Ringling College of Art & Design

368 reviews
  1. Sarasota, FL
  2. 4 Year
B-
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Value
    B-
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    B
  5. Athletics
    NG
  6. Party Scene
    C
  7. Professors
    B-
  8. Location
    B+
  9. Dorms
    B+
  10. Campus Food
    C+
  11. Student Life
    B
  12. Safety
    B+
Ringling College of Art & Design is ...
Private not-for-profit
Athletic Division
Data not available
Athletic Conference
Data not available
Address
2700 North Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34234

Ringling College of Art & Design Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
85%
SAT Range
Data not available
ACT Range
Data not available
Application Fee
$70
SAT/ACT
Recommended
High School GPA
Required
Application Website

Cost

Net Price
$45,180/ 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
    $41,115/ year
  • $30-48k
    $40,342/ year
  • $49-75k
    $47,032/ year
  • $76-110k
    $49,836/ year
  • $110k+
    $50,191/ year

Academics

Professors
B-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
11:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
76%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.29 responses
55%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.29 responses
31%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.29 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,170Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
7%
Pell Grant
25%
Varsity Athletes
Data not available
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 16 responses
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  • Friendly, hardworking
    69%
  • Hard working weirdos
    19%
  • Stuck up, odd, not attractive, scary
    13%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
81%
Poll
93%
of students say they don't have Greek life.28 responses
Poll
76%
of students say no one pays attention to varsity sports.37 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 19 responses
Report
  • Magical
    42%
  • Hard working
    26%
  • Top notch
    16%
  • Terrifying
    5%
  • Unprogressive
    5%
  • Work-mill
    5%

After Ringling College of Art & Design

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$32,800/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
66%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
90%
National
83%
94%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.18 responses

Reviews

368 reviews
  • Excellent
    79
  • Very Good
    107
  • Average
    122
  • Poor
    28
  • Terrible
    32
I'm a transfer student, currently an Illustration major.

Pros:

- Transfer process pretty simple, they usually accept a lot of credits, especially for liberal arts classes if you have them

- Latest tech and facilities (for the most part) on campus

- Great array of instructors who have experience in the industry and are ready to help you in each major/department

- Some buildings and classrooms really nice and pretty new (like the AC and Goldstein Hall)

- Always have events going on

- Have a pretty good/great faculty in FinAid, Advising, Student Life, etc. who are pretty helpful

- Career Services always offering seminars and lectures and one on one in helping with portfolio building and jobs

- Cute and nice library with really nice and helpful staff

- Gym

- Beautiful beaches and surrounding areas (aside from MLK and other sketchy streets)

Cons:

- The students here range from condescending, pretentious, snobbish assholes to some of those who abuse and use mental illnesses as an excuse/escape to get away with certain things and tasks. The rest can and are fairly decent people who are really nice and chill. Honestly, the students really make or break this place.

- Some of the residence halls (save for Goldstein and Student center since they're fairly new) are in poor condition and need some looking into and refurbishing (Keating, Idelson, Harmond, Appleton, etc.).

- The tuition of this school. Enough said.

- The amount of school work is tremendous, even if time is managed properly. Procrastinators will suffer immensely - you'll get the work done, yes, will it be good, that depends, but you won't have any portfolio worthy pieces or any work you'll truly be proud of.

- Transferring will not guarantee you getting to be an upperclassman. 95% of the time you will have to start as a freshman.

That's all I can think of for now. Hope this helps out though!
  • College Junior
  • Oct 21 2015
Students are rich, stuck up, and extremely self-centered. They are weird, but not in a cool artsy way like you might expect. Most people that go here are either into anime, a &quot;brony&quot;, or a &quot;furry&quot;, or are very conservative and religious. Or they are all of the above, of course. Do not expect strange, down-to-earth, artistic, or interesting people. Most people that go to this school are in for the money and really don't even care about art. Parties at Ringling are watching a Pixar film. Nobody likes to have fun and everyone is very serious and into their work. And LOUD!
  • College Freshman
  • Nov 26 2012
Open Studios, Labs, Gym-- Everything but a Pool. I wish Ringling had a pool; I really do. I would swim in it all the time. Of course, the beach is nearby, if you have a car... But anyway! With the exception of that one drawback, I really can't think of a single thing to complain about as far as Ringling's facilities go. They take excellent care of their campus, and really give you everything you need. There are studios open well into the morning, for those who don't want to paint in their rooms; there are computer labs equipped with wacom tablets that are open all night (if I remember correctly,); there's a gym with many types of machines, and where free classes for things like yoga, Tae Kwon Do, and salsa dancing are held. The library is just fantastic. The campus, build for artists, is very pretty, although you'll sometimes curse the winding sidewalks when you're carrying a heavy portfolio to class... There are also art galleries all over the place, with constantly rotating exhibits! One drawback to the school is that there's not really any one place where people go to socialize. There is a brand new area called the &quot;Fishbowl&quot; with games and TVs and such where students can hang out, but it hasn't quite caught on yet. This isn't too much of a problem-- it's easy to call friends and get together-- it just means less mingling with strangers.
  • College Sophomore
  • June 25 2010