Location
Chicago, IL
Undergrads
2,387
Tuition
$39,020
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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Reviews 469 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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College Sophomore

Nightlife: art school students host unusual parties. on the plus side, provided you are of age, the nightlife is very active in chicago, and neighboring schools like depaul keep the party scene alive

College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: it's a city, with lots of outlying suburbs and neighborhoods. you can definitely find a place in your price range, but look early

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: there are typical rules and regulations in place for things like alcohol and drugs, as well as visitors

3 College Sophomore

Majors: you have to submit a portfolio; don't make crap work. demonstrate an inherent motivation in your work, and to be a better artist

3 College Sophomore

Majors: the art and tech department is what i'm in, and it is decidedly underfunded and underappreciated compared to the other departments

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: if you want to be an artist, this is not a bad school to go to. main issues that most people have are really that it's not a typical college experience; no greek life, no sports, no actual "campus". but as an artist there's a great staff here, great classes in the field of art you choose to be in, and it'll definitely help you grow as an artist.

College Sophomore

Overall Experience: i say that because i personally have not had experience with these things, but there is a program set up for students to intern at various businesses/organizations in the city (which, being in Chicago, are a lot) so i can only imagine that those are fairly good prospects

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: the main benefits to the dorms is making new friends, as well the studios. there's a gym in the 162 building but it is pathetic. there is not a very strong sense of community unless your RA is particularly awesome.

5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: we're in chicago, right in the loop, at the center of a lot of things, so take that for what you will

4 College Sophomore

Academics: it's an art school, so keep that in mind; some of the professors and classes suck, but there are gems, especially if you want to be an artist

4 College Sophomore

Academics: much of the faculty students will learn from are practicing artists, and we are always presented with opportunities for internships

College Sophomore

Greek Life: there is absolutely no greek life at SAIC, so apply that to the above responses accordingly

3 College Sophomore

Facilities: There aren't any kinds of athletics at SAIC. The student centers are nice, but not impressive. I've been told that some of the furniture costs several thousand dollars but eh. The library is catered to art students, so don't expect any other kind of books there. As we are in the heart of the city there aren't many real "green" spaces on campus.

College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The campus itself is in the heart of downtown Chicago, in the loop, and the campus buildings are spread throughout the area. The city itself is always unpredictable and can be dangerous, but that is not a fault with the school itself. One just has to be careful in the city, as they should always be. Security in the buildings themselves are adequate. I've never truly felt in danger; drills happen at regular intervals, security guards and other staff members go on rounds and confront any problems.

College Junior

Academics: I haven't experienced any academics as of this time.

College Junior

Academics: There aren't a whole lot of majors because of the inter-disciplinary nature of the school.

College Junior

Nightlife: Chicago seems like a really nice city, but I have yet only visited it once and in that time I did not go out and enjoy the nightlife.

4 College Junior

Majors: The acceptance rate seems to be rather high, but as far as uniqueness in process goes it's fairly like the other colleges I applied to. The portfolio is the most important thing to admissions, I would say.

College Junior

Majors: The School of the Art Institute of Chicago doesn't have a huge selection of majors, as the school is inter-disciplinary. This means that you don't have to say that you are majoring in studio drawing or painting, you can major in studio and draw and paint and animate and...

College Junior

Campus Strictness: I have not had the chance to experience this school and its policies.

College Junior

Campus Housing: I have not yet had the chance to experience living on campus, but the tour I took illustrated that the dormitories are attractive and apartment-style, within reason.

College Junior

Overall Experience: I have not had the opportunity to attend this school yet.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Without yet having experienced this college first hand, I can say that a degree from SAIC would be useful to a professional artist. Work tends to be abstract over representational, and you get out what you put in as far as effort is concerned.

College Junior

Health & Safety: I have not had the chance to personally experience being a student at this campus, so I am unfit to pass judgement on the qualities it has.

College Junior

Guys & Girls: Being an art school, one could infer acceptance of alternative sexualities, as well as the female population being creative and or artsy.

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