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How Well Is Academy of Art University Ranked?

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2021 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 51 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is visual and performing arts.

Overall Quality

College Factual ranked Academy of Art University as #1,025 out of 1,715 colleges and universities in the country on its 2021 Best Colleges list.

Academy of Art University also holds the #84 spot on the Best Colleges in California ranking.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Academy of Art University?

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

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio is often used to estimate how much interaction there is between professors and their students at a college or university. At Academy of Art University, this ratio is 14 to 1, which is on par with the national average of 15 to 1. That's not bad at all.

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 21%. This is lower than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  21 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Academy of Art University

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 76% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like Academy of Art University enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  76 out of 100

Graduation Rate

When we say that a student has graduated on time, we mean that they have finished their bachelor's degree within four years. The on-time graduation rate at Academy of Art University is 7%. That's lower than the national rate of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  7 out of 100

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Excellent Overall Diversity at Academy of Art University

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 6,694 undergraduates at Academy of Art University with 3,758 being full-time and 2,936 being part-time.

Academy of Art University Diversity Score

When calculating the overall diversity score for a school, College Factual does not just look at the percentage of women and racial-ethnic minorities*. Instead, it looks to see how good of a mixture a school has with regard to gender, ethnicity, age, and location of origin.

With an overall score of 99.40 out of 100, Academy of Art University is one of the most diverse schools in the nation.

Overall Diversity Score  99.40 out of 100
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How Much Does Academy of Art University Cost?

The overall average net price of Academy of Art University is $32,131. 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 +
$29,839 $31,138 $34,539 $35,686 $34,594

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

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Academy of Art University, approximately 46% of students took out student loans averaging $6,528 a year. That adds up to $26,112 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Academy of Art University is 5.8%. 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?

Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from Academy of Art University make around $38,600 per year during the early years of their employment. This is in the same neighborhood of the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 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

Located in San Francisco, California, Academy of Art University is a private for-profit institution. The location of the school is great for students who enjoy the amenities of city life.

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Location of Academy of Art University

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

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 22 majors graduated from Academy of Art University. Of these students, 1,117 received undergraduate degrees and 1,256 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 178 $46,500
Design & Applied Arts 133 $31,100
Graphic Communications 116 $27,800
Drafting & Design Engineering Technology 115 NA
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 102 $25,900
Textile & Apparel Studies 77 NA
Fine & Studio Arts 44 $19,400
General Visual & Performing Arts 41 NA
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 38 NA
Drama & Theater Arts 33 $19,100

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

Online courses area a great option for busy, working students as well as for those who have scheduling conflicts and want to study on their own time. As time goes by, expect to see more and more online learning options become available.

In 2017-2018, 6,954 students took at least one online class at Academy of Art University. This is a decrease from the 7,094 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 6,954 4,070
2016-2017 7,094 4,227
2015-2016 7,356 4,403
2014-2015 7,493 4,548
2013-2014 8,286 5,193

Learn more about online learning at Academy of Art University.

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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