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Founded in 1978 by Richard G. Rowan, Paula S. Wallace, May L. Poetter and Paul E. Poetter
Type of institution: Private, nonprofit, accredited
President: Paula S. Wallace
Mascot: Art the Bee
Colors: Gold and black

The Savannah College of Art and Design is a private, nonprofit, accredited institution conferring bachelor's and master's degrees at distinctive locations and online to prepare talented students for professional careers. The diverse student body of approximately 10,500 comes from all 50 United States, three U.S. territories and nearly 100 countries worldwide. The education and career preparation of each student are nurtured and cultivated by a faculty of more than 700 professors with extraordinary academic credentials and valuable professional experience. Through individual attention in an inspiring university environment, and with advanced, professional-level technology, equipment and learning resources, SCAD is uniquely qualified to provide an exceptional education and unparalleled career preparation. SCAD has garnered acclaim from respected organizations and publications; see the latest at scad.edu/recognition.

Memberships: American Academy in Rome, Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, Atlanta Regional Council for Higher Education, EDUCASE, eLearning Guild, Georgia Foundation for Independent Colleges, National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, Sloan Consortium, Southeastern College Art Conference, U.S. Distance Learning Association.

Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, National Architectural Accrediting Board, Council for Interior Design Accreditation, Georgia Professional Standards Commission, Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications, South Carolina Commission on Higher Education. For a complete description of institutional and programmatic accreditations, visit www.scad.edu/about.

For more information about academic programs, student life, admission and financial aid, visit www.scad.edu.

Live chat with SCAD admission representatives: www.scad.edu/admission
Facebook: www.facebook.com/scadadmission.
Twitter: www.twitter.com/welcometoscad
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Overview

Applicants
11,723
Acceptance Rate
71%
Average HS GPA
3.51

GPA Breakdown

38%
Over 3.75
18%
3.50 - 3.74
17%
3.25 - 3.49
13%
3.00 - 3.24
11%
2.50 - 2.99
3%
2.00 - 2.49

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SAT & ACT Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
490 - 610
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
460 - 580
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
21 - 27

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Academic GPA

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
19:1
Total Faculty
686
with Terminal Degree
549

393
Men
293
Women
133
Minority
32
International

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

Majors

  • AGRICULTURE, AGRICULTURE OPERATIONS, AND RELATED SCIENCES.

  • Equestrian/Equine Studies.

  • ARCHITECTURE AND RELATED SERVICES.

  • Architectural History and Criticism, General.
  • Architectural History and Criticism.
  • Architecture.
  • City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning.

  • COMMUNICATION, JOURNALISM, AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia.
  • Radio and Television.

  • COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGIES/TECHNICIANS AND SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects.
  • Recording Arts Technology/Technician.

  • COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES AND SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Computer Graphics.

  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE/LETTERS.

  • Professional, Technical, Business, and Scientific Writing.

  • FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCES/HUMAN SCIENCES.

  • Apparel and Textile Marketing Management.
  • Apparel and Textiles, Other.
  • Consumer Merchandising/Retailing Management.

  • MULTI/INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES.

  • Cultural Resource Management and Policy Analysis.
  • Historic Preservation and Conservation.

  • PRECISION PRODUCTION.

  • Furniture Design and Manufacturing.

  • VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS.

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation.
  • Cinematography and Film/Video Production.
  • Commercial and Advertising Art.
  • Commercial Photography.
  • Design and Applied Arts, Other.
  • Design and Visual Communications, General.
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General.
  • Fashion/Apparel Design.
  • Fiber, Textile and Weaving Arts.
  • Film/Cinema/Video Studies.
  • Fine and Studio Arts Management.
  • Game and Interactive Media Design.
  • Graphic Design.
  • Illustration.
  • Industrial and Product Design.
  • Interior Design.
  • Metal and Jewelry Arts.
  • Painting.
  • Photography.
  • Playwriting and Screenwriting.
  • Printmaking.
  • Sculpture.
  • Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology.


Students Say

The Savannah College of Art and Design specializes in “practical applications” of fine arts education and preparing students with “the connections, resources, and opportunities” they need to find job placement after graduation. The College is “always bringing in companies” which “open doors,” and students have strong connections with alumni. Unique collaborations come out of these connections with industry contacts, such as the Collaborative Learning Center, “where multidisciplinary teams of students come together under the guidance of a professor to develop a product, campaign, or solution of a problem for a real world company.” Other real-world work collaborations include working with “several major festivals like the Savannah Film Festival,” which offer bonus opportunities for networking. “I have been offered jobs solely because I have SCAD on my resume,” says one student. Another says, “The networking is incredible. I’ve had my portfolio reviewed by people at the top of my industry.” Students crow over the school’s “quality, professional equipment and facilities” and “up-to-date technology.” Each and every program has a “dedicated staff, beautiful buildings and resources, large-scale events, and a passionate student body,” which creates an immersive experience that offers “authentic interactions with alumni and real-world people.” Students point to the “dynamic range” of majors and programs, including Industrial Design and Interior Design, and “rare” offerings such as the UX Design and Service Design. The professors are “remarkable.” They have “relevant work-force experience and a passion for instilling passion in students.” Faculty “respects students and are respected right back.” Says one student: “I am good friends—lifelong friends—with my professors.”

