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School of Visual Arts: Narrative Description


209 East 23rd St.
New York, NY 10010-3994
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Proprietary, comprehensive, coed. Awards bachelor's and master's degrees. Founded 1947. Setting: 1-acre urban campus. Educational spending 2003-04: $5529 per student. Total enrollment: 3,442. Faculty: 848 (148 full-time, 700 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 8:1. 2,039 applied, 68% were admitted. Full-time: 2,768 students, 52% women, 48% men. Part-time: 282 students, 51% women, 49% men. Students come from 45 states and territories, 42 other countries, 39% from out-of-state, 0.1% Native American, 8% Hispanic, 4% black, 11% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 13% international, 16% 25 or older, 27% live on campus, 10% transferred in. Retention: 89% 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, services for LD students, advanced placement, freshman honors college, honors program, independent study, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, internships. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Common Application, electronic application, early decision, deferred admission. Required: essay, high school transcript, minimum 2.5 high school GPA, portfolio, SAT or ACT. Recommended: interview. Required for some: 1 recommendation. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadlines: Rolling, 12/1 for early decision. Notification: continuous, 1/14 for early decision.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $50. Comprehensive fee: $30,870 includes full-time tuition ($19,120), mandatory fees ($500), and college room and board ($11,250). College room only: $7000. Room and board charges vary according to board plan, gender, housing facility, and location. Part-time tuition: $640 per credit.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 15 open to all. Most popular organizations: Visual Arts Student Association, Film Club, Korean Christian Organization, Asian Association, Bible study. Major annual events: End of the Year Picnic, Great Adventure, ski trip. Student services: health clinic. Campus security: 24-hour patrols. 1,000 college housing spaces available; all were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen given priority for college housing. Options: coed, women-only housing available. School of Visual Arts Library with 71,490 books, 1,170 microform titles, 340 serials, 158,000 audiovisual materials, and an OPAC. Operations spending 2003-04: $572,680. 600 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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