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Cleveland Institute of Art is a premier college of art and design offering 15 BFA majors.

Cleveland Institute of Art is one of the nation's leading accredited independent colleges of art and design.

Offering 15 majors in fine art, design, craft and digital arts, the college has been an educational cornerstone in Cleveland, Ohio since 1882, producing graduates who enter the workforce as studio artists, designers, photographers, contemporary craftsmen, entrepreneurs, and educators.

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Overview

Applicants
1,025
Acceptance Rate
73%
Average HS GPA
3.39

GPA Breakdown

36%
Over 3.75
9%
3.50 - 3.74
11%
3.25 - 3.49
15%
3.00 - 3.24
16%
2.50 - 2.99
13%
2.00 - 2.49

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SAT & ACT Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
550 - 640
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
510 - 590
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
19 - 25

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Deadlines

Early Action — December 1


Other Admission Factors

Non-Academic

Talent / Ability

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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
8.22:1
Total Faculty
121
with Terminal Degree
64

66
Women
55
Men
11
Minority

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

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
59%
Graduate in 5 years
63%
Graduate in 6 years
64%

Majors

  • COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGIES/TECHNICIANS AND SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects.

  • HEALTH PROFESSIONS AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Medical Illustration/Medical Illustrator.

  • VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS.

  • Ceramic Arts and Ceramics.
  • Drawing.
  • Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other.
  • Game and Interactive Media Design.
  • Graphic Design.
  • Illustration.
  • Industrial and Product Design.
  • Interior Design.
  • Metal and Jewelry Arts.
  • Painting.
  • Photography.
  • Printmaking.
  • Sculpture.


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.”

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

Notable Faculty


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

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
59%
Graduate in 5 years
63%
Graduate in 6 years
64%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Overview

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Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Dec 15

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$23,176

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$23,073

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,697

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
96%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$41,326

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$24,363

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$40,480
Required Fees
$2,825
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$2,200

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$1,960
Transportation for Commuters
$2,050

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

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

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)

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

Direct Lender
No

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Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
670
Foreign Countries Represented
8

Demographics

3.19%
Asian
10.94%
African-American
7.75%
Hispanic
67.48%
Caucasian
5.62%
International

65% female
35% male
32% are out of state
97% are full time
3% are part time

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.”

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Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
48%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
71%

Campus Environment
Large Urban

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Frat Sorority
Wellness Housing

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.

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
LD Orientation

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Jill Milenski

College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Documentation Required for LD

In accordance with guidelines established by the Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD), the documentation provided should include the following: • A clear, specific diagnosis • Credentials of the licensed professional providing the diagnosis (who has no personal relationship with the individual being evaluated) • An explanation of the current manifestations or functional limitations of the disability • A description of current and past accommodations, services and/or medications and their effects • Recommendations for accommodations or support services that relate directly to the current functional impact of the disability. All documentation must be submitted on official letterhead of the professional/service provider describing the disability. CIA accepts (i) Individual Education Plans (IEP) and/or 504 plans from secondary and elementary schools along with (ii) a multi-factored psychoeducational assessment (MFE) or Evaluation Team Report (ETR) completed by a psychologist or school psychologist. Either type of document is acceptable, but both are preferred. In cases where students were not assessed by their school personnel, psycho-educational assessments from a private psychologist and/or medical evaluations or reports are also acceptable. Please note that individual “learning styles,” “academic problems,” and “test difficulty or anxiety,” in and of themselves, do not constitute a learning disability. Students may be asked to provide additional information if the submitted documentation is incomplete or does not support the request for accommodations. Students should keep a copy of the documentation for their personal records. Students who do not have documentation are encouraged to meet with the LSS staff to explore options for support. LSS destroys documentation and other disability-related information seven years after students leave CIA. ACCOMMODATIONS Students with qualifying documented learning disabilities are eligible, on a case-by-case basis, to the following: • Faculty notification of general learning disability • Extended testing time • Oral / scribed exams • Notetaking assistance • Audio books through Learning Ally via iPAD or PC • Assistive technology (available both in the Writing + Learning Center and on individualized iPads given to incoming students): • Text-to speech software http://synapseadaptive.com/wynn/wynn.htm • Voice recognition software • http://dragonvoicerecognition.com • Brain-mapping software http://www.inspiration.com • Audiobooks http://learningally.com Students with specific medical or mobility-related issues can receive preferential scheduling and/or seating, as well as specific in-class accommodations arranged with individual professors based on medical necessity. CIA also has a Writing + Learning Center. This facility is available to all CIA students who need assistance with writing. It also serves as the main hub for specialized software for students with documented learning disabilities.

Documentation Required for ADHD

In accordance with guidelines established by the Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD), the documentation provided should include the following: • A clear, specific diagnosis • Credentials of the licensed professional providing the diagnosis (who has no personal relationship with the individual being evaluated) • An explanation of the current manifestations or functional limitations of the disability • A description of current and past accommodations, services and/or medications and their effects • Recommendations for accommodations or support services that relate directly to the current functional impact of the disability. All documentation must be submitted on official letterhead of the professional/service provider describing the disability. CIA accepts (i) Individual Education Plans (IEP) and/or 504 plans from secondary and elementary schools along with (ii) a multi-factored psychoeducational assessment (MFE) or Evaluation Team Report (ETR) completed by a psychologist or school psychologist. Either type of document is acceptable, but both are preferred. In cases where students were not assessed by their school personnel, psycho-educational assessments from a private psychologist and/or medical evaluations or reports are also acceptable. Please note that individual “learning styles,” “academic problems,” and “test difficulty or anxiety,” in and of themselves, do not constitute a learning disability. Students may be asked to provide additional information if the submitted documentation is incomplete or does not support the request for accommodations. Students should keep a copy of the documentation for their personal records. Students who do not have documentation are encouraged to meet with the LSS staff to explore options for support. LSS destroys documentation and other disability-related information seven years after students leave CIA. ACCOMMODATIONS Students with qualifying documented learning disabilities are eligible, on a case-by-case basis, to the following: • Faculty notification of general learning disability • Extended testing time • Oral / scribed exams • Notetaking assistance • Audio books through Learning Ally via iPAD or PC • Assistive technology (available both in the Writing + Learning Center and on individualized iPads given to incoming students): • Text-to speech software http://synapseadaptive.com/wynn/wynn.htm • Voice recognition software • http://dragonvoicerecognition.com • Brain-mapping software http://www.inspiration.com • Audiobooks http://learningally.com Students with specific medical or mobility-related issues can receive preferential scheduling and/or seating, as well as specific in-class accommodations arranged with individual professors based on medical necessity. CIA also has a Writing + Learning Center. This facility is available to all CIA students who need assistance with writing. It also serves as the main hub for specialized software for students with documented learning disabilities.

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
2

Dictionary allowed in exams
2

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
Yes

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
7
Number of Honor Societies
0

Number of Social Sororities
7
Number of Religious Organizations
2

1% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Other



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

63/99

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

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

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

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Arlene Thomas
Admissions Office

Address
11610 Euclid Avenue
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 Visiting Center
Mon-Fri
8:30am-4:30pm
216-421-7418

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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