Hispanic/Latino: 7%
    • American Indian/Alaska Native: 0%
    • Asian: 10%
    • Black/African American: 2%
    • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 0%
    • Caucasian: 74%
    • Two or more races: 3%
    • Other/Unknown/Undeclared: 2%

    Part-Time

    • International: 2%
    • Hispanic/Latino: 9%
    • American Indian/Alaska Native: 0%
    • Asian: 12%
    • Black/African American: 2%
    • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 0%
    • Caucasian: 68%
    • Two or more races: 1%
    • Other/Unknown/Undeclared: 5%

    All Staff by Gender

    Fall 2016

    • Male: 50%
    • Female: 50%

    All Staff by Ethnicity15

    Fall 2016

    • International: 0%
    • Hispanic/Latino: 21%
    • American Indian/Alaska Native: 1%
    • Asian: 13%
    • Black/African American: 7%
    • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 0%
    • Caucasian: 54%
    • Two or more races: 1%
    • Other/Unknown/Undeclared: 3%
    • 1 Acceptance Rate = total accepted/total applications (not just completed, this differs from IPEDS).
    • 2 CY = Calendar Year.
    • 3 Data as reported to IPEDS. Differs from internal institutional reports.
    • 4 FTE = FT Headcount + (Total PT Credits/12).
    • 5 First-time freshmen + new transfers are coded according to IPEDS definitions.
    • 6 Part-time faculty who do not teach courses but who may serve as advisors in particular programs are included in count.
    • 7 This model historically uses Calendar Year 1/1-12/31.
    • 8 Student count with need/students receiving financial aid in Calendar Year.
    • 9 Students receiving aid/unduplicated enrollment count from IPEDS.
    • 10 Students receiving ACCD scholarship in Calendar Year/unduplicated enrollment count from IPEDS.
    • 11 Average scholarship received in Fall 2016 term.
    • 12 Pell Grant reported to IPEDS uses Fall 2015 data.
    • 13 Data from Annual Graduate Employment Survey distributed to 1-Year Out graduates (graduates from spring, summer, and fall 2015). Employment rates are calculated by graduates indicating a primary status of “Working full-time” or “Working part-time” one year post-graduation.
    • 14 Data from Annual Graduate Employment Survey distributed to 1-Year Out graduates (graduates from spring, summer, and fall 2015). Post-graduation studies rates are calculated by graduates indicating they were Enrolling in additional education one year after completing degree (not necessarily their primary status).
    • 15 All ethnicities reflect IPEDS definitions. .