Savannah College of Art and Design Admissions Statistics

Learn about SCAD and the GPA, SAT, ACT, and Portfolio Requirements for Admission

Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD)
Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). RiverNorthPhotography / Getty Images

Because of its specialized focus, the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) encourages all prospective students to submit a portfolio as part of the application process. Required materials include SAT or ACT scores, a high school transcript, and a letter of recommendation. The school is moderately selective despite its high acceptance rate of 93 percent. Students can apply throughout the year, and decisions are typically made within two to four weeks.

Why SCAD?

  • Location: Savannah, Georgia
  • Campus Features: SCAD's main campus occupies numerous historic buildings in downtown Savannah. The school has branch campuses in Atlanta, Lacoste, and Hong Kong. Most students live off campus.
  • Student/Faculty Ratio: 20:1
  • Athletics: The SCAD Bees compete in the NAIA Florida Sun Conference
  • Highlights: SCAD students come from 50 states and over 100 countries. The school ranks among the best Georgia colleges and the top equestrian colleges. Animation, film, graphic design, and illustration are all strong programs.

SCAD Admissions Statistics 2017-18

For the 2017-18 admissions cycle, the Savannah College of Art and Design had an acceptance rate of 93 percent. Despite that high number, SAT and ACT scores tend to be above average as the score percentiles below reveal.

SAT Score Percentiles
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 530 630
Math 500 600
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

Average scores for the SAT are a little over 500 for each section, so you can see that roughly 75% of all SCAD students had above-average scores.

ACT Score Percentiles
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
English 21 29
Math 18 26
Composite 21 27

For both the SAT and the ACT, you can see that SCAD students tend to be stronger at English than math.

Savannah College of Art & Design GPA, SAT, and ACT Graph

SCAD, Savannah College of Art and Design GPA, SAT and ACT Data for Admission
SCAD, Savannah College of Art and Design GPA, SAT Scores and ACT Scores for Admission. Data courtesy of Cappex.

The data in the graph is self-reported by SCAD applicants, and the GPA data is unweighted. You can see the real-time graph and calculate your own chances of getting in to SCAD with this free tool from Cappex.

Discussion of SCAD's Admissions Standards

SCAD is a moderately selective art school. Successful applicants tend to have grades and test scores that are average or better. In the accompanying graph, the blue and green dots represent accepted students. You can see that most successful applicants had averages in the B range or higher, SAT scores of about 950 or higher, and ACT composite scores of 19 or higher. Most important is a passion for the arts that often reveals itself in non-numeric measures.

Note that there are a few red and yellow dots (rejected and waitlisted students) mixed in with the green and blue throughout the graph. Some students who had grades and test scores that were on target for SCAD were not admitted. Note also that a few students were accepted with test scores and grades a bit below the norm. The reason is that SCAD, like most selective colleges, has holistic admissions. Along with grades and test scores, SCAD considers an applicant's extracurricular involvement, letters of recommendation, application essay, interview, and portfolio or audition. Because of SCAD's focus on the arts, a strong portfolio or audition can play a major role in the admissions decision and in the rewarding of scholarships.

More Savannah College of Art and Design Information

As you weigh your art school options, keep in mind that SCAD's relatively large size has both pros and cons. You'll also want to compare costs, financial aid, and graduation rates with other schools. Some students graduate from SCAD with sizable debt from student loans.

Enrollment (2017)

  • Total Enrollment: 13,163 (10,674 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 33% Male / 67% Female
  • 84% Full-time

Costs (2017–18)

  • Tuition and Fees: $36,410
  • Books: $2,025 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $14,244
  • Other Expenses: $3,693
  • Total Cost: $56,372

Savannah College of Art and Design Financial Aid (2016–17)

  • Percentage of Students Receiving Aid: 98%
  • Percentage of Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 97%
    • Loans: 49%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $12,973
    • Loans: $10,411

Academic Programs

Graduation and Retention Rates

  • First-Year Student Retention (full-time students): 83 percent
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 50 percent
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 65 percent

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs

  • Men's Sports: Bowling, Fencing, Cycling, Golf, Tennis, Cross Country, Track & Field
  • Women's Sports: Bowling, Fencing, Cycling, Golf, Tennis, Cross Country, Track & Field

If You Like SCAD, You May Also Like These Schools

Applicants to the Savannah College of Art and Design clearly have an interest in the arts and tend to apply to other highly regarded schools of art and design. Popular choices include Rhode Island School of Art and Design, Alfred University, The New School, and Fashion Institute of Technology.

If you're looking for a school closer to Savannah, check out Ringling College of Art and Design or programs at some of the big state universities such as Florida State University and the University of Georgia.

Data Sources: Graph courtesy of Cappex; all other data from the National Center for Educational Statistics.