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Art Center College of Design Data & Information Overview

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How Well Is Art Center College of Design 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.

Art Center College of Design was awarded 22 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is design and applied arts.

Overall Quality

Art Center College of Design landed the #367 spot in College Factual's 2021 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 1,715 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking.

Out of the 116 colleges in California, Art Center College of Design is ranked at #33.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Art Center College of Design?

Acceptance Rate

When it comes to admittance, Art Center College of Design is somewhat selective. Its acceptance rate is 70%, which means you'll face some strong competition during the admissions process. Do what you can to make your application stand out.

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Art Center College of Design Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio is often used to measure the number of teaching resources that a college or university offers its students. The national average for this metric is 15 to 1, but at Art Center College of Design it is much better at 9 to 1. That's good news for students who want to interact more on a personal level with their teachers.

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 Art Center College of Design is 26%. This is lower than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  26 out of 100
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Retention and Graduation Rates at Art Center College of Design

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 80% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like Art Center College of Design 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  80 out of 100
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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 20% for first-time, full-time students at Art Center College of Design, which is lower than the national rate of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  20 out of 100
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Excellent Overall Diversity at Art Center College of Design

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 2,062 undergraduates at Art Center College of Design with 1,793 being full-time and 269 being part-time.

Art Center College of Design 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 92.77 out of 100, Art Center College of Design is one of the most diverse schools in the nation.

Overall Diversity Score  92.77 out of 100
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How Much Does Art Center College of Design Cost?

The overall average net price of Art Center College of Design is $43,010. 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 Art Center College of Design

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$36,451 $37,053 $43,945 $43,251 $52,080

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 Art Center College of Design, 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 Art Center College of Design, approximately 43% of students took out student loans averaging $5,880 a year. That adds up to $23,520 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Art Center College of Design is 4.8%. 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 Art Center College of Design Graduates Make?

The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from Art Center College of Design make about $53,600 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. This is good news for future Art Center College of Design graduates since it is 35% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year.

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Location of Art Center College of Design

Art Center College of Design is a private not-for-profit institution located in Pasadena, California. The surrounding area of the school is a good match for students who enjoy city life.

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Location of Art Center College of Design

Contact details for Art Center College of Design are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1700 Lida St, Pasadena, CA 91103
Phone: 626-396-2200
Website: www.artcenter.edu
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/artcenteredu
Twitter: https://twitter.com/artcenteredu

Art Center College of Design Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 8 majors graduated from Art Center College of Design. Of these students, 439 received undergraduate degrees and 67 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
Design & Applied Arts 216 $49,900
Engineering-Related Fields 59 NA
Mechanical Engineering Technology 51 NA
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 50 $20,200
Graphic Communications 18 NA
Architectural Sciences & Technology 17 NA
Fine & Studio Arts 16 NA
Computer Software & Applications 12 NA

Learn more about the majors offered at Art Center College of Design along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at Art Center College of Design

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, 88 students took at least one online class at Art Center College of Design. This is an increase from the 79 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 88 0
2016-2017 79 0
2015-2016 95 0
2014-2015 92 0
2013-2014 13 0

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*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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