Academy of Art University in San Francisco

San Francisco, CA

(Rating 1.8 based on 5 reviews)

Academy of Art University offers 243-degree programs and 201 via distance education. Student-to-faculty ratio is 15:1. 1 high safety campus. 41.8% are women, and 58.2% are men. 32% percents of international students. Academy of Art University is a member of 5 athletic associations. The average annual total cost of attendance at Academy of Art University is 31610$, that is above national average. Total price of living is between $25752 and $38806 per year. 31% of full-time Academy of Art University students completed their education in 150 percent of time: graduation rate is at the level of national average. Average salary after attending is $36,000, so if you studied 2 years, you’ll get your funds back in less than 2 years.

Average Annual Cost

Average annual cost includes tuition and fees, books and supplies, and living expenses, minus the average grant/scholarship aid. Separate metrics have calculated for different institutions depends on calendar system and sector of the establishment (public or private).

The Academy of Art University is a private and academic-year institution, so it’s net price represents an average of all programs and includes only undergraduates who first enrolled in the fall term and receive Title IV aid. The total cost of attendance depends on whether undergraduates live on campus, off campus (not with family), or off campus (with family).


By Family Income

Depending on the federal state, or institutional grant and available, Academy of Art University students in your income bracket may pay more of less than the overall average costs.

Family IncomeAverage cost
$0 - $30,000$29,345
$30,001 - $48,000$30,364
$48,001 - $75,000$31,661
$75,001 - $110,000$34,385



  • Typical room charge for academic year: 10500

  • Typical board charge for academic year: -

  • Combined charge for room and board: -


Percent of students with financial aid


Types of financial aids


4603 of Academy of Art University undergraduates were awarded with some type of financial aid, it’s 46 percents of all undergraduate students. This makes Academy of Art University number 75 in the amount of financial aid awarded to students among all educational institutions in California.

Students at Academy of Art University awarded 5 types of loans or aids, the biggest percent of students received a any financial aid.

Salary After Attending


According to College Scorecard Data from U.S. Department of Education

Students services


Academic/career counseling service

Employment services for students

Living & meal

Full-time, first-time degree/certificate-seeking students required to live on campus

Institution provide on-campus housing

Institution provides board or meal plan

Veteran Services Available

Yellow Ribbon Program

Dedicated point of contact for support services for veterans, military servicemembers, and their families

Recognized student veteran organization

Disability services


Percent indicator of undergraduates formally registered as students with disabilities

Undergraduate programs or courses are offered via distance education

Graduate programs or courses are offered via distance education

Alternative tuition plans

Any alternative tuition plans offered by institution

Tuition payment plan

Tuition payment plan - a program that allows tuition to be paid in installments spread out over an agreed upon period of time, sometimes without interest or finance charges.

Special learning opportunities

Here are the learning opportunities available in Academy of Art University.

Weekend/evening college

Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)

Teacher certification: students can complete their preparation in certain areas of specialization

Teacher certification: approved by the state for initial certification or licensure of teachers

Weekend/evening college allows students to complete courses and attend classes only on weekends or only in evenings.

Teacher certifications programs are designed to prepare students to meet the requirements for certification as teachers in elementary, middle/junior high, and secondary schools.

Athletic associations

  • Member of National Athletic Association
  • Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)
  • NCAA/NAIA member for basketball
  • NCAA/NAIA member for baseball
  • NCAA/NAIA member for cross country/track

Graduation Rate


Academy of Art University graduation rate is below the national average.

31% of full-time students enrolled for the first time to Academy of Art University completed the education program and got a degree in 150 percent of the expected time of completion.

The graduation rate value includes only programs that were completed less than six years for four-year degrees or less than three years for two-year degrees.

Graduation rate is the percentage of institution’s new-entering, first-time, first-year undergraduate students who complete their program within 150% of the published time for the program. Graduation rate excludes an extensive number of students. This indicator doesn’t take into account students of nontraditional enrollments - part-time students, students who enroll mid-year, and who transfer from one institution to another. So graduation rate alone can create a misleading perception. Completion rate in the form of total number of students receiving any types of awards/degrees creates a complete picture. Combining this data with graduation rate is a better way to compare institutions.

Student Body

The student-to-faculty ratio at Academy of Art University is 15:1, that means that for every 15 students the institution has one professor, lecturer or specialist with a degree in education. Lower student-to-faculty ratio is better - it means that professors can dedicate more time and attention to each student.

Student-to-faculty ratio



Number of international students


Percent of international students

Race/ethnicity breakdown


Students enrollment in distance education


In Academy of Art University the biggest percent of students are enrolled in on-campus courses.

