Corcoran College of Art and Design: Narrative Description

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500 17th St.
NW Washington, DC 20006-4804
Tel: (202)639-1800; 888-CORCORAN
Admissions: (202)639-1814
E-mail: [email protected]
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Independent, comprehensive, coed. Awards associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees. Founded 1890. Setting: 7-acre urban campus. Endowment: $27.7 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $6919 per student. Total enrollment: 508. Faculty: 173 (21 full-time, 152 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 11:1. 225 applied, 68% were admitted. 14% from top 10% of their high school class, 46% from top quarter, 86% from top half. Full-time: 328 students, 64% women, 36% men. Part-time: 153 students, 71% women, 29% men. Students come from 25 states and territories, 38 other countries, 73% from out-of-district, 0.2% Native American, 6% Hispanic, 7% black, 7% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 7% international, 29% 25 or older, 17% live on campus, 15% transferred in. Retention: 84% 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, advanced placement, independent study, summer session for credit, adult/continuing education programs, internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at Alliance of Independent Colleges of Art and Design.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: early admission, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.5 high school GPA, portfolio, SAT or ACT. Recommended: essay, minimum 3.0 high school GPA, 2 recommendations, interview. Required for some: essay, 2 recommendations, interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $40. Comprehensive fee: $31,100 includes full-time tuition ($21,200), mandatory fees ($100), and college room and board ($9800). College room only: $7900. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to degree level. Part-time tuition: $610 per credit. Part-time mandatory fees: $100. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to degree level.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Social organizations: 1 open to all. Most popular organization: Student Government Association. Major annual events: Bizarre, Off the Wall Art Sale. Student services: personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour patrols, ID check at all entrances. 108 college housing spaces available; all were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen given priority for college housing. Option: coed housing available. Corcoran School of Art Library plus 1 other with 29,413 books, 167 serials, 46,013 audiovisual materials, and an OPAC. Operations spending 2003-04: $258,269. 117 computers available on campus for general student use. Staffed computer lab on campus.

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