Art Center College of Design
Pasadena, CA 91103


Type 4 year
Control Private
Business model Not for Profit
Campus size Small
Campus locale City
Degrees offered Undergrad & Graduate
Calendar system Semester
Total enrollment 2,138
Religious affiliation None
Student to faculty ratio 9:1
Campus housing No
Types of Programs Offered
Postbaccalaureate Recreational or avocational education
Adult basic remedial or high school equivalent
High school education
Medical Degree
Special Learning Opportunities
Weekend/evening classes
Study abroad
Teacher certification
ROTC - Army
ROTC - Navy
ROTC - Air Force
Student Services Offered
On-campus day care for students' children
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling services
Employment services for students
Placement services for graduates


Acceptance Rate
(Fall 2016)

Art Center College of Design is somewhat selective in its admission process. In Fall 2016, it received 670 applications and 464 students were granted admission. Art Center College of Design is at the #67 spot (in a scale of 1 to 100) in terms of admission difficulty out of 1,781 4 year colleges in the U.S.

Test Scores

Students admitted and enrolled in Fall 2016 have test scores in the following ranges.

Application Fee

Undergrad students
Graduate students
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Tuition & Fees

In 2016-2017 academic year, Art Center College of Design's tuition was $40,046 for all students regardless of residency (49.5% more expensive than the national average tuition of a typical 4-year private institution)

Follow the link below to learn more about additional cost components such as books and supplies, room and board and other expenses.

Average Net Price
National Average = $22,127
In State Tuition
National Average = $26,792
Out of State Tuition
National Average = $26,792
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Financial Aid

In 2016-2017 academic year, 63% of Art Center College of Design's full-time freshman students were awarded some type of financial aid. 23% of the students received need based financial assistance from the federal government with an average amount of $4,714 (which is 7.1% above the national average.)

The total number of federal student loan recipients at Art Center College of Design in 2016-2017, was 86, which is 48% of the total eligible students. The average loan amount given out to these students was $5,445 (which is 7.6% below the national average.)

Pell Grant
National Average = $4,400
Federal Loan
National Average = $5,895
Financial aid
National Average = 92%
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Student Body

In Fall 2016, Art Center College of Design has enrolled a total of 2,138 students (1,826 students full-time and 312 on a part-time basis). Out of the total 2,138 students, 167 of those students were transfer students. The gender ratio of the new enrollee was 48% men and 52% women and 1,908 students were enrolled for undergraduate programs and 230 for graduates studies.

Total Enrollment

Student Diversity

Asian: 32%

Non-resident alien: 32%

White: 17%

Hispanic: 11%

Two or more races: 4%

Black/African American: 1%

Race/ethnicity unknown: 1%

Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander: 0%


Listed below are the 5 largest majors offered at Art Center College of Design.

Study areas with their online column set to zero are those programs that have an online option but there was no graduate in 2016-2017 academic year.
Study Areas Percent Total Graduates Online
Visual And Performing Arts 44% 614
Engineering Technologies And Engineering-related Fields 15% 211
Architecture And Related Services 4% 62
Communications Technologies/technicians And Support Services 4% 56
Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services 4% 55

Graduation & Dropout Rates

Graduation rate
national average: 55%

Graduation rate is a key indicator of an institution's education quality and the level of academic and financial support provided to students.

The following section details graduation and dropout rates of Art Center College of Design full-time students who started class in 2010 and graduated or dropped out prior to August 31, 2016.

Still enrolled
Dropout rate
Transfered out

The above graduation rate is the percentage of students who graduated within 150% of the normal graduation time. For a 4 year degree program, 150% of 4 years is 6 years and for a 2-year program 150% is 3 years.

Earnings After College

Median Annual Income
national average: $33,604

The typical median income of Art Center College of Design graduates 6 years after enrollment is $39,400. Last year, out of the total 539 graduates who entered the institution 6 years ago, 464 were reported to have been employed. On the same note, out of 663 graduates, who enrolled 10 years ago, 550 were employed.

6 years after enrollment 10 years after enrollment
Annual Income $39,400 $50,300
Employment Rate 86% 83%
Total Graduates 539 663

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