About Ringling College of Art and Design

Founded in 1931, Ringling College of Art and Design. is a Private college. Located in Florida, which is a city setting in Florida, the campus itself is Urban. The campus is home to 1,340 full time undergraduate students, and 0 full time graduate students.

The Ringling College of Art and Design Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 11:1. There are 99 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at Ringling College of Art and Design include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.

Quick Facts

Acceptance Rate78%
Application Deadline
Application Fee70
SAT Range
ACT Range

Admissions at are considered Less Selective, with ,20% of all applicants being admitted.

In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 20 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.

0% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 0% were in the top quarter, and 0% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.


We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at Ringling College of Art and Design.

“We”re apathetic”
“We know about current events and vote”
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
“We save it for the classroom”
“Sometimes, but not often”
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
“All the time, including weekends”
“I”m always terrified”
“I only go out in groups”
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
“I feel extremely safe”
“We don”t play sports”
“We play recreationally”
“We bought the gear”
“We live for the big game”
“It”s not really our thing”
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
“There are a variety of opportunities”
“We”re a very artistic group”
“Haven”t met them”
“Available in class”
“They keep regular office hours”
“They”re always available”
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
“We”re not into drinking at all”
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
“We only party on weekends”
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
“Never, we”re here to learn”
“There might be people who do”
“People are known to partake on weekends”
“There”s a huge drug scene”

Ringling College of Art and Design REVIEWS

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  • How would you rate on-campus housing?

    71 Students rated on-campus housing 3.7 stars. 21 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate off-campus housing?

    56 Students rated off-campus housing 3.3 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus food?

    73 Students rated campus food 2.8 stars. 11 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus facilities?

    76 Students rated campus facilities 4.4 stars. 59 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate class size?

    76 Students rated class size 4.7 stars. 76 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate school activities?

    76 Students rated school activities 3.6 stars. 26 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate local services?

    76 Students rated local services 4 stars. 39 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate academics?

    76 Students rated academics 4.3 stars. 46 % gave the school a 5.0.

What's your overall opinion of Ringling College of Art and Design?

29 Students rated Ringling College of Art and Design

Sreya - 05/31/2023

I graduated in Spring 2023 and it is a wonderful school. It is a art and design school, with specialized art and design majors such as Computer Animation, Game Art, Film, etc and would inform any student joining Ringling to make sure it is the field and specialization you want. It is a great school and very expensive, thus make sure it is worth every penny for the student’s academic journey. I studied in the Animation major, and I discovered I wanted to specialize in Storyboarding for Animation, because that was what I was interested in. I enjoyed creating story concepts than animating characters in Maya. Many who were interested in 3D modeling, visual development have done the same. Because of the intensive pressure and workload, it showed me what I wanted to specialize in, my strengths and weakness, which any great college should do. My advice is try to find your specialization as early as possible. Overall, it is a fantastic school.

joeniz - 06/22/2020

My overall opinion is that it is a really great school and most of the teachers know what the students what to learn about the major they want to do. Also, there are many options for on campus housing. Plus, everyone at the college is really nice and loves the school.

Deanna - 05/16/2020

The Ringling College of Art and Design is an incredible school; great faculty, amazing resources, and provides lifelong help even after your four years are over. This does not come without its caveats though. The school is incredibly overpriced. You are essentially paying for small class sizes, however it is evident that the school is exponentially outgrowing its own campus. With increasing class sizes, the two block big campus has found itself overflowing. Housing priority goes to the freshmen, and it can be extremely difficult to get housing in the years after. Also given how the school is so small, there isn't much around the area, only a Starbucks and a gas station across the street, so students strongly encourage personal transportation. That being said, if the arts are something you are truly passionate about doing, this school has all the resources you could dream of and does everything it can to ensure you are employed right out of graduation. If you are serious about your craft, and are ready to dedicate your time to it, this school is the best to go to.

