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Academy of Art University Overview

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.

What Is Academy of Art University Known For?

4,422 Full-Time Undergraduates
$32,131 Avg Cost After Aid
  • The master's degree is the highest degree offered at Academy of Art University.
  • In 2017-2018, 21% of the faculty were full-time.

Academy of Art University Rankings

Academy of Art University is ranked #1,025 out of 1,715 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2021 Best Colleges list. It is also ranked #84 out of 116 schools in California.

The following table lists the notable rankings from College Factual that Academy of Art University has received.

Notable Undergraduate Rankings for Academy of Art University

Ranking Type Rank
Best Colleges for Diversity 22
Best Colleges for Veterans 690
Best Colleges 1,025
Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students 1,108
Best Colleges for the Money 1,445

Where Is Academy of Art University?

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

How Do I Get Into Academy of Art University?

You can apply to Academy of Art University online at:

Academy of Art University has an open admissions policy, so you don't have to worry about getting into the school if you have a high school diploma or its equivalent.

Can I Afford Academy of Art University?

46% Take Out Loans
5.8% Loan Default Rate
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.

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 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.

Academy of Art University Undergraduate Student Diversity

4,422 Full-Time Undergraduates
54% Women
24% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 7,652 undergraduate students at Academy of Art University, with 4,422 being full-time and 3,230 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Academy of Art University

There are also 4,020 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 4,422 full-time undergraduates at Academy of Art University, 46% are male and 54% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Academy of Art University

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Academy of Art University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Academy of Art University Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 274
Black or African American 217
Hispanic or Latino 436
White 593
International Students 1,897
Other Races/Ethnicities 1,005

Geographic Diversity

California students aren't the only ones who study at Academy of Art University. At this time, 48 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 114 countries are represented at Academy of Art University. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, Taiwan, and South Korea.

Online Learning at Academy of Art University

4,070 Took All Classes Online
6,954 Took At Least One Class Online
-5.8% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 33 bachelor’s degree and 32 master’s degree programs available online at Academy of Art University. In 2017-2018, 6,954 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Academy of Art University has changed over the last few years.


This school is the 6th most popular in California for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of Academy of Art University

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Academy of Art University was -5.8%. This is the #2,502 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Academy of Art University regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of Academy of Art University majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Audiovisual Communications 32%
Business, Management & Marketing 15%
Drafting & Design Engineering Technology 4%
Drama & Theater Arts 18%
Engineering Technologies 4%
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences 15%
Fine & Studio Arts 1%
General Visual & Performing Arts 11%
Journalism 17%
Mechanic & Repair Technologies 75%
Specialized Sales, Merchandising & Marketing 15%
Textile & Apparel Studies 20%
Vehicle Maintenance & Repair 75%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Academy of Art University ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at Academy of Art University.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Landscape Architecture #3
Human Sciences Business Services #3
Architectural Sciences & Technology #5
Audiovisual Communications #6
Textile & Apparel Studies #8
Vehicle Maintenance & Repair #9
Film, Video & Photographic Arts #12
Drama & Theater Arts #13
Specialized Sales, Merchandising & Marketing #13
General Visual & Performing Arts #15
Journalism #16
Architecture & Related Services #16
Drafting & Design Engineering Technology #17
Graphic Communications #22
Mechanic & Repair Technologies #27
Radio, Television & Digital Communication #28
Music #28
Communications Technologies & Support #29
Fine & Studio Arts #30
Design & Applied Arts #58
Computer Software & Applications #88
Computer Programming #91
Visual & Performing Arts #121
Instructional Media Design #131
Communication & Journalism #176
Engineering Technologies #193
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences #200
Teacher Education Subject Specific #222
Computer & Information Sciences #486

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Academy of Art University Majors

In 2017-2018, Academy of Art University awarded 2,234 undergraduate degrees and 2,512 graduate degrees. The table below shows the number of awards for each major.

Major Associate’s Bachelor’s Master’s Doctor’s
Architectural Sciences & Technology 0 0 3 0
Audiovisual Communications 2 6 11 0
Computer Programming 0 2 0 0
Computer Software & Applications 29 178 344 0
Design & Applied Arts 26 133 147 0
Drafting & Design Engineering Technology 11 115 157 0
Drama & Theater Arts 3 33 26 0
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 22 102 135 0
Fine & Studio Arts 2 44 94 0
General Visual & Performing Arts 11 41 53 0
Graphic Communications 8 116 135 0
Human Sciences Business Services 1 4 0 0
Instructional Media Design 0 7 7 0
Journalism 1 9 14 0
Landscape Architecture 2 4 9 0
Music 2 25 23 0
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 0 38 17 0
Specialized Sales, Merchandising & Marketing 6 31 74 0
Textile & Apparel Studies 18 77 7 0
Vehicle Maintenance & Repair 8 0 0 0
Total 304 1,930 2,512 0


*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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