Best Industrial Design Programs Comparison


Industrial design is the use of both applied art and applied science to improve the aesthetics, ergonomics, functionality, and/or usability of a product, and it may also be used to improve the product's marketability and even production. The role of an industrial designer is to create and execute design solution(read more at wiki)s for problems of form, usability, physical ergonomics, marketing, brand development, and sales. Here we introduce best colleges in the field of industrial design where Rhode Island School of Design is ranked top and Art Center College of Design is positioned on second place.

We briefly compare those top colleges with various factors such as tuition, admission, graduation, enrolment, and more. The full comparison for each factors with tables and charts is described at industrial design colleges comparison page.

General Comparison

First, we compare the best industrial design schools with general characteristics.
Table. Best Industrial Design College Overview
RankNameLocationTypePopulation
1 Rhode Island School of Design Providence, Rhode Island Private not-for-profit, Four or more years 2,386
2 Art Center College of Design Pasadena, California Private not-for-profit, Four or more years 1,869
3 Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Private not-for-profit, Four or more years 11,978
4 Cranbrook Academy of Art Bloomfield Hills, Michigan Private not-for-profit, Four or more years 154
5 California College of the Arts Oakland, California Private not-for-profit, Four or more years 1,945
5 Pratt Institute-Main Brooklyn, New York Private not-for-profit, Four or more years 4,881
7 Ohio State University-Main Campus Columbus, Ohio Public, Four or more years 56,387
8 Rochester Institute of Technology Rochester, New York Private not-for-profit, Four or more years 16,357
8 School of Visual Arts New York, New York Private for-profit, Four or more years 4,323
10 School of the Art Institute of Chicago Chicago, Illinois Private not-for-profit, Four or more years 3,310
10 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Champaign, Illinois Public, Four or more years 44,520

Admission and Acceptance Ratio Comparison

In this paragraph, we compare admission considerations between the best schools including applications fees, acceptance ratio, and application requirements.
Table. Best Industrial Design College Admission Comparison
Open AdmissionApplication FeeAcceptance Ratio
Rhode Island School of Design No $ 60 25.4%
(30.2%/23.5%)
Art Center College of Design No $ 50 81.1%
(74.9%/85.4%)
Carnegie Mellon University No $ 70 27.8%
(23.8%/34.4%)
Cranbrook Academy of Art No $ 0 -
(-/-)
California College of the Arts No $ 60 83.2%
(78.9%/85.1%)
Pratt Institute-Main No $ 50 56.5%
(51.6%/58.5%)
Ohio State University-Main Campus No $ 60 64.0%
(64.0%/63.9%)
Rochester Institute of Technology No $ 50 58.5%
(58.2%/59.0%)
School of Visual Arts No $ 50 73.6%
(66.6%/76.9%)
School of the Art Institute of Chicago No $ 65 78.3%
(90.5%/74.9%)
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign No $ 50 63.3%
(63.0%/63.8%)

Tuition Costs Comparison

Next, we compare the tuition and other costs at best Industrial Design colleges. Tuition is an amount of money charged to students for instructional services. Tuition may be charged per term, per course, or per credit. In-state tuition rate applies to students who meet the state's or institution's residency requirements and out-of-tuition rate is for students who do not meet the ins-state residency requirements.

Table. Best Industrial Design Schools Tuition Comparison
UndergraduateGraduate
In-StateOut-Of-StateIn-StateOut-Of-State
TuitionFeesTuitionFeesTuitionFeesTuitionFees
Rhode Island School of Design $ 41,022$ 310$ 41,022$ 310 $ 41,022$ 310$ 41,022$ 310
Art Center College of Design $ 35,052$ 500$ 35,052$ 500 $ 37,044$ 500$ 37,044$ 500
Carnegie Mellon University $ 44,880$ 880$ 44,880$ 880 $ 37,950$ 664$ 37,950$ 664
Cranbrook Academy of Art ---- $ 29,100$ 2,125$ 29,100$ 2,125
California College of the Arts $ 38,448$ 350$ 38,448$ 350 $ 40,080$ 350$ 40,080$ 350
Pratt Institute-Main $ 39,282$ 1,810$ 39,282$ 1,810 $ 25,236$ 1,410$ 25,236$ 1,410
Ohio State University-Main Campus $ 9,168$ 869$ 24,576$ 869 $ 11,336$ 865$ 28,648$ 865
Rochester Institute of Technology $ 32,784$ 474$ 32,784$ 474 $ 35,976$ 240$ 35,976$ 240
School of Visual Arts $ 31,030$ 0$ 31,030$ 0 $ 34,740$ 0$ 34,740$ 0
School of the Art Institute of Chicago $ 38,340$ 680$ 38,340$ 680 $ 40,680$ 680$ 40,680$ 680
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign $ 12,603$ 2,886$ 28,230$ 2,886 $ 13,726$ 2,886$ 26,274$ 2,886

Grants, Scholarships, and Loans Comparison

This page contains comparison data on the number of full-time, first-time undergraduate students and all undergraduate students who receive different types of student financial aid, including grants and loans, from different sources at each best Industrial Design school.

