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Art Center At-A-Glance

General Info

  • Year Founded: 1930
  • Affiliation: Private, nonprofit
  • Accreditations: WASC and NASAD
  • Applications Accepted: Spring, Summer, Fall
  • Semesters: 14-Week Terms

Admissions: Headcount (HC) Unless Noted (Fall 2012)

  • UG Acceptance Rate1: 73%
  • UG Percentage (New) Male/Female: 49%/51%
  • Average SATVerbal = 527 Average SATMath = 574
  • Average high school GPA = 3.15
  • Average prior college GPA = 3.11
  • Percentage of New Undergraduate Students from:
    • California: 58%
    • Out of State: 20%
    • International: 22%
  • UG Applications Received (CY 2012)2: 1403
  • UG Acceptance Rate1 (CY 2012): 70.0%
  • GR applications received (CY 2012): 353

Enrollment: HC (Fall 2012)

  • Undergraduate students: 1657
  • Graduate students: 212
  • Total FTE (UG + GR): 1720.83
  • Percentage New First-Time Freshman/New Transfers4: 47%/53%
  • Average Age for New First-Time Freshmen: 18.4
  • Average Age for all New Degree-Seeking Students: 20.7
  • Average Age for Undergrads: 23.2
  • Average Age for Graduate Students: 29.0
  • Student/Faculty Ratio: 9:1
  • # of Course Sections (Fall 2012): 727
  • # of Independent Studies/Internships (Fall 2012): 177
  • Average Class Size (Fall 2012): 12.4
  • Internships (CY 2012): 151
  • For Credit (CY 2012): 74
  • No credit (CY 2012): 77

Faculty/Staff: HC (Fall 2012)

  • Full-Time Faculty: 94
  • Part-Time Faculty5: 317
  • Staff ( FT + PT): 304

Retention/Graduation Rates6

  • First-Year Retention of New First-Time Freshmen (Fall 2011 Cohort): 82.5%
  • First-Year Retention of All New Students7 (CY 2011 cohort): 79.3%
  • Six-Year Graduation Rates New First-Time Freshmen (Fall 2006 cohort): 69.7%
  • Six-Year Graduation Rates for All New Students7 (CY 2006 cohort): 68.1%

Costs

  • Yearly Undergrad Tuition and Fees: $35,552 (2 semesters, 2012-2013)
  • Yearly Graduate Tuition and Fees: $37,544 (2 semesters, 2012-2013)
  • Annual Operating Budget: $73.3 million (FY 2013)
  • $48.5 million endowment (as of 6/30/12, FY 2012)

Financial Aid (Calendar Year 2012)

  • Aid processed: $51.48 million (CY 2012)
  • Students with Financial Need: 80% (CY 2012)
  • Students who Received Financial Aid: 70% (CY 2012)
  • Students who Received ACCD Scholarship: 49% (CY 2012)
  • Average Amount of Scholarship: $2884/semester (CY 2012)

Undergrad Enrollment by Major: HC (Fall 2012)

  • Advertising: 75
  • Entertainment Design: 94
  • Environmental Design: 83
  • Film: 97
  • Fine Art: 82
  • Graphic Design: 242
  • Illustration: 514
  • Interaction Design: 5
  • Photography: 131
  • Product Design: 137
  • Transportation: 187

Grad Enrollment by Major: HC (Fall 2012)

  • Art: 32
  • Broadcast Cinema: 63
  • Grad Environmental Design: 15
  • Grad Transportation Design: 9
  • Industrial Design: 48
  • Media Design: 45

Alumni (FY 2012)

  • Job Placement Rates for One-Year-Out Graduates8: 92% employed (40% response rate)
  • Job Placement Rates for Five-Year-Out Graduates9: 95% employed (31% response rate)

Academic Programs and Distinctions (2012- 2013)

