The University Of The Arts

The University Of The Arts

The University of the Arts, also known as UArts, was established in 1985. It was a created by the merger of the Philadelphia College of Art and Philadelphia College of Performing Arts. The university is located in Center City, Philadelphia. UArts offers over eight graduate degree and more than 15 undergraduate degree programs. Apart from the regular courses, UArts also provides programs of continuing education. The student body includes international enrollments from over 30 foreign countries. The university is organized into the following academic divisions:

  • College of Media and Communication
  • College of Performing Arts
  • College of Art and Design

UArts maintains an active student life and is home to a number of clubs and organizations. Alpha Psi Omega, Student Council, African American Student Union, and the Global Exchange are a few of these. Some of the notable alumni of the university include Irene Bedard, actress; Anthony Burrell, dancer, Maxwell Atoms, animator among others.

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The University of the Arts
320 S Broad St
Philadelphia , PA 19102-4901
General Phone: (215) 717-6000

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The University of the Arts Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Drama and Performing Arts129dance, theatre design, playwriting and screenwriting, acting, directing, stagecraft
Photography and Commercial Art106cinematography, photography, film and photography, multimedia, printmaking
Design103industrial design, graphic design, illustration
Fine Arts72crafts and folk art, painting, sculpture, ceramics
Music57music performance, music theory and composition, jazz
Education and Teaching50art education, music teaching, drama and dance teaching, education courses
Liberal Arts14museum studies
Media12digital communications

Number of programs and degrees for The University of the Arts in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree45221
Master's degree8811
Award of at least 2 but less than 4 academic years32

The University of the Arts Student Body

In 2007-2008, The University of the Arts had a total enrollment of 2,396 students (2,434 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 38%
Women 62%
Full-Time 100%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 91%
Graduate 9%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 64%
Black 10%
Hispanic 5%
Asian 3%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 14%
(Foreign Students) 4%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 40%
20-21 34%
22-24 14%
25-29 6%
30-34 2%
35-39 1%
40-49 1%
50-64 0%
65+ 0%

The University of the Arts Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 78 %

The University of the Arts Room and Board (2007)

The University of the Arts offers campus housing for 676 of its 2,434 (full-time) students.

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

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

The University of the Arts Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal480590
SAT Math450560
SAT Writing460580
ACT Verbal2126
ACT Composite2025

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Formal Demonstration of Competencerequired
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT91%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT16%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required

The University of the Arts Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 30,600
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 30,600
Room and board $ 8,712
Room charge $ 7,047
Books and supplies $ 2,100
Other expenses $ 2,575

Financial Aid:
The University of the Arts participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 335000)

The University of the Arts Faculty

The University of the Arts has a tenure system for faculty.

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year23$73,71412$72,963
Associate professoracademic year23$59,27121$59,543
Assistant professoracademic year27$48,69512$48,719
All faculty totalacademic year73$59,91045$60,235

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

The University of the Arts Degree Programs (2007)

Graphic Design
Industrial Design

Drama And Performing Arts
Dance, General
Directing and Theatrical Production
Dramatic/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft, Other
Playwriting and Screenwriting
Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology

Education And Teaching
Art Teacher Education
Drama and Dance Teacher Education
Education, Other
Music Teacher Education

Fine Arts
Ceramic Arts and Ceramics
Crafts/Craft Design, Folk Art and Artisanry

Liberal Arts
Museology/Museum Studies

Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia

Jazz/Jazz Studies
Music Performance, General
Music Theory and Composition

Photography And Commercial Art
Cinematography and Film/Video Production
Film/Video and Photographic Arts, Other

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