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Cleveland Institute of Art Overview

Cleveland Institute of Art is a private not-for-profit institution located in Cleveland, Ohio. The location of the school is great for students who enjoy the amenities of city life.

What Is Cleveland Institute of Art Known For?

154 Undergraduate Awards
$38,724 Avg Cost After Aid
67% Acceptance Rate
  • Students at CIA may have an easier time interacting with their teachers since the student to faculty ratio at the school is 9 to 1.
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the bachelor's degree is the highest award a student can attain at CIA.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 43% of the faculty were full-time.
  • It takes the average CIA student 4.2 years to graduate. This is pretty good when compared to the national rate of 4.4 years.

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Cleveland Institute of Art Rankings

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at CIA.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#5 Most Popular Medical Illustration & Informatics Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#75 Most Popular Design & Applied Arts Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#129 Most Popular Fine & Studio Arts Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#208 Most Popular Visual & Performing Arts Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Where Is 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

How Do I Get Into CIA?

You can apply to CIA online at:

Admission Requirements for CIA

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

How Hard Is It To Get Into CIA?

67% Acceptance Rate
79% Of Accepted Are Women
33% Submit SAT Scores
The acceptance rate at CIA is 67%, which is a sign that the school is fairly selective. While it may not be as hard to get into as other colleges, you should not take admission for granted.

Approximately 21% of accepted students are men and 79% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 54%, and the acceptance rate for women is 72%.

Average Test Scores

About 33% 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 560 and 680. Math scores were between 510 and 620.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Cleveland Institute of Art  ( 560 to 680 )

SAT Math Scores for Cleveland Institute of Art  ( 510 to 620 )
CIA received ACT scores from 40% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 19 and 29. Math scores were between 17 and 25. Composite scores were between 19 and 27.

ACT English Scores for Cleveland Institute of Art  ( 19 to 29 )
ACT Math Scores for Cleveland Institute of Art  ( 17 to 25 )
ACT Composite Scores for Cleveland Institute of Art  ( 19 to 27 )

Can I Afford Cleveland Institute of Art?

$38,724 Net Price
76% Take Out Loans
7.7% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of CIA is $38,724. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

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 CIA, approximately 76% of students took out student loans averaging $8,933 a year. That adds up to $35,732 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at CIA is 7.7%. Although this is lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, you'll still want to keep this in mind when taking out student loans.

Cleveland Institute of Art Undergraduate Student Diversity

590 Full-Time Undergraduates
72% Women
29% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 599 undergraduate students at CIA, with 590 being full-time and 9 being part-time.


Gender Diversity

Of the 590 full-time undergraduates at CIA, 28% are male and 72% are female.


Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Cleveland Institute of Art students is as follows.

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 15
Black or African American 60
Hispanic or Latino 56
White 402
International Students 15
Other Races/Ethnicities 42

Geographic Diversity

Ohio students aren't the only ones who study at Cleveland Institute of Art. At this time, 19 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 7 countries are represented at CIA. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, Taiwan, and Vietnam.

Online Learning at Cleveland Institute of Art

0 Took All Classes Online
531 Took At Least One Class Online
0.0% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2019-2020, 531 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at CIA has changed over the last few years.


This is the #1,689 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at CIA regardless of major.

Cleveland Institute of Art Undergraduate Concentrations

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

Major Bachelor’s TOTAL
Design & Applied Arts 60 60
Fine & Studio Arts 51 51
Graphic Communications 20 20
Medical Illustration & Informatics 12 12
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 11 11
TOTAL 154 154


*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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