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The University of the Arts Overview

Located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, The University of the Arts is a private not-for-profit institution. The surrounding area of the school is a good match for students who enjoy city life.

What Is The University of the Arts Known For?

370 Undergraduate Awards
$47,644 Avg Cost After Aid
74% Acceptance Rate
  • UArts has an impressive student to faculty ratio of 8 to 1.
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the doctor's degree is the highest award a student can attain at UArts.
  • In 2017-2018, 100% of the faculty were full-time.
  • The average UArts student graduates in 4.1 years. That's better than the national average of 4.4 years.

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The University of the Arts Rankings

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at UArts.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Most Popular Crafts, Folk Art & Artisanry Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#2 Most Popular Dance Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#20 Most Popular Drama & Theater Arts Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#24 Most Popular Arts & Media Management Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#41 Most Popular Visual & Performing Arts Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#62 Most Popular Design & Applied Arts Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#94 Most Popular Music Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

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

Rank Ranking Name Source
#11 Best Colleges for Visual & Performing Arts College Factual
#23 Best Visual & Performing Arts Colleges for Veterans College Factual

Where Is The University of the Arts?

Location of The University of the Arts

Contact details for UArts are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 320 South Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19102-4901
Phone: 800-616-2787

How Do I Get Into UArts?

You can apply to UArts online at:

Admission Requirements for UArts

Submission Required?
High School GPA considered but not required
High School Rank neither required nor recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program recommended
Recommendations neither required nor recommended
SAT or ACT Scores considered but not required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into UArts?

74% Acceptance Rate
69% Of Accepted Are Women
The acceptance rate at The University of the Arts is 74%. This means that is not quite as selective as some schools, but you'll still need to submit a good application if you want to be considered by the admissions department.

Approximately 31% of accepted students are men and 69% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 78%, and the acceptance rate for women is 72%.

Can I Afford The University of the Arts?

$47,644 Net Price
92% Take Out Loans
8.2% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of UArts is $47,644. 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 UArts, approximately 92% of students took out student loans averaging $10,594 a year. That adds up to $42,376 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at UArts is 8.2%. Although this is lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, you'll still want to keep this in mind when taking out student loans.

The University of the Arts Undergraduate Student Diversity

1,662 Full-Time Undergraduates
64% Women
38% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 1,699 undergraduate students at UArts, with 1,662 being full-time and 37 being part-time.

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

There are also 162 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 1,662 full-time undergraduates at UArts, 36% are male and 64% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  UArts

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of The University of the Arts students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of UArts Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 48
Black or African American 326
Hispanic or Latino 214
White 852
International Students 55
Other Races/Ethnicities 167

Geographic Diversity

Pennsylvania students aren't the only ones who study at The University of the Arts. At this time, 31 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 25 countries are represented at UArts. The most popular countries sending students to the school are South Korea, China, and Saudi Arabia.

Online Learning at The University of the Arts

0 Took All Classes Online

The University of the Arts Undergraduate Concentrations

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

Major Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s TOTAL
Drama & Theater Arts 78 0 11 89
Design & Applied Arts 69 0 6 75
Dance 57 0 0 57
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 52 0 0 52
Music 39 0 7 46
Fine & Studio Arts 21 0 11 32
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 0 31 31
Arts & Media Management 26 0 0 26
Crafts, Folk Art & Artisanry 18 0 0 18
Museum Studies 0 0 16 16
Writing Studies 10 0 0 10
Curriculum & Instruction 0 2 5 7
Other Education 0 0 5 5
TOTAL 370 2 92 464


*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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