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Cornish College of the Arts

"Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle offers some of the best art, dance, and performance programs in the Pacific Northwest. The Cornish campus "consists of two campus sites within a few blocks of each other." We're not sure which one Hollywood hunk Brendan Fraser favored."

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"Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle offers some of the best art, dance, and performance programs in the Pacific Northwest. The Cornish campus "consists of two campus sites within a few blocks of each other." We're not sure which one Hollywood hunk Brendan Fraser favored."

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Cornish College of the Arts is an exhilarating place to be. One of only three private, nonprofit performing and visual arts colleges in the nation, Cornish offers a distinctive blend of visual and performing arts grounded in a core curriculum of humanities and sciences.

Cornish is a four-year college offering a Bachelor of Music degree and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in art, dance, design, music, performance production and theater. We encourage students to exchange ideas, experiment and find their unique artistic voices and share them with us in ways both innovative and traditional.

We are a small college with 800 students in degree programs and another 150 in preparatory classes. We are accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. 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 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.

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Student Life

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Student Body

Total Undergraduates 775
Gender 35% Male / 65% Female
Enrollment Breakdown 97% Full Time / 3% Part Time
Geography 54% In State / 46% Out of State / 2% International
Socio-Economic Diversity 35% 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 67%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 1%
Multi-racial 6%
International 3%
Hispanic/Latino 8%
Ethnicity Unknown 6%
Black or African American 3%
Asian 6%
American Indian or Alaska Native 1%

Housing

Campus housing is available for undergraduates. Housing deposit : $300.00. Housing deposit due : Jul 25. Freshman allowed to have car. No pets.

12% of students live on-campus.

62% of freshman live on-campus.

  • Coed Dorms
  • Housing Offered

Activities

  • Dance
  • Government or Political Activity
  • International Student Organization
  • Literary Magazine
  • Radio Station
  • Choral Groups
  • Concert Band
  • Jazz Band
  • Musical Theater
  • Music Ensembles
  • Opera
  • Drama/Theater
  • Student-Run Film Society

Student Services

  • Academic Support Services: remedial instruction tutoring study skills assistance writing center
  • Computer Services: computer center, libraries, student center wireless network available dorms wired for access to campus-wide network dorms wired for high speed internet connections
  • Counseling Services: career counseling employment services for undergraduates personal counseling placement services for graduates adult (re-entering) student services/programs financial aid counseling alcohol/substance abuse counseling
  • Facilities
  • Special Needs Services: partial services for students with learning disabilities services and/or facilities for visually impaired wheelchair accessibility
  • Specialty Programs (ROTC, Accelerated Programs, Professional Development, etc.): internships independent study visiting/exchange student program
  • Transfer In Services
  • Transfer Out Services

Academics

Academics

Popular Majors

Fine/Studio Arts (25%), Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts (22%), Design and Visual Communications (21%), Music Performance (13%), Dance (12%), Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology (4%)

Majors Offered

Bachelor's

A general program that prepares individuals to express ideas, feelings, and/or inner visions through the performance of one or more of the dance disciplines, including but not limited to ballet, modern, jazz, ethnic, and folk dance, and that focuses on the study and analysis of dance as a cultural phenomenon. Includes instruction in technique, choreography, Laban notation, dance history and criticism, and dance production.

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.
Dancers
Perform dances. May perform on stage, for on-air broadcasting, or for video recording.
Choreographers
Create new dance routines. Rehearse performance of routines. May direct and stage presentations.

A program in the applied visual arts that focuses on the general principles and techniques for effectively communicating ideas and information, and packaging products, in digital and other formats to business and consumer audiences, and that may prepare individuals in any of the applied art media.

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.
Commercial and Industrial Designers
Develop and design manufactured products, such as cars, home appliances, and children's toys. Combine artistic talent with research on product use, marketing, and materials to create the most functional and appealing product design.
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.
Set and Exhibit Designers
Design special exhibits and movie, television, and theater sets. May study scripts, confer with directors, and conduct research to determine appropriate architectural styles.
Designers, All Other
All designers not listed separately.

A program that focuses on the general study of dramatic works and their performance. Includes instruction in major works of dramatic literature, dramatic styles and types, and the principles of organizing and producing full live or filmed productions.

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.
Actors
Play parts in stage, television, radio, video, motion picture productions, or other settings for entertainment, information, or instruction. Interpret serious or comic role by speech, gesture, and body movement to entertain or inform audience. May dance and sing.
Producers and Directors
Produce or direct stage, television, radio, video, or motion picture productions for entertainment, information, or instruction. Responsible for creative decisions, such as interpretation of script, choice of actors or guests, set design, sound, special effects, and choreography.
Entertainers and Performers, Sports and Related Workers, All Other
All entertainers and performers, sports and related workers not listed separately.

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.

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.
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 generally prepares individuals to master musical instruments and performing art as solo and/or ensemble performers. Includes instruction on one or more specific instruments from various instrumental groupings.

