About The University of the Arts

Founded in 1876, The University of the Arts. is a Private college. Located in Pennsylvania, which is a city setting in Pennsylvania, the campus itself is Urban. The campus is home to 1,721 full time undergraduate students, and 196 full time graduate students.

The The University of the Arts Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 8:1. There are 112 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at The University of the Arts include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.

Quick Facts

Acceptance Rate76%
Application Deadline
Application Fee60
SAT Range910-1140
ACT Range19-27

Admissions at UArts are considered Less Selective, with ,13% of all applicants being admitted.

In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 25 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.

STUDENT LIFE Reviews

We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at The University of the Arts.

0%
“We”re apathetic”
11%
“We know about current events and vote”
68%
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
21%
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
0%
“We save it for the classroom”
21%
“Sometimes, but not often”
47%
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
32%
“All the time, including weekends”
0%
“I”m always terrified”
0%
“I only go out in groups”
68%
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
32%
“I feel extremely safe”
93%
“We don”t play sports”
0%
“We play recreationally”
0%
“We bought the gear”
7%
“We live for the big game”
0%
“It”s not really our thing”
0%
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
0%
“There are a variety of opportunities”
100%
“We”re a very artistic group”
0%
“Haven”t met them”
0%
“Available in class”
47%
“They keep regular office hours”
53%
“They”re always available”
79%
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
21%
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
0%
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
0%
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
5%
“We”re not into drinking at all”
42%
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
37%
“We only party on weekends”
16%
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
16%
“Never, we”re here to learn”
42%
“There might be people who do”
21%
“People are known to partake on weekends”
21%
“There”s a huge drug scene”
0%
“We”re apathetic”
11%
“We know about current events and vote”
68%
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
21%
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
0%
“We save it for the classroom”
21%
“Sometimes, but not often”
47%
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
32%
“All the time, including weekends”
0%
“I”m always terrified”
0%
“I only go out in groups”
68%
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
32%
“I feel extremely safe”
93%
“We don”t play sports”
0%
“We play recreationally”
0%
“We bought the gear”
7%
“We live for the big game”
0%
“It”s not really our thing”
0%
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
0%
“There are a variety of opportunities”
100%
“We”re a very artistic group”
0%
“Haven”t met them”
0%
“Available in class”
47%
“They keep regular office hours”
53%
“They”re always available”
79%
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
21%
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
0%
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
0%
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
5%
“We”re not into drinking at all”
42%
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
37%
“We only party on weekends”
16%
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
16%
“Never, we”re here to learn”
42%
“There might be people who do”
21%
“People are known to partake on weekends”
21%
“There”s a huge drug scene”
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  • How would you rate on-campus housing?

    75 Students rated on-campus housing 2.8 stars. 5 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate off-campus housing?

    66 Students rated off-campus housing 3.1 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus food?

    70 Students rated campus food 2.4 stars. 4 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus facilities?

    82 Students rated campus facilities 3.8 stars. 27 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate class size?

    82 Students rated class size 4.3 stars. 46 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate school activities?

    81 Students rated school activities 2.9 stars. 16 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate local services?

    81 Students rated local services 4.4 stars. 64 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate academics?

    82 Students rated academics 3.6 stars. 24 % gave the school a 5.0.

The University of the Arts REVIEWS

What's your overall opinion of The University of the Arts?

24 Students rated The University of the Arts

grace - 04/26/2024

I like The University of the Arts very much, so much that I want to commit to this school but still looking for financial aid. It has a great faculty and an awesome program for an artist like me. I believe it can give me a lot of resources, tools and training to better my craft! The school is also surrounded by many theaters for which I can delve in and possibly work or be part of shows! I love that everything is accessible - there are plenty of restaurants with varied cuisines to choose from, the pharmacy is nearby, the hospital as well, the gym and some stores.

Destine - 12/31/2023

I came to UArts from New York City public school education. From my experience, UArts is definitely a huge step up. Their dorms are for the most part really great. From my experience and what I've heard, if you decide to live on campus go for Spruce or Juniper Halls. To me, a lot of the dining hall food is really good but as a picky eater it does get pretty repetitive in my opinion. The teachers in my department are pretty chill and nice and don't necessarily mind late work. Not saying you don't have to work hard. Fair warning though, there is a ministry next door to one of the campus buildings, so expect a bunch of homeless people gathered there randomly throughout the day. They are harmless though, just people doing their best. The school is great at hosting small little events through the months so there's at least one thing for you to do every week. However, its super expensive so you should expect that you might need to take out a loan. But who knows maybe you're better off than I. All in all, I give Uarts a solid 4.

