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.
6 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.
7 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.
7 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.
7 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.
7 months ago
Do students in the fashion course make any connections to any brands?
Daniel O.
8 months ago
What opportunities or programs does School of the Art Institute of Chicago have in place to help first-year students acclimate to college life?
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Majors offered at School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Biggest majors
Fine and Studio Arts
Rhetoric and Composition/Writing Studies
Fine and Studio Arts

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

Demographics for School of the Art Institute of Chicago Students

Ethnicity BreakdownAsianBlackCaucasianHispanicMiddle EasternNative AmericanPacific Islander
School of the Art Institute of Chicago Students11%22%46%32%2%2%1%
All College Students11%21%37%25%2%2%1%
Gender breakdown
School of the Art Institute of Chicago Students
< 17% Gender nonconforming
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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

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Student reviews of School of the Art Institute of Chicago

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100% of students

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Fun orientation programs
Close to activities in a city
Accessible and helpful professors
Awesome study spaces and libraries
Welcoming student body
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

Nights in Chicago can be dangerous. Take advantage of the services that the school has and definitely look for reviews of all ratings.

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.

Abigail Bohannon
Travel And Tourism
Art + 7 others



The Art Institute is the perfect location for an art school, the teachers are great, and the community is fantastic. I would agree that art school is very overpriced and the institution exploits both students and faculty for money. However, I see SAIC as one of the best art schools in the country when compared to other art conservatories.

WHAT I didn’t LIKE

SAIC will not give you a traditional college experience. There is no real "campus" as the buildings are located in the heart of the city. There are only about 3000 students and we are very spread out throughout the city because of housing. It will be an alternative to a four-year university which isn't for everyone.

Hue Quan Vu
Social Sciences
Drawing And Illustration



I believe the School of the Art Institute of Chicago is a great institution for students who are trying to find a place to enrich their artistic skills and knowledge. It's absolutely an art hub that any artist would thrive to have. And don't miss out on the library and the opportunity to go to the museum for free.

WHAT I didn’t LIKE

I believe you should be aware of the fact that even though the school has a reputation for its remarkable resource for artists, students have to beware that it's their choice and their own effort that decide their success. It's important to be highly conscious of what you want to become and what you want to do in order to get the best out of this experience at SAIC.

Alex Fleming
Drawing And Illustration
Graphic Design



One thing I really appreciate about SAIC is how open it is in terms of artistic interests. Because the majors tend to be fairly general, you have a lot of freedom to try out different classes and mediums if you would like, without having to worry about not fulfilling the credits required for your degree. This allows for students to explore whatever artistic interests they might have, which I think is very valuable as one might find a deep passion for something they never would have tried otherwise.

WHAT I didn’t LIKE

The school is extremely expensive, not only tuition-wise but supplies-wise as well. The professors will provide you with a material list at the start of the class, and some of the materials can be extremely expensive, so there's a very large financial investment that comes with attending SAIC.

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