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Academy of Art University Data & Information Overview

270 awards Ranking Badges
Great Price Value for Your Money
5% Student Loan Default Rate
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How Well Is Academy of Art University Ranked?

#176 Best Colleges in Nation
#22 Best Colleges in CA
Architectural Drafting & Architectural CAD/CADD Highest Ranked Major
Quality Badge

2023 Rankings

College Factual recognizes the best colleges and universities in its annual rankings. These rankings include categories for best overall colleges, best colleges for each major, best value schools, and much more.

Academy of Art University was awarded 270 badges in the 2023 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is architectural drafting and architectural CAD/CADD.

Overall Quality

Academy of Art University is ranked #176 out of 2,241 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2023 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 10% of all schools in the nation. This is an improvement over the previous year, when Academy of Art University held the #569 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Academy of Art University also holds the #22 spot on the Best Colleges in California ranking.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Academy of Art University?

Open Admissions Policy

Acceptance Rate

Returning adults and other non-traditional students may appreciate the fact that Academy of Art University has an open admissions policy. This means that you'll only have to submit basic materials, which may include proof that you completed high school or an equivalent program.

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Academy of Art University Faculty

14 to 1 Student to Faculty
25% Full Time Teachers

Student to Faculty Ratio

With a student to faculty ratio of 14 to 1, Academy of Art University is about average in this regard as the nationwide rate is 15 to 1. While this does not translate directly to class size, it's a good indicator of how much time professors will have to spend with their students on a one-on-one basis.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

In addition to the student to faculty ratio, some people look at what percentage of faculty members are full-time as a sign of how much time professors will be able to spend with their students. This is because part-time teachers may not be be on campus as much as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Academy of Art University is 25%. This is lower than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  25 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Academy of Art University

70% Freshmen Retention
8% On-Time Graduation Rate

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate tells us what percentage of first-year, full-time students choose to continue on to their sophomore year at a particular school. The rate at Academy of Art University is 70%, which is about average when compared to the national rate of 68%.

Freshmen Retention Rate  70 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate is the percent of first-time, full time students who obtain their bachelor's degree in four years or less. This rate is 8% for first-time, full-time students at Academy of Art University, which is lower than the national rate of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  8 out of 100

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Academy of Art University Undergraduate Student Diversity

2,882 Full-Time Undergraduates
23.7% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
53.4% Percent Women

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 6,124 undergraduates at Academy of Art University with 2,882 being full-time and 3,242 being part-time.

How Much Does Academy of Art University Cost?

$36,143 Net Price
51% Take Out Loans
$33,932 Total Student Loans
The overall average net price of Academy of Art University is $36,143. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Academy of Art University

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$33,484 $32,975 $34,695 $40,983 $40,682

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Academy of Art University, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Academy of Art University, approximately 51% of students took out student loans averaging $8,483 a year. That adds up to $33,932 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Academy of Art University is 5.0%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do Academy of Art University Graduates Make?

$40,185 Avg Salary of Grads
High Earnings Boost
The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from Academy of Art University make about $40,185 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. This is in the same neighborhood of the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year. However, certain majors may produce higher-paying graduates.


See which majors at Academy of Art University make the most money.

Location of Academy of Art University

California State
2,882 Full-Time Undergraduates
Large City Campus Setting
Academy of Art University is a private for-profit institution located in San Francisco, California. The location of the school is great for students who enjoy the amenities of city life.

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Contact details for Academy of Art University are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 79 New Montgomery, San Francisco, CA 94105
Phone: 800-544-2787

Academy of Art University Majors

22 Majors With Completions
879 Undergraduate Degrees
842 Graduate Degrees
During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 22 majors graduated from Academy of Art University. Of these students, 879 received undergraduate degrees and 842 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Computer Software & Applications 134 $42,476
Graphic Communications 118 $27,837
Drafting & Design Engineering Technology 111 $44,238
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 83 $31,710
Design & Applied Arts 81 $28,222
Textile & Apparel Studies 58 $32,156
General Visual & Performing Arts 40 $29,153
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 30 $28,192
Fine & Studio Arts 26 $29,422
Drama & Theater Arts 26 $18,335

Learn more about the majors offered at Academy of Art University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at Academy of Art University

88% Take At Least One Class Online
55% Take All Classes Online

Online learning options are becoming more and more popular at American colleges and universities. Online classes are great for students who have busy schedules or for those who just want to study on their own time.

In 2019-2020, 7,858 students took at least one online class at Academy of Art University. This is an increase from the 6,792 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2019-2020 7,858 4,879
2018-2019 6,792 4,209
2017-2018 6,954 4,070
2016-2017 7,094 4,227
2015-2016 7,356 4,403

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


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