See what students say:

Academics

The "fun," "accessible," and "learned" art professors at The University of the Arts "are all working artists" who "take it to the next level of teaching," infusing classes "with their own unique theories and techniques" and teaching students "what it is like to be a working professional." The "Theater and dance programs are arguably the most successful and popular" here, and dance professors "push you daily to make you a better dancer." In fact, all three colleges-Art and Design, Media and Communication, and Performing Arts-are very strong. Some students say that smaller programs deserve more attention and money-"The Communication Department is the only department in the school without studios for upperclassmen"-and that the school needs "a recreational center, parking lots, new studios, [and] renovated classrooms." However, the administration is "open," and "well-intentioned."

Student Body

All those crazy artists, actors, musicians, dancers, and computer geeks you knew in high school are all here. In fact, "Everyone is very accepted" and "You can act however you want, and nothing is crazy enough." While the typical undergrad is "White and from New Jersey," the African American community is much larger than at most other art schools, and many students are gay, lesbian, or bisexual. Personality types "run from extremely extroverted (the theater kids) to introverted until you get to know them. All are for the most part excited to be here, and while some stay in the cliques of their majors, most have a friends-circle that spans the university." The student body boasts that they are "overall nice people," and "Not only is it easy to find friends that you can relate to but they are [also] great friends that you will have for a long time." Students in all three schools are "very creative" and "focused on...career goals," but they "sometimes don't get all their work in on time...They do take classes seriously, though."

Campus Life

Another art fix is always around the corner at UArts, which has "amazing connection[s] to real-life artists and the theater. There is always access to lectures and show openings." Since "Life at school is centered around what it takes to do your art," "Nine times out of ten, a conversation you'll overhear is about a project or production." Fun is disciplinary: Animation majors "watch cartoons with other animation majors," film and TV writers head to "the movies," and musicians "go to concert[s] and jazz clubs" and "get together and have jam sessions." Social divisions by medium are reinforced by the physical separation of the three schools and by unconventional living arrangements: "no meal plan, no 'campus,'" and no "student center." Philly is a more-than-adequate substitute: "The school is located right in the theater district...half a block from the Kimmel Center and other state-of-the-art performance halls. The nightlife is great" and the surrounding area is filled with "pool halls," "bars, movie theaters, theaters, South Street...it's a great time." Students agree that life here "is much better than the average college situation of going to a frat house and getting wasted." Anyway, partying isn't why UArts students are here. One student sums up the general attitude: "We work for the love of art, and that's fun for us."

Overview

Applicants
1,479
Acceptance Rate
75%

SAT & ACT Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
450 - 580
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
440 - 550
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
18 - 25

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Non-Academic

Interview
Talent / Ability

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
8.3:1
Total Faculty
499
with Terminal Degree


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

  • COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGIES/TECHNICIANS AND SUPPORT SERVICES.

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

  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE/LETTERS.

  • Creative Writing.

  • VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS.

  • Acting.
  • Art/Art Studies, General.
  • Cinematography and Film/Video Production.
  • Crafts/Craft Design, Folk Art and Artisanry.
  • Dance, General.
  • Design and Applied Arts, Other.
  • Directing and Theatrical Production.
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General.
  • Drawing.
  • Film/Video and Photographic Arts, Other.
  • Fine and Studio Arts.
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General.
  • Graphic Design.
  • Illustration.
  • Industrial and Product Design.
  • Intermedia/Multimedia.
  • Jazz/Jazz Studies.
  • Music Management.
  • Music Performance, General.
  • Music Theory and Composition.
  • Musical Theatre.
  • Painting.
  • Photography.
  • Playwriting and Screenwriting.
  • Printmaking.
  • Sculpture.
  • Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology.
  • Visual and Performing Arts, Other.


Degrees

Bachelor's
Diploma
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
No

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
On Campus Interviews
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Notable Faculty


Prominent Alumni


Kate Flannery
Cast Member, NBC's the Office

Timothy & Steven Quay
International renowned Experimental Animators

Rick Kidney
Film producer for Salt, Legally Blonde, Six Degrees of Seperation

KaDee Strickland
Cast Member, ABC's Private Practice

DJ Smart
Solo Performer, Fox's So You Think You Can Dance

Stanley Clarke
Accomplished Grammy and Emmy Award Winner

Loza Maleombho
Award winning Fashion Designer

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

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

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
No

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
On Campus Interviews
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Dates

Application Deadlines
Mar 1
Notification Date
Mar 1

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$16,683

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$15,650

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,561

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$6,000

Financial aid provided to international students
No

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$39,908
Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

On-Campus Room and Board
$14,552
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

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

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
1,890
Foreign Countries Represented
19

Demographics

3.27%
Asian
12.76%
African-American
8.58%
Hispanic
61.66%
Caucasian
3.54%
Unknown
4.93%
International

58% female
42% male
62% are out of state
98% are full time
2% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
33%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
85%

Campus Environment
Large Urban

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Dorms Coed

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
19
Number of Honor Societies
0

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
1

Sports

Athletic Division
Other

Men's Sports ()
1 Sports

Fencing
Women's Sports ()
0 Sports


Student Services

Health

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
Discounts through Apple.

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Anthony Padilla
Director of Admissions

Address
320 S. Broad St.
Phila., PA 19102

Phone
800-616-ARTS

Email
admissions@uarts.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Merriam Theater
Arts Bank
Caplan Studio Theater
Gallery One
Solmssen Court

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
Rittenhouse Square
Old City Art Galleries
Reading Terminal Market

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday - Friday

800-616-ARTS

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: 11 am & 1 pm
Average Length: 2 hours

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
No

Information Sessions
Not Available

Times

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available

Arrangements

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Transportation



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