Art Center College of Design: Narrative Description

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1700 Lida St.
Pasadena, CA 91103-1999
Tel: (626)396-2200
Admissions: (626)396-2373
Fax: (626)795-0578
E-mail: [email protected]
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Independent, comprehensive, coed. Awards bachelor's and master's degrees. Founded 1930. Setting: 175-acre suburban campus with easy access to Los Angeles. Endowment: $21.3 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $18,232 per student. Total enrollment: 1,519. Faculty: 407 (66 full-time, 341 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 12:1. 1,025 applied, 77% were admitted. Full-time: 1,394 students, 40% women, 60% men. Students come from 31 states and territories, 28 other countries, 21% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 11% Hispanic, 2% black, 36% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 15% international, 47% 25 or older, 2% transferred in. Retention: 94% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic area with the most degrees conferred: visual/performing arts. Core. Calendar: trimesters. Advanced placement, accelerated degree program, independent study, summer session for credit, adult/continuing education programs, internships.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, portfolio. Recommended: minimum 3.0 high school GPA, interview. Required for some: SAT or ACT. Entrance: very difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $45. Tuition: $24,844 full-time. Mandatory fees: $200 full-time.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Social organizations: 12 open to all. Most popular organizations: Contraste, Chroma, Women's Alliance, Korean Student Alliance, Industrial Design Society Student Chapter. Major annual event: School-Wide Party. Student services: personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols. College housing not available. James LeMont Fogg Library with 93,038 books, 450 serials, and 10,000 audiovisual materials. Operations spending 2003-04: $984,867. 225 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from off-campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

See California Institute of Technology.

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