Students Say

The Santa Fe Universtiy of Art and Design is “an arts college with a strong liberal arts core,” students tell us. Although SFUAD presents itself as a full-service liberal arts institution, undergrads here report that the school’s true strength lies in “bringing together the many different art worlds (film, theatre, music, photo, art) to network ideas and promote a more creative future.” The school boasts “a kick-ass film program as well as damn strong contemporary music and creative writing programs, and a pretty OK theater program; and, the rest of the arts are getting better all the time.”

Overview

Applicants
608
Acceptance Rate
100%

Test Scores


Other Admission Factors

Academic

Academic GPA
Non-Academic

Talent / Ability

Overall

Students Say

The Santa Fe Universtiy of Art and Design is “an arts college with a strong liberal arts core,” students tell us. Although SFUAD presents itself as a full-service liberal arts institution, undergrads here report that the school’s true strength lies in “bringing together the many different art worlds (film, theatre, music, photo, art) to network ideas and promote a more creative future.” The school boasts “a kick-ass film program as well as damn strong contemporary music and creative writing programs, and a pretty OK theater program; and, the rest of the arts are getting better all the time.” All arts here benefit from “amazing facilities and resources,” such as the moving image arts department’s “working studio that commissions big Hollywood films to use the space.” SFUAD’s size is also an asset, allowing students to “develop close relationships with their professors. They are all very approachable. As an art student, I have been able to interact with the local art community in ways that wouldn’t be as accessible in [big] cities.” Students supplement their creative studies with liberal arts courses that are hardly “ordinary, run-of-the-mill classes.” One student writes, “In the last year I have taken classes ranging from topics like Latin American Revolutions, Women in World Religion, New Media Exhibition, and Digital Imaging.” Adds another, “If you’re a math student, this place isn’t for you.” 

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
15:1
Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree


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

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
17%
Graduate in 5 years
20%
Graduate in 6 years
21%

Majors

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Business Administration and Management, General

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • Creative Writing

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Digital Arts
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Film/Cinema Studies
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Graphic Design
  • Music, General
  • Photography
  • Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology


Degrees

Bachelor's
Certificate
Master's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
No

Career Services

Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Internships
On Campus Interviews
Opportunities at School

Internship

Prominent Alumni


Ray Buktenica
TV actor

Graham Robertson
Filmmaker

William Salyers
Actor/Voice Actor

Samantha Crain
Singer-Songwriter/Musician

Joseph Matukewicz
Senior vice president at Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions

Conrad Hilton
Hotelier

Rockmond Dunbar
Actor

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
74
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 1

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$18,474

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$17,969

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,047

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$28,836
Required Fees
$1,300
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,400

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters
$1,200

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

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

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

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

SFUAD “is an arts school, and most of the students here fit the prototype,” so much so that many fondly refer to the student body as “the Island of Misfit Toys.” The most common archetype here “is the trendy hippie,” although students warn that many don’t survive the school’s rigors. Peppered among the “artsy and strong willed” majority are those who “are more reserved and conservative in their opinions and appearance, but interact well with other students who are different than they are since there is a feeling of accepting everyone for who they are campus-wide, whether it be race, gender, sexual preference, appearance, religion, political views, or other.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
950
Out of State
78%

International
19%
Foreign Countries Represented
21

Demographics

2.63%
American Indian or Alaskan Native
2.00%
Asian
7.38%
African-American
29.25%
Hispanic
47.63%
Caucasian
1.38%
Unknown
18.75%
International

54% female
46% male
78% are out of state
97% are full time
3% are part time

Overview

Students Say

The SFUAD campus is dominated by the arts community, meaning “a lot of great music, a lot of indie underground bands (both on campus and off), a lot of ways for students to showcase their own work, and loads of great galleries off campus.” SFUAD also has “its own indie movie theater on campus that shows really great films.” Outside these circles, “Life at SFUAD can be pretty laid back or pretty busy. It just depends on what you want to do. Some kids take a full load, work, and do an internship. Some kids take 12 hours, get money from home, and hang out on the quad playing music and making art.” Hometown Santa Fe “has a plethora of book shops, museums, art galleries and coffee shops” and restaurants that are “amazing for such a small city,” but it’s also “a sleepy town” where “everything closes before 8 p.m.” The surrounding area offers “amazing fishing, skiing, hiking, climbing, etc.” “There are endless outdoor activities to do in the southwestern landscape,” one student observes.

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

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

Campus Environment
Suburban
Fire safety rating
95

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Disabilities Service Office

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Erika Ellis

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
Yes

Documentation Requred for LD
Documentation should be prepared by appropriate professional (psychiatrist, psychologist, educational diagnostician or medical physician). Documentation should be current, preferably completed within the last three years prior to application. Documentation must include a specific diagnosis and should include an interpretive summary.

Documentation Requred for ADHD
Psychoeducational measurement battery of tests are prefered.

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
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
No

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
10
Number of Honor Societies
1

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
0

Sports

Athletic Division
None

Men's Sports ()
1 Sports

Weight Lifting
Women's Sports ()
1 Sports

Weight Lifting

Student Services

Health
LGBT Support Groups: Student organization

Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: University of New Mexico

Sustainability

Green Rating
69

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
99

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
10

Average Number of PC's per Lab
12

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
No

Student Web Pages Provided
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
90%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Apple, HP

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

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

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Christine Guevara
Director of Enrollment

Address
Enrollment
1600 St. Michaels Drive
Santa Fe, NM 87505-7634

Phone
877-732-5977

Email
enrollment@santafeuniversity.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Visual Arts Center
Garson Studios
Driscoll Fitness Center
Greer Garson Theatre Center
Fogelson Library

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Santa Fe Plaza
Canyon Road
Santa Fe Ski Basin
Bandelier National Monument
Turquoise Trail between Santa Fe and Albuquerque

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
N/A

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
1 week

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Public buses, taxis, and airport shuttles from Albuquerque and Santa Fe airports directly to campus, train shuttle van from nearest Amtrak station (Lamy, NM)

Driving Instructions to Campus
Take exit #278 on Interstate 25 and drive northeast on Cerrillos Road 5.7 miles. Turn right on St. Michael's Drive and the university's entrance is 0.1 mile on the right.

Local Accommodations
Santa Fe has many hotels and motels in all price ranges.
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Key Stats

608
Applicants
950
Size
100%
Acceptance Rate

Rankings & Lists