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College for Creative Studies Overview

College for Creative Studies is a private not-for-profit institution located in Detroit, Michigan. The location of CCS is great for students who prefer living in an urban area.

What Is College for Creative Studies Known For?

244 Undergraduate Awards
$43,124 Avg Cost After Aid
55% Acceptance Rate
  • Students at CCS may have an easier time interacting with their teachers since the student to faculty ratio at the school is 10 to 1.
  • The master's degree is the highest award offered at CCS.
  • In 2019-2020, 100% of the faculty were full-time.
  • A student who earns a bachelor's degree from CCS makes roughly $52,727 a year. This is 29% more than their peers from other colleges and universities.

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College for Creative Studies Rankings

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 CCS.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#2 Most Popular Crafts, Folk Art & Artisanry Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#13 Most Popular Graphic Communications Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#19 Most Popular Communications Technology/Support Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#22 Most Popular Design & Applied Arts Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#38 Best Design & Applied Arts Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#79 Best Visual & Performing Arts Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#128 Most Popular Visual & Performing Arts Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards CCS has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#3 Best Commercial & Advertising Art Schools College Factual
#10 Best Fashion Design Schools College Factual
#15 Best Graphic Design Schools College Factual
#16 Best Interior Design Schools College Factual
#30 Best Design & Applied Arts Schools College Factual
#95 Best Visual & Performing Arts Schools College Factual

Where Is College for Creative Studies?


Contact details for CCS are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 201 E Kirby, Detroit, MI 48202
Phone: 313-664-7400

How Do I Get Into CCS?

You can apply to CCS online at:

Admission Requirements for CCS

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 neither required nor recommended
SAT or ACT Scores neither required nor recommended
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into CCS?

55% Acceptance Rate
71% Of Accepted Are Women
CCS has an acceptance rate of 55%, which means it is fairly selective. Take that into account when you are working on your application and gathering requested materials. Do what you can to stand out among other applicants.

Approximately 29% of accepted students are men and 71% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 49%, and the acceptance rate for women is 59%.

Can I Afford College for Creative Studies?

$43,124 Net Price
67% Take Out Loans
5.4% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of CCS is $43,124. 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 CCS, approximately 67% of students took out student loans averaging $6,917 a year. That adds up to $27,668 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at CCS is 5.4%. 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.

College for Creative Studies Undergraduate Student Diversity

1,192 Full-Time Undergraduates
62% Women
29% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 1,462 undergraduate students at CCS, with 1,192 being full-time and 270 being part-time.


There are also 50 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 1,192 full-time undergraduates at CCS, 38% are male and 62% are female.


Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of College for Creative Studies students is as follows.

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 58
Black or African American 143
Hispanic or Latino 84
White 673
International Students 78
Other Races/Ethnicities 156

Geographic Diversity

Michigan students aren't the only ones who study at College for Creative Studies. At this time, 15 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 23 countries are represented at CCS. The most popular countries sending students to the school are South Korea, China, and India.

Online Learning at College for Creative Studies

262 Took All Classes Online
1,428 Took At Least One Class Online
6,525.0% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2019-2020, 1,428 students took at least one online class at the school.

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


Online Growth Rankings of CCS

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at College for Creative Studies was 6,525.0%. This is the #21 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at CCS regardless of major.

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%.

College for Creative Studies Undergraduate Concentrations

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

Major Basic Certificate Bachelor’s Master’s TOTAL
Design & Applied Arts 0 155 10 165
Graphic Communications 0 59 0 59
Crafts, Folk Art & Artisanry 0 11 0 11
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 0 9 0 9
Fine & Studio Arts 0 7 0 7
Teacher Education Subject Specific 3 0 0 3
Human Computer Interaction 0 0 2 2
TOTAL 3 241 12 256


*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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