The Art Institute of Houston in Houston

Houston, TX

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The Art Institute of Houston offers 81-degree programs. Student-to-faculty ratio is 18:1. 2 high safety сampuses. 51.9% are women, and 48.1% are men. The average annual total cost of attendance at The Art Institute of Houston is 25885$, that is above national average. Total price of living is between $27262 and $35383 per year. 38% of full-time The Art Institute of Houston students completed their education in 150 percent of time: graduation rate is at the level of national average. Average salary after attending is $32,600, 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 The Art Institute of Houston 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, The Art Institute of Houston students in your income bracket may pay more of less than the overall average costs.

Family IncomeAverage cost
$0 - $30,000$25,028
$30,001 - $48,000$25,040
$48,001 - $75,000$28,419
$75,001 - $110,000$31,055



  • Typical room charge for academic year: 8667

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  • Combined charge for room and board: -


Percent of students with financial aid


Types of financial aids


1472 of The Art Institute of Houston undergraduate students were awarded with some type of financial aid, it’s 78 percents of all undergraduate students. This makes The Art Institute of Houston number 118 in the amount of financial aid awarded to students among all educational institutions in Texas.

Students at The Art Institute of Houston 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

Credit for military training

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

Member of Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges

Disability services


Percent indicator of undergraduates formally registered as students with disabilities

Undergraduate 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 The Art Institute of Houston.

Study abroad

Weekend/evening college

Study abroad - programs and arrangements offering students a possibility to complete part of the college program studying in another country.

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

Graduation Rate


The Art Institute of Houston graduation rate is below the national average.

38% of full-time students enrolled for the first time to The Art Institute of Houston 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 index doesn’t take into consideration 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 The Art Institute of Houston is 18:1, that means that for every 18 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



Race/ethnicity breakdown


Students enrollment in distance education


In The Art Institute of Houston 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 The Art Institute of Houston and grouped by their location. Distance education courses are the most popular for students located in not reported location.

Campus Safety

The percentage of crimes on The Art Institute of Houston

The campus located by 4140 Southwest Freeway address in Houston, Texas.


The Art Institute of Houston 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 the middle size campus of The Art Institute of Houston with 0.95% of maximum crimes a year. The most often crimes detected on The Art Institute of Houston are burglary, robbery, and aggravated assault.

The percentage of crimes on The Art Institute of Houston - North

The campus located by 10740 North Gessner Drive address in Houston, Texas.


The Art Institute of Houston - North 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 the middle size campus of The Art Institute of Houston with 0.16% of maximum crimes a year. The most often crimes detected on The Art Institute of Houston - North are motor vehicle theft and burglary.

Academic Programs

Number of degree programs offered

The Art Institute of Houston offers 81 programs in total: 48 are for Bachelor's degree, 18 - for 1-year, but less than-2-year certificate programs, and 15 are Associate's degree.

This is one of the lowest number of programs in comparison with other 83 universities in Harris county. The Art Institute of Houston is one of the few institutions in Harris that offers an Associate's degree program.


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 Texas state average data to help you compare.


The Art Institute of Houston provides coursework for undergraduate students оnly.

In 2014-2015 academic year estimated full-time equivalent undergraduate enrollment was 1890 students with 85056 сredit hours for 12-month instructional activity period.

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Student Reviews and Ratings for The Art Institute of Houston

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This is a really nice place to be and its an easy environment to learn in... but down to facts, they are teaching you basics for the highest price and you can literally find somewhere that can teach you what they have educated you on and much more for possibly much less. It's a beautiful empire of dead hopes and dreams, and it's so sad. If you get close with the teachers over a smoke break, they will tell you the same.

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Horrible Horrible. Especially for veterans. I was going there on the G.I Bill and had a buddy i served with lose his wife and child during the pregnancy. He wasn't just a friend, he was my brother. I asked all my teachers as well as admissions staff if it was okay if I left to go see him (He lived in Tennessee) and made sure i wouldn't be dropped from my classes. I was assured i wouldn't be due to the circumstances and turns out that wasn't the case at all. I was instantly dropped and in debt to the VA 9 grand because they told me something not true. It took weeks of back and forth with them to convince them to even just give me F's in the class as i didn't have 9 grand for something i wasn't responsible for. Year later I try and re apply to the school and they say my completion rate is too low because of all of those F's. F's that shouldn't have even BEEN there because i was told i wouldn't be dropped. Despicable staff and school and may other veterans have had this problem before. STAY AWAY

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Great place to learn about the arts. Friendly and helpful staff.

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I had a three course lunch there with my girlfriend and gumbo is delicious!!! I also had a three course dinner with my mom and she greatly enjoyed it. The students cook with passion, sometimes they make novice mistakes, but they are eager to learn and serve with great attitude.

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I studied Graphic Design and graduated with an Associates Degree. If I had the opportunity to do this again, I would not attend The Art Institute. The school is a train wreck. The support is non-existent and the staff say they care about your well being, but in truth, you are just a dollar sign. While I admit there were some wonderful instructors at this school who truly cared about their students, there were just as many instructors who were the complete opposite. The school likes to employ instructors that are dinosaurs with zero knowledge of what the current industry requires. Instructors should teach the student knowledge of industry programs and grade according to how well the student can implement the program. Instead, certain instructors show favoritism towards one or two students while grading other students solely on their own personal opinion of what they feel the final outcome of a project should look. I'm sorry, but in the world of art, everyone has an opinion but that does not make their opinion the only way to accomplish a goal. For every client in the industry, there is a designer. Everyone has their own style that will suite individual clients. If your instructor thinks inside the box and is narrow minded, then they will never appreciate someone who tries to be a unique individual. I am thankful for such instructors such as Delores Comstock, Michael Briere, Bryan Key, Michael Stone, Meredith Cunningham, James Stevens, Dr. Scott Sheinfeld and Michael Bulsiewicz. These individuals actually cared about me and my fellow classmates. These instructors actually took the time to nurture us and share their own design experience with us. It was these instructors that gave me the ability to withstand the blatant favoratism and the biased criticism of one instructor that clearly grades and judges based on personal opinion instead of student talent. Overall, I did learn and I did complete the program, but this school needs a serious overhaul. Financial Aid, Career Services, the Academic Advisors, the class schedules and availability of required courses all need changing. This school had a second campus that was forced to close because of the legal issues of all the Art Institute schools. That closing was a terrible shame and waste because they were actually thriving and they were making noticable changes. The atmosphere was creative and nurturing instead of sterile and cold. My best advice to anyone interested in attending this school is to please do your homework. Look at the accreditation of the school. Look at their legal issues. Look at the actual program of interest and the success rate of graduating and obtaining a job in that field. Talk to former students. Ask questions. If I had done that in the beginning, I would have chosen a better school. The success of anything starts with the people who run the business - your CEO's, the President, the faculty heads. When those people fail, your institute will fail their students.

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Location & Website

Address: River Oaks Plaza, 4140 Southwest Freeway


Religious affiliation: Not applicable

Calendar system: Quarter

General Phone Number: +7136232040

Institution is active in current year: 1

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