Ringling College of Art and Design

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2700 N. Tamiami Trail

Sarasota, FL 34234-5895

Phone: (941) 351-5100
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Ringling College of Art and Design is a private institution that was founded in 1931. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,364, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 49 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Its tuition and fees are $36,624 (2013-14).

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For 82 years, Ringling College of Art and Design has been shattering the myth of the starving artist!(tm) Founded in 1931 by noted art collector, real estate magnate, and circus impresario John Ringling, the private, not-for-profit fully accredited college offers Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees (BFA) in 13 majors: Advertising Design, Computer Animation, Digital Filmmaking, General Fine Arts, Game Art & Design, Graphic Design, Interior Design, Illustration, Motion Design, Painting, Photography & Digital Imaging, Printmaking, and Sculpture; and a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in the Business of Art & Design.

The picturesque, pedestrian-friendly 48-acre campus includes 111 buildings, and nearly 1,400 students from 44 states, 53 countries, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Close to 65% of students reside on campus. International students make up 11% percent of the student body.

A better than 2.2:1 computer to student ratio makes Ringling one of the best and most innovative visual arts colleges in the world and a leader in technology education in the arts. U.S. News and World Report lauded Ringling as "The Most Wired Campus in the U.S." Thanks in large part to the generosity of an anonymous donor, entering first-year students receive a new Apple Macbook fully loaded with licensed software for use while they are enrolled.

With a long history of Student Academy Award winners - nine since 1998 - Computer Animation is consistently ranked among the top programs in the world. Alumnus and trustee Brandon Oldenburg won an Oscar(r) for "The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore" which named 17 Ringling College alumni and students in its credits. In 2013, Ringling alumni worked on Academy Award-winning films "Brave," "The Life of Pi" and "Paperman."

The Hollywood Reporter named Ringling as one of the top 25 film programs in the world in its inaugural "Best Film Schools" edition. In 2012, the College hosted two major film productions on campus, Director Harmony Korine's "Spring Breakers," and Anna Paquin's "Free Ride," which both included Ringling students as interns. And, in 2013, our Studio Lab welcomed filmmakers Sam Rockwell, Andie MacDowell, Aubrey Plaza, and Dylan McDermott to campus, and entertainer Marc Anthony as Commencement Speaker. This summer, the College launched its first annual feature film collaboration with The ASOLO Actors Conservatory/FSU, providing a new model for immersive film education.

Ringling College students and alumni are heavily recruited by a wide variety of outstanding organizations and are recognized for superior art and design talents in myriad of art and design competitions. Ringling claimed 80 2013 local ADDY(r) awards, including eight District GOLD ADDYs which will advance to the national competition. Four Ringling students won Society of Illustrators (SOI) scholarships and 33 works were accepted into the 2013 Scholarship Competition - the total 162 Ringling wins to date is more than any other art college in the country!

Aside from its degree program, Ringling College offers a number of exceptional opportunities for the community. Our Verman Kimbrough Memorial Library is possibly the finest art library in the entire southeastern U.S., the College's Selby Gallery brings professional art exhibitions to Sarasota, and Two Columns Gallery, Crossley Gallery and other venues both on-campus and off provide extraordinary experiences for the public to witness Ringling's emerging artists' work.

The College's Continuing Studies & Special Programs Office coordinates art lectures, workshops, community classes and travel programs, including overseeing the residential 4-week summer PreCollege program for high school students. Additional divisions of Ringling College include the Sarasota Museum of Art/SMOA, the Englewood Art Center, Longboat Key Center for the Arts, madeby Gallery, and the Center for Applied Creativity & Innovation.

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School type private, coed college
Year founded 1931
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting city
2012 Endowment $26,641,818


When applying to Ringling College of Art and Design, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. The application fee at Ringling College of Art and Design is $70. It has an an acceptance rate of 75 percent.

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Selectivity N/A
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 75.0%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by N/A

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Ringling College of Art and Design is 12:1, and the school has 72.5 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Ringling College of Art and Design include: Illustration; Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects; and Graphic Design. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 81.3 percent.

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Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 12:1
4-year graduation rate 53%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Illustration 31%
Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects 19%
Graphic Design 15%

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Student Life

Ringling College of Art and Design has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,364, with a gender distribution of 38.7 percent male students and 61.3 percent female students. At this school, 60 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 40 percent of students live off campus.

Total enrollment 1,364
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
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Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
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Collegiate athletic association N/A

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Campus Info & Services

Ringling College of Art and Design offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Ringling College of Art and Design 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). Of the students at Ringling College of Art and Design, 56 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Ringling College of Art and Design.

Students who have cars on campus 56%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Ringling College of Art and Design, 63.4 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $10,886.

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Tuition and fees $36,624 (2013-14)
Room and board $13,205 (2013-14)
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