Pennsylvania College of Art & Design

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  • At Pennsylvania College of Art & Design, we are makers, designers, creators and entrepreneurs. The simple idea, to "see differently", makes us distinct from one another yet unifies the diversity found in our students and teachers. Here you'll learn to make creativity your career. Located in the heart of Lancaster's thriving arts community, inspiration can be found around every corner. As a micro-college, it's the personal attention and guidance from our faculty of working artists, coupled with internships and hands-on experiences, that set us apart. Learn more about our academic programs and why you belong here.

School Highlights

Pennsylvania College of Art & Design serves 245 students (95% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 4:1 is lower than the state community college average of 23:1.
Minority enrollment is 24% of the student body (majority Black and Asian), which is less than the state average of 44%.

Top Rankings

Pennsylvania College of Art & Design ranks among the top 20% of community colleges in Pennsylvania for:

School Overview

The teacher population of 55 teachers has grown by 37% over five years.
Pennsylvania College of Art & Design(PA) Community College Avg.
Carnegie ClassificationSpecial Focus Four-Year: Arts, Music & Design SchoolsAssociates Colleges
Institution Level4 or more yearsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPrivate, non-profitPrivate not-for-profit
Total Faculty55 staff36 staff
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Student Body

The student population of Pennsylvania College of Art & Design has grown by 9% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 4:1 has decreased from 9:1 over five years.
The Pennsylvania College of Art & Design diversity score of 0.41 is less than the state average of 0.64. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment245 students571 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio4:123:1
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# Full-Time Students232 students361 students
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# Part-Time Students13 students210 students
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Total Dormitory Capacity
-330
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% American Indian/Alaskan
1%
-
% Asian
4%
3%
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% Hispanic
3%
9%
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% Black
8%
16%
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% White
76%
56%
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% Two or more races
6%
3%
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% Unknown races
2%
11%
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Diversity Score0.410.64
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Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$29,200$34,800
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Tuition Cost and Acceptance Rate

The private state tuition of $26,750 is more than the state average of $17,025. The private state tuition has grown by 47% over four years.
Private State Tuition Fees$26,750$17,025
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Tuition Notes(Tuition cost for 12-18 credits a semester, 2 semesters) Pennsylvania College of Art & Design offers three and five-month payment plan options that can cover any semester balances remaining after deducting financial aid awards. This service is for full-time students to assist them and their families with educational expenses.
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid90%92%
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Median Debt for Graduates$27,000$12,495
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Median Debt for Dropouts$5,500$5,500
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Acceptance Rate43%85%
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Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.11 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
24-Hour Comics Day, American Institute of Graphic Arts - AIGA (Student Chapter), Designathon, eSports, Lux (Student Photography Club), SIGGRAPH (Student Chapter - Graphic Arts), Society of Illustrators - SOI (Student Chapter), Society of Photographic Education - SPE (Student Chapter), Student Art Market, Student Council

Arts and Music Programs:
CORE Gallery
Source: 2019 (or latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • Pennsylvania College of Art & Design began as a dream of a handful of dedicated artists and their supporters in the spring of 1982: For those destined to live the creative life, it's not a choice - it's in the fabric of who you are.
  • BFA Majors: Animation & Game Art, Graphic Design, Fine Art, Illustration, Photography & Video, Live Entertainment & Experience Design (LiveX)

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Nearby Schools

The nearest community college to Pennsylvania College of Art & Design is Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences (0.4 miles away).
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