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FAQ: Admissions

For students considering admission to CIA

Applying to college is a big decision, complicated this year by the impacts of the coronavirus (COVID-19). While we are currently closed to the public, we're here to help you with your college application, decision and enrollment. As new policies are implemented both nationally and locally, we will be adding and updating information to keep you informed. 

 If you do not find the answers you seek here, don't hesitate to email or call us at 216.421.7418.

How is CIA responding to the coronavirus outbreak?

CIA announced on March 10, during our spring break, that it would suspend classes beginning March 18. Additionally, all but essential employees were asked to work from home, and all public programming was canceled. On March 20, CIA extended the initial closure until further notice. Students who were unable to leave campus continue to live in our residence hall with support staff, but most students have left campus.

Is CIA open for visitors? 

For the safety of our community, as well as the public, per instructions from state and federal government, CIA closed the campus. We're looking forward to being able to reopen to visitors, when it's safe to do so.

How can I learn more about CIA after being admitted?

First of all, congratulations on being admitted to the Cleveland Institute of Art! We're looking forward to having you join our talented community of artists and designers. 

Students who have submitted their enrollment deposits have been sent our Welcome brochure; if you didn't receive it, you can view online, or contact your admissions counselor and we'll resend one to you. You can also check out the welcome page on the website, with links to resources that may be helpful to you. We'll be sending emails to admitted students about our summer online orientation, roommate matching, and move-in details.

We have lots of videos featuring our majors, interesting and successful alumni, and a tour of our building.

What if my school cannot send test scores, transcripts, or letters of recommendation to CIA?

CIA is test optional, so it’s not required that you send test scores to us. Additionally, we are happy to waive letters of recommendation that have not already been submitted. If your school cannot submit your official transcripts to us at this time, you may send us a copy of your grades for our review process. Don't let these documents keep you from completing your application. Documents can be sent to

What if my course schedule is impacted by changes at my high school? What if my school moves to pass/fail grading?

We plan to be as flexible as possible in adapting to the changes that are coming. We will honor decisions made by your high school as long as they are official policy.

Will my school’s decision to move online impact my admission decision?

We understand there have been extraordinary changes in the lives of high school students across the world. No online designation is required on the transcript, nor is an update to admissions required if your school moves classes online.

Can I connect with the Admissions Office or the Financial Aid Office?

Of course, we'd love to hear what you're doing and feeling, and we're here to answer your questions about the application process, completing your housing or tuition deposits, or to discuss other questions and concerns. You can reach out to your admisisons counselor directly, or contact our admissions office or financial aid office.

Admissions: 216.421.7418. Financial Aid: 216.421.7425.

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