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Location and Campus

Our campus includes the George Gund building, home to our classrooms, studio and adminstrative offices, as well as residence halls for freshmen and sophomores, both just steps from our academic building.

Our campus is located east of downtown Cleveland, in the heart of Cleveland’s cultural district, University Circle. Chosen by Forbes Magazine as “one of the ten prettiest neighborhoods in the country,” University Circle is home to students from Case Western Reserve University, the Cleveland Institute of Music, and CIA. We also share University Circle with major arts institutions such as the world-renowned Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland Orchestra, as well as the Cleveland Botanical Garden, Cleveland Museum of Natural History, and Cleveland History Center.

University Circle is also home to world-class healthcare organizations including the Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals of Cleveland.


CIA offers 15 majors in the fine arts, 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.

Student Body

CIA has 637 full-time students and 645 total students, joining CIA from 32 states, and nine countries around the world. 


Students may enter as a freshman or as a transfer student (with advanced standing). Admission is based on a portfolio review, academic record, recommendations and SAT or ACT scores (optional). Visit Admissions to learn more about the application process.

Financial Aid

CIA offers scholarships based on academic history and portfolio quality. Need-based aid is also available. Learn more about financial aid at CIA.

Academic Calendar

View CIA's academic calendar, or download a PDF version.

Retention Rate

89% of students who began their studies in Fall 2016 returned in Fall 2017.

Graduation Rate

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. 

  • The Princeton Review, a prestigious education services company, included CIA among its collection of 158 high-quality colleges and universities in 12 Midwestern states. CIA was the only dedicated college of art and design on the list. 
  •’s Best 2017-2018 College Salary Report assessed colleges and universities on student’s post-graduation salary potential. Among 1,509 schools cited by Payscale for positive salary potential, CIA was in a four-way tie at No. 666. Payscale also ranks schools in terms of their value to students interested in particular majors. CIA ranked 65 among a total of 313 schools selected as good choices for art majors. It was the highest ranking received for any dedicated art and design school in Ohio and all border states.

Accreditation and Membership

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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