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Art Center At a Glance

General Info

Admissions: Headcount (HC) Unless Noted (Fall 2014)

  • UG Acceptance Rate1: 70%
  • UG Percentage (New) Male/Female: 48%/52%
  • Average SAT Verbal2 = 542
  • Average SAT Math2 = 581
  • Average high school GPA2 = 3.2
  • Average prior college GPA2 = 3.2
  • Percentage of New Undergraduate Students from:
    • California: 58%
    • Out of State: 17%
    • International: 26%
  • UG Applications Received (CY 2014)3: 1588
  • UG Acceptance Rate1 (CY 2014): 70%
  • GR applications received (CY 2014): 463

Enrollment: HC (Fall 2014)

  • Undergraduate students: 1824
  • Graduate students: 221
  • Total FTE (UG + GR): 1893.14
  • Percentage New First-Time Freshman/New Transfers5: 49%/51%
  • Average Age for New First-Time Freshmen: 18.4
  • Average Age for all New Degree-Seeking Students: 20.8
  • Average Age for Undergrads: 23.2
  • Average Age for Graduate Students: 28.6
  • Student/Faculty Ratio: 9:1
  • # of Course Sections (Fall 2014): 784
  • # of Independent Studies (Fall 2014): 96
  • # of Guided Studies (Fall 2014): 11
  • # of Internships (Fall 2014): 23
  • Average Class Size (Fall 2014): 12

Faculty/Staff: HC (Fall 2014)

  • Full-Time Faculty: 102
  • Part-Time Faculty6: 331
  • Staff ( FT + PT): 278

Retention/Graduation Rates7

  • First-Year Retention of New First-Time Freshmen (Fall 2013 Cohort): 76%
  • First-Year Retention of All New Students8 (CY 2013 cohort): 77.1%
  • Six-Year Graduation Rates New First-Time Freshmen (Fall 2008 cohort): 67%
  • Six-Year Graduation Rates for All New Students8 (CY 2008 cohort): 67.7%

Costs

  • Yearly Undergrad Tuition and Fees: $37,830 (2 semesters, 2014-2015)
  • Yearly Graduate Tuition and Fees: $39,952 (2 semesters, 2014-2015)
  • Annual Operating Budget: $81.8 million (FY 2015)
  • $21.6 million Board-designated endowment (as of 6/30/14, FY 2014)
  • $63.5 million Donor-restricted endowment (as of 6/30/14, FY 2014)

Financial Aid (Calendar Year 2014)9

  • Aid processed: $48.7 million (CY 2014)
  • Students with Financial Need10: 74% (CY 2014)
  • Students who Received Financial Aid11: 71% (CY 2014)
  • Students who Received ACCD Scholarship12: 53% (CY 2014)
  • Average Amount of Scholarship13: $3024/semester (CY 2014)
  • Undergraduates who received a Pell Grant14: 36% (Fall 2013)
  • New full-time first-time degree/certificate seeking students who received a Pell Grant14: 38% (Fall 2013)

Undergrad Enrollment by Major: HC (Fall 2014)

  • Advertising: 71
  • Entertainment Design: 121
  • Environmental Design: 79
  • Film: 98
  • Fine Art: 70
  • Graphic Design: 253
  • Illustration: 592
  • Interaction Design:29
  • Photography: 120
  • Product Design: 174
  • Transportation: 207
  • Non-Degree: 10

Grad Enrollment by Major: HC (Fall 2014)

  • Art: 28
  • Broadcast Cinema/Grad Film: 62
  • Grad Environmental Design: 19
  • Grad Transportation Design: 20
  • Industrial Design: 44
  • Media Design: 44
  • Non-Degree: 3

Academic Programs and Distinctions (2014- 2015)

