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Cleveland Institute of Art complies with regulations set forth by the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008.

Information provided below is available on the CIA website (link), in the College Catalog (CC), Student Handbook (SH), or via an external link (EX).

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Student Outcomes

CIA Institutional Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the Cleveland Institute of Art, upon successful completion of their degree, will be able to:

  • define their aesthetic direction
  • present strategic research into a problem that leads to an effective creative solution
  • demonstrate the ability to collaborate to achieve a common goal
  • demonstrate knowledge of art and design standards in technology and terminology
  • utilize best practices of social and ethical concerns 
  • demonstrate sufficient knowledge of historical, theoretical, and critical issues in art, craft, and design to support them in innovative contemporary practice
  • demonstrate the skills of general literacy that are inclusive of the baccalaureate level of performance in reading and writing

Retention Rate

80% of the Fall 2022 FTIC (first time in college) cohort returned in Fall 2023.
Source: IPEDS

Graduation Rate

The 4-year graduation rate for FTIC (first time in college) students entering in Fall 2016 was 66%.

Entrance Year

 4-year Graduation Rate
Entering Fall 2016    66%  
Entering Fall 2015    47%  
Entering Fall 2014    56%  
Entering Fall 2013    51%  


Retention Rate, Graduation Rates, and Transfer-Out Rates (NCES)
First Destination Job Placement Data for Graduates (PDF)


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Additional data can be found on the National Center for Education Statistics website, which includes tuition, fees, and estimated student costs; financial aid data; enrollment and admissions statistics; retention and graduation rates; accreditation and crime data.

About CIA

Cleveland Institute of Art is an independent college of art and design committed to leadership and vision in all forms of visual arts education. Since 1882, we have been an educational cornerstone in Cleveland, Ohio and have won widespread acclaim for the quality of our programs and achievements of our alumni. Students are encouraged to explore their vision and develop their skills through an interdisciplinary curriculum.