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Cleveland Institute of Art Overview

Cleveland Institute of Art is a private not-for-profit institution situated 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?

122 Undergraduate Awards
$39,355 Avg Cost After Aid
54% 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.
  • The 5% student loan default rate at CIA is better than the national rate of 10.1%. That's a good sign that you may be able to pay off student loans easier than your peers at other schools can.
  • 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, 42% of the faculty were full-time.
  • On average, it takes about 4.1 years for students from CIA to earn a bachelor's degree. This is excellent when compared to the average of 4.4 years.

Where Is Cleveland Institute of Art?

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

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?

54% Acceptance Rate
71% Of Accepted Are Women
32% Submit SAT Scores
The acceptance rate at CIA is 54%, 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 25% of accepted students are men and 71% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 47%, and the acceptance rate for women is 58%.

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 English scores ranged between 20 and 26. Math scores were between 18 and 25. Composite scores were between 20 and 26.

ACT English Scores for Cleveland Institute of Art  ( 20 to 26 )
ACT Math Scores for Cleveland Institute of Art  ( 18 to 25 )
ACT Composite Scores for Cleveland Institute of Art  ( 20 to 26 )

Can I Afford Cleveland Institute of Art?

$39,355 Net Price
81% Take Out Loans
4.8% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of CIA is $39,355. 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

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 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.

Cleveland Institute of Art Undergraduate Student Diversity

649 Full-Time Undergraduates
67% Women
27% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 670 undergraduate students at CIA, with 649 being full-time and 21 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  CIA

Gender Diversity

Of the 649 full-time undergraduates at CIA, 33% are male and 67% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  CIA

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of CIA Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 21
Black or African American 72
Hispanic or Latino 51
White 435
International Students 37
Other Races/Ethnicities 33

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
40 Took At Least One Class Online
0.0% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 40 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 #2,028 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 55 55
Fine & Studio Arts 33 33
Graphic Communications 13 13
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 11 11
Medical Illustration & Informatics 10 10
TOTAL 122 122


*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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