Pennsylvania College of Art & Design

107 reviews
  1. Lancaster, PA
  2. 4 Year
C
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    C+
  2. Value
    C+
  3. Diversity
    C+
  4. Campus
    C+
  5. Athletics
    NG
  6. Party Scene
    B-
  7. Professors
    C-
  8. Location
    A-
  9. Dorms
    NG
  10. Campus Food
    NG
  11. Student Life
    B-
  12. Safety
    A
Pennsylvania College of Art & Design is ...
Private not-for-profit
Athletic Division
Data not available
Athletic Conference
Data not available
Address
204 N Prince St
Lancaster, PA 17608
Website
From Pennsylvania College of Art & Design

Located in downtown Lancaster, Pennsylvania and founded in 1982, Pennsylvania College of Art & Design is a private, professional art college offering BFA degrees in digital media, fine art, graphic design, illustration, and photography. Because visual, verbal, and virtual communication is increasingly valued in a global society, our curriculum emphasizes the relationships among thinking, making, and communicating. A small college with a big reach, we transform our students by challenging them to cultivate expansive points-of-view and create sophisticated visual output. The ability to continue to learn and create extends beyond the college experience. PCA&D is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) and the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), is approved as a college and for degree-granting privileges by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, and is a member of the Association of Independent Colleges of Art & Design (AICAD).

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
42%
SAT Range
Data not available
ACT Range
Data not available
Application Fee
$40
SAT/ACT
Recommended
High School GPA
Required
Application Website

Cost

Net Price
$23,184/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $18,960/ year
  • $30-48k
    $20,055/ year
  • $49-75k
    $22,661/ year
  • $76-110k
    $26,655/ year
  • $110k+
    $26,760/ year

Academics

Professors
C-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
8:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
100%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.4 responses
40%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.5 responses
20%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.5 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
193Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
8%
Pell Grant
39%
Varsity Athletes
Data not available
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 6 responses
Report
  • Artistic
    100%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Data not available
Poll
83%
of students say they don't have Greek life.6 responses
Poll
100%
of students say no one pays attention to varsity sports.9 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 5 responses
Report
  • Small
    80%
  • Disappointing
    20%

After Pennsylvania College of Art & Design

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$27,300/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
41%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
92%
National
83%
75%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.4 responses

Reviews

107 reviews
  • Excellent
    19
  • Very Good
    41
  • Average
    36
  • Poor
    6
  • Terrible
    5
I am a graduating senior of this school and in the short amount of time that I've been here, I've seen it go through a lot of changes. The most valuable thing about this school is its faculty and class sizes. I would say that those two factors outweigh just about everything else you could possibly consider, because the sky is the limit if you have great guidance and a lot of one-on-one attention. The faculty will go out of their way to make sure every opportunity is available to you, they are extremely knowledgeable, and they will work with other faculty/department chairs to get you what you need. The problem is that the administration underappreciates the hell out of them, doesn't pay them enough, and tries to make them do things that aren't their jobs. Despite all of this, they do an amazing job of shielding students from their own oppression, but ultimately in the last three years the school has lost FOUR amazing faculty in just my department alone.

The president and Dean of Students put on this front like they are all about the students, but when students bring issues to their attention, nothing gets done. The building hours right now are insane. No other art school has our hours. For two years they talked about this "exciting sculpture" for the green space the school owns across the street, just to reveal a big orange and blue sign made of steel that looks awful, doesn't make sense, and that all of the students and faculty hate. They spent a couple million on that instead of using that money for something useful for the students. They are just totally oblivious to what healthy collaboration means. The school is rapidly turning into a trade school instead of a fine art school the way it was founded. They just revealed a new digital media major, which has infinite possibilities in the fine art world, but their entire gallery show to introduce the major was all commercial (app design, game design, digital illustration, cartoon animation) etc. New administration!
  • Recent Alumnus
  • Mar 28 2015
A Lot of Work, but Well Worth the Effort. One of the reasons I came to PCA&amp;D was because they offer a major in Illustration. The curriculum is tough and very deadline-oriented especially in the illustration and graphic design majors. The teachers are all experts in their field and the majority of them are currently working in their field in addition to teaching here. The one vice, however: if you come in already knowing what major you want, foundation year is going to be obnoxious at best. But if you can get through that year, the rest is intensive and you come out with an amazing portfolio. If you're not sure, I'd recommend coming to one of the senior shows. Their work is incredible!
  • College Freshman
  • May 18 2010
The college is located within Lancaster city, and Lancaster is a somewhat progressive community that supports organic farming and likes variety with food. The cheapest and closest place is House of Pizza which isn't great quality food, but it will do the job if you are hungry on a budget. There is a great burritos place across the street, a number of small cafes, some thai and vietamese places, etc. Some of them offer organic and vegetarian/vegan options. The Central Market, open on Tuesdays and Fridays, offers a number of things from fresh produce, meats and cheeses, to ready-made deli lunches, salads, loose-leaf teas, etc.
  • Recent Alumnus
  • Mar 28 2015