From the School

Since 1866, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) has been providing a leading global vision for the education of artists, designers and others who shape contemporary practice. SAIC fosters the conceptual and technical education of artists, designers and scholars in a highly professional, studio-oriented and academically rigorous environment. SAIC encourages excellence, critical inquiry, and experimentation. In 2002, SAIC was recognized as "the most influential art school in the nation" in a poll of national art critics conducted by Columbia University. SAIC's Master of Fine Arts program has been consistently ranked as one of the top three graduate fine arts programs in the nation by U.S. News and World Report. 2,359 undergraduate and 631 graduate students work in an environment that facilitates the exchange of ideas, resource sharing and the refinement of technical abilities and conceptual concerns. SAIC students have access to a wide variety of unique resources, beginning with the premiere collection of the Art Institute of Chicago and its Ryerson Library and Burnham Library of Architecture, the largest art and architecture research libraries in the country. The Gene Siskel Film Center, located in the same building as our 162 North State Street residence, presents significant programs of world cinema and video presentations by an international array of film and video artists. The Video Data Bank houses more than 1,800 titles and is the leading resource in the United States for videotapes by and about contemporary artists. The Poetry Center brings renowned poets and writers to Chicago to share their work with the public. SAIC is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.

Overview

Applicants
3,737
Acceptance Rate
69%

Test Scores

SAT Reading
0 - 0
SAT Math
450 - 670
ACT Composite
18 - 28

Deadlines


Regular
June 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Standardized Test Scores
Application Essay
Recommendation(s)
Non-Academic

Talent / Ability
Character / Personal Qualities
Level of applicant's interest

Overall

From The School

Completion of 132 hours is required for the B.A., B.F.A. and B.I.A. degrees, approximately two thirds being in studio areas and one third in academic course work. All entering students who have completed fewer than 15 credit hours of college-level studio art must enroll in the First Year Experience, an intense, interdisciplinary studio concentration that emphasizes simultaneous development of technical skills and conceptual thinking. After the first-year English requirements are completed, students take liberal arts courses in the humanities, natural science and mathematics and social sciences. Students are also required to complete an art history requirement. Our credit/no-credit grading system encourages students to investigate, develop or resolve a creative problem or theme by exploring new approaches or different media, and to develop the self-motivation and discipline necessary for life as a practicing artist, designer and scholar in the 21st century. Students are required to complete 6 semester hours of off-campus study.

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
9:1
Total Faculty
854
with Terminal Degree
628

565
Women
289
Men
153
Minority

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
2 - 9

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years


Degrees

Bachelor's
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
No

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
On Campus Interviews
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Georgia O'Keefe
painter

Halston
fashion designer

LeRoy Neiman
painter

Victor Skrebneski
photographer

Claes Oldenburg
sculptor

Vincent Minnelli
filmmaker

David Sedaris
writer

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 1

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$15,935

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$16,644

Average Need-Based Loan
$5,217

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$41,988

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
52%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$15,778

Financial aid provided to international students
No

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$0
Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

Scholarships and Grants
Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Overall

From The School

SAIC builds a strong sense of community on campus with special activities and programs. The Visiting Artist Program hosts approximately 50 public presentations by artists each year in lectures, symposia, performances and screenings. It showcases artists working in all media including sound, video, performance, poetry, painting, and independent film, in addition to curators, critics, and art historians.

The Student Union Galleries (SUGs) program provides a professional student exhibition space that is operated by students. Students are involved in every facet of the gallery's operation--from administration and program design to the selection of exhibitions, curating, advertising, installation and de-installation.

Student Government is responsible for funding and co-sponsoring events such as a Welcome Back to School Party, All-School Barbecues, Holiday and Spring Art Sales, and the First Thursdays events. In recent history they've implemented a School TV station (EXTV), improved recycling efforts on campus, and developed new programs to improve the sense of community at SAIC. Students may also participate in SAIC's award-winning newspaper, "F Newsmagazine," or Free Radio SAIC, a student-run Internet radio station airing approximately 40 hours of original programming per week.

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
2,782
Out of State
70%

International
44%
Foreign Countries Represented
68

Demographics

18.22%
Asian
4.19%
African-American
10.71%
Hispanic
58.07%
Caucasian
4.66%
Unknown
44.00%
International

72% female
28% male
70% are out of state
93% are full time
7% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
17%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

Quality of life rating
First-Year Students living on campus
89%

Campus Environment
Large Urban
Fire safety rating
84

Housing Options

Disabled Student
Dorms Coed

Special Needs Admissions


Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Heather Walsh

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Documentation Requred for LD
Complete psychoeducational evaluation including adult IQ and achievement testing

Documentation Requred for ADHD
Documentation form must be completed by a qualified professional. The documentation form is available on our website, as well as in the Learning Center.

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
Yes

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
No

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
No

Reading machine
No

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
49
Number of Honor Societies
0

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
4

Sports

Athletic Division
Other



Sustainability

Green Rating
61

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
38

Average Number of PC's per Lab
16

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
Yes

Undergraduates that Own Computers
80%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Apple, Dell, GovConnection, CDWG

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Admissions Main Office

Address
36 S. Wabash
Chicago, IL 60603

Phone
312-629-6100

Email
admiss@saic.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Leroy Neiman Student Center
Residence Halls
The Art Institute of Chicago
Gene Siskel Film Center
Studio Classrooms

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Museum Campus (Planetarium, Aquarium, Field Museum
Millenium park
Gallery Districts
Navy Pier
Lakefront
Chicago is one of the world's great cities. It's sophisticated and brash, sprawling and close-knit, earthy and earnest, and wildly experimental. The city is defined by an extraordinary and rich diversity. For artists, Chicago is irresistible: a city of unparalleled architecture and innovative public art, world-class museums and galleries, and vibrant communities of working artists, designers, writers, and thinkers.

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday - Fridays
8:30 - 4:30
312-629-6100

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: 11:45am
Average Length: 2 hours

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
varies

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
N/A

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Varies

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Extensive public transportation is available including buses, trains and taxis. Campus is served by both Chicago's O'Hare and Midway airports.

Local Accommodations
Palmer House Hilton 17 E. Monroe 312-726-7500