Full-time student is a student enrolled for 12 or more semester credits , or 12 or more quarter credits, or 24 or more contact hours a week each term. First-time student is a student attending any institution for the first time at the undergraduate level. For full-time and first-time students, the financial aid reports include federal grants, Pell grants, other federal grants, state/local grants, grants from the institution, federal and non-federal student loans.
Table. Best Industrial Design Schools - Full-Time, First-Time Undergraduate Student Financial Aids Comparison Table
Grants or ScholarshipStudent Loan
Number ReceivingPercent ReceivingAverage AmountNumber ReceivingPercent ReceivingAverage Amount
Rhode Island School of Design 14933%$ 23,784 17539%$ 7,911
Art Center College of Design 8561%$ 14,246 7050%$ 7,579
Carnegie Mellon University 87361%$ 24,263 66847%$ 7,537
00%$ 0 00%$ 0
California College of the Arts 19282%$ 19,561 12353%$ 7,223
Pratt Institute-Main 53082%$ 17,372 34253%$ 6,858
Ohio State University-Main Campus 5,14773%$ 7,904 3,37148%$ 7,034
Rochester Institute of Technology 2,39390%$ 17,644 1,95073%$ 8,854
School of Visual Arts 33452%$ 9,931 38159%$ 11,015
School of the Art Institute of Chicago 44699%$ 11,337 21448%$ 9,739
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 3,32646%$ 11,411 3,26245%$ 6,622

Enrollment Comparison

This paragraph compares the number of students enrolled in best Industrial Designschools. Next table counts total students headcount by school level and attendance status. Undergraduate full-time student is a student enrolled for 12 or more semester credits , or 12 or more quarter credits, or 24 or more contact hours a week each term. For graduate students, it includes students enrolled for 9 or more semester credits, or 9 or more quarter credits, or a student involved in thesis or dissertation preparation that is considered full time by the institution.

Undergraduate part-time student is a student enrolled for either less than 12 semester or quarter credits, or less than 24 contact hours a week each term. For graduate schools, students enrolled for less than 9 semester or quarter credits are included in this table.
Table. Best Industrial Design Schools Enrollment Comparison by School Level/Attendance Status
UndergraduateGraduate
TotalFull-timePart-time Full-timePart-time
Rhode Island School of Design 2,3861,9710 4150
Art Center College of Design 1,8691,443214 15755
Carnegie Mellon University 11,9785,737184 5,159898
Cranbrook Academy of Art 15400 1540
California College of the Arts 1,9451,373105 44324
Pratt Institute-Main 4,8813,148118 1,397218
Ohio State University-Main Campus 56,38738,8844,174 10,1163,213
Rochester Institute of Technology 16,35712,3931,318 1,907739
School of Visual Arts 4,3233,408264 57279
School of the Art Institute of Chicago 3,3102,387242 64734
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 44,52031,1181,163 9,5862,653

Graduation Rates Comparison

Next, we compare the graduation rate between best Industrial Design schools. The graduation Rate is calculated as the total number of completers within 150% of normal time divided by the revised cohort minus any allowable exclusions. For example, 6 years rate is applied for 4 year schools. For detail information of your desired school, follow links on the school name.

Next table shows the graduation rate by gender. the numbers in parenthesis means completers over total cohort.
Table. Best Industrial Design Schools Graduation Rates By Gender
AverageMenWomen
Rhode Island School of Design 86.29%
(365 / 423)
85.16%
(109 / 128)
86.78%
(256 / 295)
Art Center College of Design 69.70%
(46 / 66)
54.17%
(13 / 24)
78.57%
(33 / 42)
Carnegie Mellon University 86.77%
(1,233 / 1,421)
84.81%
(737 / 869)
89.86%
(496 / 552)
California College of the Arts 45.05%
(82 / 182)
33.33%
(19 / 57)
50.40%
(63 / 125)
Pratt Institute-Main 63.90%
(400 / 626)
65.15%
(157 / 241)
63.12%
(243 / 385)
Ohio State University-Main Campus 82.43%
(5,162 / 6,262)
81.00%
(2,558 / 3,158)
83.89%
(2,604 / 3,104)
Rochester Institute of Technology 61.83%
(1,456 / 2,355)
58.51%
(983 / 1,680)
70.07%
(473 / 675)
School of Visual Arts 67.93%
(447 / 658)
65.96%
(188 / 285)
69.44%
(259 / 373)
School of the Art Institute of Chicago 54.20%
(239 / 441)
50.75%
(68 / 134)
55.70%
(171 / 307)
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 83.96%
(6,005 / 7,152)
81.70%
(2,969 / 3,634)
86.30%
(3,036 / 3,518)

Student To Fauclty Ratio Comparison

Student-to-faculty ratio is defined as total students not in graduate or professional programs divided by total instructional staff not teaching in graduate or professional programs. The student-to-faculty ratio is applicable only to institutions with undergraduate students. Next two tables compare the student-to-faculty ratio between best schools. For detail information of each school, follow the link on the school name. The ratio is calculated by dividing total number of students by total numbers of faculty. (for example, the ratio is 11.9 % for 131 students and 11 faculty members)
Table. Student to Faculty Ratio
20092010201120122013
Rhode Island School of Design 10.0%10.0% 11.1%11.1% 11.1%
Art Center College of Design 12.5%11.1% 11.1%11.1% 11.1%
Carnegie Mellon University 9.1%9.1% 8.3%8.3% 7.7%
Cranbrook Academy of Art -- -- -
California College of the Arts 14.3%11.1% 10.0%9.1% 10.0%
Pratt Institute-Main 9.1%9.1% 10.0%11.1% 11.1%
Ohio State University-Main Campus 5.3%6.7% 5.3%5.3% 5.3%
Rochester Institute of Technology 7.7%8.3% 7.7%7.7% 7.1%
School of Visual Arts 11.1%11.1% 11.1%12.5% 12.5%
School of the Art Institute of Chicago 11.1%10.0% 10.0%10.0% 11.1%
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 5.3%5.3% 5.3%5.0% 5.0%
Once again, we note that the full comparison for each factors with tables and charts is described at industrial design colleges comparison page.

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