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Art Center At-A-Glance

General Info

Admissions: Headcount (HC) Unless Noted (Fall 2013)

  • UG Acceptance Rate1: 71%
  • UG Percentage (New) Male/Female: 43%/57%
  • Average SAT Verbal = 542
  • Average SAT Math = 579
  • Average high school GPA = 3.2
  • Average prior college GPA = 3.2
  • Percentage of New Undergraduate Students from:
    • California: 51%
    • Out of State: 20%
    • International: 28%
  • UG Applications Received (CY 2013)2: 1541
  • UG Acceptance Rate1 (CY 2013): 73%
  • GR applications received (CY 2013): 411

Enrollment: HC (Fall 2013)

  • Undergraduate students: 1767
  • Graduate students: 218
  • Total FTE (UG + GR): 1829.23
  • Percentage New First-Time Freshman/New Transfers4: 46%/54%
  • Average Age for New First-Time Freshmen: 18.5
  • Average Age for all New Degree-Seeking Students: 20.9
  • Average Age for Undergrads: 23.3
  • Average Age for Graduate Students: 28.6
  • Student/Faculty Ratio: 9:1
  • # of Course Sections (Fall 2013): 780
  • # of Independent Studies (Fall 2013): 144
  • Average Class Size (Fall 2013): 12.5

Faculty/Staff: HC (Fall 2013)

  • Full-Time Faculty: 100
  • Part-Time Faculty5: 301
  • Staff ( FT + PT)6: 260

Retention/Graduation Rates7

  • First-Year Retention of New First-Time Freshmen (Fall 2012 Cohort): 80%
  • First-Year Retention of All New Students8 (CY 2012 cohort): 75.8%
  • Six-Year Graduation Rates New First-Time Freshmen (Fall 2007 cohort): 64%
  • Six-Year Graduation Rates for All New Students8 (CY 2006 cohort): 64.4%

Costs

  • Yearly Undergrad Tuition and Fees: $36,481 (2 semesters, 2013-2014)
  • Yearly Graduate Tuition and Fees: $38,526 (2 semesters, 2013-2014)
  • Annual Operating Budget: $76.9 million (FY 2014)
  • $15.6 million Board-designated endowment (as of 6/30/13, FY 2013)
  • $54.0 million Donor-restricted endowment (as of 6/30/13, FY 2013)

Financial Aid (Calendar Year 2013)9

  • Aid processed: $48.6 million (CY 2013)
  • Students with Financial Need10: 81% (CY 2013)
  • Students who Received Financial Aid11: 70% (CY 2013)
  • Students who Received ACCD Scholarship12: 54% (CY 2012)
  • Average Amount of Scholarship13: $3094/semester (CY 2012)
  • Undergraduates who received a Pell Grant14: 37% (Fall 2012)
  • New full-time first-time degree/certificate seeking students who received a Pell Grant14: 31% (Fall 2012)

Undergrad Enrollment by Major: HC (Fall 2013)

  • Advertising: 72
  • Entertainment Design: 109
  • Environmental Design: 75
  • Film: 92
  • Fine Art: 73
  • Graphic Design: 263
  • Illustration: 555
  • Interaction Design: 18
  • Photography: 138
  • Product Design: 161
  • Transportation: 186

Grad Enrollment by Major: HC (Fall 2013)

  • Art: 29
  • Broadcast Cinema/Grad Film: 62
  • Grad Environmental Design: 23
  • Grad Transportation Design: 15
  • Industrial Design: 42
  • Media Design: 46

Academic Programs and Distinctions (2013- 2014)

  • 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
  • #1 ranking in undergraduate and graduate Industrial Design by DesignIntelligence
  • 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 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
  • Reached #1 in The 20 Best Design Schools by Rankers crowd sourced ranking system

Employment (FY 2014)15

  • Class of 2012 (1.5-2 Year Out Graduates) Job Placement Rates: 97.5% employed (33% response rate)
  • Class of 2008 (5.5-6 Year Out Graduates) Job Placement Rates: 94.8% employed (32% response rate)
  • Class of 2012 (1.5-2 Year Out Graduates) Job Placement Rates in field of choice: 79.7% (of total 97.5% employed)
  • Class of 2008 (5.5-6 Year Out Graduates) Job Placement Rates in field of choice: 88.2% (of total 94.8% employed)

