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School of the Art Institute of Chicago

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago is an independent art and design school located in Chicago, Illinois. Also known as SAIC, it is affiliated with, and often shares names with, the Art Institute of Chicago museum. SAIC offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in a wide range of artistic disciplines, as well as architecture and design.

SAIC is one of the nation’s largest independent art schools. It is also one of the most historically influential, according to a survey published in the National Arts Journal at Columbia University. U.S. News & World Report named the graduate art program one of the two best in the country.

SAIC is accredited by a number of organizations, including the National Architectural Accrediting Board and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, of which SAIC is a charter member.

General Information

Admission Office
36 South Wabash Avenue
Chicago, IL 60603
(312) 629-6100
(800) 232-7242
Fax: (312) 629-6101
admiss@saic.edu
Contact: Scott Ramon
Director, Undergraduate Admissions
Main Address
36 South Wabash Avenue
Chicago, IL 60603
(312) 899-5100
www.saic.edu
Size
Total undergrads: 2,442
First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 449
Degree-seeking undergrads: 2,359
Graduate enrollment: 631

Setting
Urban setting
Very large city (over 500,000)
Commuter campus
Degrees offered:
Bachelor’s
Master’s

Admissions Information

Application Fee
College has an application fee: Yes
Regular application fee: $65
Online application fee: $65
Enrollment Rates
Percent applicants admitted: 81%
Percent students who return sophomore year: 74%

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Expenses for Academic Year 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
Tuition and fees $31,220 $33,040 $34,770 $36,150 +3.97%
Books and Supplies $2,500 $2,560 $2,660 $2,740 +3.01%
Living Arrangement – On Campus
Room and Board $11,360 $11,720 $12,100 $13,500 +11.57%
Other $2,250 $2,310 $2,470 $2,700 +9.31%
Living Arrangement – Off Campus
Room and Board $7,220 $7,400 $7,700 $8,920 +15.84%
Other $2,250 $2,310 $2,470 $2,700 +9.31%
Total Expenses 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
In-state On Campus $47,330 $49,630 $52,000 $55,090 +5.94%
In-state Off Campus $43,190 $45,310 $47,600 $50,510 +6.11%
In-state with Family $33,720 $35,600 $37,430 $38,890 +3.90%
Average Graduate Student Tuition & Fees
Tuition for In-state Students $37,740
In-state Student Fees $390
Tuition for Out-of-state Students $37,740
Out-of-state Fees $390

Financial Aid

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
All students financial aid 360 80%
Grant or scholarship aid 350 78% $3,475,389 $9,930
• Federal grants 88 20% $410,686 $4,667
• Pell grants 88 20% $299,761 $3,406
• Other federal grants 43 10% $110,925 $2,580
State/local government grant or scholarships 28 6% $122,409 $4,372
Institutional grants or scholarships 350 78% $2,942,294 $8,407
Student loan aid 211 47% $1,227,455 $5,817
• Federal student loans 211 47% $1,227,455 $5,817
• Other student loans 0 0% $0

All Degrees and Programs

Program Completions for Most Recent Year BA/BS MA/MS Doctor AA/AS CERT
Total of All Education Programs 456 230 33
Architecture and Related Services 11 11
Architecture 8
Interior Architecture 11 3
Communication and Journalism Programs 3
Journalism, Other 3
Education 8 15
Art Teacher Education 8 15
English Language, Composition and Literature/Letters 9 27
Creative Writing 9 27
Health Services and Allied Health Sciences 23
Art Therapy/Therapist 23
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies
Historic Preservation and Conservation
Visual and Performing Arts 428 151 33
Art History, Criticism and Conservation 11 20
Design and Applied Arts, Other 9
Fashion/Apparel Design 10
Fine and Studio Arts Management 19
Fine/Studio Arts 409 97 23
Industrial and Product Design
Visual and Performing Arts 8 6

Above data represent first majors only.

(-) Indicates that program is not offered at this award level.


Undergraduate Majors

Architecture & Related Programs
Interior Architecture B

Arts, Visual & Performing
Art – General B
Art History/Criticism/Conservation B
Art and Technology Studies B
Arts – General B
Ceramics B
Design/Visual Communications B
Designed Objects B
Digital Art B
Drawing B
Fashion Design B
Fiber/Textile/Weaving Arts B
Film Production/Cinematography B
Fine/Studio Arts B
Graphic Design B
Industrial Design B
Interior Design B
Multimedia B
Painting B
Photography B
Printmaking B
Sculpture B
Sound B

Communications & Journalism
Digital Communications/Multimedia B

Communications Technologies
Animation/Special Effects B
Desktop Publishing B
Graphic Communications B
Photographic/Film Technology B
Recording Arts Technology B

Education
Art Teacher Education B

English Language & Literature
Creative Writing B

Liberal Arts & Sciences
Visual and Critical Studies B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.


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