Best Interior Design Programs Comparison


Interior design describes a group of various yet related projects that involve turning an interior space into an "effective setting for the range of human activities" that are to take place there. An interior designer is someone who coordinates and manages such projects. Interior design is a multifaceted profession that includes conceptual development, communicating with the stakeholders of a project and the management and execution of the design.(read more at wiki) Here we introduce best colleges in the field of interior design where Pratt Institute-Main is ranked top and California College of the Arts 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 interior design colleges comparison page.

General Comparison

First, we compare the best interior design schools with general characteristics.
Table. Best Interior Design College Overview
RankNameLocationTypePopulation
1 Pratt Institute-Main Brooklyn, New York Private not-for-profit, Four or more years 4,881
2 California College of the Arts Oakland, California Private not-for-profit, Four or more years 1,945
2 Ohio State University-Main Campus Columbus, Ohio Public, Four or more years 56,387
4 School of the Art Institute of Chicago Chicago, Illinois Private not-for-profit, Four or more years 3,310

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 Interior Design College Admission Comparison
Open AdmissionApplication FeeAcceptance Ratio
Pratt Institute-Main No $ 50 56.5%
(51.6%/58.5%)
California College of the Arts No $ 60 83.2%
(78.9%/85.1%)
Ohio State University-Main Campus No $ 60 64.0%
(64.0%/63.9%)
School of the Art Institute of Chicago No $ 65 78.3%
(90.5%/74.9%)

Tuition Costs Comparison

Next, we compare the tuition and other costs at best Interior 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 Interior Design Schools Tuition Comparison
UndergraduateGraduate
In-StateOut-Of-StateIn-StateOut-Of-State
TuitionFeesTuitionFeesTuitionFeesTuitionFees
Pratt Institute-Main $ 39,282$ 1,810$ 39,282$ 1,810 $ 25,236$ 1,410$ 25,236$ 1,410
California College of the Arts $ 38,448$ 350$ 38,448$ 350 $ 40,080$ 350$ 40,080$ 350
Ohio State University-Main Campus $ 9,168$ 869$ 24,576$ 869 $ 11,336$ 865$ 28,648$ 865
School of the Art Institute of Chicago $ 38,340$ 680$ 38,340$ 680 $ 40,680$ 680$ 40,680$ 680

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 Interior 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 Interior Design Schools - Full-Time, First-Time Undergraduate Student Financial Aids Comparison Table
Grants or ScholarshipStudent Loan
Number ReceivingPercent ReceivingAverage AmountNumber ReceivingPercent ReceivingAverage Amount
Pratt Institute-Main 53082%$ 17,372 34253%$ 6,858
California College of the Arts 19282%$ 19,561 12353%$ 7,223
Ohio State University-Main Campus 5,14773%$ 7,904 3,37148%$ 7,034
School of the Art Institute of Chicago 44699%$ 11,337 21448%$ 9,739

Enrollment Comparison

This paragraph compares the number of students enrolled in best Interior 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 Interior Design Schools Enrollment Comparison by School Level/Attendance Status
UndergraduateGraduate
TotalFull-timePart-time Full-timePart-time
Pratt Institute-Main 4,8813,148118 1,397218
California College of the Arts 1,9451,373105 44324
Ohio State University-Main Campus 56,38738,8844,174 10,1163,213
School of the Art Institute of Chicago 3,3102,387242 64734

Graduation Rates Comparison

Next, we compare the graduation rate between best Interior 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 Interior Design Schools Graduation Rates By Gender
AverageMenWomen
Pratt Institute-Main 63.90%
(400 / 626)
65.15%
(157 / 241)
63.12%
(243 / 385)
California College of the Arts 45.05%
(82 / 182)
33.33%
(19 / 57)
50.40%
(63 / 125)
Ohio State University-Main Campus 82.43%
(5,162 / 6,262)
81.00%
(2,558 / 3,158)
83.89%
(2,604 / 3,104)
School of the Art Institute of Chicago 54.20%
(239 / 441)
50.75%
(68 / 134)
55.70%
(171 / 307)

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
Pratt Institute-Main 9.1%9.1% 10.0%11.1% 11.1%
California College of the Arts 14.3%11.1% 10.0%9.1% 10.0%
Ohio State University-Main Campus 5.3%6.7% 5.3%5.3% 5.3%
School of the Art Institute of Chicago 11.1%10.0% 10.0%10.0% 11.1%
Once again, we note that the full comparison for each factors with tables and charts is described at interior design colleges comparison page.

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