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Quick Facts About UArts

As the nation's only comprehensive arts university, the University of the Arts offers a unique environment where students from many disciplines—artists, performers, writers and media makers—interact in a dynamic, collaborative community of creativity.

Our 1,900 students are enrolled in 46 undergraduate and graduate programs on the University's campus at the center of Philadelphia's vibrant Avenue of the Arts. The institution's roots as a national leader in educating creative individuals date back to our founding in 1876.


  • Approximately 1,900 students
  • Full-time equivalent students (FTE): 1,856

Undergraduate Students
(Fall 2016)

Graduate Students
(Fall 2016)

College of Art, Media & Design



College of Performing Arts



Division of Liberal Arts



Division of Continuing Studies (Grad programs)



University-wide (Film Design + Production)



Non-matriculating, including exchange students



  • 62% women, 38% men
  • 38% minority enrollment
  • UArts students hail from 45 states and 27 foreign countries


  • 114 full-time faculty members, with close to 2/3rds holding highest/terminal degree in their field
  • Faculty are practicing visual and performing arts professionals who regularly exhibit and perform in some of the world's most renowned venues

Student Faculty Ratio

  • Student/Faculty ratio: 8.0 to 1

Academic Programs

  • 26 Bachelor's degree programs
  • Broad selection of minors and studio concentration areas
  • 3 undergraduate diploma programs (School of Music)
  • Liberal Arts course offerings are an important component of the arts-focused curriculum in each degree program
  • Two 5th-year capstone Masters in Teaching programs
  • 14 Master’s degree programs
  • 6 graduate diploma/certificate program
  • 1 Post-Baccaluareate program

Degrees Offered

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts
  • Bachelor of Music
  • Bachelor of Science
  • Master of Arts
  • Master of Arts in Teaching
  • Master of Fine Arts
  • Master of Design
  • Master of Music

Costs: 2016-2017

  • Tuition and fees are $41,464
  • Average on-campus housing room charge is $9,762 per year
  • Each year, UArts awards more than $29,000,000 in scholarships and grants to the nearly 80 percent of students who are eligible for some type of financial aid
  • More than $29 million in University assistance awarded each year
  • Grant aid is available to eligible students for study abroad and graduate study
  • Over $1 million in on-campus student employment positions each year

Campus and environs

  • Facilities include 10 buildings and 4 residence halls 
  • 7 professional performance venues and 12 individual gallery spaces including a majestic 1874-seat theater located on the Avenue of the Arts
  • University Libraries include a centrally located main library, the specialized Music Library, the extensive Visual Resource Collection and digital electronic resources.


  • Over 20 active student clubs and organizations on campus, ranging from cultural organizations like the Latino Student Union, recreational groups such as the UArts Slackline Club and arts-specific activities like Gallery One, Philadelphia's only student-run art gallery.


  • Over 17,000 living alumni
  • The University of the Arts' Alumni Association sustains a lifelong relationship with the University and its alumni by promoting and sharing the achievements of alumni, and providing educational and enrichment programs. Upon graduation, all alumni are automatically granted life membership in the alumni association at no cost.

Institutional Control

  • Private, independent, non-profit

Carnegie Classification: Special Focus – Schools of Art, Music and Design


  • Middle States Commission on Higher Education
  • National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD)
  • National Association of Schools of Music (NASM)