Post Graduate Studies:16

  • Undergraduates who graduated between Jan 2008 and Dec 2009 and subsequently enrolled in graduate studies within 4 years of graduation: 19 (of 670 graduates)
  • Percentage of undergraduates who graduated between Jan 2008 and Dec 2009 and subsequently enrolled in graduate studies within 4 years of graduation: 2.8%

Public Programs: HC (CY 2013)

  • 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: 4,868
  • Many of the same faculty members teach in the Colleges degree programs
  • Staff: 8
  • ACN-only faculty: 83
  • Faculty Shared with Degree Program: 36
  • Course tuition is individually priced
  • Typical tuition for one course in ACN $720, SH $275, KIDS $260, DBL $680
  • Scholarship applications: 643
  • Scholarships awarded: 334

Galleries (CY 2013)

  • 10 Gallery and Exhibition Spaces
  • In Calendar Year, mounted 82 exhibitions
  • In Calendar Year, hosted 15,00020,000 visitors

Facilities (2012-2013)

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

Library (as of Jan 2013)

  • Books and bound periodicals: 104,329
  • Book volumes: 89,678
  • Book titles: 75,001
  • Bound periodical volumes: 14,651
  • Bound periodical titles: 232
  • Online resources in art & design: 34 subscription databases
  • DVDs and other cinema: 12,000 non-streaming (DVDs, blu-rays, DVD-ROMs, laserdiscs, VHS tapes) and 26,000 streaming videos
  • Current magazine subscriptions: 524 titles
  • Images in LUNA collections: 328, 247 hi-res images, millions more via links
  • Weekly average gate count: 3,765 people
  • Yearly reference questions: 4,087 substantive questions

Student/Faculty/Staff Diversity by HC17
Undergrad Students by Gender
(Fall 2013)

  • Male: 49.8%
  • Female: 50.2%

Grad Students by Gender (Fall 2013)

  • Male: 56.0%
  • Female: 44.0%

All Students by Gender (Fall 2013)

  • Male: 50.5%
  • Female: 49.5%

Undergrad Students by Ethnicity (Fall 2013)

  • International: 25.3%
  • Hispanic/Latino: 10.4%
  • American Indian/Alaska Native: 0.1%
  • Asian: 34.1%
  • Black/African American: 1.1%
  • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 0.3%
  • Caucasian: 21.3%
  • Two or more races: 3.7%
  • Unknown/Undeclared: 3.7%

Grad Students by Ethnicity (Fall 2012)

  • International: 31.7%
  • Hispanic/Latino: 8.3%
  • American Indian/Alaska Native: 0.0%
  • Asian: 14.7%
  • Black/African American: 1.8%
  • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 2.8%
  • Caucasian: 32.1%
  • Two or more races: 2.3%
  • Unknown/Undeclared: 6.2%

All Students by Ethnicity (Fall 2013)

  • International: 26.0%
  • Hispanic/Latino: 10.1%
  • American Indian/Alaska Native: 0.1%
  • Asian: 31.9%
  • Black/African American: 1.2%
  • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 0.6%
  • Caucasian: 22.5%
  • Two or more races: 3.5%
  • Unknown/Undeclared: 4.0%

1 1 Acceptance Rate = Total Accepted/Total Applications
2 CY = Calendar Year
3 FTE = FT Headcount + (Total PT Credits/12)
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 Number is lower than previous year because of clarification of PT Staff status with IPEDS. We are more consistent now.
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.
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 2013-2014 reporting year.
15 Data from Annual Graduate Employment Survey distributed to 1.5-2 Year Out and 5.5-6 Year Out graduates (both undergrad and graduate level) supplied by Office of Career + Professional Development. Graduates from 2012 were surveyed for 1.5-2 Year Out and graduates from 2008 were survey for 5.5-6 Year Out.
16 Data provided by National Student Clearinghouse and internal enrollment system for undergraduates who graduated between January 2008 and December 2009.
17 All ethnicities reflect IPEDS definitions.

 
   
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