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School of Visual Arts Data & Information Overview

34 awards Ranking Badges
71% Acceptance Rate
2% Student Loan Default Rate
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How Well Is School of Visual Arts Ranked?

Web & Multimedia Design Highest Ranked Major

2024 Rankings

In its yearly rankings, College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities to determine which ones are the best in a variety of categories, such as overall value, quality, diversity, which schools are the best for each major, and much more.

School of Visual Arts was awarded 34 badges in the 2024 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is web & multimedia design.

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Overall Quality

SVA was not ranked in College Factual's 2024 Best Overall Colleges report. This could be for a number of reasons, including lack of data.

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Is It Hard to Get Into SVA?

71% Acceptance Rate
76% Of Accepted Are Women
14% Submit SAT Scores

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at School of Visual Arts is 71%. That's higher than the rate at many schools, but still low enough to be considered somewhat selective. If you want to get in, you'll need good grades and to be able to show that SVA is a good fit for you.

Average Test Scores

About 14% of students accepted to SVA submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 560 and 700. Math scores were between 580 and 663.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for School of Visual Arts  ( 560 to 700 )

SAT Math Scores for School of Visual Arts  ( 580 to 663 )
SVA received ACT scores from 3% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 22 and 30.

ACT Composite Scores for School of Visual Arts  ( 22 to 30 )

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School of Visual Arts Faculty

8 to 1 Student to Faculty
19% Full Time Teachers

Student to Faculty Ratio

At SVA, the student to faculty ratio is an excellent 8 to 1. That's much better than the national average of 15 to 1. This indicates that many classes will probably be small, and students will have ample opportunites to work closely with their professors and classmates.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

When estimating how much access students will have to their teachers, some people like to look at what percentage of faculty members are full time. This is because part-time teachers may not have as much time to spend on campus as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at School of Visual Arts is 19%. This is lower than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  19 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at School of Visual Arts

85% Freshmen Retention
58% On-Time Graduation Rate

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 85% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like School of Visual Arts enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  85 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate for someone pursuing a bachelor's degree is typically four years. This rate at SVA for first-time, full-time students is 58%, which is better than the national average of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  58 out of 100

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School of Visual Arts Undergraduate Student Diversity

3,107 Full-Time Undergraduates
28.4% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
73.4% Percent Women

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 3,192 undergraduates at SVA with 3,107 being full-time and 85 being part-time.

How Much Does School of Visual Arts Cost?

$48,384 Net Price
26% Take Out Loans
$54,440 Total Student Loans
The overall average net price of SVA is $48,384. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for SVA

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$43,138 $44,473 $47,965 $54,538 $52,894

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of SVA, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At SVA, approximately 26% of students took out student loans averaging $13,610 a year. That adds up to $54,440 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at SVA is 2.0%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do SVA Graduates Make?

$50,066 Avg Salary of Grads
High Earnings Boost
The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from SVA make about $50,066 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. This is good news for future SVA graduates since it is 18% more than the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year.


See which majors at School of Visual Arts make the most money.

Location of School of Visual Arts

New York State
3,107 Full-Time Undergraduates
Large City Campus Setting
School of Visual Arts is a private for-profit institution located in New York, New York. The city atmosphere of New York makes it a great place for students who enjoy having lots of educational and entertainment options.

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Contact details for SVA are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 209 E 23Rd St, New York, NY 10010
Phone: 212-592-2000

School of Visual Arts Majors

12 Majors With Completions
715 Undergraduate Degrees
334 Graduate Degrees
During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 12 majors graduated from School of Visual Arts. Of these students, 715 received undergraduate degrees and 334 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Computer Software & Applications 254 $41,114
Design & Applied Arts 186 $22,489
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 136 $25,481
Graphic Communications 87 $14,518
Fine & Studio Arts 52 $19,405
Public Relations & Advertising 0 NA
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 0 NA
Human Computer Interaction 0 NA
Museum Studies 0 NA
Systems Theory 0 NA

Learn more about the majors offered at School of Visual Arts along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


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