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About Pacific Northwest College of Art

Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) empowers artists and designers to reimagine what art and design can do in the world. This private fine arts and design college, founded in 1909 in Portland, Oregon, offers twelve Bachelor of Fine Art (BFA) degrees, eight graduate degrees including Master of Fine Arts (MFA) and Master of Arts (MA) degrees, a Post-Baccalaureate, and a range of Community Education programs for adults and youth. PNCA is the only art and design college located in one of the most progressive cities in the United States. For all of its one hundred-plus years, PNCA has nurtured the talent in its students for radically reimagining everything, transforming the lives of our students and everyone they touch. Our studios and galleries continue to give rise to a vibrant community of innovators and culture-makers who shape the cultural landscape.

Pacific Northwest College of Art is a private, nonprofit school in an urban setting in Portland, Oregon. Pacific Northwest College of Art was founded in 1909 and now enrolls around 488 students a year, including 405 undergrads.

Pacific Northwest College of Art offers housing for up to 130 students. Most students live off campus,.

Pacific Northwest College of Art's endowment was valued at $12.877 million in 2021. For each full-time student, Pacific Northwest College of Art spends about $17,682. There are 9 undergraduate students for every full-time Pacific Northwest College of Art professor.

2021 Pacific Northwest College of Art Admissions Facts At-a Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 95%
Tuition $37,500

2022 Pacific Northwest College of Art Regular Decision Application Deadline

Early Admission at Pacific Northwest College of Art

Pacific Northwest College of Art does not offer early decision or early action.

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2019 Acceptance Rate for Pacific Northwest College of Art

It is not competitive to get into Pacific Northwest College of Art. The acceptance rate at Pacific Northwest College of Art is 95%. Out of 312 applications received in 2021, 297 students were offered admission.

Pacific Northwest College of Art Waitlist

Pacific Northwest College of Art reports that no students were waitlisted or admitted off the waitlist in 2021.

How Do I Get Into Pacific Northwest College of Art?

Pacific Northwest College of Art is considered not competitive to get into. Every admissions committee has a different way of evaulating applicants, but most look at a combination of grades, test scoes, activities, as well as essays and recommendations. To apply to Pacific Northwest College of Art, applicants must submit the following items.

Pacific Northwest College of Art Application Requirements

Area Required Recommended Required for some Details (if any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale) 2.3
Other Requirements portfolio of artwork
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Test Scores for Pacific Northwest College of Art

Visit the Admissions tab above for more on how to apply to Pacific Northwest College of Art.

Is Pacific Northwest College of Art Test Optional?

Pacific Northwest College of Art does not have a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.


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Dorms at Pacific Northwest College of Art

Yes! Pacific Northwest College of Art provides on-campus housing for up to 130 students.

Time-Based Arts Festival, Focus Week: Thesis Orals and Workshops, and and Commencement are a few of the events that the campus rallies behind each year.

Click the Student Life tab above to learn more about the student body and campus life at Pacific Northwest College of Art.

Financial Aid at Pacific Northwest College of Art

Pacific Northwest College of Art meets 54% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. First-year students that attend Pacific Northwest College of Art full-time are awarded $11,185 a year in financial aid, on average.

The 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021

Some aid is available on a first-come, first-serve basis, so fill out the FAFSA early. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! No one should ever pay to fill out the FREE Application for Federal Student Aid, (FAFSA), so don't give your money (or info!) to any website that claim you do.

Is Pacific Northwest College of Art a Good School?

There is no one way to define a "good" college or university. Acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how competitive an institution is, but they don't tell you how happy or successful students are. However, there are a few good ways to get a better sense how satisfied students are and how well a school supports its student body.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Pacific Northwest College of Art

Out of all the first-year, full-time undergrads who start at Pacific Northwest College of Art, around 61% return for their sophomore year. Out of the 92 students who started at Pacific Northwest College of Art as first-time freshman, 17 graduate within four years.

Pacific Northwest College of Art's six-year graduation rate for undergrads is 30%. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61% for public schools, and 67% for private, non-profit schools.

Job Outcomes and Debt for Pacific Northwest College of Art Grads

Job placement and student debt statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers. Graduates in the class of 2021 had an average of $22,155 in student loans per borrower. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does Pacific Northwest College of Art sound? Remember, the best school for one person may be a terrible fit for another! So ask yourself: Is Pacific Northwest College of Art a good school for you?

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Where is Pacific Northwest College of Art Located?

Pacific Northwest College of Art is located in the urban setting of Portland, Oregon, less than an hour from Portland.

If you want to see Pacific Northwest College of Art for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 5 to Portland, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Portland International.

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College Info

Pacific Northwest College of Art Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

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Transfer Applications are Due

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The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Pacific Northwest College of Art is Continuous processing.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Pacific Northwest College of Art is Continuous processing.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

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Pacific Northwest College of Art Tuition & Fees

Tuition & Fees

$38,250

In State

$38,250

Out-of-State
Cost Breakdown
In State
Out-of-State
State Tuition
$37,500
$37,500
Fees
$750
$750
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Student Life

Wondering what life at Pacific Northwest College of Art is like? There are approximately 488 students enrolled at Pacific Northwest College of Art, including 405 undergraduate students and 83 graduate students. 90% percent of students attend school full-time, 46% percent are from OR and 54% percent of students are from other states.

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Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

488

Campus Setting

Urban

Acceptance Rate

95%

Tuition and Fees

In State

$38,250

Out-of-State

$38,250

Fall Freshmen
Application Deadline

Continuous processing
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