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 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 with an acceptance rate of 72%. Students can apply throughout the year—there is no application deadline, and decisions are typically made within two to four weeks.

Why You Might Choose the Savannah College of Art and Design

The Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) is a private art school whose main campus occupies many historic buildings in downtown Savannah. SCAD has other campuses in Atlanta, France and Hong Kong as well as several online certificate and degree programs. The college has seen significant growth since its founding in 1978, and today students and faculty come from all 50 states and 100 countries.

Students can choose from 45 programs offered across the college's eight schools. Animation, film, graphic design and illustration are all highly popular among undergraduates. The curriculum is grounded in both the liberal arts and the fine arts. The college has limited housing facilities, and most students live off campus. In athletics, the college competes in the NAIA Florida Sun Conference. Unusual for an art school, SCAD ranks among the top equestrian colleges. It also ranks among the top Georgia colleges and universities.

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. See the real-time graph and calculate your chances of getting in with this free tool from Cappex. Data courtesy of Cappex.

Discussion of SCAD's Admissions Standards

SCAD is a moderately selective art school—roughly two-thirds of all applicants are admitted. Successful applicants tend to have grades and test scores that are average or better. In the graph above, 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. This is because SCAD, like most selective colleges, has holistic admissions. Along with grades and test scores, SCAD will consider 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 certainly play a major role in the admissions decision and in the rewarding of scholarships.

Admissions Data (2016):

If you compare SAT scores for top Georgia colleges and universities, you'll see that matriculated SCAD students score in a range similar to other strong Georgia schools.

  • SCAD Acceptance Rate: 72%
  • Test Scores -- 25th / 75th Percentile
    • SAT Critical Reading: 490 / 610
    • SAT Math: 460 / 580
    • ACT Composite: 21 / 27
    • ACT English: 21 / 28
    • ACT Math: 18 / 25

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.

Enrollment (2016):

  • Total Enrollment: 12,364 (10,005 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 33% Male / 67% Female
  • 84% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $35,690
  • Books: $2,025 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $13,905
  • Other Expenses: $3,526
  • Total Cost: $55,146

Savannah College of Art and Design Financial Aid (2015 - 16):

  • Percentage of Students Receiving Aid: 98%
  • Percentage of Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 97%
    • Loans: 51%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $12,873
    • Loans: $10,167

Academic Programs:

  • Most Popular Majors: Animation, Architecture, Fashion, Film, Graphic Design, Illustration, Photography

Graduation and Retention Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 85%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 52%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 67%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

  • Men's Sports: Bowling, Cycling, Golf, Lacrosse, Swimming, Tennis, Cross Country, Cycling, Soccer
  • Women's Sports: Lacrosse, Swimming, Tennis, Soccer, Cycling, Bowling, Cross Country

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.