School of the Art Institute of Chicago

36 S Wabash, Chicago, IL

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Questions and Answers about School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Joel J.
2 months ago
Are multiple meal plans offered to enrolling students, or is there one standard plan?
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
There's one standard meal plan. Students also have a kitchenette in their rooms to cook if they so choose, but the meal plan is required if staying in the residence halls.
Daniella B.
2 months ago
What is the job placement rate of recent graduates from School of the Art Institute of Chicago?
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
93% of our students were employed or in graduate school within 6 months of graduation
Jaqki G.
3 months ago
After the initial Financial Aid package is given from School of the Art Institute of Chicago, are there any ways for that to be reevaluated or any way for students to be able to get more?
Jaybriel B.
3 months ago
How does SAIC help their students with finding a career after graduation?
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Yes, students have the ability to work with CAPX our Career and Professional Experience department to apply for jobs and internships. They also host a weekly program called Expert Exchange where creative professionals from a variety of industries meet with students in small groups to offer advice and answer questions. It is important to know that CAPX services are available to all students and alums.
Angel R.
3 months ago
Do students in the fashion course make any connections to any brands?
Sara S.
3 months ago
What is the average amount of financial aid students receive at SAIC?

Majors offered at School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Biggest majors
Fine and Studio Arts
Rhetoric and Composition/Writing Studies
Visual and Performing Arts, General

Academics at School of the Art Institute of Chicago

SAT Score Range
Required with application
ACT Score Range
Required with application
Student Faculty Ratio
11 to 1
Somewhat Selective (59% Acceptance Rate)
School type
Non-profit Private 4-year institution

School of the Art Institute of Chicago demographics

35% White
10% Hispanic
9% Asian
4% Black
3% Multiracial
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Common careers for School of the Art Institute of Chicago students

Common Careers and Their Average Annual Salary

Assistant Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education71k
Fashion Designer70k
Senior Graphic Designer62k
Visual Designer61k
Project Manager, (Unspecified Type / General)58k
Graphic Designer48k
Architectural Designer45k
Based on 2,436 student responses
47.4kAvg. Early Career Pay
83.9kAvg. Mid-Career Pay
39%in High-Meaning careers

Net price of attending School of the Art Institute of Chicago

School of the Art Institute of Chicago financial aid

Grants per year
Loans per year

Student reviews of School of the Art Institute of Chicago

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100% of students

Known for

Fun orientation programs
Accessible and helpful professors
Close to activities in a city
LGBTQ+ friendly
Awesome study spaces and libraries
Victoria Priest
Drawing And Illustration
Animals + 4 others



I started off very very depressed. I had no ability to form connections with my peers and I felt like I could form no relationships with others. After my classes started I slowly started making friends. I've had a very low-key social life since then. SAIC is not a party college and is very art gallery party-oriented. The colleges nearby might have more of that scene. The food in the dining halls is fine, but I am not affected by food-related restrictions. My friends with celiac disease do not eat the food at all of the three dining halls due to cases of cross-contamination, limited or zero options, and feeling as if they are a bother to the workers for asking for a gluten-free bun. The dorms are nice. Three buildings to choose from and I choose the cheapest. It honestly is nice and there's never a day I don't get to see drama from the comfort of my room. It's a busy place and I'd take cost into consideration if you decide to apply. Definitely get all the coupons, discounts, and sales you can when it comes to supplies and shopping.

WHAT I didn’t LIKE

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Photography and Photo Editing
Painting and Studio Art
Singing + 1 other



I learned new skills and non-traditional techniques I'd never heard of such as woodworking and making art materials.

WHAT I didn’t LIKE

I personally don't like the subjects, which are social science and humanity, because they make us write shit tons of papers while in art school, and I think we should prioritize working on our studio projects instead of writing papers that have nothing to do with our art practices.

Teagan Wade
Movies And Film



SAIC is an amazing school for making connections to fellow artists as well as professionals across the US.

WHAT I didn’t LIKE

Tuition is a lot, and may not feel worth it to everyone.

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