San Francisco Art Institute: Narrative Description

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800 Chestnut St.
San Francisco, CA 94133
Tel: (415)771-7020; 800-345-SFAI; Admissions: (415)749-4580; Web Site:

Description: Independent, comprehensive, specialized, coed. Awards bachelor's and master's degrees. Founded 1871. Setting: 3-acre urban campus. Endowment: $8.3 million. Total enrollment: 655. Faculty: 115 (34 full-time, 81 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 6:1. 251 applied, 83% were admitted. Full-time: 341 students, 53% women, 47% men. Part-time: 66 students, 56% women, 44% men. Students come from 24 states and territories, 18 other countries, 33% from out-of-state, 2% Native American, 10% Hispanic, 2% black, 7% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 6% international, 44% 25 or older, 29% transferred in. Academic area with the most degrees conferred: visual/performing arts. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, external degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships. Off campus study at Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements: Option: deferred admission. Required: essay, high school transcript, portfolio, SAT I or ACT. Recommended: interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 8/27. Notification: continuous until 4/15.

Costs Per Year: Application fee: $50. Comprehensive fee: $33,690 includes full-time tuition ($24,240) and college room and board ($9450). Part-time tuition: $1010 per unit. Part-time tuition varies according to course load.

Collegiate Environment: Orientation program. Most popular organization: Student Senate. Major annual events: Commencement, Spring Art Exhibition, Roy G. Biv Ball. Student services: personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour patrols, security cameras. 45 college housing spaces available; 43 were occupied in 2002-03. Anne Bremer Memorial Library with 35,500 books, 210 serials, and 121,000 audiovisual materials. 39 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment: See San Francisco State University.

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