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School of the Art Institute of Chicago

605 reviews
  1. Chicago, IL
  2. 4 Year
B-
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Value
    D+
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    A-
  5. Athletics
    NG
  6. Party Scene
    A-
  7. Professors
    B
  8. Location
    A
  9. Dorms
    A-
  10. Campus Food
    B+
  11. Student Life
    A-
  12. Safety
    B+
School of the Art Institute of Chicago is ...
Private not-for-profit
Athletic Division
Data not available
Athletic Conference
Data not available
Address
36 S Wabash
Chicago, IL 60603
Website

School of the Art Institute of Chicago Rankings

Niche ranks over 1,000 colleges based on more than 50 statistics and nearly 12 million opinions from college students.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
69%
SAT Range
Data not available
ACT Range
18-28
Application Fee
$65
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Neither required nor recommended
Application Website

Cost

Net Price
$45,587/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $37,018/ year
  • $30-48k
    $39,102/ year
  • $49-75k
    $40,438/ year
  • $76-110k
    $44,051/ year
  • $110k+
    $44,468/ year

Academics

Professors
B
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
9:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
88%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.25 responses
52%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.27 responses
46%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.26 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
2,602Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
9%
Pell Grant
18%
Varsity Athletes
Data not available
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 16 responses
  • Some are pretentious, but the art makes up for it.
    19%
  • So unique they're not unique anymore
    19%
  • Unique and creative
    31%
  • Variable
    13%
  • Weird
    19%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
86%
Poll
0%
of students say that Greek life is pretty big.37 responses
Poll
0%
of students say almost everything on campus revolved around sports.41 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 15 responses
  • Conceptual and Progressive
    80%
  • Not for everyone, but the best for me.
    20%

After School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$31,700/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
57%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
85%
National
83%
86%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.14 responses

Reviews

605 reviews
  • Excellent
    154
  • Very Good
    196
  • Average
    191
  • Poor
    36
  • Terrible
    28
SAIC is one of the top art schools in America and it's easy to see why. SAIC, in comparison to other art schools like Parsons, Pratt or SCAD, definitely has a more conceptually based curriculum rather than a more core artistic skills curriculum, just a forewarning. This does not mean that core artistically skilled people won't excel here or vice versa, it just means that the classes here don't teach you how to make art, they teach you how to experiment and try new art forms.
  • College Junior
  • 2 months ago
The professors are all practicing artists who take a tremendous amount of pride in their job(s). The teachers are always willing to help you and give you advice about your work. Since SAIC is on a pass/fail grading system, teachers urge you to take risks and even if a project isn't a success, teachers understand the effort that went into your work and will not fail you, but rather allow your failure to be a learning experience.
  • College Junior
  • 2 months ago
I'm a transfer student from a big state college and coming to SAIC was the best decision I've ever made. If you want to be surrounded by passionate students and teachers and study/create in a welcoming environment, this is the school for you!
  • College Junior
  • 2 months ago