Academy of Art University

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2020 Undergraduate Tuition
$24,264
4.98% growth from 2019
2020 Average Net Price
$35,445
After Financial Aid
2018 Student Loan
5.03%
Default Rate
2020 Enrolled Students
8,928
47.7% Full-Time
2020 Graduation Rate
44.7%
296 Graduates

About

Academy of Art University is a higher education institution located in San Francisco County, CA. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Academy of Art University were Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics, & Special Effects (112 degrees awarded), Fashion & Apparel Design (77 degrees), and Computer Graphics (74 degrees).

In 2020, 2,147 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Academy of Art University. 61.9% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 38.1% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was unknown (363 degrees), 1.22 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, white (298 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Academy of Art University is $24,264, which is $9,864 more than the national average for Special Focus Institutions ($14,400).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Academy of Art University is $24,264, which is $9,864 more than the national average for Special Focus Institutions ($14,400).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $35,445.

In 2020, 58% of undergraduate students attending Academy of Art University received financial aid through grants. Comparatively, 48% of undergraduate students received financial aid through loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$24,264
2020 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2020, the cost of tuition at Academy of Art University was $24,264. The cost of tuition at Academy of Art University is $9,864 more than than the overall (public and private) national average for Special Focus Institutions ($14,400).

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Average Net Price

$35,445
2020 Value
11.6%
1 Year Growth

In 2020 Academy of Art University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $35,445. Between 2019 and 2020, the average net price of Academy of Art University grew by 11.6%.

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Other Student Expenses

$16,298
Room and Board
$1,972
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Academy of Art University was of $16,298 in 2020. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,972. The cost of room and board increased by 7.13% between 2019 and 2020. The cost of books and supplies increased by 2.82% during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

58%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants
48%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Loans

58% of undergraduate students at Academy of Art University received financial aid through grants or loans in 2020. This represents a growth of 16% with respect to 2019, when 50% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.
5.03%
2018 Default Rate
170
Number of Defaults

In 2018 the default rate for borrower's at Academy of Art University was 5.03%, which represents 170 out of the 3381 total borrowers.

A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.

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Enrollment

Academy of Art University has a total enrollment of 8,928 students. The full-time enrollment at Academy of Art University is 4,260 students and the part-time enrollment is 4,668. This means that 47.7% of students enrolled at Academy of Art University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Academy of Art University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 15.7% White, 9.71% Hispanic or Latino, 6.6% Black or African American, 4.46% Asian, 2.87% Two or More Races, 0.37% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.28% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Academy of Art University in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (7.29%), followed by White Male (5.9%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (5.83%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Female (8.42%), followed by White Male (4.14%) and Black or African American Female (2.54%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

47.7%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Academy of Art University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 8,928 students. The full-time enrollment at Academy of Art University is 4,260 and the part-time enrollment is 4,668. This means that 47.7% of students enrolled at Academy of Art University are enrolled full-time compared with 68.5% at similar Special Focus Institutions.

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Retention Rate over Time

70%
2020 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at Academy of Art University was 70%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Special Focus Institutions (71.5%), Academy of Art University had a retention rate lower than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    1,399
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    867
  3. Black or African American
    589

The enrolled student population at Academy of Art University is 15.7% White, 9.71% Hispanic or Latino, 6.6% Black or African American, 4.46% Asian, 2.87% Two or More Races, 0.37% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.28% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Special Focus Institutions is 44% White, 17.3% Hispanic or Latino, and 14.4% Black or African American.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 2,953 students (33.1%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2020, 509 more women than men received degrees from Academy of Art University. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Academy of Art University is unknown (363 degrees awarded). There were 1.22 times more unknown graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white (298 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Academy of Art University is Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics, & Special Effects (112 degrees awarded), followed by Fashion & Apparel Design (77 degrees) and Computer Graphics (74 degrees).

The most specialized majors across all degree types at Academy of Art University, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Communication Technologies (254 degrees awarded), Visual & Performing Arts (768 degrees), and Engineering Technologies (262 degrees).

Workforce

Common Jobs by Major

Most Common Job

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Academy of Art University are Software developers (477,780 people), Other managers (193,612 people), Elementary & middle school teachers (136,812 people), Computer occupations, all other (127,037 people), and Computer & information systems managers (118,631 people).

