The University of the Arts

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2022 Undergraduate Tuition
$50,950
5.38% growth from 2021
2022 Average Net Price
$42,467
After Financial Aid
2019 Default Rate
1.03%
on Student Loans
2022 Acceptance Rate
80%
1,086 Applicants
2022 Enrolled Students
1,313
93.7% Full-Time
2022 Graduation Rate
66%
272 Graduates

About

The University of the Arts is a higher education institution located in Philadelphia County, PA. In 2022, the most popular Bachelors Degree concentrations at The University of the Arts were General Dance (66 degrees awarded), Music Management (40 degrees), and Musical Theatre (31 degrees).

In 2022, 446 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at The University of the Arts. 65.2% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 34.8% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (237 degrees), 2.89 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (82 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at The University of the Arts is $50,950, which is $36,009 more than the national average for Special Focus Institutions ($14,942).

Costs

In 2022, the median undergraduate tuition at The University of the Arts is $50,950, which is $36,009 more than the national average for Special Focus Institutions ($14,942).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $42,467.

In 2022, 99% of undergraduate students attending The University of the Arts received financial aid through grants. Comparatively, 85% of undergraduate students received financial aid through loans.

Tuition Costs

$50,950
2022 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2022, the cost of tuition at The University of the Arts was $50,950. The cost of tuition at The University of the Arts is $36,009 more than than the overall (public and private) national average for Special Focus Institutions ($14,942).

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Average Net Price

$42,467
2022 Value
63.8%
1 Year Growth

In 2022 The University of the Arts had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $42,467. Between 2021 and 2022, the average net price of The University of the Arts grew by 63.8%.

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Other Student Expenses

$16,978
Room and Board
$1,314
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at The University of the Arts was of $16,978 in 2022. The cost of room and board increased by 4.72% between 2021 and 2022.

During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,314. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid by Income Level

99%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants
85%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Loans

99% of undergraduate students at The University of the Arts received financial aid through grants or loans in 2022. This represents a decline of 1% with respect to 2021, when 100% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

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1.03%
2019 Default Rate
5
Number of Defaults

In 2019 the default rate for borrower's at The University of the Arts was 1.03%, which represents 5 out of the 486 total borrowers.

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Admissions

The University of the Arts received 1,086 undergraduate applications in 2022, which represents a 16% annual growth. Out of those 1,086 applicants, 869 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 80% acceptance rate.

There were 1,313 students enrolled at The University of the Arts in 2022.

The University of the Arts has an overall enrollment yield of 20.9%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

80%
Acceptance Rate in 2022
869
Accepted Out of 1,086

In 2022, the undergraduate acceptance rate of The University of the Arts was 80% (869 admissions from 1,086 applications). This is lower than the acceptance rate of 2021, which was 85.2%. Between 2021 and 2022, the number of applicants grew by 16%, while admissions declined by −21.1%..

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Enrollment

The University of the Arts had a total enrollment of 1,313 students in 2022. The full-time enrollment at The University of the Arts is 1,230 students and the part-time enrollment is 83. This means that 93.7% of students enrolled at The University of the Arts are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at The University of the Arts, both undergraduate and graduate, is 49.5% White, 19.9% Black or African American, 13.5% Hispanic or Latino, 3.88% Asian, 1.68% Two or More Races, 0.305% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.228% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at The University of the Arts in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (32.1%), followed by White Male (17.6%) and Black or African American Female (14.3%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Female (42.2%), followed by White Male (22.2%) and Black or African American Female (6.67%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

93.7%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at The University of the Arts in 2022, both undergraduate and graduate, is 1,313 students. The full-time enrollment at The University of the Arts is 1,230 and the part-time enrollment is 83. This means that 93.7% of students enrolled at The University of the Arts are enrolled full-time compared with 71.2% at similar Special Focus Institutions.

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Retention Rate over Time

80%
2022 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 The University of the Arts was 80%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Special Focus Institutions (73%), The University of the Arts had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. White
    650 enrolled students
  2. Black or African American
    261 enrolled students
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    177 enrolled students

The enrolled student population at The University of the Arts is 49.5% White, 19.9% Black or African American, 13.5% Hispanic or Latino, 3.88% Asian, 1.68% Two or More Races, 0.305% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.228% 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 42.1% White, 19.3% Hispanic or Latino, and 14.1% 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, 104 students (7.92%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2022, 136 more women than men received degrees from The University of the Arts. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at The University of the Arts is white (237 degrees awarded). There were 2.89 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (82 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at The University of the Arts is General Dance (66 degrees awarded), followed by Music Management (40 degrees) and Musical Theatre (31 degrees).

In 2022,  the most specialized majors across all degree types at The University of the Arts, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Visual & Performing Arts (345 degrees awarded), Communication Technologies (25 degrees), and Interdisciplinary Studies (20 degrees).

