The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC)

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), one of the most historically significant accredited independent schools of art and design in the nation.

SAIC is distinct in the way that it provides graduate, post-baccalaureate, and undergraduate students an interdisciplinary curriculum and the necessary freedom to develop as artists, designers, and scholars. Our community of over 3,500 students (33% international coming from 63 different countries) is driven by the spirit of engagement and inquiry to reimagine traditional notions of art-making and make positive change in our world.

Basic details

  • Region: Midwest
  • Location: Chicago, Illinois
  • Campus setting: Urban
  • Type of institution: Private

Admissions information and areas of study offered

  • Percentage of students admitted: 59%
  • SAT range: 1160-1350
  • ACT range: 27-32
  • Test optional? No
  • Common Application accepted? Yes
  • Areas of study offered include: Arts; Design; Liberal Arts; Architecture; Interior Architecture; Designed Objects; Administration and Policy; ArtArt Education; Art and Technology; Art Therapy; Contemporary Practice; Ceramics; Fashion; Fiber and Material Studies; Film; Video; New Media and Animation; Historic Preservation; Low Residency; New Arts Journalism; Painting and Drawing; Photography; Printmedia; Sculpture; Sound; Visual Critical Studies; Visual Communication Design; Writing
  • Full list of majors available:


  • International students are eligible for: Merit-based scholarship
  • Estimated yearly cost (including tuition, board, room and student fees): $64,610


  • Athletic association for the majority of sports: None

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