Private 4 Year

Pacific Northwest College of Art

Portland, Oregon

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Pacific Northwest College of Art overview
Location Portland, Oregon
Online pnca.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Large City
Pacific Northwest College of Art overview
Size Small
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing No
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA), located in the heart of Portland, Oregon, is a center for creative education within an urban setting known for its vibrant arts scene. Established in 1909, PNCA has grown to become a pivotal institution for the visual and design arts, offering a variety of undergraduate and graduate programs with a focus on critical practice and studio education. The campus, marked by its renovated Federal Building that threads contemporary design within a historical context, provides students with a dynamic learning environment. PNCA's curriculum is known for its majors in Communications Design, Illustration, and Creative Writing, among others. While the college maintains a selective admissions process, it does not offer athletic programs, focusing its resources on artistic development and innovation. On-campus housing is available, offering residential students immersive exposure to Portland's creative community.

In the most recent statistical year 471 prospective students applied, and 445 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 90 enrolled in the school.  464 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 23 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $45,000 plus fees of $100.












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Applications Accepted

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Applications Due -
Applicant Competition Very Low
Application Fee $0

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Annual Cost to Attend


Costs for Pacific Northwest College of Art
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,260
Other Fees$100
Estimated Off Campus Cost of Living $17,844
Budget for Other Expenses$2,836
Total One Year Cost$67,040

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$29,900 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

42% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Pacific Northwest College of Art students
Subject Percent of Class
Visual and Performing Arts 100%

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=209603 IPEDS survey data for Pacific Northwest College of Art.

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