Private 4 Year

Cleveland Institute of Art

Cleveland, Ohio

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Cleveland Institute of Art overview
Location Cleveland, Ohio
Online cia.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Large City
Cleveland Institute of Art overview
Size Small
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad
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The Cleveland Institute of Art (CIA), located in Cleveland's University Circle, is a premier college of art and design founded in 1882. Positioned in proximity to downtown Cleveland, Ohio, the campus offers an urban setting within a cultural hub, surrounded by museums and parks. Known for its focus on the arts, CIA provides a rigorous curriculum with an emphasis on creativity and practical application. The college offers a range of undergraduate programs with popular majors including Industrial Design, Graphic Design, and Illustration, bolstered by state-of-the-art facilities and resources. CIA is recognized for its small class sizes and student-to-faculty ratio, ensuring personalized attention and mentorship. The Institute practices a moderately selective admissions process. On-campus housing is available, which includes residential apartments designed to support the creative and educational needs of art students. While the school does not emphasize athletics, it dedicates itself to fostering an immersive and intensive educational experience in the visual arts.

In the most recent statistical year 693 prospective students applied, and 484 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 154 enrolled in the school.  568 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 16 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $43,380 plus fees of $3,080.












Cleveland Institute of Art is rated within the top 43% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 6 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated

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Admission Standards

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SAT 1080/1280
ACT 21/28
GPA 3.48

Applications Accepted

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Applications Due -
Applicant Competition Low
Application Fee $0

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Annual Cost to Attend


Costs for Cleveland Institute of Art
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$2,200
Other Fees$3,080
Room and Board $12,230
Budget for Other Expenses$2,950
Total One Year Cost$63,840

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$39,400 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

58% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Cleveland Institute of Art students
Subject Percent of Class
Visual and Performing Arts 94%
Health Professions 6%

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