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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?

218 Undergraduate Awards
$30,387 Avg Cost After Aid
92% Acceptance Rate
  • CCAD has an impressive student to faculty ratio of 10 to 1.
  • The master's degree is the highest award offered at CCAD.
  • In 2017-2018, 31% of the faculty were full-time.
  • The average CCAD student graduates in 4.1 years. That's better than the national average of 4.4 years.

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Columbus College of Art and Design 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 CCAD.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#5 Most Popular General Visual & Performing Arts Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#20 Most Popular Graphic Communications Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#26 Most Popular Communications Technology/Support Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#37 Most Popular Design & Applied Arts Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#139 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 CCAD has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#5 Highest Paid Master’s Degree General Visual & Performing Arts Graduates College Factual

Where Is 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 neither required nor recommended
High School Transcript neither required nor recommended
College Prep Program neither required nor recommended
Recommendations considered but not required
SAT or ACT Scores neither required nor recommended
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into CCAD?

92% Acceptance Rate
78% Of Accepted Are Women
CCAD has the high acceptance rate of 92%, which means it is fairly easy to gain admittance as long as you submit a complete application with requested materials.

Approximately 22% of accepted students are men and 78% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 86%, and the acceptance rate for women is 93%.

Can I Afford Columbus College of Art and Design?

$30,387 Net Price
76% Take Out Loans
12.2% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of CCAD is $30,387. 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 CCAD, approximately 76% of students took out student loans averaging $8,018 a year. That adds up to $32,072 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at CCAD is 12.2%. This is higher than the national default rate of 10.1% so you should proceed with caution when taking out student loans.

Columbus College of Art and Design Undergraduate Student Diversity

958 Full-Time Undergraduates
71% Women
26% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 982 undergraduate students at CCAD, with 958 being full-time and 24 being part-time.


There are also 27 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 958 full-time undergraduates at CCAD, 29% are male and 71% are female.


Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 27
Black or African American 76
Hispanic or Latino 73
White 642
International Students 26
Other Races/Ethnicities 114

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

913 Took All Classes Online
1,008 Took At Least One Class Online
22,800.0% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2019-2020, 1,008 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.


Online Growth Rankings of CCAD

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Columbus College of Art and Design was 22,800.0%. This is the #19 largest growth rate of all schools that are mostly online. This refers to all students at CCAD 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%.

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 125 10 135
Graphic Communications 44 0 44
Fine & Studio Arts 25 0 25
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 21 0 21
General Visual & Performing Arts 0 15 15
Crafts, Folk Art & Artisanry 3 0 3
TOTAL 218 25 243


*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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