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Reviews 341 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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4 College Sophomore

Tuition & Financial Aid: I was given a decent scholarship and some financial aid as well as work study though I still have to pay quite a lot of money myself

4 College Sophomore

Career Services: There's lots of opportunities and networks to be built at sva

3 College Sophomore

Campus Resources: The general resources provided are decent, the labs at least are pretty good but you'll have to pay extra for special labs like the Illustration one which is ridiculous. Library is ok too.

3 College Junior

Academic Flexibility: Minor course conflicts resulting in having to take summer classes but nothing huge.

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3 College Junior

Overall Experience: SVA has a good location. If you work hard and choose the right professors, you'll get something out of it. However, you'll never feel like you've gotten your tuition's worth. Every minute feels like a scam, and you will definitely take issue with the administration (especially in Fine Arts). You'll make a few good friends but not many since the social atmosphere is dismal.

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3 College Junior

Overall Experience: There is only one academic advisor per major so they are generally disorganized. Other than that, the forms are straightforward, as is choosing your classes.

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3 College Junior

Overall Experience: It all really depends on you. SVA won't hand you anything, you must go grab it. The name is decently respectable but not enough to put you above other job candidates.

3 College Junior

Student Body: There's not much economical diversity at SVA. Your parents are either middle class and slaved over sending you here, or you have a large trust fund. Most of the school is white or Korean international students. Most people lack social ability and are generally depressed. The school is quite progressive in terms of LGBT rights and politics, but still not as much as one would expect. There are no real facilities that encourage healthy socialization between students at the school so most social interaction is done in classes. There is also a ridiculous dry campus policy even though far more than half of the student body is legal.

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1 College Junior

Tuition & Financial Aid: The school will try any way to suck more money out of your wallet and deprive you of your financial aid. I have numerous classmates and friends who have had hundreds of dollars shaved off of their aid here and there. You must bargain with the school and make deals with them. If you are an international student, there is no hope for you.

2 College Junior

Career Services: For majors such as Design or Advertising, the school is wonderful. You are almost guaranteed a job in either of these majors. In Fine Arts you are offered little to no practical help whatsoever.

3 College Junior

Academic Experience: All dependent on choice of professors. Humanities classes-wise, 10 to 20% of the courses you take will feel fulfilling, compared to about 60 to 70% for studio classes.

2 College Junior

Academic Experience: There is a demoralizing lack of standards for writing at this school. Some classmates will graduate with honours and not be able to compose a proper or tasteful essay or artist statement.

3 College Junior

Campus Resources: Good library for art resources, no campus life, no athletic facilities whatsoever, fairly unpleasant and old buildings. Seriously disappointing lack of storage in the Fine Arts building as well as a no-mess policy, even in painting rooms.

4 College Freshman

Campus Resources: When I went up fro Student accepted day, the students there answered any and all questions and gave their feelings about the school.

4 College Junior

Academic Flexibility: Schedules really vary for everyone although some courses are manditory. Even then there are multiple time options

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5 College Junior

Overall Experience: I could not have hoped for a better life experience

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: You will run out of class spaces in your schedule before you run out of classes you want to take

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: Not always helpful. Not many students go.

5 College Junior

Student Body: Really typical art students as a whole (crazy colored hair, high gay population, silly, Quirky, etc) but also a lot of people you would never know want to be artists. People of every religion. High in foreign students and new Jersey Commuters. Very much a liberal school so it might not be pleasant to talk about convervitive views with others and it's best if you have a strong skin.

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5 College Junior

Tuition & Financial Aid: Honestly, it's rediculous expensive but so are their competitors and I know I chose the right school. Financial aid office has the most helpful out of any other office. I have to communicate with them a lot for my loans and billing statement , etc. And they are nothing but helpful and my account gets taken care of fast and correctly every time.

5 College Junior

Academic Experience: illustration is tough just because of the time that each piece takes and then humanities on top of that. Junior year you have a thesis which kills. Like you won't sleep for months but it is worth it. Sophomore year is really the only unfortunate part. Feels very basic and boring but I grew the most that year so just get through it.

5 College Junior

Academic Experience: We have top of the line tech and tools. Students can learn old and new methods and new courses are being added all of the time to keep it fun and enjoyable as well as preparing for post college Life. Every major will have a lot of work so be prepared!

2 College Junior

Campus Resources: No one really goes and the campus is so spread out it's a hassle. Even more so if you are a commuter. The I 9nly go into the library to print. Most events I do end up wanting to go to are being held while I have class so that is kind of pointless for the many students in class still

4 College Sophomore

Academic Experience: classes are gear toward majors

3 College Freshman

Student Body: speaking of foundation year experience only:

very diverse student body, lots of international students, especially from china and south korea. classmates are generally friendly, although hard to contact outside of class. many of the students are obviously moneyed and only come here to fool around and play with their cellphones during class. they honestly distract from the classes and seem to have become so prevalent that some professors have given up and dumb down their assignments and critiques to become practically useless. most of the students suck horribly at technical drawing but style and concept is emphasized.

the student body is a huge contrast with the professors who are mostly old white men. several professors misgender trans students and condescend to international students, but the student body itself is accepting of very diverse identities.

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