School of the Art Institute of Chicago

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School Overview

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.

School of the Art Institute of Chicago Highlights

School Information

Phone Number:(312) 629-6100
Website:www.saic.edu
Type of School:4-year, Private non-profit
Apply Online:https://www.commonapp.org/
Address:36 S Wabash, Chicago, IL 60603
Setting:Rural: Distant
Campus Housing:Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population:3,569
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's):54%
Student-to-faculty Ratio:10 to 1
Distance Learning Programs:Yes
Distance Learning Students*:3,489 (98% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered:Bachelor's, Master's

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition:$45,750
Out-of-state Tuition:$45,750
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid:85%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded:$16,691

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students

School of the Art Institute of Chicago Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Architecture and Related Services12
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs1
Education1
English Language and Literature/Letters11
Health Professions and Related Programs1
Visual and Performing Arts236
Grand total2512

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Online Programs & Distance Learning

See the distance education degree programs that are offered at School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Visual and Performing Arts1
Grand total1

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at School of the Art Institute of Chicago and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017
In-state$45,750
Out-of-state$45,750
Books and supplies$1,770

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017
In-state$48,240
Out-of-state$48,240

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2015-2016

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid48685%
Grant or scholarship aid48484%$16,691
Student loan aid23040%$9,607

All Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid2,57190%$13,393
Federal student loans1,12440%$8,233

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled School of the Art Institute of Chicago students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2017

TotalMaleFemale
Number of applicants5,2441,3183,926
Percent admitted100%50%63%
Percent admitted who enrolled12%10%12%

Admissions Considerations

RequiredRecommendedOptional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Recommendations
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

School of the Art Institute of Chicago Enrollment, Fall 2017

Total Enrollment3,569
Undergraduate enrollment2,848
Graduate enrollment721

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

School of the Art Institute of Chicago Accreditation

This institution is accredited by North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

Specialized institution accreditations:

    *General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. CollegeAtlas.org does 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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