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School of Visual Arts, located in the heart of New York City, has been a leader in the education of artists, designers and creative professionals for over seven decades. With a faculty of more than 1,000 distinguished working professionals, a dynamic curriculum and an emphasis on critical thinking, SVA is a catalyst for innovation and social responsibility. Comprising more than 6,000 students at its Manhattan campus and 35,000 alumni in 100 countries, SVA also represents one of the most influential artistic communities in the world.

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

Master of Arts degrees are offered in Curatorial Practice; and Design Research, Writing and Criticism.

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

Master of Professional Studies degrees are offered in Art Therapy, Branding, Digital Photography and Directing.

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.

For more information on the College and its offerings, visit sva.edu.

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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

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SAT & ACT Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
450 - 580
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
460 - 590
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
20 - 25

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

Deadlines

Early Action — December 1


Other Admission Factors

Academic

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

Interview
Talent / Ability
Level of applicant's interest

Selectivity Rating


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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
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years

Majors

  • VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS.

  • Cinematography and Film/Video Production.
  • Commercial and Advertising Art.
  • Commercial Photography.
  • Design and Applied Arts, Other.
  • Drawing.
  • Film/Cinema/Video Studies.
  • Film/Video and Photographic Arts, Other.
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General.
  • Graphic Design.
  • Illustration.
  • Interior Design.
  • Painting.
  • Photography.
  • Printmaking.
  • Sculpture.


Degrees

Bachelor's
Master's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Internships
Opportunities at School

Internship

Notable Faculty


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

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
Internships
Opportunities at School

Internship

ROI & Outcomes

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Dates

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

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 Methodology
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

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

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

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans

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

Direct Lender
No

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Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
3,539
Foreign Countries Represented
55

Demographics

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

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Campus Life

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

First-Year Students living on campus
69%

Campus Environment
Large Urban

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.

Sustainability


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

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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