The Art Institute of Pittsburgh: Narrative Description

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420 Blvd. of the Allies
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Tel: (412)263-6600
Free: 800-275-2470
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Proprietary, 4-year, coed. Part of Education Management Corporation. Awards associate and bachelor's degrees. Founded 1921. Setting: urban campus. Total enrollment: 4,872. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 20:1. 2,739 applied, 46% were admitted. 1% from top 10% of their high school class, 16% from top quarter, 60% from top half. Full-time: 2,590 students, 44% women, 56% men. Part-time: 2,282 students, 66% women, 34% men. Students come from 40 states and territories, 35 other countries, 48% from out-of-state, 0.2% Native American, 0.4% Hispanic, 6% black, 0.3% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 0.02% international, 30% live on campus, 5% transferred in. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: visual/performing arts; communications/communication technologies; computer/information sciences. Core. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, distance learning, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Common Application, deferred admission. Required: essay, high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA. Recommended: interview. Required for some: art portfolio. Placement: ACCUPLACER required; SAT or ACT recommended. Entrance: minimally difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $50. Tuition: $21,780 full-time, $363 per credit part-time. Mandatory fees: $185 full-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load. Part-time tuition varies according to course load. College room only: $6900. Room charges vary according to housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 11 open to all. Most popular organizations: American Society of Interior Designers, The Cel Group, AIPIK, Production Monsters, Video Visions. Major annual events: Health and Wellness Week, Welcome Week-Up All Night, School Tour Day. Student services: personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. College housing designed to accommodate 560 students; 700 undergraduates lived in college housing during 2003-04. No special consideration for freshman housing applicants. Library with 6,997 books, 199 serials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $136,250. 400 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

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