School of Visual Arts

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School of Visual Arts has been a leader in the education of artists, designers and creative professionals for more than seven decades. With a faculty of distinguished working professionals, a dynamic curriculum and an emphasis on critical thinking, SVA is a catalyst for innovation and social responsibility. Comprising 6,000 students at its Manhattan campus and 39,000 alumni in 128 countries, SVA also represents one of the most influential artistic communities in the world. For more information about the College’s 31 undergraduate and graduate degree programs and Continuing Education division, visit

Data required by the U.S. Department of Education on “gainful employment” for each of the above programs may be found on the individual program pages at

The School of Visual Arts is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, 215.662.5606. The Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council on Higher Education Accreditation.

The School of Visual Arts is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (

School of Visual Arts Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (212) 592-2000
Type of School: 4-year, Private for-profit
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Address: 209 E 23rd St, New York, NY 10010
Setting: City: Large
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 4,562
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 64%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 7 to 1
Distance Learning Programs:
Distance Learning Students*: 4,562 (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: $41,900
Out-of-state Tuition: $41,900
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 62%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $16,138

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

School of Visual Arts Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at School of Visual Arts.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 11
Communications Technologies/Technicians and Support Services 1
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 21
Education 1
Health Professions and Related Programs 1
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 3
Visual and Performing Arts 69
Grand total 1016

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at School of Visual Arts 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 2019-2020
In-state $41,900
Out-of-state $41,900
Books and supplies $1,868

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $46,940
Out-of-state $46,940

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 549 62%
Grant or scholarship aid 515 58% $16,138
Student loan aid 278 32% $10,206

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 1,872 50% $15,133
Federal student loans 1,215 33% $6,951

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for School of Visual Arts. 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 Visual Arts students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2020

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 4,261 1,168 3,093
Percent admitted 100% 62% 75%
Percent admitted who enrolled 23% 21% 23%

Admissions Considerations

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

School of Visual Arts Enrollment, Fall 2020

Total Enrollment 4,562
Undergraduate enrollment 3,872
Graduate enrollment 690

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 Visual Arts 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
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
    • Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools

*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. 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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