First-Time Freshmen: FAQ
Is SAIC Accredited?
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) has been accredited since 1936 by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, and as a charter member since 1944 by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).
For specific program accreditations, click here.
Can you explain what an interdisciplinary curriculum means?
SAIC students do not declare majors, but like contemporary artists, designers, and scholars, are encouraged to experiment across media to express their ideas in the most effective manner. Students wishing to concentrate entirely in one medium are free to do so.
Certain course paths—such as Visual Communication Design (Graphic Design), Interior Architecture, and Fashion do have prescribed pathways to ensure that professional standards are met.
What undergraduate degrees does SAIC offer?
SAIC offers the following undergraduate degrees:
- Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio
- Bachelor of Fine Arts with an Emphasis in Art Education
- Bachelor of Arts in Art History
- Bachelor of Fine Arts with an Emphasis in Writing
- Bachelor of Arts in Visual and Critical Studies
With the credit/no-credit grading system, do students have trouble getting into graduate school or transferring credit?
No, our students do not have difficulty getting into all types of graduate programs and transferring into other institutions.
What scholarships are available, and what are the amounts?
There are many scholarship opportunities at SAIC. Visit the Financial Aid website to learn more.
What are the demographics of the student population?
Total enrollment: 3,650
Undergraduate students: 2,890
Graduate Students: 760
International Students: 33%
Countries represented: 63
African American: 4%
Asian or Pacific Islander: 10%
White Non-Hispanic: 36%
Not specified: 5%
What is the student to faculty ratio?
12 to 1
What is the average class size?
How many graduate students teach undergraduate courses?
Only a few undergraduate studio classes are taught by graduate students and these are typically introductory-level classes.