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Cleveland Institute of Art Data & Information Overview

Find out more about how Cleveland Institute of Art ranks, how diverse it is, what majors it offers, and other essential facts below. If you're interested in learning more about a particular stat, just click on its tile to go to a new page that covers the topic more in-depth. Also, you can jump to any section of this page by clicking one of the links below.

How Well Is Cleveland Institute of Art Ranked?

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.

Cleveland Institute of Art was awarded 9 badges in the 2021 rankings.

Overall Quality

CIA landed the #519 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.

CIA also holds the #22 spot on the Best Colleges in Ohio ranking.

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Is It Hard to Get Into CIA?

Acceptance Rate

Cleveland Institute of Art has an acceptance rate of 54%, which means the school is serious about who it admits. Take your time in putting together a strong application that highlights why you are a good fit for CIA.

Average Test Scores

About 32% of students accepted to CIA submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 520 and 660. Math scores were between 490 and 610.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Cleveland Institute of Art  ( 520 to 660 )

SAT Math Scores for Cleveland Institute of Art  ( 490 to 610 )
CIA received ACT scores from 79% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 20 and 26.

ACT Composite Scores for Cleveland Institute of Art  ( 20 to 26 )

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Cleveland Institute of Art Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio at CIA is an impressive 9 to 1. That's quite good when you compare it to the national average of 15 to 1. This is a good sign that students at the school will have more opportunities for one-on-one interactions with their professors.

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 Cleveland Institute of Art is 42%. This is lower than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  42 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Cleveland Institute of Art

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 89% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like Cleveland Institute of Art 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  89 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate for someone pursuing a bachelor's degree is typically four years. This rate at CIA for first-time, full-time students is 64%, which is better than the national average of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  64 out of 100

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Good Overall Diversity at CIA

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 670 undergraduates at CIA with 649 being full-time and 21 being part-time.

CIA 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.

The overall diversity score for CIA is 63.08 out of 100, meaning that is is more diverse than most schools in the country.

Overall Diversity Score  63.08 out of 100
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How Much Does Cleveland Institute of Art Cost?

The overall average net price of CIA is $32,535. 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 CIA

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$30,265 $30,181 $33,716 $33,813 $36,990

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 CIA, 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 CIA, approximately 81% of students took out student loans averaging $10,355 a year. That adds up to $41,420 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at CIA 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 CIA Graduates Make?

Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from CIA make around $36,600 per year during the early years of their employment. Unfortunately, this is 8% less that the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year. However, graduates in your major field may make more.


See which majors at Cleveland Institute of Art make the most money.

Location of Cleveland Institute of Art

Cleveland Institute of Art is a private not-for-profit institution located in Cleveland, Ohio. Cleveland is a great location for students who prefer city over country life.

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Location of Cleveland Institute of Art

Contact details for CIA are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 11610 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44106-1710
Phone: 216-421-7000

Cleveland Institute of Art Majors

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Design & Applied Arts 55 NA
Fine & Studio Arts 33 NA
Graphic Communications 13 NA
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 11 NA
Medical Illustration & Informatics 10 NA

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

Online Learning at CIA

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, 40 students took at least one online class at Cleveland Institute of Art. This is a decrease from the 56 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 40 0
2016-2017 56 0
2015-2016 51 0
2014-2015 34 0
2013-2014 14 0

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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.


More about our data sources and methodologies.

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