Consult with Cleveland Institute of Art's admissions department for more information on applying.
Students who submit their applications to Cleveland Institute of Art for fall semester should anticipate a decision by November 1.
The following is an overiew of some of Cleveland Institute of Art's admissions stats.
|Cleveland Institute of Art 2022||Admissions Statistics|
|Mean Unweighted GPA||3.5|
|Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class||10%|
|Mean SAT Score||1100|
|Admissions Test Policy||Test Optional|
|Applicants Who Submit SATs||21%|
|Applicants Who Submit ACTs||35%|
These are the application deadlines for Cleveland Institute of Art.
|Application Type||Offered||Application Deadline||Notification Deadline|
|Early Decision I||No||––||––|
|Early Decision II||––||––||––|
|Early Action||Yes||December 1||January 15|
Cleveland Institute of Art does not offer early decision but does offer early action.
The Early Action deadline is December 1. Cleveland Institute of Art will release EA admissions decisions no later than January 15.
Cleveland Institute of Art accepts roughly 57% of early action applicants and 66% all applicants for all deadlines. Last year, Cleveland Institute of Art admitted 349 of the 615 who applied early action.
Getting into Cleveland Institute of Art is moderately difficult. Cleveland Institute of Art evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny or waitlist.
In 2021, Cleveland Institute of Art accepted 66% of all applicants, approximately 614 of the 932 students who applied.
Schools that are moderately difficult to get into, like Cleveland Institute of Art, accept fewer than 85% of all applicants. At least 75% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT or over 18 on the ACT.
It is moderately difficult to be admitted as a transfer student.
In 2022, Cleveland Institute of Art waitlisted 18 students. Of those, 10 eventually received an admissions offer.
Colleges consider a range of factors when determining who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college has a different way of determining which factors are they consider most important in the admissions process. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that prioritize the admissions factors where you stand out.
Curious about the factors that are considered by Cleveland Institute of Art during the admissions process? Listed below are factors commonly taken into consideration during admissions decisions.
|Level of Applicant's Interest||Considered|
|Rigor of Secondary School Record||Considered|
|Standardized Test Scores||Considered|
Make sure to check with Cleveland Institute of Art for more information on admission factors.
To apply to Cleveland Institute of Art, all applicants must submit the following items. Double check with Cleveland Institute of Art's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.
|Area||Required||Recommended||Required for Some||Details (If Any)|
|Transcript(S) of College Record|
|Standardized Test Scores|
|Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S)|
|Letter(s) of Recommendation||1|
|Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale)||2.0|
|Written Essay or Personal Statement||√|
|Transcript of High School Record||√|
Students admitted to Cleveland Institute of Art have an average unweighted GPA of 3.5. Cleveland Institute of Art considers weighted GPA scores from incomging students.
Out of all students that were admitted, 38% submitted a class rank. At Cleveland Institute of Art 10% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 35% were in the top 25% and 67% were in the top 50%.
At Cleveland Institute of Art, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.
|GPA||Percent of Students|
|3.75 and 3.99||19%|
|3.50 and 3.74||20%|
|3.25 and 3.49||13%|
|3.00 and 3.24||15%|
|2.50 and 2.9||14%|
|2.00 and 2.49||4%|
This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.
Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to Cleveland Institute of Art directly.
Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that reflects your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.
An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.
Cleveland Institute of Art looks at standardized tests scores during the admissions process.
Cleveland Institute of Art is test optional. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.
In 2022, 21% of Cleveland Institute of Art's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 35% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.
To be competitive with other Cleveland Institute of Art applicants, you should strive to earn between 1010 and 1260 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Cleveland Institute of Art 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1260 and 25% of scored lower than 1010, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a Cleveland Institute of Art student is 1100.
On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Cleveland Institute of Art students scored 590 or higher and 75% of students scored 540 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Cleveland Institute of Art students scored 680 or higher, and 75% scored a 540 or higher.
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To be most competitive at Cleveland Institute of Art, you should strive to earn between 19 and 26 on the ACT.
An ACT score of 26 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Cleveland Institute of Art's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 26, and three out of four students scored lower than 26 on the ACT.
A 19 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Cleveland Institute of Art students. Only one out of every four students scored below 19.
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For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to Cleveland Institute of Art.
For transfer students wishing to start in the fall, the deadline to apply is April 1.
Transfer students can enroll in Cleveland Institute of Art during the following terms:
• Fall Term
• Spring Term
Can I defer my acceptance to Cleveland Institute of Art?
✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Cleveland Institute of Art.
Does Cleveland Institute of Art accept transfer credits?
✅ Cleveland Institute of Art accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions.
Does Cleveland Institute of Art accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?
✅ Cleveland Institute of Art accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.
Do I have to submit test scores to Cleveland Institute of Art?
❌ No, Cleveland Institute of Art is test optional, so you can decide whether or not to submit your test scores. If your scores are higher than the school's average, you should strongly consider submitting them. If your scores are average or below average, you may want not want to include them in your application.
What is Cleveland Institute of Art's acceptance rate?
✅ Cleveland Institute of Art has an acceptance rate of 66%.
What is the early decision acceptance rate at Cleveland Institute of Art?
❌ Cleveland Institute of Art does not offer early decision.
What is the early action acceptance rate at Cleveland Institute of Art?
✅ The early action acceptance rate at Cleveland Institute of Art was 57% in 2021.
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How hard is it to get into Cleveland Institute of Art? Cleveland Institute of Art is a somewhat selective institution. The Cleveland Institute of Art acceptance rate is 66%. This means that the institution accepts 65 out of every 100 applicants.
First-Year Applications are Due
The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Cleveland Institute of Art is Apr 1.
Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs
The median ACT score of an admitted student to Cleveland Institute of Art is 23. Students with an ACT score of 26 and above have a good chance of getting into Cleveland Institute of Art. Students with an ACT score that falls between 19 and 26 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 19 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.
Composite SAT Range
Math SAT Range
Reading SAT Range
1260 and Above
1010 to 1260
1010 and Less
The median SAT score for Cleveland Institute of Art students is 1100. Applicants with SAT scores of 1260 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Cleveland Institute of Art, while applicants with SAT scores between 1010 to 1260 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1010 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Cleveland Institute of Art.
Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)
At Cleveland Institute of Art, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.48. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.
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