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Newschool of Architecture and Design

Newschool of Architecture and Design is college with 375 students located in San Diego, CA.

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In 1980, the late Richard Welsh founded NewSchool of Architecture in a small industrial building in Chula Vista, Calif. Welsh had a vision: a superb professional education program that culminated with the Bachelor of Architecture degree.

Change and growth came quickly. In 1988, NewSchool of Architecture relocated to central downtown San Diego and, in 1989, Bislin Education Corp. (a wholly owned subsidiary of Futures in Education, Inc.) purchased the school. Soon after, more architecture degree programs were added: the Associate of Arts, the Master of Architecture, and the Master of Science in Architecture. In 2001, ForeFront Education, Inc., acquired the school and changed its name to NewSchool of Architecture and Design. From its earliest days, NSAD offered an evening class structure to accommodate a large number of working students. In 1991, the year NSAD was institutionally accredited, students became eligible for federal financial aid programs. There became less fiscal need for evening classes--but by this time a tradition had been established. Many mid-career professionals interested in changing vocations were attracted to the afternoon and evening schedules available for NSAD's architecture degree programs, which remain a top draw today.

In July 2008, NSAD was acquired by Laureate Education, Inc., a global network of 55 accredited campus-based and online universities offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs to more than half a million students around the world. NSAD's highly regarded architecture and design programs complement Laureate's global network of higher education institutions. By carrying on the proud tradition of Richard Welsh, the professional faculty at NSAD have developed degree programs in architecture and other rewarding fields, giving you the opportunity to grow creativity and professionally. Apply online, and begin your journey in architecture and design at NSAD.

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Student Body

Total Undergraduates 375
Gender 74% Male / 26% Female
Enrollment Breakdown 90% Full Time / 10% Part Time
Geography 11% International
Socio-Economic Diversity 56% of students received Pell Grants, which are provided by the U.S. government to students from middle and lower income families. It gives you an idea of a school’s socio-economic diversity.
Ethnic Diversity
White 28%
Multi-racial 3%
International 12%
Hispanic/Latino 28%
Ethnicity Unknown 17%
Black or African American 2%
Asian 11%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%


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  • Academic Support Services: tutoring
  • Counseling Services: career counseling employment services for undergraduates placement services for graduates financial aid counseling
  • Facilities: materials lab
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Popular Majors

Architecture (91%), Construction Management (5%), Digital Arts (3%)

Majors Offered


A program that prepares individuals for the independent professional practice of architecture and to conduct research in various aspects of the field. Includes instruction in architectural design, history, and theory; building structures and environmental systems; project and site planning; construction; professional responsibilities and standards; and related cultural, social, economic, and environmental issues.

Job Opportunities:

Architectural and Engineering Managers
Plan, direct, or coordinate activities in such fields as architecture and engineering or research and development in these fields.
Architects, Except Landscape and Naval
Plan and design structures, such as private residences, office buildings, theaters, factories, and other structural property.
Architecture Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in architecture and architectural design, such as architectural environmental design, interior architecture/design, and landscape architecture. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

A general, undifferentiated program that focuses on the use of computerized digital images as the primary medium of expression in the visual and performing arts, and that may prepare individuals for a wide variety of careers using new media, including graphic design, digital animation, motion graphics, 3D visualization, game and interactive media design, music and sound design, video production, web design, photography, and other fields.

Job Opportunities:

Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in drama, music, and the arts including fine and applied art, such as painting and sculpture, or design and crafts. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Art Directors
Formulate design concepts and presentation approaches for visual communications media, such as print, broadcasting, and advertising. Direct workers engaged in art work or layout design.
Multimedia Artists and Animators
Create special effects, animation, or other visual images using film, video, computers, or other electronic tools and media for use in products or creations, such as computer games, movies, music videos, and commercials.
Artists and Related Workers, All Other
All artists and related workers not listed separately.
Graphic Designers
Design or create graphics to meet specific commercial or promotional needs, such as packaging, displays, or logos. May use a variety of mediums to achieve artistic or decorative effects.
Photograph people, landscapes, merchandise, or other subjects, using digital or film cameras and equipment. May develop negatives or use computer software to produce finished images and prints. Includes scientific photographers, aerial photographers, and photojournalists.


A program that prepares individuals to manage, coordinate, and supervise the construction process from concept development through project completion on timely and economic bases. Includes instruction in commercial, residential, mechanical, highway/heavy civil, electrical, environmental, industrial, and specialty construction; facilities management; project planning; budgeting and cost control; logistics and materials management; personnel management and labor relations; site safety; construction contracting; construction processes and techniques; organization and scheduling; and applicable codes and regulations.

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Construction Managers
Plan, direct, or coordinate, usually through subordinate supervisory personnel, activities concerned with the construction and maintenance of structures, facilities, and systems. Participate in the conceptual development of a construction project and oversee its organization, scheduling, budgeting, and implementation. Includes managers in specialized construction fields, such as carpentry or plumbing.

Administration & Faculty

President Steve Altman
Interim President Vivian Sanchez
Accredited by Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities
Full-time Faculty 23
Student : Faculty Ratio 9 : 1
Faculty Gender (% Male : Female) 65 : 34
Percentage of Faculty Members
Non-Tenure Track Faculty 100




Acceptance Rate: 79.5% accepted of 39 applications

Admission Considerations

Important: Recommendations, Application Essay

Also Considered: Work Experience, Level Of Applicants Interest, Standardized Test Scores, Academic GPA, Alumni Relation, Extracurricular Activities, First Generation College Student

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Average Net Tuition

The average student pays $36,617 for tuition, fees, and other expenses, after grants and scholarships.

Household Income Real Cost
$0-$30K $31,693
$30K-$48K $36,957
$75K-$110K $34,980
$110K+ $43,557

Sticker Price

Total stated tuition is $24,086, in-state and on-campus, before financial aid.

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $24,086 Same as On-Campus
Fees $450 Same as On-Campus
Housing N/A $13,671
Books $2,775 $2,775
Total (before financial aid) $27,311 $40,982

Students Receiving Aid

88% of students receive some form of financial aid.

Undergrads Receiving Aid Average Aid Amount
Federal Loans 81% $5,127
Federal Scholarships/Grants 56% $4,252
Institutional Grants 81% $4,019
Other Federal Grants 25% $698
Pell Grants 56% $3,942
State and Local Scholarships/Grants 31% $6,025
Student Loans 81% $5,127

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Graduation Rates

10% of students graduated on time.

35% of students graduated in six years.

50% of full time students continued studying at this school after freshman year.



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