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts or Bachelor of Science offered in 11 undergraduate programs
  • Master of Fine Arts or Master of Science offered in six graduate programs
  • #1 ranking in undergraduate and graduate Industrial Design by DesignIntelligence
  • Top Twenty rankings in U.S. News & World Report “Best Grad Schools” (Art, Industrial Design, Media Design Practices)
  • Listed among the Top 25 Global Film Schools by The Hollywood Reporter
  • Art Center alumni rank #1 among the top earners in Coroflot's 2013 Creative Employment Snapshot

Galleries (CY 2012)10

  • 6 Galleries
  • In Calendar Year, mounted 15+ exhibitions
  • In Calendar Year hosted 15,000 – 20,000 visitors

Facilities (2012-2013)

  • 2 campuses: Hillside and South
  • 175 acres
  • 177,086 net sq feet of academic/instructional facilities

Library (as of Jan 2013)

  • Books and bound periodical volumes: 101,798
  • Book volumes: 87,455
  • Book titles: 76,270
  • Online resources in art & design: 32 subscription databases
  • DVD's and other cinema: 13,000 films
  • Current magazine subscriptions: 473 titles
  • Images in LUNA collections: 317,283 hi-res images, millions more via links
  • Weekly average gate count: 3,648 people
  • Yearly reference questions: 4,010 substantive questions

Public Programs: HC (CY 2012)

  • Year-round open enrollment programs for students of all ages. Courses offered at both campuses. Public Programs consists of four programs: Art Center at Night, Saturday High, Art Center for Kids, and Summer Institute for Teachers/DBL
  • Enrollment in Public Programs: 4,605
  • Many of the same faculty members teach in the College’s degree programs
  • Staff: 8
  • ACN-only faculty: 83
  • Faculty Shared with Degree Program: 41
  • Course tuition is individually priced.
  • Typical tuition for one course in ACN $720, SH $275, KIDS $260, DBL $680
  • Scholarship applications: 594
  • Scholarships awarded: 279

Student/Faculty/Staff Diversity by HC11
Undergrad Students by Gender
(Fall 2012)

  • Male: 51.2%
  • Female: 48.8%

Grad Students by Gender (Fall 2012)

  • Male: 59.9%
  • Female: 40.1%

All Students by Gender (Fall 2012)

  • Male: 52.2%
  • Female: 47.8%

Undergrad Students by Ethnicity (Fall 2012)

  • International: 21.5%
  • Hispanic/Latino: 10.3%
  • American Indian/Alaska Native: 0.1%
  • Asian: 35.5%
  • Black/African American: 1.4%
  • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 0.5%
  • Caucasian: 24.6%
  • Two or more races: 3.0%
  • Unknown/Undeclared: 3.2%

Grad Students by Ethnicity (Fall 2012)

  • International: 26.4%
  • Hispanic/Latino: 7.1%
  • American Indian/Alaska Native: 0.0%
  • Asian: 15.1%
  • Black/African American: 3.3%
  • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 1.4%
  • Caucasian: 39.2%
  • Two or more races: 2.4%
  • Unknown/Undeclared: 5.2%

All Students by Ethnicity (Fall 2012)

  • International: 22.1%
  • Hispanic/Latino: 9.9%
  • American Indian/Alaska Native: 0.1%
  • Asian: 33.2%
  • Black/African American: 1.6%
  • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 0.6%
  • Caucasian: 26.2%
  • Two or more races: 2.9%
  • Unknown/Undeclared: 3.4%

1 Acceptance Rate = Total Accepted/Total Applications
2 CY = Calendar Year
3 FTE = FT Headcount + (Total PT Credits/14)
4 First-time freshmen concurrently enrolled in college have been coded as new first-time freshmen, according to IPEDS standards.
5 Part-time faculty who do not teach courses but who may serve as advisors in particular programs have now been included in count
6 Retention and Graduation Numbers may or may not include students who may have left for military reasons or exchange/special students, as these were not systematically captured in system.
7 All New Students = New First-Time Freshmen + New Transfers for Spring, Summer and Fall
8 2011 Graduates
9 2007 Graduates
10 Data assumed to not have changed since 2010 CY
11 All ethnicities reflect IPEDS definitions.

 

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