Location
Santa Fe, NM
Undergrads
209
Tuition
$3,320
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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Reviews 85 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: I enjoy the many choices it gives especially so close! It's nice to be able to go to a restaurant that isn't 30 miles away.

3 College Junior

Diversity: The program emphasizes Contemporary Native American Arts. Most students are Native American. Some students are Caucasian or other ethnicities. There are a few foreign students. Most faculty and staff seem to be Caucasian. So there's an underlying ethnic tension on campus and in all activities and functions of the college.

2 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Santa Fe is an expensive tourist trap destination city known for its museums.

4 College Junior

Majors: Admission to the Creative Writing program requires submission of a portfolio, a personal essay, and a critical essay.

2 College Junior

Scholarships: My program of study is new and there's not much financial aid or advice available to us yet.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Off-campus dining is a bit far away and requires a car or a bus trip. Lots of fast food and chain places. Options include some extremely expensive places geared for tourists. Off-campus dining is probably not within most student budgets.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: The campus seems relatively safe. Normal awareness is always valuable in personal safety: watching what's going on, etc. Campus security uses camera to survey the school and grounds. I'm not sure how effective campus security might be in an emergency.

3 College Junior

Computers: There are usually free computers available on campus - in the library, and in the computer labs - most of the time. During midterms and finals, the library and computers labs are much more crowded. But it's still possible to use a school computer, if needed. And the computer labs are open all night.

There's also free WiFi on campus and in the dorms. But the campus email service is slow, the server somewhat outdated and too expensive to fix, and the college restricts non-academic streaming and computer usage - especially during work days and study hours - attempting to deal with this situation.

The Macs on campus are in excellent, like-new condition. The PCs seem older, but there are more of them in the library.

IAIA also lends out laptops to students each semester.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: IAIA has a zero tolerance standard for drugs and alcohol on campus.

1 College Freshman

Weather: The weather here in New Mexico is pretty mild compared to my home state, Wisconsin. There is not a lot of snow during winter and even when it does snow, it's really not a lot. It doesn't rain too much either. It's sunny almost every single day and it's pretty much just hot in the summer and warm/windy the other parts of the year. The mild weather of New Mexico has no affect over the continuation of classes and schooling here.

2 College Freshman

Diversity: I attend a small Native American arts school. I feel it is diverse in that there are people of various tribes from across the United States along with a few international students as well. The people who go here are mostly from middle class, working economic backgrounds and many come from the reservations, too. There are people of various sexual orientations. The religion of many is the tribal beliefs of whatever culture that person may come from but some people follow Catholocism as well. Everyone is open to the beliefs and knowledge others have to offer though, as learning about other cultures is expected and accepted here at IAIA (Institute of American Indian Arts).

4 College Freshman

Academics: The professors really care about the students and really wants us to succeed!

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4 College Freshman

Computers: The computers are workable. Some are a little slow but none of us students take them for granted.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: The academics are quite swell here at IAIA. Just a bit of tweaking and it'll go great!

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The residence hall at the Institute of American Indian Arts is well kept. Only a few minor touchups and it will be even more better! So keep up the great work! :D

4 College Freshman

Diversity: IAIA is extremely diverse compared to most college campuses. The campus consists mostly of Native Americans. We take pride in this on our campus. However even though the campus focuses on the Native side of things we have a handful of other races on campus including students from other countries.

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4 College Freshman

Majors: The majors are set up in a way to feed off of one another and help one another. The teachers are amazing and are there to help you in and outside of class. The classes are small sizes with 8-15 students in the classes on average, which is very nice. THe courses are layed out s for the majors so you know what classes you need to take to stay on track and the advisors are on a name basis with their students and help them stay on track.

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5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The Dorm rooms at IAIA are perfect for college students. The first floor of the dorms are for boys and the second floor is the girls floor. There are specially key cards which allow only people that live on those floors to enter unless let in by someone on that floor. You can have a room mate or have a room to yourself and each room has a full bathroom with a shower bathtub. Each floor has a coomon room with a big screen, computers, and a full size kitchen. There is always a staff memeber around to help you and during the day always an RA around. If you have a family and can't live in the dorms there is family housing on campus. Family housing consists of 2 bedroom duplexs and is a very reasonable price to live with child care included.

5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Stellar art college professors want to see students to succeed and go extra mile for you

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Allot of art galleries to inspire you. Allot of shows to attend and meet other artists. Many restaurants to taste the South west Mexican cuisine. Many gift shops, many craft and art events. Flea markets nearby.

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4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Everyone is pretty much nice and funny. Allot of shy people till they get to know you.

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4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Dorms easily accessible to campus within walking distance. Dorms have nice views and quiet. Something always happening socially. Amenities are near by. Cost is great! Ease of housing process is pretty easy.

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5 College Freshman

Computers: There are two major study areas for students. The library and the SSC or Student Success Center. The library is usually for private study and reading. The SSC is occupied with tutors to help with any questions and help edit papers. Both of these places are state of the art and contain the most recent computer equipment and programs.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: I live in the dorms and there never a dull moment. The commons is always fill with students watching movies, playing video games, and exciting things. The campus is wonderful and compact so getting to class in a hurry isn't a problem. The library is state of the art with many great reads.

3 College Freshman

Weather: In the summer its a wonderful city to live in. However once winter settles in it gets very windy and chilly. It does snow here so there are opportunities to go skiing and what not but that's only in the mountains, here in the city it just makes everything dirty.

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