The University of the Arts: Narrative Description

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320 South Broad St.
Philadelphia, PA 19102-4944
Tel: (215)717-6000; 800-616-ARTS; Admissions: (215)717-6030; Fax: (215)717-6045; Web Site:

Description: Independent, comprehensive, specialized, coed. Awards bachelor's and master's degrees. Founded 1870. Setting: 18-acre urban campus. Endowment: $15.9 million. Research spending 2002-03: $86,280. Educational spending 2002-03: $7123 per student. Total enrollment: 2,142. Faculty: 434 (114 full-time, 320 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 9:1. 1,951 applied, 51% were admitted. 10% from top 10% of their high school class, 37% from top quarter, 70% from top half. Full-time: 1,911 students, 56% women, 44% men. Part-time: 57 students, 56% women, 44% men. Students come from 42 states and territories, 38 other countries, 61% from out-of-state, 0.2% Native American, 4% Hispanic, 9% black, 3% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 2% international, 4% 25 or older, 36% live on campus, 7% transferred in. Retention: 82% of 2003 full-time freshmen returned. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: visual/performing arts; communications/communication technologies; interdisciplinary studies. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, independent study, double major, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at Consortium of East Coast Art Schools, Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science, Vermont Studio School. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements: Options: Common Application, electronic application, early admission, deferred admission. Required: essay, high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA, 1 recommendation, portfolio or audition, SAT I or ACT. Recommended: interview. Required for some: interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year: Application fee: $50. Tuition: $22,060 full-time, $954 per credit part-time. Mandatory fees: $850 full-time. Part-time tuition varies according to course load. College room only: $5800. Room charges vary according to housing facility.

Collegiate Environment: Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group. Social organizations: 7 open to all. Most popular organizations: African-American Student Union, Gaming Society, Outreach, Multimedia Artist Society, Student Council. Major annual events: Fall Carnival, Black History Month Extravaganza, Art in the Park. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, crime prevention workshops and seminars. 690 college housing spaces available; all were occupied in 2002-03. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. Option: coed housing available. Albert M. Greenfield Library plus 2 others with 123,175 books, 461 microform titles, 538 serials, 321,710 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2002-03: $706,308. 475 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment: The campus is located in the heart of Philadelphia's cultural community. The area has theaters, museums, galleries, music and dance facilities, restaurants of many ethnic varieties, and major department stores and shops. Philadelphia offers a broad mix of experiences of historical importance. The city is also known as a supporter of the arts. Urban and sophisticated, it is at the same time a series of small, close-knit neighborhoods. Fairmount Park, the largest municipal park in the world, provides facilities for boating, fishing, hiking, biking, picnicking, and relaxing.

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