  • 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
  • Joint MS/MBA degree offered in conjunction with Claremont Graduate Universitys Drucker School of Management
  • Ranked #3 among The 25 Colleges That Add The Most Value by Money magazine in 2014
  • Art Center alumni rank #1 among the top earners in Coroflot's 2014 Creative Employment Snapshot
  • Undergraduate industrial design has been ranked #1 eight times and graduate industrial design has been ranked #1 six times over the last ten years in the annual DesignIntelligence survey.
  • Achieved Top Twenty rankings in U.S. News & World Report "Best Grad Schools" (#2 in Industrial Design, #7 in Graphic Design, #18 in Fine Arts)
  • Listed in Up-and-Comers: 5 Film Schools to Watch by The Hollywood Reporter in 2014

Employment (FY 2014)15

  • 85.6%: Job Placement Rate for Class of 2013 Bachelors (1-1.5 Year Out Graduates, 32.3% response rate)
  • 95.0%: Job Placement Rate for the Class of 2013 Masters (1-1.5 Year Out Graduates, 33.9% response rate)
  • 96.0%: Job Placement Rate for Class of 2009 Bachelors (5-5.5 Year Out Graduates, 30.1% response rate)
  • 94.1%: Job Placement Rate for Class of 2009 Masters (5-5.5 Year Out Graduates, 41.5% response rate)
  • 89.5%: Job Placement Rates in field of choice for Class of 2013 Bachelors (1-1.5 Year Out Graduates, of total 85.6% employed)
  • 68.4%: Job Placement Rates in field of choice for Class of 2013 Masters (1-1.5 Year Out Graduates, of total 95.0% employed)
  • 85.6%: Job Placement Rates in field of choice for Class of 2009 Bachelors (5-5.5 Year Out Graduates, of total 96.0% employed)
  • 81.3%: Job Placement Rates in field of choice for Class of 2009 Masters (5-5.5 Year Out Graduates, of total 94.1% employed)

Post Graduate Studies:16

  • Undergraduates who graduated between Jan 2008 and Dec 2010 and subsequently enrolled in graduate studies within 4 years of graduation: 31 (of 970 graduates)
  • Percentage of undergraduates who graduated between Jan 2008 and Dec 2010 and subsequently enrolled in graduate studies within 4 years of graduation: 3.2%

Public Programs: HC (CY 2014)

  • 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: 4,450
  • Many of the same faculty members teach in the College's degree programs
  • Staff: 8
  • ACN-only faculty: 88
  • Faculty Shared with Degree Program:44
  • Course tuition is individually priced
  • Typical tuition for one course in ACN $830, SH $300, KIDS $275, DBL $680
  • Scholarship applications: 606
  • Scholarships awarded: 311

Galleries (CY 2014)

  • 10 Gallery and Exhibition Spaces
  • In Calendar Year, mounted 73 exhibitions
  • In Calendar Year, hosted 15,00020,000 visitors

Facilities (2014-2015)

  • 2 campuses: Hillside and South
  • 163 acres
  • 197,393 net sq. feet of academic/instructional facilities

Library (as of Jan 2015)

  • Book volumes: 94,107
  • Art Slides: 90.000
  • DVDs and other cinema: 11,322
  • Current periodical subscriptions: 400
  • Research, Image, Video, and Training Databases: 43
  • Gate count (i.e. Number of people who walk in the Library): 197,150 people
  • Research/Reference questions: 985 (This number correlates to FY15 and it is an incomplete picture of the fiscal year)

Student/Faculty/Staff Diversity by HC17
Undergrad Students by Gender
(Fall 2014)

  • Male: 50.4%
  • Female: 49.6%

Grad Students by Gender (Fall 2014)

  • Male: 57.9%
  • Female: 42.1%

All Students by Gender (Fall 2014)

  • Male: 51.2%
  • Female: 48.8%

Undergrad Students by Ethnicity (Fall 2014)

  • International: 27.1%
  • Hispanic/Latino: 11.0%
  • American Indian/Alaska Native: 0.2%
  • Asian: 34.6%
  • Black/African American: 1.2%
  • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 0.3%
  • Caucasian: 20.0%
  • Two or more races: 4.3%
  • Unknown/Undeclared: 1.2%

