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Art Center College of Design Overview

Located in Pasadena, California, Art Center College of Design is a private not-for-profit institution. The location of the school is great for students who enjoy the amenities of city life.

What Is Art Center College of Design Known For?

439 Undergraduate Awards
70% Acceptance Rate
  • Art Center College of Design has an impressive student to faculty ratio of 9 to 1.
  • The student loan default rate at Art Center College of Design is 5%, which is significantly lower than the national rate of 10.1%. That's great news for students who are worrying about paying off their student loans.
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the master's degree is the highest award a student can attain at Art Center College of Design.
  • In 2017-2018, 26% of the faculty were full-time.
  • Students who graduate from Art Center College of Design with a bachelor's degree make about $53,600 a year. That's 31% more than those who graduate from other schools.

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Art Center College of Design Rankings

Art Center College of Design is ranked #298 out of 2,320 schools in the nation for overall quality on our 2021 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 15% of all schools in the nation. Art Center College of Design also holds the #27 spot on the Best Colleges in California ranking.

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Art Center College of Design.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#18 Best Design & Applied Arts Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#30 Best Visual & Performing Arts Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Art Center College of Design has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#2 Best Colleges for Design & Applied Arts College Factual
#2 Best Design & Applied Arts Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#6 Highest Paid Design & Applied Arts Graduates College Factual
#8 Highest Paid Visual & Performing Arts Graduates College Factual
#14 Best Colleges for Visual & Performing Arts College Factual
#28 Best Visual & Performing Arts Colleges for Veterans College Factual

Where Is Art Center College of Design?

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

How Do I Get Into Art Center College of Design?

You can apply to Art Center College of Design online at: www.artcenter.edu/apply.html

Admission Requirements for Art Center College of Design

Submission Required?
High School GPA recommended
High School Rank neither required nor recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program recommended
Recommendations considered but not required
SAT or ACT Scores recommended
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Art Center College of Design?

70% Acceptance Rate
67% Of Accepted Are Women
The acceptance rate at Art Center College of Design is 70%. This means that is not quite as selective as some schools, but you'll still need to submit a good application if you want to be considered by the admissions department.

Approximately 33% of accepted students are men and 67% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 61%, and the acceptance rate for women is 76%.

Can I Afford Art Center College of Design?

43% Take Out Loans
4.8% Loan Default Rate

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. 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.

Art Center College of Design Undergraduate Student Diversity

1,731 Full-Time Undergraduates
56% Women
49% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 2,008 undergraduate students at Art Center College of Design, with 1,731 being full-time and 277 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Art Center College of Design

There are also 241 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 1,731 full-time undergraduates at Art Center College of Design, 44% are male and 56% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Art Center College of Design

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Art Center College of Design students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Art Center College of Design Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 546
Black or African American 28
Hispanic or Latino 186
White 234
International Students 648
Other Races/Ethnicities 89

Geographic Diversity

California students aren't the only ones who study at Art Center College of Design. At this time, 12 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Online Learning at Art Center College of Design

0 Took All Classes Online
88 Took At Least One Class Online
0.0% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 88 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Art Center College of Design has changed over the last few years.

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This is the #2,028 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Art Center College of Design regardless of major.

Art Center College of Design Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Master’s TOTAL
Design & Applied Arts 216 10 226
Engineering-Related Fields 59 5 64
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 50 14 64
Mechanical Engineering Technology 51 10 61
Fine & Studio Arts 16 11 27
Architectural Sciences & Technology 17 7 24
Computer Software & Applications 12 10 22
Graphic Communications 18 0 18
TOTAL 439 67 506

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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