Cornish College Of The Arts

Overview of Cornish College Of The Arts

Cornish is in a large city, in Seattle, WA. The school is classified as a private, not-for-profit college. Students at Cornish earn degrees up to the Bachelor's degree.

Areas of Study

The most common major fields study at the school include design, drama and performing arts, fine arts, music.

Cornish Selectivity

Cornish does not admit all applicants.


One indicator of school quality is the number of students per professor, and here the school does well in comparison to most schools.

Student Body

Cornish, in 2007-2008, had 776 students (783 full-time equivalent).

The school reports its educational mission is:
"The mission of Cornish College of the Arts is to provide students aspiring to become practicing artists with an educational program of the highest possible quality, in an environment that nurtures creativity and intellectual curiosity, while preparing them to contribute to society as artists, citizens, and innovators. Cornish realizes this mission by offering baccalaureate studies in the performing and visual arts and by serving as a focal point in the community for public presentation, artistic criticism, participation, and discussion of the Arts."

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Contacting Cornish

Cornish College of the Arts
1000 Lenora Street
Seattle , WA 98121
General Phone: (206) 726-5016

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Cornish Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Drama and Performing Arts65dance, drama, theatre design
Fine Arts32fine arts
Design26design and visual communication
Music21music performance

Number of programs and degrees for Cornish in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree1446
Award of at least 2 but less than 4 academic years01

Cornish Student Body

In 2007-2008, Cornish had a total enrollment of 776 students (783 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 34%
Women 67%
Full-Time 100%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 100%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 68%
Black 3%
Hispanic 5%
Asian 4%
American Indian 1%
Unknown 16%
(Foreign Students) 3%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 2%
18-19 33%
20-21 32%
22-24 17%
25-29 10%
30-34 3%
35-39 2%
40-49 1%
50-64 1%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

(International Students)2%
New York1%
West Virginia1%
New Mexico1%
New Jersey1%

Cornish Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 70 %
Part-Time 100 %

Cornish Room and Board (2007)

The school does not offer campus housing.

(Please refer to our profile of Seattle, Washington for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Washington Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Cornish Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Application Requirements:

Class Ranknot required
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Formal Demonstration of Competencerequired
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)recommended
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Cornish Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 25,600
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 25,600
Books and supplies $ 1,800

Financial Aid:
Cornish participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 1231500)

Cornish Faculty

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured and not on tenure track2930

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year26$53,57915$55,156
Associate professoracademic year3$45,4249$46,616
Assistant professoracademic year0*6$43,625
All faculty totalacademic year29$52,73630$50,288

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Cornish Degree Programs (2007)

Design and Visual Communications, General

Drama And Performing Arts
Dance, General
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology

Fine Arts
Fine/Studio Arts, General

Music Performance, General

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Cornish Highlights

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What Sets Cornish Apart:

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% of degrees in design
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Degrees concentrated in limited number of degree programs
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