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School of Visual Arts Overview

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

What Is School of Visual Arts Known For?

733 Undergraduate Awards
$65,302 Avg Cost After Aid
72% Acceptance Rate
  • SVA has an impressive student to faculty ratio of 6 to 1.
  • The student loan default rate at SVA is 2%, which is significantly lower than the national rate of 10.1%. That's great news for students who are worrying about paying off their student loans.
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the master's degree is the highest award a student can attain at SVA.
  • In 2019-2020, 19% of the faculty were full-time.
  • After graduation, SVA bachelor's degree recipients go on to jobs where they make $50,066 a year. That's about 23% more than their peers at other schools.
  • On average, it takes about 4.2 years for students from SVA to earn a bachelor's degree. This is excellent when compared to the average of 4.4 years.

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School of Visual Arts 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 SVA.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#2 Most Popular Computer Software Applications Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#7 Most Popular Fine & Studio Arts Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#7 Most Popular Graphic Communications Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#13 Most Popular Communications Technology/Support Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#18 Most Popular Design & Applied Arts Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#19 Most Popular Film, Video & Photographic Arts Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#28 Best Radio, TV & Digital Communication Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#39 Most Popular Visual & Performing Arts Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#45 Best Communication & Journalism Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#103 Most Popular Computer & Information Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

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

Rank Ranking Name Source
#1 Best Other Film/Video & Photographic Arts Graduate Degree Schools College Factual
#4 Best Web & Multimedia Design Schools College Factual
#10 Best Photography Schools College Factual
#26 Best Computer Software & Applications Schools College Factual
#34 Best Film, Video & Photographic Arts Schools College Factual
#60 Best Design & Applied Arts Schools College Factual

Where Is 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
75% Of Accepted Are Women
55% Submit SAT Scores
SVA has an acceptance rate of 72%, 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 75% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 72%, and the acceptance rate for women is 72%.

Average Test Scores

About 55% 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 545 and 650. Math scores were between 530 and 680.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for School of Visual Arts  ( 545 to 650 )

SAT Math Scores for School of Visual Arts  ( 530 to 680 )
SVA received ACT scores from 7% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 23 and 27.

ACT Composite Scores for School of Visual Arts  ( 23 to 27 )

Can I Afford School of Visual Arts?

$65,302 Net Price
24% Take Out Loans
2.0% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of SVA is $65,302. 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 SVA, approximately 24% of students took out student loans averaging $11,644 a year. That adds up to $46,576 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at SVA is 2.0%. 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

3,107 Full-Time Undergraduates
73% Women
28% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 3,192 undergraduate students at SVA, with 3,107 being full-time and 85 being part-time.


There are also 500 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 3,107 full-time undergraduates at SVA, 27% are male and 73% are female.


Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 465
Black or African American 115
Hispanic or Latino 303
White 561
International Students 1,613
Other Races/Ethnicities 50

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.

Online Learning at School of Visual Arts

0 Took All Classes Online

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 254 53 307
Design & Applied Arts 186 34 220
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 136 58 194
Fine & Studio Arts 52 53 105
Graphic Communications 87 0 87
Human Computer Interaction 0 41 41
Public Relations & Advertising 0 27 27
Systems Theory 0 23 23
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 18 0 18
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 11 11
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 0 10 10
Museum Studies 0 1 1
TOTAL 733 311 1,044


*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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