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.
Music Directors and Composers
Conduct, direct, plan, and lead instrumental or vocal performances by musical groups, such as orchestras, bands, choirs, and glee clubs. Includes arrangers, composers, choral directors, and orchestrators.
Musicians and Singers
Play one or more musical instruments or sing. May perform on stage, for on-air broadcasting, or for sound or video recording.

A program that prepares individuals to apply artistic, technical and dramatic principles and techniques to the communication of dramatic information, ideas, moods, and feelings through technical theatre methods. Includes instruction in set design, lighting design, sound effects, theatre acoustics, scene painting, property management, costume design, and technical direction and production and use of computer applications to support these functions.

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.
Set and Exhibit Designers
Design special exhibits and movie, television, and theater sets. May study scripts, confer with directors, and conduct research to determine appropriate architectural styles.

Administration & Faculty

President Dr. Nancy J. Uscher
Accredited by Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
Full-time Faculty 56
Student : Faculty Ratio 8 : 1
Faculty Gender (% Male : Female) 46 : 53
Percentage of Faculty Members
Non-Tenure Track Faculty 100

AP Test Credit Information

Test Name Minimum Score Equivalent Course (s) Credits
AP Art History 3.0 Visual Art History I 3.0
AP Art History 5.0 Visual Art History I & II 6.0
AP Biology 3.0 Humanities and Sciences Electives OR Science 3.0
AP Calculus AB 3.0 Humanities and Sciences Electives OR Science 3.0
AP Calculus BC 3.0 Humanities and Sciences Electives OR Science 3.0
AP Chemistry 3.0 Humanities and Sciences Electives OR Science 3.0
AP Chinese Language and Culture 3.0 Humanities and Science Electives 3.0
AP Comparative Government and Politics 3.0 Humanities and Social Science 3.0
AP Computer Science A 3.0 Humanities and Sciences Electives OR Science 3.0
AP English Language and Composition 3.0 English Composition 3.0
AP English Language and Composition 5.0 English Composition 6.0
AP English Literature and Composition 3.0 English Composition OR Literature 3.0
AP English Literature and Composition 5.0 English Composition Literature 6.0
AP European History 3.0 Humanities and Sciences Electives 3.0
AP French Language and Culture 3.0 Humanities and Sciences Electives 3.0
AP German Language and Culture 3.0 Humanities and Sciences Electives 3.0
AP Human Geography 3.0 Humanities and Sciences Social Science 3.0
AP Italian Language and Culture 3.0 Humanities and Sciences Electives 3.0
AP Latin 3.0 Humanities and Sciences Electives 3.0
AP Macroeconomics 3.0 Social Science Electives 3.0
AP Microeconomics 3.0 Social Sciences Electives 3.0
AP Music Theory 3.0 N/A Pass / No Credit
AP Physics B 3.0 Humanities and Sciences Electives OR Science 3.0
AP Psychology 3.0 Humanities and Social Science Electives 3.0
AP Spanish Language and Culture 3.0 Humanities and Sciences Electives 3.0
AP Statistics 3.0 Humanities and Sciences Science 3.0
AP United States Government and Politics 3.0 Social Science Electives 3.0
AP United States History 3.0 Humanities and Sciences Electives 3.0
AP World History 3.0 Humanities and Sciences Electives 3.0

Admissions

Admissions

Selectivity

Acceptance Rate: 59.2% accepted of 1,445 applications

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Talent Ability

Important: Application Essay, Rigor Of Secondary School Record

Also Considered: Character Personal Qualities, Extracurricular Activities, Recommendations, Standardized Test Scores

High School Curriculum (years of study):
Required Recommended
English 4 0
Math 2 4
Science 2 4
Science Lab 1 0
Social Studies 3 0
Foreign Language 0 2

Other Application Information: SAT or ACT

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Finance

Finance

Average Net Tuition

The average student pays $33,382 for tuition, fees, and other expenses, after grants and scholarships.

Household Income Real Cost
$0-$30K $31,163
$30K-$48K $38,051
$48K-$75K $39,089
$75K-$110K $40,014

Sticker Price

Total stated tuition is $33,550, in-state and on-campus, before financial aid.

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $33,550 Same as On-Campus
Fees $400 Same as On-Campus
Housing $9,820 $9,180
Books $1,800 $1,800
Total (before financial aid) $45,570 $44,930

Students Receiving Aid

98% of students receive some form of financial aid.

Undergrads Receiving Aid Average Aid Amount
Federal Loans 79% $6,309
Federal Scholarships/Grants 35% $5,011
Institutional Grants 98% $8,771
Other Federal Grants 13% $1,000
Other Loans 9% $12,561
Pell Grants 35% $4,647
State and Local Scholarships/Grants 17% $8,182
Student Loans 79% $7,751

Financial Aid Websites

Learn more about financial aid at http://www.cornish.edu/finaid/.

Estimate the net price for you at http://arts.cornish.edu/student_life/financial_resources/student_accounts/tuitioncalc.php.

Alumni and Outcomes

Alumni and Outcomes

Graduation Rates

43% of students graduated on time.

46% of students graduated in six years.

78% of full time students continued studying at this school after freshman year.

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