From the School

The School of Visual Arts, in the heart of New York City, offers students the opportunity to become involved in one of Americas largest and most vibrant cities. The energy, spirit, and desire to be the best that characterizes New York is embodied in SVA's renowned faculty of more than 1000 working professionals, who challenge and inspire their students.

Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees are offered in Advertising; Animation; Cartooning; Computer Art, Computer Animation & Visual Effects; Graphic Design; Illustration; Interior Design; Film and Video; Fine Arts; Photography; and Visual and Critical Studies.

A Master of Arts degrees is offered in Critical Theory and The Arts.

Master of Fine Arts degrees are offered in Art Criticism and Writing; Art Practice; Computer Art; Design; Design Criticism; Design for Social Innovation; Fine Arts; Illustration as Visual Essay; Interaction Design; Photography, Video and Related Media; Products of Design; and Social Documentary Film.

Master of Professional Studies degrees are offered in Art Therapy; Branding; Digital Photography; Digital Photography On-line/Summer Residency; Fashion Photography; and Short Film.

A Master of Arts in Teaching degree is offered in Art Education.

SVA also offers workshops, continuing education classes, studio residencies, international student programs, summer programs abroad, and a pre-college program for high school students.

Overview

Applicants
2,821
Acceptance Rate
67%
Average HS GPA
3.11

GPA Breakdown

8%
Over 3.75
12%
3.50 - 3.74
15%
3.25 - 3.49
20%
3.00 - 3.24
33%
2.50 - 2.99
12%
2.00 - 2.49

Test Scores

SAT Reading
450 - 580
SAT Math
460 - 590
ACT Composite
20 - 25

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Application Essay
Non-Academic

Interview
Talent / Ability
Level of applicant's interest

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
8.5:1
Total Faculty
865
with Terminal Degree
182

541
Men
324
Women
77
Minority

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

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
90%
Graduate in 5 years
100%
Graduate in 6 years
100%


Degrees

Bachelor's
Master's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Internships
Opportunities at School

Internship

Prominent Alumni


Bill Plympton
Animator, Academy Award nominee

Harris Savides
Cinematographer: Gerry, Finding Forrester

Joe Quesada
Editor-in-Chief, Marvel Comics

Carlos Saldana
Director of Animation, Blue Sky Studios

Paul Davis
Principal, Paul Davis Studio

Sol Lewitt
minimalist installation artist

Lorna Simpson
Fine arts photographer

Overview

From The School

Expenses For 2011-2012
Application fee: $50
Tuition: $29,550 per year
Departmental fees: $640 to $1,340 per semester depending on major
Estimated Supplies: $1,050 to $3,150
Housing Charges: range from $9,600 to $13,950 per year

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
Application Deadlines
Mar 1
Notification Date
Feb 15

Required Forms

FAFSA
State Aid

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$8,758

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$7,759

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,844

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$34,480

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
47%

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$26,800
Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$3,150

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters
$1,800

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

Scholarships and Grants
Alternate loans
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

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans
FFEL Subsidized Stafford Loans
FFEL Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

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

Direct Lender
No

Overall

From The School

The Office of Student Activities provides a diverse range of programming designed to enrich the SVA student’s experience. Students are offered the opportunity to tap into a multitude of social, cultural, educational and recreational activities. Students are encouraged to take advantage of all New York City has to offer.

The Visual Arts Student Association (VASA), the student government, represents the students point of view at SVA. Participating in VASA gives students the opportunity to develop leadership skills by coordinating events and activities. VASA funds and supports a number of clubs and activities that are organized by students.

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
3,539
Out of State
57%

International
Foreign Countries Represented
55

Demographics

56% female
44% male
57% are out of state
93% are full time
7% are part time

Overview

From The School

The official SVA campus is placed near the city's photography, art and advertising centers. SVA life is New York City life. Students come here to be immersed in real-world experience, not the insulated experience of other schools. Surrounded by a thriving and artistic urban environment during their years at SVA, students are able to transition to the working world with ease.

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
31%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

Quality of life rating
First-Year Students living on campus
69%

Campus Environment
Large Urban
Fire safety rating
97

Housing Options

Dorms Coed
Dorms Female

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
23
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
3

Sports

Athletic Division
None


Student Services

Health
LGBT Support Groups: Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender support group run through the college's office of Student Health and Counseling Services.

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
17

Average Number of PC's per Lab
30

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
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
65%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Students can purchase software and hardware products from campus computer store (CAVA) at educational prices.

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
Magdalena Segura
Visiting Services Coordinator

Address
209 East 23 Street
New York, NY 10010

Phone
212-592-2100

Email
admissions@sva.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Visual Arts Gallery
Westside Gallery
Visual Arts Museum
Visual Arts Student Association
Student Lounge

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Empire State Building
Statue of Liberty
Central Park
Museum of Modern Art

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: No
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: Varies

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
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
SVA offers a shuttle service that makes regular stops between different campus locations

Driving Instructions to Campus
FROM THE NORTH From the Triboro Bridge, follow signs for FDR Drive. Exit FDR Drive at 23rd Street, and continue to 209 East 23rd Street, between Second and Third Avenues. From the George Washington Bridge, follow signs to the Harlem River Drive, and then to the FDR Drive. Exit FDR Drive at 23rd Street, and continue to 209 East 23rd Street, between Second and Third Avenues. FROM THE EAST Take the Long Island Expressway (I-495) to the Queens-Midtown Tunnel. Exit tunnel to left and travel downtown on Second Avenue to 23rd Street. FROM POINTS SOUTH OR WEST From the Lincoln Tunnel, travel downtown on West Street to 23rd Street. Head East on 23rd Street to 209 East 23rd Street, between Second and Third Avenues. From the Holland Tunnel, travel uptown on West Street to 23rd Street. Head East on 23rd Street to 209 East 23rd Street, between Second and Third Avenues. From the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel, travel uptown on West Street to 23rd Street. Head East on 23rd Street to 209 East 23rd Street, between Second and Third Avenues.
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Key Stats

2,821
Applicants
3,539
Size
67%
Acceptance Rate
1040
SAT Scores

Rankings & Lists