About San Francisco Art Institute

Founded in 1871, San Francisco Art Institute. is a college. Located in California, which is a city setting in California, the campus itself is Urban. The campus is home to 338 full time undergraduate students, and 168 full time graduate students.

The San Francisco Art Institute Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 9:1. There are 27 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at San Francisco Art Institute include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.

Quick Facts

Acceptance Rate92%
Application Deadline
Application Fee75
SAT Range
ACT Range

Admissions at SFAI are considered Less Selective, with ,1% of all applicants being admitted.

In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 18 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 San Francisco Art Institute.

San Francisco Art Institute REVIEWS

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  • How would you rate on-campus housing?

    5 Students rated on-campus housing 3.2 stars. 20 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate off-campus housing?

    7 Students rated off-campus housing 2 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus food?

    7 Students rated campus food 3.1 stars. 29 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus facilities?

    7 Students rated campus facilities 4.3 stars. 57 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate class size?

    7 Students rated class size 4.7 stars. 86 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate school activities?

    7 Students rated school activities 3 stars. 14 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate local services?

    7 Students rated local services 4.1 stars. 57 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate academics?

    7 Students rated academics 3.7 stars. 29 % gave the school a 5.0.

What's your overall opinion of San Francisco Art Institute?

2 Students rated San Francisco Art Institute

Brooke - 04/30/2019

looking forward to going here this Fall. The San Francisco Art Institute is a genuine non-profit and you can see that in their spending/finance statistics. funds are used genuinely and not just as a padding for high-ranking member's wallets. You're sure to get a quality education at the oldest art university on the west coast.

Jezreel - 09/17/2018

I'm a high school student at Covina High School. I really don't know what the campus there is like but i do want to go to this college because it will help me become a comic artist, a graphic artist. It's the best art school in San Fransisco and i believe it will guide me to become a comic artist like Stan Lee.

San Francisco Art Institute FAQS

  1. What is the Acceptance Rate at San Francisco Art Institute?

    The fall 2020 acceptance rate for San Francisco Art Institute is 92%. 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?

    A wise man once told me that it doesn?t matter where one is when it comes to achieving their goals, what matters is how much motivation one has. When thinking back to being a high school senior, I put too much weight upon the location of my university. I thought that if I was somewhere different I would know what I wanted to do. Looking back at that stressed out high school senior, I would want to tell her to calm down. I would want to tell her that everything she needs to know is inside of her. When she leaves she will be scared and feel lonely, no matter where she goes. I will tell her that when this happens she should raise her head and never doubt that she is learning. If she needs to leave after a year, it?s okay, as long as she does not act out of fear. I would tell her not too hold too high of expectations and that it?s okay not to know what she wants for a while. Just because she doesn?t have it all figured out does not make her inadequate.

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

    My favorite place on the planet.

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  4. Describe your favorite campus traditions.

    Sfai is best known for the fine arts. It's approach to arts education is very conceptual. It is more about learning from doing for oneself rather than copying. Much of the art is very wild and this leaves little room for practicality. Things seem very disconnected from real ociety at times.

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  5. What's unique about your campus?

    (I actually go to the California College of the Arts, but that was not an option) I think the best thing about CCA is the sense of community it inspires in its students. There is a big focus not only on creating a sense of community within departments, but also within the school. There are lots of inter departmental events and lectures, gatherings and community oriented activities available to students as well as room to create new ones.

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

    How hectic living in a place like San Francisco could be, also how expensive paints are. Overall though I love living in the city and the experiences afforded to me by San Francisco and the greater Bay Area.

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

    The most frustrating aspect about The Art Institute is the amount of time we have to learn the material. Each quarter is 11 weeks in length and we attend school all year round, only receiving a three week winter break, three week summer break, one week spring break, and then addictional holiday's such as MLK day and so forth. It's very time crunching and fast paced, so you need to stay focused on your school work in order to keep ahead, because we learn so much in such a short amount of time.

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  8. Describe the students at your school.

    Lovely, kind, intellegent, talented, artistic people.

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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.

100% of students attending San Francisco Art Institute receive some sort of financial aid. 28% were awarded federal grants. While 59% received federal loans. Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.

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