San Francisco Art Institute
San Francisco, CA 94133-2299


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 506
Religious affiliation None
Students with disability 13%
Student to faculty ratio 9:1
Campus housing
Dormitory capacity 145 students
Freshmen are required
to live on campus
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)

San Francisco Art Institute is less selective in its admission process. In Fall 2016, it received 352 applications and 326 students were granted admission. San Francisco Art Institute is at the #91 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
Learn more about admission requirments

Tuition & Fees

In 2016-2017 academic year, San Francisco Art Institute's tuition was $42,220 for all students regardless of residency (57.6% 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, 100% of San Francisco Art Institute's full-time freshman students were awarded some type of financial aid. 28% of the students received need based financial assistance from the federal government with an average amount of $3,997 (which is 9.2% below the national average.)

The total number of federal student loan recipients at San Francisco Art Institute in 2016-2017, was 50, which is 59% of the total eligible students. The average loan amount given out to these students was $4,899 (which is 16.9% below the national average.)

Pell Grant
National Average = $4,400
Federal Loan
National Average = $5,895
Financial aid
National Average = 92%
Learn more about financial aid

Student Body

In Fall 2016, San Francisco Art Institute has enrolled a total of 506 students (453 students full-time and 53 on a part-time basis). Out of the total 506 students, 34 of those students were transfer students. The gender ratio of the new enrollee was 37% men and 63% women and 338 students were enrolled for undergraduate programs and 168 for graduates studies.

Total Enrollment

Student Diversity

White: 40%

Non-resident alien: 26%

Hispanic: 15%

Two or more races: 7%

Asian: 5%

Race/ethnicity unknown: 4%

Black/African American: 3%

Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander: 0%


Listed below are the 3 largest majors offered at San Francisco Art Institute.

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 82% 473
Multi/interdisciplinary Studies 1% 4
Social Sciences 0% 0

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 San Francisco Art Institute 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 San Francisco Art Institute graduates 6 years after enrollment is $24,200. Last year, out of the total 179 graduates who entered the institution 6 years ago, 141 were reported to have been employed. On the same note, out of 212 graduates, who enrolled 10 years ago, 157 were employed.

6 years after enrollment 10 years after enrollment
Annual Income $24,200 $32,400
Employment Rate 79% 74%
Total Graduates 179 212

Campus Location

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