The Art Institute of California-San Diego: Narrative Description

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10025 Mesa Rim Rd.
San Diego, CA 92121
Tel: (858)546-0602
Admissions: (858)598-1399
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Proprietary, 4-year, coed. Part of Education Management Corporation. Awards associate and bachelor's degrees. Founded 1981. Setting: urban campus. Total enrollment: 1,708. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 22:1. Students come from 23 states and territories, 15% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 21% Hispanic, 4% black, 13% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 2% international, 30% 25 or older, 12% live on campus. Retention: 85% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: communications/communication technologies; visual/performing arts. Core. Services for LD students, double major, summer session for credit, co-op programs and internships.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early admission, deferred admission. Required: essay, high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA, interview. Placement: SAT, SAT Subject Tests recommended. Entrance: minimally difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Tuition: $18,336 full-time, $382 per credit part-time. Mandatory fees: $600 full-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load, location, and program. College room only: $9200. Tuition guaranteed not to increase for student's term of enrollment.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 2 open to all. Most popular organizations: Advertising Club-AAF, Communicating Art Club, 3-D Club, ASB, AIGA. Major annual events: Bestival, Spring Social, Fall Open House. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices. 230 college housing spaces available; 200 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen given priority for college housing. Options: men-only, women-only housing available. The Art Institute of California Library plus 1 other with 7,197 books, 108 serials, 500 audiovisual materials, and a Web page. 300 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed. Staffed computer lab on campus.

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