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The University of the Arts

  • Philadelphia, PA
  • Private
  • Urban
  • 58%42%
    student ratio
  • 1,890
    total students
  • $36,582 | $36,582
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition
  • Rolling
    fall application deadline
  • 75%
    acceptance rate
  • Moderately Difficult
    admission difficulty
  • Average test scores for all first-year students that were accepted and enrolled.
  • 488
    sat math
  • Not

    sat reading
  • 505
    sat writing
  • 22
    act composite


Educating Creative Professionals in the Visual and Performing Arts and Design

For more than 130 years, the University of Arts has defined creativity. The University of the Arts in Philadelphia is one of the only universities in the United States solely dedicated to educating creative individuals in the visual and performing arts and design. Its 2,100 undergraduate and graduate students and 500 faculty members are passionate about what they do, and in the process, are redefining the way they think, teach, and create.

The university is divided into 2 colleges and one division: the College of Art, Media and Design; College of Performing Arts, and the Division of Liberal Arts UArts offers 22 undergraduate degree programs and 11 graduate degree programs in "Design," "Film," "Visual Arts," "Dance," "Music," and "Theater" and "Creative Writing."

Creative and Academic Excellence

With an innovative new approach to educating artists, the University of the Arts offers a unique environment where students from across disciplines - artists, performers and media makers - interact in a dynamic community of creativity. University of the Arts graduates are prepared to live, work, and lead in a world in which art, creativity, and imagination are the engines for social and economic change.

UArts School of Design programs challenge students to re-envision the world around them -- to make it smarter, more useful, more sustainable, or more beautiful. With a solid foundation in contemporary professional practices and the history of design, students are given the space to take risks to create new solutions.

Whether a student's chosen medium is film, animation, or writing for the large or small screen, in the University of the Arts' School of Film programs, he or she will master the latest technologies as he or she develops his or her own innate creativity to tell the stories drawn from within and from the world at large.

The School of Art offers students an educational experience combining intensity and intimacy, focus and depth. Immersed in a supportive environment in their disciplines of choice, students also have opportunities to collaborate across disciplines.

Under the new direction of Donna Faye Burchfield, the School of Dance has developed an innovative new curriculum that prepares students for the 21st century world of professional dance, offering the depth and rigor of a discipline-based dance conservatory while engaging students in open discussions within their own practices, valuing their voices as capable of developing new and critical perspectives in dance.

Jazz and American contemporary music are the foundations of the University of the Arts' School of Music. Here, students will have private lessons, one-on-one with top jazz musicians and composers, and perform in any of the school's 50-plus ensembles that range from nationally recognized big bands, to an innovative bucket-drumming ensemble, a 110-voice chorus, a Brazilian samba band, a rock and jazz fusion ensemble, and more than 20 small jazz groups.

Center stage or behind the scenes, students in the Ira Brind School of Theater Arts collaborate with each other and a cast of exceptional faculty members to create unforgettable experiences for audiences. They'll master techniques and learn a new artistic vocabulary, all in small classes with award-winning working theater professionals. Students perform, design costumes and stage sets, direct, and craft the scripts that actors and designers bring to life.

New Programs are Thriving

With today's high-tech global world in mind, the University of the Arts launched an innovative new program in Music Business, Entrepreneurship & Technology. Courses cover the core areas of entrepreneurship, music business, and innovation, all grounded in a strong musical foundation. Additional coursework includes technology from recording to web design, international business, internships and projects maximizing career portfolio development.

This marks the inaugural year of a Creative Writing program. UArts understands that any student of the creative arts has a unique voice. This new program will give students the structures and tools needed to help that voice be heard. Students will have opportunities to become skilled and innovative writers, limited only by their own imaginations.

Students who want to explore the critical, historical and aesthetic aspects of cinematics arts have the opportunity to do so through the new Bachelor of Arts in Film & Media Studies program, offered through the Division of Liberal Arts. The course of study in this program combines studio classes and lecture-based seminars.

Liberal Arts Vital Part of Curriculum

A strong foundation in the Liberal Arts is the hallmark of the University of the Arts education. These classes raise students' awareness of international, cultural, religious, and political issues; develop critical thinking, metaphorical thinking, and clear communication; and foster a deep understanding of the history of the creative arts. Liberal arts classes represent a third of the courses needed to complete an undergraduate degree.

Distinguished Faculty with Prestigious Awards

The faculty members at the University of the Arts are practicing artists, designers, performers, and communicators, as well as educators. Leaders in their chosen fields, faculty members regularly exhibit and perform in some of the world's most renowned venues.

Professors teaching classes in drawing and painting, for example, include winners of the Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship for Painting and the PEW Fellowship in the Arts.

Faculty members in the printmaking and book arts division have displayed their works in the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

Collaboration for Vibrant Artistic Community

The University of the Arts is dedicated to educating students in the visual, performing and communication arts--and to being the catalyst for students' innate creativity. Students and faculty members connect, create, and collaborate across disciplines and traditional boundaries, in the heart of downtown Philadelphia, one of the nation's most culturally vibrant cities.

