School of Visual Arts

School of Visual Arts

New York, NY
student ratio
total students
Tuition Cost $39,900 | $39,900
in-state | out-of-state
Average Financial Aid Package $17,121
fall application deadline
acceptance rate
Moderately Difficult
admission difficulty
Average test scores for all first-year students that were accepted and enrolled.
sat math
sat reading
sat writing
act composite


Creative Scholarship in the heart of New York City

New York City's School of Visual Arts is a private college founded in 1947 as the Cartoonists and Illustrators School. As the academic and artistic scope has expanded over the decades, SVA's mission for working artists to educate talented students remains unchanged. The School of Visual Arts enrolls roughly 3,500 undergraduates. Because of the college's location in Manhattan, students have easy access to hundreds of galleries, dozens of museums, and internships at some of the best-known creative companies in the world.

SVA is NASAD and Middle States accredited, as well as a member of AICAD, a prestigious consortium of art and design institutions. SVA is included in the Best Fine Art Schools list compiled by "U.S. News and World Report." "Business Insider" ranks SVA as 1 of the World's 25 Best Design Schools, according to its industry survey. SVA is proud to be designated as a Military-Friendly School by "G.I. Jobs" for its commitment to educating veteran artists.

11 different BFA programs offered with a faculty of over 1,000

There are 11 Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) degree programs available to SVA students: advertising; animation; cartooning; computer art, computer animation and visual effects; design; fine arts; film; illustration; interior design; photography and video; and visual and critical studies All 11 degree programs are designed to be completed in four years and place emphasis on art-making in addition to critiques, lectures and traditional academic practices. With a faculty of over 1,000 practicing artists and creative professionals who are among the leaders in their fields and access to hundreds of museums, galleries and other cultural resources, SVA represents the best of New York City, global capital of art and design.

The honors program, art history and humanities and sciences

Qualified applicants to SVA's undergraduate programs are encouraged to apply to the honors program, which adds an interdisciplinary liberal arts framework to the studies of degree-seeking undergraduates. Honors students have access to special lectures and events, a 3rd year art history and science colloquium, and a 3rd year week-long international trip.

SVA's art history curriculum covers human creative expression from prehistory to the modern world, giving valuable context to students, studio practice. The humanities and sciences curriculum is a requirement in the undergraduate programs, and melds students' theoretical and creative backgrounds with relevant scientific and liberal arts topics.

International opportunities via Arts Abroad and Semester Abroad

The School of Visual Arts helps students broaden their horizons while deepening their artistic knowledge through both its Destinations and Semester Abroad programs. Destinations programs are one to four weeks in duration, and include such choices as Zine Design in Alaska, Fashion Photography in Miami Beach, Art History in Southern France, Painting in Barcelona, and Writing in Cambridge, England. Destinations is open to current students as well as to incoming students during the summer before their first semester. Semester Abroad allows qualified undergraduate students to spend a full fall or spring semester at one of the college's partner institutions or with fellow SVA students in SVA in Rome.

Opportunities and Outlets for Student Work

SVA juniors and seniors who meet program requirements may apply for the school's Internship for Credit program. These internships give students a chance to work with established creative professionals in the city while earning studio elective credit. SVA also operates its own facilities for the presentation of student creative work, including four galleries in Manhattan, the SVA Theatre, and the Visual Arts Press.

An Active and Accomplished Alumni Network

There are 35,000 School of Visual Art alumni living in 100 countries and working for such companies as Sony ImageWorks, Disney, Pixar, DreamWorks Animation, BBDO/WEST, Google, Facebook, and CNN. SVA alumni have access to special benefits ranging from cultural events and career development services to discounts on continuing education classes and health insurance.

Need-Based Grants, Merit-Based Scholarships, and Matching Funds

The School of Visual Arts offers merit scholarships for 1st-year and full-time undergraduates, including the Silas H. Rhodes Merit Scholarship, named for SVA's iconic founder. SVA grants are awarded to full-time undergraduate students on the basis of financial need, and the matching outside scholarship program matches 25 percent of outside scholarships granted to SVA students, up to a specified dollar amount.

Location & Contact

209 East 23rd Street
New York, NY 10010-3994

Admissions Office

Phone: 212-592-2100
Fax: 212-592-2116

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Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
  • Visual and performing arts
    • Cinematography and Film/Video Production
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Commercial and Advertising Art
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Commercial Photography
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Design and Applied Arts Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Drawing
      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/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.
    • Interior Design
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Painting
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Photography
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Printmaking
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Sculpture
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.


73% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied3,648
    • Accepted2,697
    • Acceptance Rate73%
    • Enrolled3,752
    • Female Applicants2,592
    • Females Accepted2,027
    • Female Acceptance Rate78%
    • Male Applicants1,056
    • Males Accepted670
    • Male Acceptance Rate63%
  • Applying
    • Application Fee $50
    • Required for All Essay or personal statement
      Transcript of high school record
      Minimum high school GPA of 2.5
    • Required for Some
    • Average high school GPA for first-year freshman3.34
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
    • Fall freshmen Yes
    • Out-of-state Fall freshmen Not Reported
    • 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 520 620
    • SAT Math 500 610
    • SAT Writing
    • ACT Composite 21 27
    • * 25th and 75th percentile is the score that 25/75 percent of students score at or below.

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *$39,900
    • Out-of-state tuition *$39,900
    • 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 *$20,400
    • Room only *$17,500
    • * 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 offeredNot Reported
    • Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuitionNot Reported

Financial Aid

    • Average Financial Aid Package:$17,121
    • Average Freshman Financial Aid Package:$17,143
    • Average International Student Financial Aid Package:$9,231
    • Average Loan Aid:$4,253
    • Average Grant Aid:$12,192
    • Average Scholarship and/or Grant Aid Awarded:$13,772
    • Percentage of Students with Need who Receive Financial Aid:97%
    • Average Percentage of Financial Need Met: 36%
    • Percentage of Students Who Had Their Need Fully Met: 1%

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Undergraduate Students3,752
    • Male Student Percentage31%
    • Female Student Percentage69%
  • Race/Ethnicity
    • Hispanic/Latino11.33%
    • Black or African American4.19%
    • White or Caucasian24.48%
    • American Indian or Alaska Native.06%
    • Asian13.55%
    • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander.03%
    • Two or more races.65%
    • Unknown or International Student2.39%
  • Other Student Statistics
    • International BreakoutNot Reported
    • Out-of-state Students53% out-of-state student

Campus Life

  • Housing
    • College-owned housing available Yes
    • Housing Requirements Not Reported
    • Housing options Coed housing , Female-only housing
    • Percentage of undergraduate students who live in college-owned housing 31%
  • Student Activities
    • Student-run campus newspaper Yes
    • Drama / theater group No
    • Student-run radio station Yes
    • Student-run television station No
    • Marching band No
    • Choral groups No
  • 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 Not Reported
  • Campus Security and Safety
    • 24-hour emergency telephone / alarm services Not Reported
    • 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 Not Reported


  • Faculty Breakdown
    • Total Faculty1,179
    • Full-time Percentage18%
    • Part-time Percentage82%
    • Female Percentage39%
    • Male Percentage61%
    • Student:Faculty Ratio9:1 or 3,546 students to 411 faculty



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