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Columbus College of Art and Design Overview

Columbus College of Art and Design is a private not-for-profit institution situated in Columbus, Ohio. The surrounding area of the school is a good match for students who enjoy city life.

What Is Columbus College of Art and Design Known For?

208 Undergraduate Awards
$33,155 Avg Cost After Aid
70% Acceptance Rate
  • CCAD has an impressive student to faculty ratio of 9 to 1.
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the master's degree is the highest award a student can attain at CCAD.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 29% of the faculty were full-time.
  • It takes the average CCAD student 4.2 years to graduate. This is pretty good when compared to the national rate of 4.4 years.

Awards From Around the Web

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

Rank Ranking Name Source
#10 Best Value Colleges for Design & Applied Arts College Factual
#29 Best Colleges for Design & Applied Arts College Factual
#29 Best Value Colleges for Visual & Performing Arts College Factual
#52 Best Colleges for Visual & Performing Arts College Factual

Where Is Columbus College of Art and Design?

Location of Columbus College of Art and Design

Contact details for CCAD are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 60 Cleveland Ave., Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-224-9101

How Do I Get Into CCAD?

You can apply to CCAD online at:

Admission Requirements for CCAD

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program neither required nor recommended
Recommendations neither required nor recommended
SAT or ACT Scores recommended
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into CCAD?

70% Acceptance Rate
72% Of Accepted Are Women
CCAD has an acceptance rate of 70%, which means that is not quite as selective as some other schools. Still, you'll need good grades and a solid application if you want to be admitted.

Approximately 25% of accepted students are men and 72% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 65%, and the acceptance rate for women is 76%.

Can I Afford Columbus College of Art and Design?

$33,155 Net Price
84% Take Out Loans
7.4% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of CCAD is $33,155. 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 CCAD, approximately 84% of students took out student loans averaging $9,632 a year. That adds up to $38,528 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at CCAD is 7.4%. 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.

Columbus College of Art and Design Undergraduate Student Diversity

1,008 Full-Time Undergraduates
70% Women
24% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 1,032 undergraduate students at CCAD, with 1,008 being full-time and 24 being part-time.

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

There are also 62 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 1,008 full-time undergraduates at CCAD, 30% are male and 70% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  CCAD

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of CCAD Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 34
Black or African American 88
Hispanic or Latino 67
White 674
International Students 67
Other Races/Ethnicities 78

Geographic Diversity

Ohio students aren't the only ones who study at Columbus College of Art and Design. At this time, 23 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 25 countries are represented at CCAD. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, South Korea, and Indonesia.

Online Learning at Columbus College of Art and Design

0 Took All Classes Online
193 Took At Least One Class Online
0.0% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 193 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at CCAD 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 CCAD regardless of major.

Columbus College of Art and Design Undergraduate Concentrations

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

Major Bachelor’s Master’s TOTAL
Design & Applied Arts 126 9 135
Graphic Communications 46 0 46
General Visual & Performing Arts 0 21 21
Fine & Studio Arts 19 0 19
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 17 0 17
Crafts, Folk Art & Artisanry 0 0 0
TOTAL 208 30 238


*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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