Common Jobs by Major

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at The University of the Arts are Elementary & middle school teachers (1,712,374 people), Secondary school teachers (545,057 people), Education administrators (302,159 people), Other managers (237,129 people), and Postsecondary teachers (222,332 people).

The most specialized majors at The University of the Arts in 2022 are Visual & Performing Arts (345 degrees awarded), Communication Technologies (25 degrees), Interdisciplinary Studies (20 degrees), Education (49 degrees), and English (7 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

Highest Paying Job

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at The University of the Arts are Surgeons, Physicians, Nurse anesthetists, Financial examiners, and Cardiovascular technologists and technicians

The most specialized majors at The University of the Arts are Visual & Performing Arts (345 degrees awarded), Communication Technologies (25 degrees), Interdisciplinary Studies (20 degrees), Education (49 degrees), and English (7 degrees) (as of 2022).

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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 The University of the Arts are Elementary & secondary schools (3,060,900 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (471,040 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (253,171 people), Computer Systems Design (197,946 people), and Construction (126,969 people).

The most specialized majors at The University of the Arts are Visual & Performing Arts (345 degrees awarded), Communication Technologies (25 degrees), Interdisciplinary Studies (20 degrees), Education (49 degrees), and English (7 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by The University of the Arts.
Most Common (2022)
  1. 66 degrees awarded
  2. 40 degrees awarded
  3. 31 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common bachelors degree concentration at The University of the Arts was General Dance with 66 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

155
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2022
291
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2022

In 2022, 155 degrees were awarded to men at The University of the Arts, which is 0.533 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (291).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2022, 30 degrees were awarded to men at The University of the Arts in Music Management, which is 3 times more than the 10 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2022, 63 degrees were awarded to men at The University of the Arts in General Dance, which is 4.2 times more than the 15 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

50%
100% Completion Time
57%
150% Completion Time

In 2022, 50% of students graduating from The University of the Arts completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 57% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 58% 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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Graduation Rate by Race and Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
American Indian or Alaska Native Male
Highest Graduation Rate (100%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate in 2022 at The University of the Arts is Male and American Indian or Alaska Native (100% graduation rate). Across all Special Focus Institutions, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (73.2%).

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, 1.84% of graduates (5 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. White
    237 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American
    82 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    44 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at The University of the Arts is white (237 degrees awarded). There were 2.89 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (82 degrees).

11.2% of degree recipients (50 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic (2022)
  1. White Female
    158 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    79 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American Female
    52 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at The University of the Arts is white female (158 degrees awarded). There were 2 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (79 degrees).

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Operations

The University of the Arts has an endowment valued at nearly $59.7M, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of −NaNM (−9.75%) compared to the 0.21% average return (24.5k on 11.6M) across all Special Focus Institutions.

In 2022, The University of the Arts had a total salary expenditure of 72.4M. The University of the Arts employs 47 Associate professors, 18 Assistant professors and 11 Professors. Most academics at The University of the Arts are Male Associate professor (32), Female Associate professor (15), and Female Assistant professor (10).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at The University of the Arts are: Management, with 49 employees, Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services, with 38 employees, and Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 32 employees.

Endowment

$59.7M
2022 Endowment
11%
decline from 2021

The University of the Arts has an endowment valued at about $59.7M, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The endowment of The University of the Arts declined 11% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $48.1M higher than than the median endowment of Special Focus Institutions according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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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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Salary Expenditure

$23.8M
2022 Salaries
7.6%
growth from 2021

In 2022, The University of the Arts paid a median of $23.8M in salaries, which represents 32.9% of their overall expenditure ($72.4M) and a 7.6% growth from the previous year.

The median for similar Special Focus Institutions is 3.17M (40.8% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$5.01M
Instructional Salaries
77
Number of Employees

In 2022, The University of the Arts paid a total of $5.01M to 77 employees working as instructors, which represents 21.1% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $975k (30.7%) for similar Special Focus Institutions.

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Occupations by Share

Associate professor
Most Common Instructor
47 Employees
Management
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
49 Employees

In 2022, the most common positions for instructional staff at The University of the Arts were Associate professor with 47 employees, Assistant professor with 18 employees, and Professor with 11 employees.

In 2022, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at The University of the Arts were Management with 49 employees, Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 38 employees, and Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 32 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

Most Common Demographic (2022)
  1. Male Associate professor
  2. Female Associate professor
  3. Female Assistant professor

In 2022, the most common demographic for instructional staff at The University of the Arts was Male Associate professor with 32 employees, Female Associate professor with 15 employees, and Female Assistant professor with 10 employees.

This chart shows the sex split between each academic rank present at The University of the Arts.

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