School Of The Art Institute Of Chicago

School Of The Art Institute Of Chicago

School of the Art Institute of Chicago, also referred to as SAIC, is situated in Chicago, Illinois, United States. It was established in the year 1866 and is among America's premiere fine arts colleges. Students are offered degrees and certificates in a wide range of subjects related to the arts including architecture, art therapy, fashion design, painting and drawing, visual and critical studies, and historic preservation.

The various student groups supported by SAIC include the Belly Dancing Group, Performance Art Society, Students Against War and Injustice, At Home World Wide Fashion Society, Incarnation, and Student Government. The students operate an on-campus internet radio station called Free Radio SAIC and a TV station called ExTV.

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Contacting School of the Art Institute of Chicago

School of the Art Institute of Chicago
36 S Wabash
Chicago , IL 60603
General Phone: (312) 629-6100

School of the Art Institute of Chicago Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Fine Arts598fine arts, art history and criticism
Liberal Arts43creative writing, historic preservation and conservation
Art Studies25visual and performing arts, arts management
Education and Teaching21art education
Architecture and Planning16interior architecture
Therapy and Counseling15art therapy
Design8industrial design

Number of programs and degrees for School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree4786
Postbaccalaureate certificate254
Master's degree2239

School of the Art Institute of Chicago Student Body

In 2007-2008, School of the Art Institute of Chicago had a total enrollment of 3,006 students (2,969 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 32%
Women 68%
Full-Time 98%
Part-Time 2%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 79%
Graduate 21%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 59%
Black 3%
Hispanic 8%
Asian 10%
American Indian 1%
Unknown 2%
(Foreign Students) 18%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 24%
20-21 23%
22-24 23%
25-29 19%
30-34 5%
35-39 2%
40-49 2%
50-64 1%
65+ 0%

School of the Art Institute of Chicago Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 73 %
Part-Time 67 %

School of the Art Institute of Chicago Room and Board (2007)

School of the Art Institute of Chicago offers campus housing for 778 of its 2,969 (full-time) students.

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

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

School of the Art Institute of Chicago Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal520610
SAT Math490610
ACT Verbal2127
ACT Math1825
ACT Composite2126

Application Requirements:

GPAnot required
Class Ranknot required
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencerequired
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT58%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT38%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

School of the Art Institute of Chicago Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 32,840
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 32,840
Room and board $ 11,720
Room charge $ 9,200
Books and supplies $ 2,560
Other expenses $ 2,310

Financial Aid:
School of the Art Institute of Chicago participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 175300)

School of the Art Institute of Chicago Faculty

School of the Art Institute of Chicago has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track1812
Non-tenured and not on tenure track51

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year29$86,86825$83,985
Associate professoracademic year33$69,89220$67,677
Assistant professoracademic year16$59,4889$59,971
No academic rankacademic year5$55,1651*
All faculty totalacademic year83$72,93155$73,816

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

School of the Art Institute of Chicago Degree Programs (2007)

Architecture And Planning
Interior Architecture

Art Studies
Arts Management
Visual and Performing Arts, General

Industrial Design

Education And Teaching
Art Teacher Education

Fine Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation
Fine/Studio Arts, General

Liberal Arts
Creative Writing
Historic Preservation and Conservation

Therapy And Counseling
Art Therapy/Therapist

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