Students Say

If you dream of “becoming a more thoughtful and skillful artist or designer,” you’ll find a good match at Cleveland Institute of Art, a tiny urban school with more than 100 years in operation. Students come to CIA for its “wonderful art programs” and reputed design departments, but also note that there is “flexibility in exploring other fields of study while pursuing a focused major.” Academically, liberal arts are emphasized, especially in the first year, and even fine art majors are expected to take “academic courses and a lot of art history.”

Overview

Applicants
715
Acceptance Rate
67%
Average HS GPA
3.06

GPA Breakdown

24%
Over 3.75
17%
3.50 - 3.74
14%
3.25 - 3.49
13%
3.00 - 3.24
21%
2.50 - 2.99
9%
2.00 - 2.49
2%
1.00 - 1.99

Test Scores

SAT Reading
470 - 620
SAT Math
440 - 560
ACT Composite
19 - 26

Other Admission Factors

Non-Academic

Talent / Ability

Overall

Students Say

If you dream of “becoming a more thoughtful and skillful artist or designer,” you’ll find a good match at Cleveland Institute of Art, a tiny urban school with more than 100 years in operation. Students come to CIA for its “wonderful art programs” and reputed design departments, but also note that there is “flexibility in exploring other fields of study while pursuing a focused major.” Academically, liberal arts are emphasized, especially in the first year, and even fine art majors are expected to take “academic courses and a lot of art history.” Across all nineteen major disciplines, students “learn through hands-on experience, experimentation, and self exploration,” and they are expected to put serious time into their creative projects. A signature of the program is the “availability of personal studio space” for undergraduates—every student gets their own private workspace after the first year. In terms of classroom experience, “professors vary widely,” but most are “actual working professionals” who are capable of “teaching you skills to apply to life after graduation, no matter which route you choose to take.” With just 500 undergraduates, “The student to faculty ratio is surprisingly low, which allows for a large amount of input from staff.” In the classroom or during critiques, “Discussion is always encouraged.”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
9:1
Total Faculty
109
with Terminal Degree
54

62
Men
47
Women
7
Minority

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

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
94%
Graduate in 5 years
100%
Graduate in 6 years
100%


Degrees

Bachelor's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Marc Brown
Illustrator - Creator of

Viktor Schreckengost
Designer/Fine Artist

Dana Schutz
Painter/Gallery Artist

Derek Hess
Illustrator-Poster, CD Cover Designer

Eric Stoddard
Industrial Designer

George Bowes
Ceramacist

David Deming
CIA President Emeritus/Sculptor

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 15

Required Forms

FAFSA
School

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$20,781

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$19,735

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,705

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$30,703

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
91%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$20,277

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$35,270
Required Fees
$2,129
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$2,150

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Yes
Board for Commuters
$1,901
Transportation for Commuters
$2,000

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

Scholarships and Grants
Academic Merit-based scholarships from CIA funds
Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Other
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans

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

Direct Lender
No

Overall

Students Say

Within CIA’s “eclectic” student body, you’ll find “diversity in terms of personalities and interests,” from “geeky” animation designers to “smart dressers” in the industrial design program to the stereotypical “hipster” in the painting studio. Appearances aside, CIA students are generally “friendly, outspoken, and imaginative,” united by a “strong drive and enthusiasm towards their work.” A student elaborates, “The common denominator is an interest in art, but the student body varies so much I couldn’t even begin to describe a typical student.” With a lot of social diversity, “Birds of a feather flock together” at CIA, and “Each department is like a clique.” At the same time, “Most students here are open to each others opinions,” and are usually “very accepting and eager to help you grow as an artist and as a person.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
559
Out of State
31%

International
8%
Foreign Countries Represented
9

Demographics

3.48%
Asian
10.83%
African-American
6.19%
Hispanic
75.44%
Caucasian
8.12%
International

55% female
45% male
31% are out of state
99% are full time
1% are part time

Overview

Students Say

There are no sports teams, no Greek organizations, and no student clubs at CIA. Art and design are the number one priority for this school’s serious undergraduates, who spend as much time in the studio as they do eating, sleeping, or socializing. A student describes the typical routine like so: “You wake up, go to class, go to the studios, go home to sleep, and then wake up and start again.” In fact, many students are “used to staying up all night some nights to go the extra mile and get work done.” When they do find a spare moment, “There are some great places on the West Side of Cleveland, and there are usually events or parties going on somewhere.” As one student explains, “We all work pretty hard, so plenty of us don’t feel guilty about taking some time to party.” In addition to the party scene, you’ll find CIA students at the movies, at museums, and at “gallery openings almost every weekend” in Cleveland.

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
22%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

Quality of life rating
First-Year Students living on campus
70%

Campus Environment
Large Urban
Fire safety rating
79

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Frat Sorority
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
7
Number of Honor Societies
0

Number of Social Sororities
7
Number of Religious Organizations
2

2% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Other

1% participate in intramural sports


Student Services

Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: John Carroll University
Navy ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: The Ohio State University
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Kent State University

Sustainability

Green Rating
73

Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
95

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
13

Average Number of PC's per Lab
17

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
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Dell through STA (Strategic Tech Alliance) Apple GovConnection for other brands

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
No

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
No

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Arlene Thomas
Admissions Office

Address
11141 East Blvd.
Cleveland, OH 44106

Phone
216-421-7418

Email
admissions@cia.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
University Coffee Shop
Frank Gehry and Peter B. Lewis Building
Live music at Barking Spider
Cleveland Museum of Art
Reinberger Galleries
Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) Cleveland

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Cleveland Museum of Art
Cleveland Museum of Natural History
Cleveland Botanical Gardens
Crawford Auto Museum
Case Western Reserve University
Cleveland Institute of Music Gund School of Law Cleveland Clinic Severence Hall (home of the Cleveland Orchestra) Coventry Shopping District/Neighborhood Rock and Roll Hall of Fame House of Blues Browns/Indians Stadium CAVS/Arena Legacy Village Shopping Center Nottingham Spirk Design Firm Playhouse Square East 4th Corneralley CIA is located in the University Circle area of Cleveland. The nation's most concentrated cultural district after NYC.

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: Varies

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Not Available

Times

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
Other

Contact Email Address for Visit
codom@cia.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Varies

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Closest airport - Cleveland Hopkins Taxis and shuttles available from airport Buses and rapid transit available from downtown to campus

Driving Instructions to Campus
From Cleveland-Hopkins International Airport take I-71 North to I-90 East. Follow the directions from I-90 East and West. Or take the RTA Red Line Rapid Transit to University Circle stop. Take a free University Circle LINK bus to the Institute of Art. A taxi from the airport is also an option. It will cost approximately $60. From downtown Cleveland follow Chester Avenue east for three miles to University Circle. Turn left on Euclid Avenue. Turn left on East Boulevard.

Local Accommodations
The Glidden House The Intercontinental Hotel Marriott Hotel
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Key Stats

715
Applicants
559
Size
67%
Acceptance Rate
1040
SAT Scores

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