John Michael - 08/28/2019

This summer, I was awarded a partial scholarship/grant to attend the very competitive RCAD PreCollege Animation Program, which I completed with honors. At RCAD, I learned that I still have so much to learn and there is truly a place for me! RCAD instructors have real industry experience which I value. Hope to attend as a college freshman Fall 2020.

Ringling College of Art and Design FAQS

  1. What is the Acceptance Rate at Ringling College of Art and Design?

    The fall 2020 acceptance rate for Ringling College of Art and Design is 78%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.

  2. What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

    The right college is the one that is right for you. What is most important is that you go to class with an open mind and are willing to absorb as much information as you can. That is especially true in the arts, and it's especially true when you think you know something about the subject you are studying. The most important thing is to have fun doing what you do. It doesn't mean that everything will be nice and cheery; on the contrary, most of the times it will challenge you, and you will feel overwhelmed, but at the end of the day, those challenges will help you grow as a student and as a person.

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  3. Describe the students at your school.

    Amazing people that all have the same passion as me, Art, but different goals to achieve. They have a lot of talent and are very competitive but not mean people

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  4. What's unique about your campus?

    The artistic environment.

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  5. What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

    I was so naive to think that I would potentially grow with the enthusiastic input and instruction from those I admied from afar. I convinced myself that the extremely high cost was worth paying for because it was Ringling. I was mistaken, the amount of money paid doesn't justify what is really going on over there. I found myself faced with opponents that were unbeatable. They have their favorites, nothing you do can interfere with that.

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  6. Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

    Ringling is a great college, filled with teachers who are willing to help you out, and amazing classrooms and resources to use for projects.

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  7. What kind of person should attend this school?

    Anyone who wants to follow their passion and achieve their dreams.

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  8. What kind of person should not attend this school?

    People that only go to collage to have fun and are not willing to work long and hard hours to make their work better. Students that can not take critizism for their work. And last people that do not tolerate different cultures and ways of thinking.

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  9. What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

    The worst thing about my school is the amount of money it costs yearly. Living off-campus saves a lot. Even though it costs so much it's possible for anyone to go. I come from a very poor family with parents who haven't even graduated highschool and who have poor credit. If I can get the money to attend, anyone can.

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  10. What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

    My school is of the most renowned art schools in the world. Location-wise, it is set in beautiful Sarasota, about 5-10 minutes from the beach, and the downtown area is a fantastic place for shopping and site-seeing. Education-wise, Ringling does wonders for my prospects. Disney hand-picks the majority of its employees from this school, as well as dozens of other major corporations and companies. It's a hotspot for job oppurtunities and career choices, and those who attend Ringling have the advantage over many other art school students.

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  11. Describe your favorite campus traditions.

    Ringling is best known for how well they perpare you for the real work feild when you graduate. They put you in real situations and give you deadlines you have to meet. They are known for having the best professors and a school full of talent young artist who are all ever helpful.

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  12. Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

    This school has amazing technology and great student-teacher ratios. Every student gets their own MacBook Pro and there are labs open to go to whenever you need them.

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  13. What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

    The most frustrating thing about my school is the cost. It's so expensive, I think my quality of life is lowered a bit becasue I can't afford most things. If I had more aid, and worked less, than I think I'd be healthier and happier.

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  14. What is your overall opinion of this school?

    If you want a an education that is severely FOCUSED and career sensitive, then go for it! It's not very flexible, once you're in there you dive into your major and you pay a whole bunch for it, so make sure you love what you choose to study.

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  15. What are the academics like at your school?

    Depends on the major. I've been in Illustration, and you don't begin to get a good idea of what illustration truly entails until your first semester of your sophomore year. Their very good and they kick your butt. It's no joke. If you're failing, you're out.

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  16. What are the most popular student activities/groups?

    There are people who play soccer twice a week out in the courtyard and blast music. Though I don't know any popular clubs because there are so many. You'll find a niche somewhere, if you're into that.

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All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA. Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.

96% of students attending Ringling College of Art and Design receive some sort of financial aid. 32% were awarded federal grants. While 55% received federal loans. Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.

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$0 - $30K
$30 - $48K
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$75 - $110K
$110K & UP

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