Tabitha - 03/31/2023

UArts Is a pretty great school. I've had a several amazing teachers in the illustration program. The old buildings have a lot of character and are fun to wander around and explore. There's never a shortage of space if you need somewhere quiet to study or draw or nap. The big downside is the lack of a campus and the fact that you'll have to run several blocks between classes on Broad Street if you don't have a lot of flexibility in your schedule. Also, Philly isn't for the feint-hearted and you'll just need to be aware of your surroundings.

Jasmyne - 10/23/2019

It is a good school. The environment is okay. Most people here are friendly. Sometimes it can be difficult to get to know people because the school does not have many social events. It's kind of weird because we are a University so I definitely expected there to be more social events. Otherwise, the school is okay. It is not a bad school, but there's room for improvement.

The University of the Arts FAQS

  1. What is the Acceptance Rate at The University of the Arts?

    The fall 2020 acceptance rate for The University of the Arts is 76%. 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?

    In choosing a college or university the best advice I could possibly give would be to go with your gut instinct. Visit the campus, interact with the student body, spend a night in the dorms. When you find the right college you feel the fit right away. Don't fall into what your peers, teachers, or parents might want of you. In the end, you are the one spending four years of your life there, not them.

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  3. What's unique about your campus?

    The freedom and respect recieved by my teachers and peers which encourages a creative learning environment. Without the boundries of regimented classroom I amencouraged to interpret my teacher's assignments in my own way. Students presents their own creative idea instead of producing the same material an encourage each other's creative process.

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  4. Describe your favorite campus traditions.

    Our school is best known for being the only fully accredited university dedicated solely to the study of the arts. There are tons of working and well-known professionals in each field of study that the university offers. Also, the campus is extremely open-minded and diverse, encouraging people from all walks of life.

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

    What makes my school unique is that it is an art school. It is a school that highlights the arts, where most schools highlight sports. It is a place where everyone knowns everyone no matter what major because everyone is there doing what they love, living out their dreams and prepairing for the future.

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

    My school is challenging but very rewarding.

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

    The kind of person who is looking foward to making 100,000 a year coming out of college shouldn't attend my school. THe University of the Arts was build for artists of all fields to build on their respective form of art and passion and make a comfortable living doing it.

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  8. Describe the students at your school.

    The University of the Arts' students are a wide range of different intrests and personalities, in the visual arts program these students can be your stereotypical art kid, average school focused students, and of course the ones that party.

    Read all  18 answers
  9. What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

    I wish I researched the outside internship opportunities. My fellow students that seemed to do the best post graduation meet great connections through their internships that helped springboard them. As a young, transfer student I did not know to take advantage of these professional resources.

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  10. What kind of person should attend this school?

    A person with inspiration, drive, creativity, and work-ethic.

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

    There are no meal plans and the cafe that they have closes at 2pm. There are no vending machines. Sometimes it is hard to find food because we are all art students and spend a lot of time in our labs and studios. The tuiton is quite a lot when we have a lot of stuff that needs replacing or doesn't work properly

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

    Because our school unfortunately doesn't have a student center, there is no sense of community. I think that a student center is crucial in an art university, since many of the art forms that we study require collaboration and I personally as a filmmaker need to know my schoolmates in other different faculties in order to create a good work.

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

    When I brag about my school, I tell people about all the different courses that I can take sch as acting, jewelry making, and photography despite the fact that they are not my area of concentration. I also brag about our different shows in theater, voice and dance that are put on throughout the year as well ast the artsy community that our university is surrounded by.

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Student Body

Students

60%

female

40%

male

1,721

Total Undergrad Enrollment

196

Total Grad Students

59%

Out-Of-State

33%

In-State

8%

International

Organizations

17

Student Organizations

N/A

Fraternities

N/A

Sororities

Housing

Yes

On-Campus Housing

26%

of students living on campus

Student Diversity

% American Indian/Alaskan Native
N/A
% Asian/Pacific Islander
3%
% Black or African-American
14%
% Hispanic/Latino
9%
% White or Caucasian
60%

TUITION & AID

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 The University of the Arts receive some sort of financial aid. 29% were awarded federal grants. While 91% received federal loans. Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.

Cost Out of State

$41,464

Tuition and fees(Out of state)

$3,998

Books and Supplies

$15,120

Room and Board

60,582

Total On Campus

Actual Cost By Income Level(W/Financial Aid)

Family Income
Cost
$0 - $30K
$30,068
$30 - $48K
$29,063
$48 - $75K
$30,752
$75 - $110K
$32,154
$110K & UP
$35,623

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