Grad Students by Ethnicity (Fall 2014)

  • International: 38.5%
  • Hispanic/Latino: 7.2%
  • American Indian/Alaska Native: 0.0%
  • Asian: 15.4%
  • Black/African American: 1.8%
  • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 1.4%
  • Caucasian: 29.0%
  • Two or more races: 1.4%
  • Unknown/Undeclared: 5.4%

All Students by Ethnicity (Fall 2014)

  • International: 28.4%
  • Hispanic/Latino: 10.6%
  • American Indian/Alaska Native: 0.2%
  • Asian: 32.6%
  • Black/African American: 1.3%
  • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 0.4%
  • Caucasian: 21.0%
  • Two or more races: 4.0%
  • Unknown/Undeclared: 1.6%

Faculty by Gender (Fall 2014)

Full-Time

  • Male: 72.5%
  • Female: 27.5%

Part-Time

  • Male: 76.4%
  • Female: 23.6%

Faculty Ethnicity (Fall 2014)

Full-Time

  • International: 2.0%
  • Hispanic/Latino: 6.9%
  • American Indian/Alaska Native: 0.0%
  • Asian: 5.9%
  • Black/African American: 1.0%
  • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 0.0%
  • Caucasian: 80.4%
  • Two or more races: 2.9%
  • Other/Unknown/Undeclared: 1.0%

Part-Time

  • International: 1.5%
  • Hispanic/Latino: 8.8%
  • American Indian/Alaska Native: 0.0%
  • Asian: 15.1%
  • Black/African American: 2.1%
  • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 0.3%
  • Caucasian: 66.8%
  • Two or more races: 0.3%
  • Other/Unknown/Undeclared: 5.1%

All Staff by Gender (Fall 2014)

  • Male: 49.6%
  • Female: 50.4%

All Staff by Ethnicity (Fall 2014)

  • International: 0.0%
  • Hispanic/Latino: 20.9%
  • American Indian/Alaska Native: 0.7%
  • Asian: 13.7%
  • Black/African American: 6.5%
  • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 0.0%
  • Caucasian: 53.6%
  • Two or more races: 1.8%
  • Other/Unknown/Undeclared: 2.9%

1 Acceptance Rate = Total Accepted/Total Applications (not just completed).
2 Only includes students submitting scores.
3 CY = Calendar Year
4 FTE = FT Headcount + (Total PT Credits/12)
5 First-time freshmen concurrently enrolled in college have been coded as new first-time freshmen, according to IPEDS standards.
6 Part-time faculty who do not teach courses but who may serve as advisors in particular programs are included in count.
7 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 the system until Fall 2011.
8 All New Students = New First-Time Freshman + New Transfers for Spring, Summer, and Fall.
9 This model historically uses Calendar Year 1/1-12/31
10 Student count with need/unduplicated enrollment count from IPEDS.
11 Students receiving aid/unduplicated enrollment count from IPEDS.
12 Students receiving ACCD scholarship/unduplicated enrollment count from IPEDS.
13 Average amount of scholarship per term = Total scholarship awarded in calendar year/number of students receiving ACCD scholarship/term.
14 Data as reported to IPEDS 2014-2015 reporting year.
15 Data from Annual Graduate Employment Survey distributed to 1-1.5 Year Out and 5-5.5 Year Out graduates. Graduates from 2013 were surveyed for 1-1.5 Year Out and graduates from 2009 were surveyed for 5-5.5 Year Out. Employment rates are defined as Employed Full-time, Part-Time, Self-Employed/Business Owner, or Freelancer.
16 Data provided by National Student Clearinghouse, internal enrollment system, and Annual Graduate Employment Survey for undergraduates who graduated between January 2008 and December 2010.
17 All ethnicities reflect IPEDS definitions.

 
   
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