Quick Facts

As the nation's only comprehensive arts university (home to the College of Art, Media & Design, the College of Performing Arts and the Division of Liberal Arts), the University of the Arts offers a unique environment where students from many disciplines – artists, performers and media makers – interact in a dynamic community of creativity.

Its 2,100 students are enrolled in 41 undergraduate and graduate programs on the University’s campus in the heart of Philadelphia’s vibrant Avenue of the Arts. The institution’s roots as a national leader in educating creative individuals date back to 1868.


  • Approximately 2,100 students
  • Full-time equivalent students (FTE): 2,061
  Undergraduate Students Graduate Students

College of Art, Media & Design



College of Performing Arts



Non-matriculating, including exchange students



  • 57% women, 43% men
  • 33% minority enrollment
  • UArts students hail from 43 states and 22 foreign countries


  • 121 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: 8.3 to 1

Academic Programs

  • 25 Bachelor's degree programs
  • 1 Post-Baccalaureate program
  • 13 Master’s degree programs
  • 5 undergraduate certificate/diploma programs
  • 23 minors
  • Liberal Arts course offerings are an important component of the arts-focused curriculum in each degree program
  • Average undergraduate class size: 15 students

Degrees Offered

  • Bachelor of Arts (beginning Fall 2013)
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts
  • Bachelor of Music
  • Bachelor of Science
  • Master of Arts
  • Master of Arts in Teaching
  • Master of Fine Arts
  • Master of Industrial Design
  • Master of Music

Costs:  2012-2013

  • Tuition and fees are $34,840
  • Average on-campus housing room charge is $8,200 per year
  • Over 83% of UArts students receive financial assistance
  • More than $23 million in University assistance awarded each year
  • Scholarships for the Fall 2012 class will exceed $9 million
  • Grant aid is available to eligible students for study abroad and graduate study
  • Students earn 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 including a majestic 1874-seat theater located on the Avenue of the Arts
  • 12 individual gallery spaces
  • University Libraries include a centrally located main library, the specialized Music Library, the extensive Visual Resource Collection and digital electronic resources.


  • Over 15 active student clubs and organizations on campus, ranging from cultural organizations like the Latino Student Union, recreational groups such as the UArts Running Club and arts-specific activities like Gallery One, Philadelphia's only student-run art gallery.


  • Over 16,000 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.
  • Alumni Council members represent the alumni association of the University of the Arts and offer input and guidance for alumni outreach and programming. They also provide leadership in the alumni community, serve as advocates for the University, and help identify and communicate the needs of the alumni to University administration.

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)
  • Industrial Designers Society of America