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) 629-6118
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: City: Large
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 3,639
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 66%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 11 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 3,639 (100% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Bachelor's, Master's

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $49,310
Out-of-state Tuition: $49,310
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 91%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $16,495

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

School of the Art Institute of Chicago Programs

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

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Architecture and Related Services 12
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 1
Education 1
English Language and Literature/Letters 11
Health Professions and Related Programs 1
Visual and Performing Arts 236
Grand total 2512

* Based on programs that produced 2018-2019 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 Fees 2018-2019
In-state $49,310
Out-of-state $49,310
Books and supplies $1,770

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2018-2019
In-state $50,870
Out-of-state $50,870

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2017-2018

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 591 91%
Grant or scholarship aid 588 91% $16,495
Student loan aid 292 45% $8,843

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 2,525 87% $15,564
Federal student loans 1,119 39% $7,683

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 2019

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 5,993 1,434 4,559
Percent admitted 100% 54% 60%
Percent admitted who enrolled 11% 11% 10%

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
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 2019

Total Enrollment 3,639
Undergraduate enrollment 2,893
Graduate enrollment 746

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 National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation
    • Art and Design (ART) - Degree-granting schools and departments and non-degree-granting programs

*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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