Cornish College of the Arts

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1000 Lenora Street

Seattle, WA 98121

Phone: (206) 323-1400
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
male /
Aug. 15
application deadline

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Cornish College of the Arts is a private institution that was founded in 1914. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 788 and its setting is urban. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Its tuition and fees are $33,950 (2013-14).

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

The mission of Cornish College of the Arts is to provide students aspiring to become practicing artists with an educational program of the highest possible quality, in an environment that nurtures creativity and intellectual curiosity, while preparing them to contribute to society as artists, citizens, and innovators. Cornish College realizes this mission by offering baccalaureate studies in the performing and visual arts and by serving as a focal point in the community for public presentation, artistic criticism, participation and discussion of the arts. A pioneer in arts education, Cornish College of the Arts is committed to the cultivation of the individual student voice by stimulating experimentation and risk-taking while providing a rigorous grounding in professional technique. Cornish is dedicated to the development of artistic excellence, serves as a highly respected resource and effective catalyst in the arts community, and contributes to the vitality of the arts in contemporary society.

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School type private, coed college
Year founded 1914
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting urban
2012 Endowment $5,922,593


When applying to Cornish College of the Arts, it's important to note the application deadline is August 15. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 15. The application fee at Cornish College of the Arts is $40. It has an an acceptance rate of 62.5 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity N/A
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 62.5%
Application deadline August 15
SAT/ACT scores must be received by August 15

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Cornish College of the Arts is 8:1, and the school has 88.4 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Cornish College of the Arts include: Design and Visual Communications, General; Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General; Fine/Studio Arts, General; Music Performance, General; and Dance, General. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 66 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 8:1
4-year graduation rate 41%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Design and Visual Communications, General 23%
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 23%
Fine/Studio Arts, General 19%
Music Performance, General 16%
Dance, General 12%

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Student Life

Cornish College of the Arts has a total undergraduate enrollment of 788, with a gender distribution of 37.9 percent male students and 62.1 percent female students. At this school, 30 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 70 percent of students live off campus.

Total enrollment 791
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 N/A

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Campus Info & Services

Cornish College of the Arts 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). Of the students at Cornish College of the Arts, 13 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Cornish College of the Arts.

Students who have cars on campus 13%
Health insurance offered No

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Paying for School

At Cornish College of the Arts, 81.4 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $12,538.

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Tuition and fees $33,950 (2013-14)
Room and board $9,180 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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