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School of the Art Institute of Chicago

School of the Art Institute of Chicago is college with 2714 students located in Chicago, IL.

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Founded as the Chicago Academy of Design in 1866, its purpose was to provide a challenging education in the studio arts and exhibition opportunities for its students. The School incorporated as the Chicago Academy of Fine Art in 1879, and changed its name to the Art Institute of Chicago in 1882. The Museum and School moved into a building designed and built for the World's Columbian Exposition in 1893. Today the School is known as the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC).

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Student Body

Total Undergraduates 2,714
Gender 30% Male / 70% Female
Enrollment Breakdown 91% Full Time / 9% Part Time
Geography 38% In State / 62% Out of State / 21% International
Socio-Economic Diversity 21% 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
Percentage
White 51%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0%
Multi-racial 2%
International 22%
Hispanic/Latino 6%
Ethnicity Unknown 2%
Black or African American 4%
Asian 12%
American Indian or Alaska Native 1%

Activities

Student Publications: F Newsmagazine

  • Dance
  • Government or Political Activity
  • International Student Organization
  • Literary Magazine
  • Radio Station
  • Student Newspaper
  • Television Station
  • Drama/Theater
  • Student-Run Film Society
  • Campus Ministries

Student Services

  • Academic Support Services: learning center pre-admission summer program reduced course load remedial instruction study skills assistance tutoring
  • Computer Services: computer center, dorms, libraries dorms wired for access to campus-wide network dorms wired for high speed internet connections student web hosting available wireless network available computer repair service available on campus
  • Counseling Services: alcohol/substance abuse counseling career counseling employment services for undergraduates financial aid counseling health services minority students services personal counseling veteran's counselor
  • Facilities: art collection, film center, video data bank, poetry center, art galleries, fashion resource center, artists' book collection, roger brown house museum and study collection
  • Special Needs Services: services and/or facilities for hearing impaired partial services for students with learning disabilities services and/or facilities for speech or communications disorders services and/or facilities for visually impaired wheelchair accessibility
  • Specialty Programs (ROTC, Accelerated Programs, Professional Development, etc.): cooperative education double major english as a second language (esl) visiting/exchange student program independent study internships student-designed major teacher certification cross-registration
  • Transfer In Services
  • Transfer Out Services

Academics

Academics

Popular Majors

Fine/Studio Arts (92%), Visual and Performing Arts (2%), Interior Architecture (1%), Creative Writing (1%), Art History, Criticism and Conservation (1%), Art Teacher Education (0%)

Majors Offered

Bachelor's

A program that focuses on the study of the historical development of art as social and intellectual phenomenon, the analysis of works of art, and art conservation. Includes instruction in the theory of art, art history research methods, connoisseurship, the preservation and conservation of works of art, and the study of specific periods, cultures, styles, and themes.

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.
Archivists
Appraise, edit, and direct safekeeping of permanent records and historically valuable documents. Participate in research activities based on archival materials.
Curators
Administer collections, such as artwork, collectibles, historic items, or scientific specimens of museums or other institutions. May conduct instructional, research, or public service activities of institution.
Museum Technicians and Conservators
Restore, maintain, or prepare objects in museum collections for storage, research, or exhibit. May work with specimens such as fossils, skeletal parts, or botanicals; or artifacts, textiles, or art. May identify and record objects or install and arrange them in exhibits. Includes book or document conservators.

A program that focuses on the process and techniques of original composition in various literary forms such as the short story, poetry, the novel, and others. Includes instruction in technical and editorial skills, criticism, and the marketing of finished manuscripts.

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English Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in English language and literature, including linguistics and comparative literature. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Postsecondary Teachers, All Other
All postsecondary teachers not listed separately.
Editors
Plan, coordinate, or edit content of material for publication. May review proposals and drafts for possible publication. Includes technical editors.
Writers and Authors
Originate and prepare written material, such as scripts, stories, advertisements, and other material.

Any instructional program in design and applied arts not listed above.

A program that prepares individuals to generally function as creative artists in the visual and plastic media. Includes instruction in the traditional fine arts media (drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, CAD/CAM) and/or modern media (ceramics, textiles, intermedia, photography, digital images), theory of art, color theory, composition and perspective, anatomy, the techniques and procedures for maintaining equipment and managing a studio, and art portfolio marketing.

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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.
Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators
Create original artwork using any of a wide variety of media and techniques.
Artists and Related Workers, All Other
All artists and related workers not listed separately.