Rich History and the Arts in Philadelphia

Philadelphia is a city of historic firsts, now firmly focused on what's next. The population of under-30s here in the nation's 5th largest city has grown dramatically in the past decade, fueled by a surplus of what young, creative professionals are looking for -- a dynamic, walkable, affordable city, where on any given night residents might find an underground music club or attend a world-class modern dance performance.

Second only to Manhattan in the number of downtown cultural organizations, Philadelphia is a cultural feast. Located in the heart of Philadelphia's downtown (called Center City here), the University of the Arts is just steps away from the stunning Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, home to the world-renowned Philadelphia Orchestra and Pennsylvania Ballet; the glorious Academy of Music; UArts' own historic Merriam Theater; and 6 regional theaters.

The arts are vibrant and accessible here, and they'll be woven into the fabric of students' everyday lives. Philadelphia is the perfect place for students to immerse themselves in a thriving cultural environment, to be inspired and to inspire.

Location & Contact

320 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102-4944

Mr.Michael Smith

Assistant Director, Admissions

Phone: 215-717-6035
Fax: 215-717-6045

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Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
  • Communication technologies
    • Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Computer and information sciences
    • Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Education
    • Drama and Dance Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • English
    • Creative Writing
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Visual and performing arts
    • Acting
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Cinematography and Film/Video Production
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Crafts, Folk Art and Artisanry
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Dance
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Directing and Theatrical Production
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Film/Cinema/Video Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Film/Video and Photographic Arts Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Fine Arts Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Fine/Studio Arts
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Graphic Design
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Illustration
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Industrial and Product Design
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Intermedia/Multimedia
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Music Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Music Performance
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Music Theory and Composition
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Musical Theater
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Painting
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Photography
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Playwriting and Screenwriting
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Printmaking
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Sculpture
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Theater Design and Technology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.


75% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied1,479
    • Accepted1,115
    • Acceptance Rate75%
    • Enrolled1,890
    • Female Applicants954
    • Females Accepted699
    • Female Acceptance Rate73%
    • Male Applicants525
    • Males Accepted416
    • Male Acceptance Rate79%
  • Applying
    • Application Fee
    • Required for All Essay or personal statement
      Transcript of high school record
      Letter(s) of recommendation
      Interview recommended for all; audition or portfolio required for performing arts programs; portfolio required for design, visual arts, film programs, essay required for all programs
    • Required for Some Interview
    • Average high school GPA for first-year freshman
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
    • Fall freshmen Yes
    • Out-of-state Fall freshmen Yes
    • Early decision plan Not Reported
    • Other early decision plan Not Reported
    • Transfer Yes
  • Test Scores Accepted
    • Test Average School Accepted 25th Percentile* 75th Percentile*
    • SAT Critical Reading 450 580
    • SAT Math 488 440 550
    • SAT Writing 505
    • ACT Composite 22 18 25
    • * 25th and 75th percentile is the score that 25/75 percent of students score at or below.

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *$36,582
    • Out-of-state tuition *$36,582
    • In-district tuitionN/A
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student feesNot Reported
    • Room and board *$13,335.00
    • Room only *$8,610.00
    • * Room and board charges vary according to board plan selected (i.e., 12-meal plan, 19-meal plan, etc.) and student level (freshman, sophomore, etc.)
  • Other Payment Considerations
    • Guaranteed tuition plan offeredNo
    • Tuition pre-payment planNo
    • Tuition payment plans offeredInstallments
    • Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuitionChildren of Alumni, Employees or children of employees

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Undergraduate Students1,890
    • Male Student Percentage42%
    • Female Student Percentage58%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic/Latino8.47%
    • Black or African American12.59%
    • White or Caucasian61.06%
    • American Indian or Alaska Native.48%
    • Asian3.28%
    • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander.53%
    • Two or more races4.18%
    • Unknown4.13%
  • Other Student Statistics
    • International Breakout5.29% representing 18 other countries
    • Out-of-state Students62% out-of-state student

Campus Life

  • Housing
    • College-owned housing available Yes
    • Housing Requirements Not Reported
    • Housing options Coed housing
    • Percentage of undergraduate students who live in college-owned housing 33%
  • Student Activities
    • Student-run campus newspaper No
    • Drama / theater group Yes
    • Student-run radio station No
    • Student-run television station No
    • Marching band No
    • Choral groups Yes
  • Student Services
    • Legal services No
    • Health clinic Yes
    • Personal / psychological counseling Yes
    • Women's center No
  • Student Organizations
    • Greek fraternities No
    • Greek sororities No
    • Local fraternities No
    • Local sororities No
    • Other organizations Not Reported
    • Most popular organizations National Society of College Scholars, Salsa Club, African Diaspora Collective, Blurring Edges, Ladies of Service
  • Campus Security and Safety
    • 24-hour emergency telephone / alarm services Yes
    • 24-hour patrols by trained officers Yes
    • Students patrols Not Reported
    • Late-night transport / escort services Not Reported
    • Electronically-operated dormitory entrances Not Reported
    • Other crime prevention workshops and seminars


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty499
    • Full-time Percentage23%
    • Part-time Percentage77%
    • Female PercentageNot Reported
    • Male PercentageNot Reported
    • Student:Faculty Ratio8:1 or 2,010 students to 242 faculty




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