School of Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) is one of the largest art and design independent schools in America. It is located in the Loop in Chicago, Illinois and currently has the largest school-museum campus in the country. Established in 1886, the school has been accredited as the top graduate art program school in the country. The university has a student-to-faculty ratio of 11:1 and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission since 1936.
School of Arts Institute of Chicago offers programs in Art Education, Fashion Designing, Art and Technology and various other fields related to Art and designing. The total enrollment for Fall 2019 was 3683 of which undergraduate programs comprised of 2984 students and graduate programs comprised of 699 students. The international students at the university represent 33% of the total student population.
|Cost of Attendance||$66,700|
|Campus Housing Capacity||17%|
|Admission Helpdesk||312.629.6100, email@example.com|
|Student Retention Rate||81%|
|Total Enrollment (Fall 2019)||3,683|
|Percentage of International Students||33%|
|Total Full-time Faculty||173|
School of Art Institute of Chicago offers programs in 48 areas of study, five undergraduate, including 14 graduate programs, are offered at the School of Art Institute of Chicago currently. Some of the popular majors are – Architecture, Designing, Creative Writing, Visual and Performing Arts.
The Academic Access Program is for first-year students to enhance their critical thinking, analytical reading and writing skills.
On-campus, the School of Art Institute of Chicago offers artistic residence facilities to its students. It includes residential halls that can accommodate around 700 freshman students. There are three on-campus residence halls which are named Jones Hall, 162 North State Street Residence and The Buckingham.
The Jones Hall and 162 North State Street Residence are located at a short distance from the famous Millennium Park whereas, The Buckingham residence located in the heart of Chicago. All the residence halls are multi-story buildings where The Buckingham offers the apartment-style residence and the other two residence halls offer single, double and triple bedroom facilities in which twin beds are provided.
The residence halls possess all the basic amenities such as a comfortable bed, wardrobe closet, modular kitchen, free Wireless High-speed internet facility, refrigerator, and living room.
Students can work off-campus as well as in-campus through the SAIC Institutional Employment program especially for International Students.
The SAIC occupies a very large area as the iconic Michigan Avenue Building and residence halls located from Columbus Drive to Adams Street. There are almost 70 student groups and organizations which take care of the cultural activities and events on the campus. These groups take care of the Lunar New Year Celebrations to film screenings as well as many professional meetings.
The campus is diversified as students from 78 different countries are enrolled here where 30.8% are White, 7.6% Asian or Pacific Islander, 10.6% Hispanic, 19.2% from Midwest, 12.5% from West, 11.6% not specified and rest are from different regions.
|Requirements||Transcripts; SOP; LOR|
|Test Scores||UG: ACT/SAT Graduate: GRE|
|English Proficiency Test||TOEFL/IELTS|
|Application Fee||UG: 85 USD; Graduate: 90 USD|
|Additional Requirements||Essay and Resume; Personal and Financial Statement|
|Intake Seasons||Fall: April 15; Spring: January 1|
How to Apply – To apply for admission to School of Art Institute of Chicago, for:
|Undergraduate Tuition and Fee||1740 USD per credit hour|
|Graduate Tuition and Fee||1798 USD per credit hour|
|Room and Board||15,490 USD|
|Books and Supplies||1,770 USD|
|Other Expenses||2,020 USD|
The students at the School of Art Institute of Chicago are offered financial aid in the form of scholarships for international students to study in the US. SAIC offers multiple scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students on the basis of merit.
The scholarships are Competitive Excellence Award which awards $2,000, Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship that awards $2,000 per academic year and The Tuition Exchange scholarship which awards the amount of $37,000 (2019-20). The scholarship is awarded at the time of admission.
The renewal requirement of the scholarship is to maintain 75% or 100% credit hours per semester.
Alumni benefits include a free one-year membership to recent graduates to the Art Institute, a 5 USD discount on Gene Siskel Film Center for one year, career counseling, access to the SAIC’s John M. Flaxman Library. SAIC keeps on organizing Alumni reunion and events such as film screenings, gallery openings, artist talks and lectures and many more.
The name of some notable SAIC alumni is Georgia O’Keeffe, Elizabeth Murray, David Sedaris, LeRoy Neiman, Jeff Koons, Gladys Nilsson, and Jeremy Blake.
|Institution Type||Private (Not for Profit)|
|Average Cost of Attendance||$51,900 / Year|
|Student : Faculty Ratio||1 : 1|
|School of Art Institute of Chicago Enrollment||3911|
|Average Graduation Rate||53.3%|
The table shows average yearly cost of attendance for international students. Amount may vary with the course opted, nature of accommodation, and personal spending habits of a candidate. Check Program wise Fees
|Undergraduate Programs||$49,980 / Year|
|Post Graduate Program||$51,900 / Year|
|On Campus Accomodation|
|Books & Supplies||$1,770 / Year|
|On campus, Room & Board||$13,890 / Year|
|On Campus, Other Expenses||$2,020 / Year|
|Off Campus Accomodation|
|Off campus (not with family), Room & Board||$9,520 / Year|
|Off campus (not with family), Other Expenses||$2,020 / Year|
|Off campus (with family), Room & Board||$2,010 / Year|
|Off campus (with family), Other Expenses||$2,020 / Year|
|North Central Association of Colleges and Schools|
|National Association of Schools of Art and Design|
|Total Faculty||Full Time||Part time||Graduate Assistants|
Rank (Out of Colleges)
#9 [Out of 200]
82.6 [Out of 100]
*All distance are measured radially. Actual distance may vary