Degrees

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

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Internship

Notable Faculty

Graduation Rates

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

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Internship

ROI & Outcomes

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Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 1

Required Forms

FAFSA
State Aid

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$5,363

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$5,642

Average Need-Based Loan
$3,869

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
58%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$40,718

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$35,190
Required Fees
$0
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$2,025

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters
$1,620

On-Campus Room and Board
$13,905
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
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
Need-Based State Scholarships
Need-Based United Negro College Fund

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)
State Loans

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

Direct Lender
No

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Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
10,573
Foreign Countries Represented
115

Demographics

4.66%
Asian
10.40%
African-American
8.20%
Hispanic
51.80%
Caucasian
3.31%
Unknown
20.65%
International

67% female
33% male
79% are out of state
83% are full time
17% are part time

Students Say

SCAD students are “incredibly unique” and “eccentric” artists dedicated to “pushing their work into new, exciting forms.” This creates an “environment of constant exploration and creation” among an “open and accepting community.” As a group, SCAD students tend to be “liberal, innovated, passionate, and motivated.” Students take pride in all of the hard work they put into the short quarter system. Students mention touring other schools and finding the “quality of work to blow theirs out of the water.” Students note that this isn’t just—or even mostly—about recruiting talent, but rather it is indicative of SCAD “pushing” students with “intense workloads that trains us to not settle for average ideas.” Says one student: “I would say that my peers are very creative and critical. SCAD definitely trains students to engage in detailed critiques of theirs and others’ work.” Students come from all over the world to attend SCAD, and “unite to foster creative thinking and innovation through their work, as well as share ideas.” As a whole, students are “very supportive of each other and their work.” International students feel that their “needs are taken into consideration” and appreciate the “culturally diverse” classrooms. Students generally feel that “there’s great integration between U.S. students and international students.” “You can really pick up on your peer’s talents,” a student says. And this being an art school, you can’t overlook the benefits of the student body being “quite a stylish bunch.”

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Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
42%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
84%

Campus Environment
Small Urban

Housing Options

Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Other

Students Say

While campus life is focused mostly on work, the school is well integrated into the city, with “SCAD buildings all over Savannah,” and “you can work in any of them.” Life in Savannah offers tons of events, such as Art March, Taste Of Savannah, and the farmers market that happens around the city. There’s “great nightlife,” as well, with restaurants and a healthy bar scene. For fun in the sun, Tybee Beach is just a twenty-minute drive away. There’s also Forsyth Park, where groups of students often gather to relax or work on projects. There is “a lot of time spent doing homework, working on projects and collaborative projects across majors,” but students say the “work is meaningful” and often tied to what they are “passionate about.” Yes, students work hard at SCAD, but there are good options for de-stressing, including a “fitness facility,” “occasional parties,” even though “most people just go downtown,” and “weekend road trips to surrounding states.”

Special Needs Admissions


Director
Christopher Corbett

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

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
Yes

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
105
Number of Honor Societies
2

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
5

Sports

Athletic Division
NAIA

Men's Sports (Bees)
9 Sports

Bowling
Cross Country
Equestrian Sports
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Bees)
9 Sports

Bowling
Cross Country
Equestrian Sports
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Outdoor

Student Services


Sustainability

61/99

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
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Students are able to get discounts on Apple and HP computers. Students are able to get Adobe and Microsoft software for free.

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Emilio Reyes Le Blanc
Executive Director of Admission Ops

Address
P.O. Box 3146
Savannah, GA 31402-3146

Phone
(912) 525-5100

Email
admission@scad.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
SCAD Museum of Art
Club SCAD
Jen Library
Cafe SCAD
Trustees Theatre

Most Popular Places Off Campus
River Street
City Market
Tybee Beach
Historic District
Various museums and historic homes

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
Various dates throughout the year.

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit
admission@scad.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport Greyhound Bus Station Amtrak Train Station Local bus service and taxis available Free campus shuttles services

Driving Instructions to Campus
Access from I-95 and I-16.

Local Accommodations
Numerous hotels and motels available throughout the historic district that are very accessible to the campus.


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