The Art Institute of Charleston
Charleston, SC 29401


Type 4 year
Control Private
Business model For Profit
Campus size Small
Campus locale City
Degrees offered Undergrad only
Calendar system Quarter
Total enrollment 393
Religious affiliation None
Open Admission
Students with disability 5%
Student to faculty ratio 14:1
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


The Art Institute of Charleston has an open admission policy. That means there is no standardized test or GPA requirements. Any high school graduate or GED certificate holder may get admission.

Tuition & Fees

In 2016-2017 academic year, The Art Institute of Charleston's tuition was $17,496 for all students regardless of residency (9.2% 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 = $21,918
In State Tuition
National Average = $16,024
Out of State Tuition
National Average = $16,024
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Financial Aid

In 2016-2017 academic year, 97% of The Art Institute of Charleston's full-time freshman students were awarded some type of financial aid. 69% of the students received need based financial assistance from the federal government with an average amount of $4,510 (which is 3% above the national average.)

The total number of federal student loan recipients at The Art Institute of Charleston in 2016-2017, was 59, which is 88% of the total eligible students. The average loan amount given out to these students was $7,503 (which is 4.9% above the national average.)

Pell Grant
National Average = $4,378
Federal Loan
National Average = $7,154
Financial aid
National Average = 89%
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Student Body

In Fall 2016, The Art Institute of Charleston has enrolled a total of 393 students (358 students full-time and 35 on a part-time basis). Out of the total 393 students, 46 of those students were transfer students. The gender ratio of the new enrollee was 40% men and 60% women and all students were enrolled for undergraduate studies.

Total Enrollment

Student Diversity

White: 38%

Black/African American: 37%

Race/ethnicity unknown: 14%

Hispanic: 6%

Two or more races: 3%

Asian: 1%

Non-resident alien: 0%

Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander: 0%


Listed below are the 4 largest majors offered at The Art Institute of Charleston.

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
Personal And Culinary Services 42% 140
Visual And Performing Arts 31% 101
Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services 13% 44
Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services 13% 42

Graduation & Dropout Rates

Graduation rate
national average: 36%

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 The Art Institute of Charleston 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: $26,804

The typical median income of The Art Institute of Charleston graduates 6 years after enrollment is $25,200. Last year, out of the total 2,244 graduates who entered the institution 6 years ago, 1,818 were reported to have been employed. On the same note, out of 967 graduates, who enrolled 10 years ago, 725 were employed.

6 years after enrollment 10 years after enrollment
Annual Income $25,200 $36,000
Employment Rate 81% 75%
Total Graduates 2,244 967

Campus Location

Nearby Colleges

Nearby 4 year colleges within 100 mile radius of The Art Institute of Charleston.

Charleston School of Law
0.9 mile away
Savannah Law School
83.9 mile away
South University-Savannah
87.4 mile away