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Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design Overview

Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design is a private for-profit institution situated in Lakewood, Colorado. The location of RMCAD is great for students who prefer living in an urban area.

What Is Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design Known For?

675 Full-Time Undergraduates
$21,571 Avg Cost After Aid
  • Students at RMCAD may have an easier time interacting with their teachers since the student to faculty ratio at the school is 7 to 1.
  • The master's degree is the highest degree offered at RMCAD.
  • In 2017-2018, 100% of the faculty were full-time.

Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design Rankings

RMCAD is ranked #1,593 out of 1,715 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2021 Best Colleges list. RMCAD also holds the #21 spot on the Best Colleges in Colorado ranking.

The following table lists the notable rankings from College Factual that RMCAD has received.

Notable Undergraduate Rankings for RMCAD

Ranking Type Rank
Best Colleges for Diversity 1,404
Best Colleges 1,593
Best Colleges for Veterans 1,907

Where Is Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design?

Location of Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design

Contact details for RMCAD are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1600 Pierce St, Lakewood, CO 80214
Phone: 303-753-6046

How Do I Get Into RMCAD?

You can apply to RMCAD online at:

Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design has an open admissions policy. This means that the school accepts all applicants assuming that they meet very basic requirements, such as having a high school diploma or equivalent.

Can I Afford Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design?

75% Take Out Loans
15.9% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of RMCAD is $21,571. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for RMCAD

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$21,048 $21,517 $21,813 $22,148 $22,418

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 RMCAD, approximately 75% of students took out student loans averaging $10,538 a year. That adds up to $42,152 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at RMCAD is 15.9%. Watch out! This is significantly higher than the national default rate of 10.1%, which means you could have trouble paying back your student loans if you take any out.

Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design Undergraduate Student Diversity

675 Full-Time Undergraduates
70% Women
24% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 864 undergraduate students at RMCAD, with 675 being full-time and 189 being part-time.

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

There are also 5 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 675 full-time undergraduates at RMCAD, 30% are male and 70% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  RMCAD

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of RMCAD Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 25
Black or African American 32
Hispanic or Latino 74
White 409
International Students 7
Other Races/Ethnicities 128

Geographic Diversity

Colorado students aren't the only ones who study at Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design. At this time, 24 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 11 countries are represented at RMCAD. The most popular countries sending students to the school are India, Mexico, and Canada.

Online Learning at Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design

512 Took All Classes Online
1,054 Took At Least One Class Online
1.6% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 8 bachelor’s degree and 1 master’s degree programs available online at RMCAD. In 2017-2018, 1,054 students took at least one online class at the school.

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


This school is the 24th most popular in Colorado for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of RMCAD

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design was 1.6%. This is the #1,930 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at RMCAD regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of RMCAD majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Communications Technologies & Support 48%
Computer & Information Sciences 2%
Computer Software & Applications 2%
Design & Applied Arts 30%
Graphic Communications 48%
Teacher Education Subject Specific 50%
Visual & Performing Arts 29%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at RMCAD ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at RMCAD.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Graphic Communications #12
Communications Technologies & Support #17
Fine & Studio Arts #25
Design & Applied Arts #49
Computer Software & Applications #59
Visual & Performing Arts #100
Instructional Media Design #117
Computer & Information Sciences #366

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%.

Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design Majors

Major Associate’s Bachelor’s Master’s Doctor’s
Computer Software & Applications 0 44 0 0
Design & Applied Arts 0 98 0 0
Fine & Studio Arts 0 5 0 0
Graphic Communications 0 33 0 0
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 4 0 0
Total 0 368 0 0


*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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