The most specialized majors at Academy of Art University are Communication Technologies (254 degrees awarded), Visual & Performing Arts (768 degrees), Engineering Technologies (262 degrees), Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services (580 degrees), and Human Sciences (108 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Academy of Art University are Cardiovascular technologists and technicians, Physicians, Magnetic resonance imaging technologists, Nuclear medicine technologists and medical dosimetrists, and Architectural & engineering managers

The most specialized majors at Academy of Art University are Communication Technologies (254 degrees awarded), Visual & Performing Arts (768 degrees), Engineering Technologies (262 degrees), Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services (580 degrees), and Human Sciences (108 degrees).

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Common Industries by Major

Most Common Industry

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Academy of Art University are Computer Systems Design (580,309 people), Elementary & secondary schools (293,903 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (213,431 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (117,570 people), and Management, scientific & technical consulting services (103,722 people).

The most specialized majors at Academy of Art University are Communication Technologies (254 degrees awarded), Visual & Performing Arts (768 degrees), Engineering Technologies (262 degrees), Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services (580 degrees), and Human Sciences (108 degrees).

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Degrees

Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by Academy of Art University.
Most Common
  1. 112 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 77 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 74 degree-majorss awarded

In 2020, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Academy of Art University was Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics, & Special Effects with 112 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

819
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2020
1,328
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2020

In 2020, 819 degrees were awarded to men at Academy of Art University, which is 0.617 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (1,328).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2020, 117 degrees were awarded to men at Academy of Art University in Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics, & Special Effects, which is 1.1 times more than the 106 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2020, 146 degrees were awarded to women at Academy of Art University in Computer Graphics, which is 2.81 times more than the 52 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

8%
100% Completion Time
38%
150% Completion Time

In 2020, 8% of students graduating from Academy of Art University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 38% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 43% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
American Indian or Alaska Native Female
Highest Graduation Rate (50%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Academy of Art University is Female and American Indian or Alaska Native (50% graduation rate). Across all Special Focus Institutions, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (72.4%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 11.5% of graduates (34 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. Unknown
    363 degrees awarded
  2. White
    298 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    161 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Academy of Art University is unknown (363 degrees awarded). There were 1.22 times more unknown recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white (298 degrees).

16.9% of degree recipients (363 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic
  1. White Female
    174 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    124 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino Male
    82 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at Academy of Art University is white female (174 degrees awarded). There were 1.4 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (124 degrees).

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Operations

Academy of Art University has an endowment valued at nearly $N/A, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $2.23k (NaNk%), compared to the 1.87% average return ($195k on $10.4M) across all Special Focus Institutions.

In 2020, Academy of Art University had a total salary expenditure of $233M. Academy of Art University employs 200 No academic ranks, 0 N/A, and 0 N/A. Most academics at Academy of Art University are Male No academic ranks (113), Female No academic ranks(87), and N/A (0).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Academy of Art University are: Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services, with 177 employees, Management, with 139 employees, and Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 106 employees.

Finances

Endowment

0%
growth from 2019

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Special Focus Four-Year: Arts, Music & Design Schools Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $0 - Federal
  2. $0 - State
  3. $0 - Local

As of 2020, Academy of Art University received $0 in grants and contracts from the federal government, $0 from state grants and contracts, and $0 from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$94.9M
2020 Salaries
3.85%
decline from 2019

In 2020, Academy of Art University paid a median of $94.9M in salaries, which represents 40.7% of their overall expenditure ($233M) and a 3.85% decline from the previous year. This is compared to a 3.9% decline from 2018 and a 0.656% growth from 2017.

The median for similar Special Focus Institutions is 2.95M (42.1% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$16.3M
Instructional Salaries
200
Number of Employees

In 2020, Academy of Art University paid a total of $16.3M to 200 employees working as instructors, which represents 17.2% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $855k (29%) for similar Special Focus Institutions.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

No academic rank
Most Common Instructor
200 Employees
Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
177 Employees

In 2020, the most common positions for instructional staff at Academy of Art University were No academic rank with 200 employees; false with 0 employees; and false with 0 employees.

In 2020, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Academy of Art University were Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 177 employees; Management with 139 employees; and Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 106 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

Most Common Demographic
  1. Male No academic rank
  2. Female No academic rank

In 2020, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Academy of Art University was Male No academic rank with 113 employees, and Female No academic rank with 87 employees.

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