Academy of Art University: Narrative Description

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79 New Montgomery St.
San Francisco, CA 94105-3410
Tel: (415)274-2200
Free: 800-544-ARTS
Admissions: (415)263-5518
Fax: (415)263-4130
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Proprietary, comprehensive, coed. Awards associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees. Founded 1929. Setting: 3-acre urban campus. Total enrollment: 6,706. Faculty: 651 (137 full-time, 514 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 15:1. 1,814 applied. 80% from top half of their high school class. Full-time: 3,205 students, 38% women, 62% men. Part-time: 2,120 students, 48% women, 52% men. Students come from 53 states and territories, 39% from out-of-state, 39% 25 or older, 10% live on campus, 11% transferred in. Retention: 58% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic area with the most degrees conferred: visual/performing arts. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, independent study, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships.

Entrance Requirements:

Open admission. Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, early admission, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript. Recommended: minimum 2.0 high school GPA, interview, portfolio. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: Rolling.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $100. Comprehensive fee: $25,280 includes full-time tuition ($13,200), mandatory fees ($80), and college room and board ($12,000). College room only: $8400. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load. Room and board charges vary according to housing facility. Part-time tuition: $550 per unit. Part-time mandatory fees: $40 per term. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Social organizations: 25 open to all. Most popular organizations: Circle of Nations, Advertising Club, Western Art Directors Club, Pinoy and Pinay Artists Club, Taiwanese Student Association. Major annual events: Spring Show, Lily Bunka Academy Exchange, Fine Art Faculty and Alumni Art Auction. Campus security: late night transport-escort service, ID check at all buildings. 725 college housing spaces available; 666 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. Option: coed housing available. Academy of Art College Library with 37,342 books, 565 serials, 120,000 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $718,000. 600 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Lining the street between the Powell and Sutter buildings are several of San Francisco's finest art galleries. The area provides an ideal environment for studying and developing as an artist.

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