A program that prepares individuals to apply architectural principles in the design of structural interiors for living, recreational, and business purposes and to function as professional interior architects. Includes instruction in architecture, structural systems design, heating and cooling systems, occupational and safety standards, interior design, specific end-use applications, and professional responsibilities and standards.

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Architectural and Engineering Managers
Plan, direct, or coordinate activities in such fields as architecture and engineering or research and development in these fields.
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.
Interior Designers
Plan, design, and furnish interiors of residential, commercial, or industrial buildings. Formulate design which is practical, aesthetic, and conducive to intended purposes, such as raising productivity, selling merchandise, or improving life style. May specialize in a particular field, style, or phase of interior design.

A general, undifferentiated program that focuses on the visual and performing arts and that may prepare individuals in any of the visual artistic media or performing disciplines.

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.
Craft Artists
Create or reproduce hand-made objects for sale and exhibition using a variety of techniques, such as welding, weaving, pottery, and needlecraft.
Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators
Create original artwork using any of a wide variety of media and techniques.
Artists and Related Workers, All Other
All artists and related workers not listed separately.
Photographers
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.

Bachelor's

A program that prepares individuals to teach art and art appreciation programs at various educational levels.

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Education Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses pertaining to education, such as counseling, curriculum, guidance, instruction, teacher education, and teaching English as a second language. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
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.
Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education
Teach students in one or more subjects in public or private schools at the middle, intermediate, or junior high level, which falls between elementary and senior high school as defined by applicable laws and regulations.
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education
Teach students in one or more subjects, such as English, mathematics, or social studies at the secondary level in public or private schools. May be designated according to subject matter specialty.

Administration & Faculty

President Walter Massey
Accredited by National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation
Accredited by North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
Full-time Faculty 152
Student : Faculty Ratio 11 : 1
Faculty Gender (% Male : Female) 57 : 42
Percentage of Faculty Members
Tenured Faculty 73
Tenure Track Faculty 21
Non-Tenure Track Faculty 5
International Faculty 2

Admissions

Admissions

Selectivity

Acceptance Rate: 71.8% accepted of 3,782 applications

25th - 75th Percentile
ACTComposite18 - 28
English20 - 31
Math19 - 30
Writing7 - 8
 
SATMath450 - 670
Writing450 - 670

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Level Of Applicants Interest, Character Personal Qualities, Talent Ability, Standardized Test Scores, Rigor Of Secondary School Record, Application Essay, Recommendations

Important: Extracurricular Activities, Academic GPA, Class Rank, First Generation College Student, Racial Ethnic Status, Volunteer Work

Also Considered: Alumni Relation, Work Experience, State Residency, Interview, Geographical Residence

Other Application Information: SAT or ACT

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Finance

Finance

Average Net Tuition

The average student pays $43,489 for tuition, fees, and other expenses, after grants and scholarships.

Household Income Real Cost
$0-$30K $35,840
$30K-$48K $36,214
$48K-$75K $39,114
$75K-$110K $40,441
$110K+ $42,121

Sticker Price

Total stated tuition is $39,810, in-state and on-campus, before financial aid.

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $39,810 Same as On-Campus
Fees $775 Same as On-Campus
Housing $14,190 $9,240
Books $1,740 $1,740
Total (before financial aid) $56,515 $51,565

Students Receiving Aid

99% of students receive some form of financial aid.

Undergrads Receiving Aid Average Aid Amount
Federal Loans 41% $6,681
Federal Scholarships/Grants 21% $4,741
Institutional Grants 99% $11,099
Other Federal Grants 2% $3,857
Other Loans 5% $24,810
Pell Grants 21% $4,349
State and Local Scholarships/Grants 7% $4,711
Student Loans 41% $9,494

Financial Aid Websites

Learn more about financial aid at http://www.saic.edu/life/financial/financial_aid.

Estimate the net price for you at http://saic.studentaidcalculator.com/survey.aspx.

Alumni and Outcomes

Alumni and Outcomes

Graduation Rates

31% of students graduated on time.

54% of students graduated in six years.

82% of full time students continued studying at this school after freshman year.

Salaries

The typical (median) early career salary of School of the Art Institute of Chicago graduates is $35,900, according to Payscale.

Rankings

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#724 Starting Median Salary Rankings

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#162 The Best and Worst College Cities and Towns in America
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