School of Visual Arts

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209 E. 23rd Street

New York, NY 10010-3994

Phone: (212) 592-2000
2013-2014 Tuition
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School of Visual Arts is a proprietary institution that was founded in 1947. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 3,672 and its setting is urban. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Its tuition and fees are $32,270 (2013-14).

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

The School of Visual Arts, located in New York City, is one of the largest independent regionally accredited colleges of art in the United States. One aspect that distinguishes SVA from other colleges is the size and professional standing of its faculty. More than 900 working professionals, representing an array of fields in the fine and applied arts, share their talents and experiences as members of the SVA faculty. Each faculty member is committed to the professional art world as well as to teaching the next generation of artists. To ensure that students are well prepared for the challenges they will face in life and art, the SVA faculty includes 250 scholars, authors, critics, and historians teaching art history and humanities courses.

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School type proprietary, coed college
Year founded 1947
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting urban
2012 Endowment N/A


When applying to School of Visual Arts, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling, and the early action deadline is December 1. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due February 1. The application fee at School of Visual Arts is $50. It has an an acceptance rate of 74.9 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 74.9%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by February 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at School of Visual Arts is 9:1, and the school has 75.3 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at School of Visual Arts include: Interior Design; Illustration; Photography; Film/Video and Photographic Arts, Other; and Fine/Studio Arts, General. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 80.8 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 9:1
4-year graduation rate 59%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Interior Design 23%
Illustration 16%
Photography 14%
Film/Video and Photographic Arts, Other 13%
Fine/Studio Arts, General 10%

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Student Life

School of Visual Arts has a total undergraduate enrollment of 3,672, with a gender distribution of 39.4 percent male students and 60.6 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 4,323
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association N/A

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Campus Info & Services

School of Visual Arts offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, health service, and health insurance. School of Visual Arts also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, 24-hour emergency telephones, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at School of Visual Arts.

Students who have cars on campus 0%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At School of Visual Arts, 50.4 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $10,782.

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Tuition and fees $32,270 (2013-14)
Room and board $16,800 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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