Academy of Art University

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79 New Montgomery Street

San Francisco, CA 94105

Phone: (415) 274-2222
2012-2013 Tuition
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Academy of Art University is a proprietary institution that was founded in 1929. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 11,801 and its setting is urban. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Its tuition and fees are $23,240 (2012-13).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

The Academy of Art University prepares aspiring artists and designers for careers in the fields of art and design by delivering excellent undergraduate and professional degree and certificate programs. From its founding in 1929, the school's philosophy has been to hire established and practicing art and design professionals to teach future professionals. The Academy of Art University is located in the heart of San Francisco - a city that is ideal for emerging artists and designers. Additionally, taking advantage of today's technology, the Academy of Art University provides an opportunity to enroll in most of its degree programs online. Today the Academy of Art University is the largest private school of art and design in the United States.

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School type proprietary, coed college
Year founded 1929
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting urban
2012 Endowment N/A


When applying to Academy of Art University, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. The application fee at Academy of Art University is $100. It has an an acceptance rate of 100 percent.

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Selectivity N/A
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 100.0%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by N/A

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Academy of Art University is 19:1, and the school has 83.6 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Academy of Art University include: Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects; Fashion/Apparel Design; Cinematography and Film/Video Production; Illustration; and Interior Design. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 64 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 19:1
4-year graduation rate 3%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects 18%
Fashion/Apparel Design 15%
Cinematography and Film/Video Production 12%
Illustration 10%
Interior Design 9%

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Student Life

Academy of Art University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 11,801, with a gender distribution of 43.9 percent male students and 56.1 percent female students. At this school, 12 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 88 percent of students live off campus. Academy of Art University is part of the NCAA II athletic conference.

Total enrollment 17,871
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity N/A
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority N/A
Collegiate athletic association NCAA II

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Campus Info & Services

Academy of Art University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, and health insurance. Academy of Art University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Academy of Art University.

Students who have cars on campus N/A
Health insurance offered Yes

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Tuition and fees $23,240 (2012-13)
Room and board $13,400 (2012-13)
Financial aid statistics N/A

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