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 6:1 is lower than the state community college average of 25:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 24% of the student body (majority Black and Asian), which is less than the state average of 37%.
  • Pennsylvania College of Art & Design is one of 4 community colleges within Lancaster County, PA.
  • The nearest community college to Pennsylvania College of Art & Design is Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences (0.4 miles away).

Top Placements

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

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 40 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Pennsylvania College of Art & Design(PA) Community College Avg.
Carnegie ClassificationBaccalaureate / Associates CollegesBaccalaureate / Associates Colleges
Institution Level4 or more yearsAt least 2 yrs but < 4 yrs
Institution ControlPrivate, non-profitPrivate, non-profit
Total Faculty40 staff25 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 6:1 has stayed the same over five years.
  • The Pennsylvania College of Art & Design diversity score of 0.42 is less than the state average of 0.57. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment245 students618 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio6:125:1
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# Full-Time Students232 students372 students
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# Part-Time Students13 students246 students
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% American Indian/Alaskan
1%
-
% Asian
4%
2%
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% Hispanic
3%
7%
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% Black
8%
14%
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% White
76%
63%
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% Two or more races
6%
2%
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% Unknown races
2%
10%
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Diversity Score0.420.57
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Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$29,200$34,800
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Finances and Admission

  • The private state tuition of $25,950 is more than the state average of $16,683. The private state tuition has grown by 42% over four years.
Private State Tuition Fees$25,950$16,683
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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%94%
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Median Debt for Graduates$27,000$12,223
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Median Debt for Dropouts$5,500$5,500
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Acceptance Rate43%84%
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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: 2016 (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 (Coming Fall 2021)
  • Tomorrow Today: At PCA&D, we prepare students for their future in art and design. Our faculty are working in their creative fields and bringing their experience to our students each day in the classroom. They stay current with their real-world perspectives and engagement with the marketplace.
  • Live Inspired: Our unique housing partnerships provide students access to newly renovated, fully furnished apartments in historic and secure buildings, just blocks from our campus or find more independence in one of the surrounding architectural homes or loft spaces.
  • A Community with Character: PCA&D is located in Lancaster, PA. Three centuries of architecture frame a hip vibe, creating a city humming with energy and imagination. Entrepreneurial spirit flows across its boutiques, farm-to-table restaurants, and re-imagined maker-spaces. Surrounding the campus, you`ll find Gallery Row and neighborhoods filled with artist studios and creative professionals. 
  • An Investment of Value: Pennsylvania College of Art & Design is one of the most affordable private art colleges in the nation. As a student, you may be eligible for a full range of federal, state, and institutional assistance that includes scholarships, non-repayable grants, educational loans, and part-time work study. More than 90% of our students receive some form of financial assistance.

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For Pennsylvania public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $10,533 per year for in-state students and $14,058 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $16,683 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

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Pennsylvania community colleges have a diversity score of 0.57, which is lower than the national average of 0.65. The most diverse community college in Pennsylvania is Community College of Philadelphia. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.