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School of Visual Arts Overview

School of Visual Arts is a private for-profit institution situated in New York, New York. The location of SVA is great for students who prefer living in an urban area.

What Is School of Visual Arts Known For?

3,506 Full-Time Undergraduates
$44,473 Avg Cost After Aid
72% Acceptance Rate
  • Students who want to work more closely with their professors have an easier time at SVA since the student to facuty ratio is 9 to 1.
  • The 4% student loan default rate at SVA is better than the national rate of 10.1%. That's a good sign that you may be able to pay off student loans easier than your peers at other schools can.
  • The master's degree is the highest degree offered at SVA.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 37% of the faculty were full-time.
  • Students who graduate from SVA with a bachelor's degree make about $41,800 a year. That's 2% more than those who graduate from other schools.
  • The average SVA student graduates in 4.1 years. That's better than the national average of 4.4 years.

School of Visual Arts Rankings

SVA landed the #498 spot in College Factual's 2021 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 1,715 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. SVA also holds the #56 spot on the Best Colleges in New York ranking.

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

Notable Undergraduate Rankings for SVA

Ranking Type Rank
Best Colleges for International Students 226
Best Colleges for Diversity 321
Best Colleges 498
Best Colleges for Veterans 1,117
Best Colleges for the Money 1,300

Where Is School of Visual Arts?

Location of School of Visual Arts

Contact details for SVA are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 209 E 23Rd St, New York, NY 10010
Phone: 212-592-2000

How Do I Get Into SVA?

You can apply to SVA online at:

Admission Requirements for SVA

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

How Hard Is It To Get Into SVA?

72% Acceptance Rate
76% Of Accepted Are Women
74% Submit SAT Scores
With an acceptance rate of 72%, SVA may not be as selective as some schools, but you should not take admittance for granted. Be sure to submit the best application you can.

Approximately 24% of accepted students are men and 76% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 63%, and the acceptance rate for women is 76%.

Average Test Scores

About 74% of students accepted to SVA submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 520 and 620. Math scores were between 500 and 610.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for School of Visual Arts  ( 520 to 620 )

SAT Math Scores for School of Visual Arts  ( 500 to 610 )
SVA received ACT scores from 26% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 21 and 27.

ACT Composite Scores for School of Visual Arts  ( 21 to 27 )

Can I Afford School of Visual Arts?

$44,473 Net Price
36% Take Out Loans
4.2% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of SVA is $44,473. 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 SVA

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$40,131 $39,559 $45,302 $46,760 $49,670

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 SVA, approximately 36% of students took out student loans averaging $11,548 a year. That adds up to $46,192 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at SVA is 4.2%. 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.

School of Visual Arts Undergraduate Student Diversity

3,506 Full-Time Undergraduates
69% Women
29% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 3,750 undergraduate students at SVA, with 3,506 being full-time and 244 being part-time.

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

There are also 643 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 3,506 full-time undergraduates at SVA, 31% are male and 69% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  SVA

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of School of Visual Arts students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of SVA Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 461
Black or African American 143
Hispanic or Latino 385
White 818
International Students 1,599
Other Races/Ethnicities 100

Geographic Diversity

New York students aren't the only ones who study at School of Visual Arts. At this time, 33 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 76 countries are represented at SVA. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, South Korea, and Taiwan.

School of Visual Arts Majors

In 2017-2018, School of Visual Arts awarded 1,668 undergraduate degrees and 716 graduate degrees. The table below shows the number of awards for each major.

Major Associate’s Bachelor’s Master’s Doctor’s
Computer Software & Applications 0 289 47 0
Design & Applied Arts 0 186 45 0
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 0 145 85 0
Fine & Studio Arts 0 90 66 0
Graphic Communications 0 92 0 0
Human Computer Interaction 0 0 38 0
Museum Studies 0 0 6 0
Public Relations & Advertising 0 0 27 0
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 0 32 0 0
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 0 0 16 0
Systems Theory 0 0 21 0
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 0 7 0
Total 0 1,668 716 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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