Academy of Art University

School Overview: Acceptance Rate, Tuition, and More

San Francisco, CA


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About Academy of Art University

School Type: Private

Status: For Profit

Accreditation: Regional

Religious Affiliation: N/A While the student experience is largely unaffected at most schools with religious affiliations, some schools place more of an emphasis on religion. Learn how religious affiliations may impact students' experience.

Military Friendly: YesMilitary-friendly schools are Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges, offer the Yellow Ribbon Program, and have a dedicated point of contact to support veterans, military service members, and their families. Explore our college guide for service members and veterans to learn more.

Academy of Art University is a medium-sized private university located on an urban campus in San Francisco, California. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 6,694, and admissions are selective. The university offers 34 bachelor's degrees, has an average graduation rate of 45%, and a student-faculty ratio of 14:1. Tuition and fees for students are $23,112.

Admissions Breakdown

Acceptance Rate Insight

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Retention Rate Insight

73% of full-time students stayed to continue their studies the following academic year. These students started in Fall 2019 and returned in Fall 2020.

Graduation Rate Insight

45% of students graduated out of all full-time, first-time students who began their studies in Fall 2014. Keep in mind many students who enroll are not typically first-time students, as most are adult learners. Therefore, the number of first-time students is traditionally low.

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Open admission Yes

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ACT 25th-75th Percentile Currently Unavailable

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Learning Environment

Student Body Stats

This school has a student body of between 5,000 and 15,000 students.

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Student to faculty ratio

Ways Students Can Learn

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Hybrid The program is a combination of on-campus and online learning and varies per program. Check Bold
International Online classes are available for students around the world. Check Bold


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Socio-economic diversity

30% of students received an income-based Federal Pell Grant intended for low-income students.

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Online Programs

Offers Online Programs


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Total Online Enrollment


Student Location Breakout

Percent of Programs Online

3% On-campus

97% Online

Types of Online Programs Offered

Certificates Check Bold 100% online

Associate Check Bold 96% online

Bachelor's Check Bold 97% online

Graduate Certificate Check Bold 100% online

Master's Check Bold 97% online

Doctorate X Bold Not offered

Student Charges

Tuition and Required Fees

Student Level In-state Out-of-state
Undergraduate $23,112 $23,112
Graduate $25,992 $25,992

Cost of Undergraduate Attendance

Costs based on full-time, first-time degree or certificate-seeking undergraduates for the 2020–2021 academic year.

Costs to Consider Price
Books and supplies $1,972
On-campus room and board $17,510
On-campus other expenses $3,830
Off-campus (not with family) room and board $15,086
Off-campus (not with family) other expenses $5,386
Off-campus (with family) other expenses $4,810

Total Undergraduate Cost

Total cost by category In-state Out-of-state
On-campus $46,424 $46,424
Off-campus without family $45,556 $45,556
Off-campus with family $29,894 $29,894

Financial Breakdown

Students Receiving Aid

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Average Aid Awarded

Federal Grant Aid $5,586
State Grant Aid $4,431
Institution Grant Aid $8,666
Pell Grant Aid $3,877

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Data collected from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), [2020-2021]. In the absence of IPED data, information was collected directly from the school and is accurate as of the date of collection. Contact the school directly for the most current and complete information.