Distance education location breakdown


Here are the students enrolled exclusively in distance education courses at Academy of Art University and grouped by their location. Distance education courses are the most popular for students located in U.S., but not in California.

Campus Safety

The percentage of crimes on Main Campus

The campus located by 79 New Montgomery address in San Francisco, California.


Main Campus in comparison of all branches in the US. It is calculated as the average percent of crimes yearly by five years of data for every campus, based on an overall number of students studying there. The branch is a part of Academy of Art University with 0.16% of maximum crimes a year. The most often crimes detected on Main Campus are burglary, robbery, and aggravated assault.

Academic Programs

Number of degree programs offered

Academy of Art University offers 243 programs in total: 78 are for Bachelor's degree, 72 - for Master's degree, 60 - for Associate's degree, and 33 are 2-year, but less than 4-year certificate programs.

This is the middle number of programs in comparison with other 24 universities in San Francisco county, with one of the highest number of 2-year, but less than 4-year certificate. Academy of Art University is one of the few institutions in San Francisco that offers an Associate's degree program.


Number of degree programs offered via distance education

There are 201 distance education programs that are provided in the Academy of Art University: 75 are for Bachelor's degree, 69 - for Master's degree and 57 are Associate's degree.

Note, that programs offered via distance education might be entirely online as well as partially online and contain real-time elements. So explore each program to make sure you can commit.


Total credit/contact hours

Here you can find the data on instructional activity in measured in total credit and/or contact hours delivered by institutions during a 12-month period. Also we shown the California state average data to help you compare.


Academy of Art University provides coursework for undergraduate students and graduate students.

In 2014-2015 academic year estimated full-time equivalent undergraduate enrollment was 6993 students with 209793 сredit hours for 12-month instructional activity period. The enrollment for graduates was 3702 with 88851 credit hours.


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Student Reviews and Ratings for Academy of Art University

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Being enrolled in this school was one of my many worse mistakes. I'm 11k in debt after being enrolled for one year with them. The classes were common knowledge that you could easily obtain on your own through independent research, like how to sew a button or how to draw a human figure. (I was a fashion major) Another thing is you gotta come from a family that is loaded with money or have family that is from the bay area cause moving into the dorms came out to 40k for me, I remember being really upset about that cause I couldn't afford it I only had received 21k in financial aid and scholarships. They knew I was upset about my only option being having to take online courses but they didn't care cause all they care is about your money.

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Overall Rating:

Worst "University" ever!! The classes are a joke, no one in the real world industry respects this school so getting hired after graduation is a challenge. The university lies about its alums, claiming that designers and artists that only used their facilities went to school there. This is just a money making machine for them, they're not in the business of helping you with your art or career. Stay away!!!

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Overall Rating:

Horrible customer service. I spoke with an agent David A. via chat and he was beyond disrespectful to a prospective student. I asked a very simple question that obviously I needed assistance with, and he was so lazy and just directed me to the basic tuition fees page. Um, no. Not what I asked. I asked for the TOTAL ESTIMATE OF A PARTICULAR PROGRAM. How dare you put it back on me? YOU are a customer service agent, YOU ARE supposed to answer the question for me, not direct me to some lousy page I've already looked at 100 times. Why do you think I reached out to live chat in the first place? CLEARLY not for you to direct me to a page I've seen. If this is the type of person Academy of Art employs, major failure in my eyes. Just this experience alone will ensure I never consider this place again and I will be happy to let my other peers know that their interest in this University is a mistake. Disgusting.

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Overall Rating:

I went to the now defunct Art Institute Online division. They closed abruptly in March 2019. With 6 classes left to graduate, I found myself looking for a new school to finally get my Bachelors Degree in Fashion Marketing. I found the Academy of Arts University in San Francisco. Everyone was kind and willing to help me settle in so I could finish my degree. I took a few classes in the summer and I ran into a problem and that is when this schools staff really sprung into action. I had what seemed like an impossible challenge that I swear I felt like I had the whole school working on. I had the help of managers and directors that were all willing to help me. In the end they all went WELL ABOVE AND BEYOND in their efforts to help me. If you want a school that will focus on you and help you to succeed and if you are willing to do the work they will help you every step of the way. They are an outstanding design school and I would highly recommend them. 5 stars is absolutely not enough for these guys. I wish the school and the staff the best and continue to do what you do best in servicing the needs of your students.

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Overall Rating:

I graduated from here. I'm over 100,000$ in debt. I THOUGHT this was a good school. But I cant get a good job cause my degree is false, essentially. The school is not accredited and no employer will accept my degree.

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Location & Website

Address: 79 New Montgomery

Place: Schools of art, music, and design

Religious affiliation: Not applicable

Calendar system: Semester

General Phone Number: +8005442787

Institution is active in current year: 1

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