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College for Creative Studies Overview

College for Creative Studies is a private not-for-profit institution situated 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?

261 Undergraduate Awards
$43,247 Avg Cost After Aid
49% Acceptance Rate
  • Students who want to work more closely with their professors have an easier time at CCS since the student to facuty ratio is 10 to 1.
  • The highest award offered at CCS is the master's degree.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 100% of the faculty were full-time.
  • A student who earns a bachelor's degree from CCS makes roughly $44,100 a year. This is 8% more than their peers from other colleges and universities.

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College for Creative Studies Rankings

According to our 2021 analysis, CCS is ranked #355 out of 2,320 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality. CCS also holds the #10 spot on the Best Colleges in Michigan 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 CCS.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best Crafts, Folk Art & Artisanry Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#21 Best Visual & Performing Arts Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#31 Best Design & Applied 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
#1 Highest Paid Crafts, Folk Art & Artisanry Graduates College Factual
#3 Best Colleges for Design & Applied Arts College Factual
#3 Best Design & Applied Arts Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#6 Best Colleges for Visual & Performing Arts College Factual
#12 Best Visual & Performing Arts Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#34 Highest Paid Visual & Performing Arts Graduates College Factual

Where Is College for Creative Studies?

Location of 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 recommended
Recommendations recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into CCS?

49% Acceptance Rate
66% Of Accepted Are Women
36% Submit SAT Scores
You'll need to do what you can to make your application stand out if you plan to apply to CCS. The school screens its applicants carefully and has a fairly low acceptance rate of 49%. So, don't just throw your admission packet together at the last minute!

Approximately 34% of accepted students are men and 66% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 44%, and the acceptance rate for women is 52%.

Average Test Scores

About 36% of students accepted to CCS submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 500 and 620. Math scores were between 470 and 580.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for College for Creative Studies  ( 500 to 620 )

SAT Math Scores for College for Creative Studies  ( 470 to 580 )
CCS received ACT scores from 76% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 22 and 28. Math scores were between 19 and 26. Composite scores were between 21 and 27.

ACT English Scores for College for Creative Studies  ( 22 to 28 )
ACT Math Scores for College for Creative Studies  ( 19 to 26 )
ACT Composite Scores for College for Creative Studies  ( 21 to 27 )

Can I Afford College for Creative Studies?

$43,247 Net Price
72% Take Out Loans
8.7% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of CCS is $43,247. 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 CCS, approximately 72% of students took out student loans averaging $8,539 a year. That adds up to $34,156 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at CCS is 8.7%. 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.

College for Creative Studies Undergraduate Student Diversity

1,136 Full-Time Undergraduates
59% Women
24% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 1,417 undergraduate students at CCS, with 1,136 being full-time and 281 being part-time.

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

There are also 68 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 1,136 full-time undergraduates at CCS, 41% are male and 59% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  CCS

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of CCS Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 58
Black or African American 95
Hispanic or Latino 68
White 628
International Students 94
Other Races/Ethnicities 193

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

0 Took All Classes Online
139 Took At Least One Class Online
0.0% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 139 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.


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

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 0 170 20 190
Graphic Communications 0 47 0 47
Crafts, Folk Art & Artisanry 0 14 0 14
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 0 13 0 13
Fine & Studio Arts 0 11 0 11
Teacher Education Subject Specific 6 0 0 6
Human Computer Interaction 0 0 6 6
TOTAL 6 255 26 287


*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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