About . Facts + Stats
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 received 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.
To nurture the intellectual, artistic, and professional development of students and community members through rigorous visual arts and design education.
To advance culture, community, and global quality of life.
CIA offers 15 majors in art, design, craft, and interactive media.
CIA has nearly 50 full-time and 60 adjunct faculty, who are all professional artists, designers, and scholars. The student-to-faculty ratio is 10:1.
Approximately 625 undergraduate students from around the globe attend CIA.
Students may enter as a freshman or as a transfer student (with advanced standing). Admission is based on a portfolio review, academic record, SAT or ACT scores, and recommendations. Visit Admissions to learn more about the application process.
CIA offers scholarships based on academic history and portfolio quality. Need-based aid is also available. Learn more about financial aid at CIA.
89% of students who began their studies in Fall 2016 returned in Fall 2017.
The 4-year graduation rate for full-time students entering in Fall 2013 was 51%.
Graduation Rate Statistics
Three national college assessment organizations have included the Cleveland Institute of Art on their annual lists of schools that deliver a high-quality education.
Cleveland Institute of Art is an independent, not-for-profit college accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, and the Ohio Board of Regents. CIA is a member of the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD), a consortium of America’s specialized art and design colleges.
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