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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?

834 Undergraduate Awards
$63,312 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 highest award offered at SVA is the master's degree.
  • 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.

Awards From Around the Web

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

Rank Ranking Name Source
#4 Best Colleges for Computer Software & Applications College Factual
#13 Best Colleges for Film, Video & Photographic Arts College Factual
#13 Best Film, Video & Photographic Arts Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#17 Best Colleges for Design & Applied Arts College Factual
#62 Best Colleges for Visual & Performing Arts College Factual
#64 Best Visual & Performing Arts Colleges for Veterans College Factual

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?

$63,312 Net Price
36% Take Out Loans
4.2% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of SVA is $63,312. 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 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

3,610 Full-Time Undergraduates
71% Women
28% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 3,714 undergraduate students at SVA, with 3,610 being full-time and 104 being part-time.

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

There are also 676 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 3,610 full-time undergraduates at SVA, 29% are male and 71% 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 487
Black or African American 139
Hispanic or Latino 365
White 754
International Students 1,742
Other Races/Ethnicities 123

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 Undergraduate Concentrations

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

Major Bachelor’s Master’s TOTAL
Computer Software & Applications 289 47 336
Design & Applied Arts 186 45 231
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 145 85 230
Fine & Studio Arts 90 66 156
Graphic Communications 92 0 92
Human Computer Interaction 0 38 38
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 32 0 32
Public Relations & Advertising 0 27 27
Systems Theory 0 21 21
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 0 16 16
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 7 7
Museum Studies 0 6 6
TOTAL 834 358 1,192


*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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