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Cornish College of the Arts (external link)

School Name and Address

Contact for more information

Cornish College of the Arts
1000 Lenora Street
Seattle, WA 98121
Main telephone 206.726.ARTS
Fax 206.720.1011
Website https://www.cornish.edu/ (external link)

General Information (external link)

General information

Public or private Private
Type of school 4-year college
Date founded 1914
Degrees offered Bachelor's
School accreditation Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
Specialized accreditation NASAD - National Association of Schools of Art and Design

School setting

Setting Urban (in a large city)
Closest major metropolitan area Seattle
Population of city the school is in 617,334
Public transportation to campus Yes
Student parking on campus No
Campus size 4 acres
County King

School visits

Visitor information website https://www.cornish.edu/visit-cornish/ (external link)

Student Body


Number of full time, freshmen men 64
Number of full time, freshmen women 149
Total number of full time freshmen 213
Number of part time, freshmen men 0
Number of part time, freshmen women 0
Total number of part time freshmen 0
Total number of freshmen men 64
Total number of freshmen women 149
Total number of freshmen 213
Number of full time, undergraduate men 224
Number of full time, undergraduate women 428
Total number of full time undergraduates 652
Number of part time, undergraduate men 0
Number of part time, undergraduate women 2
Total number of part time undergraduates 2
Total number of undergraduate males 224
Total number of undergraduate females 430
Total number of undergraduate students 654
Total enrollment 654

Racial-ethnic background of undergraduate students

American Indian/Alaskan Native Less than 1%
Asian 4%
Black 3%
Hispanic 13%
Multiracial 9%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander Less than 1%
White 62%
Race/ethnicity unknown 4%
These figures reflect responses of people who chose to indicate their racial-ethnic background. All categories except Hispanic represent non-Hispanic students. International students are not included in these figures so they may not add up to 100 percent.

Out-of-state students

Percentage of students from out of state 51%
Number of states and territories represented 40

International students

Percentage of students from outside the US 1%
Number of countries represented 5

Age of students

Percentage of students 25 or older 8%

Costs (external link)

Annual costs for full-time undergraduate students
(Costs are for the 2019-20 academic year. Full-time costs are based on 30 credits per year.)

In-state tuition $32,160
Out-of-state tuition $32,160
Fees $1,200
Books and supplies $1,800
Room and board (live on campus)* $12,664
Board and transportation (live with parents) $3,600
* Room and board costs may vary by housing facility and number of meals in meal plan
Cost information website https://www.cornish.edu/tuition-financial-aid/ (external link)

Tuition rates vary by

Academic program/major
Class load (number of credits taken)

Tuition payment plans available

Installment plan (you can pay tuition in several payments over the course of the term)

Tuition waivers available to

School employees and their children

Financial Aid (external link)

Contact for counseling or more information

Margaret Murray
Director of Financial Aid
Financial aid office website https://www.cornish.edu/tuition-financial-aid/# (external link)

Applying for financial aid

Submit these forms FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
Application deadline (for fall term) February 1

Financial aid programs at this school

Federal PLUS loans (for parents)
Federal Stafford loans (subsidized)
Federal Stafford loans (unsubsidized)
Need-based scholarships and grants
Federal Pell Grants
Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
Privately-sponsored scholarships and grants
School-sponsored scholarships and grants
State-sponsored scholarships and grants
Merit-based scholarships and grants
School-sponsored scholarships in academics
School-sponsored scholarships in art
Student employment
Work study
Veteran's benefits
Veteran's benefits, such as the GI Bill, are honored

Admissions (external link)

Contact for more information

Sharron Starling
Director of Admission
Admissions office website https://www.cornish.edu/admissions/ (external link)
Electronic application website https://apply.cornish.edu/apply/ (external link)

Entrance difficulty

For incoming students Moderately difficult (about 85% of all applicants accepted)

Last year's applicants

Number of male applicants 277
Number of male applicants accepted 170
Number of male applicants who enrolled 64
Number of female applicants 746
Number of female applicants accepted 472
Number of female applicants who enrolled 149
Total number of applicants 1,023
Total number of applicants accepted 642
Total number of applicants who enrolled 213

Education required for admission

High school education High school diploma required and GED accepted.

Application dates

Admission is available Fall semester; limited entry for spring semester
Fall* application deadline Continuous
Notification date for fall admission applicants Continuous
Early action (apply early, but not required to attend if accepted) application deadline December 1
Notification date for early action applicants December 20
Fall transfer application deadline Continuous
Notification date for fall transfer applicants Rolling basis
* Application dates for winter, spring, or summer term admission are likely to be different.

Application requirements

Online application available https://apply.cornish.edu/apply/ (external link)
Application fee Free from August 1 to December 1
$40 from December 2 to February 15
$60 from February 16 to July 31
Application fee waived Financial Need
Submit these items:
Application Required for all students
High school GPA 2.5, required for all students
High school transcript or GED certificate Required for all students
Interview Recommended, but not required
Letters of recommendation 2, recommended, but not required
Written essay or personal statement Required for all students
Other application materials Portfolio or audition, required for all students


Recommended exams SAT or ACT

Factors considered by schools when evaluating applicants

High school GPA Important
Difficulty of high school courses Important
Standardized test scores Considered
Recommendations Important
Application essay Important
Character/personal qualities Considered
Talent or ability Very important
Extracurricular activities Considered
Level of applicant's interest Important
Religious affiliation/commitment Not considered
Work experience Not considered
Related to a school graduate Not considered
First generation college student Not considered
Racial/ethnic group Not considered

Other admissions information

Accepted students can defer admission for a period of time
School uses a waiting list

Transfer student admissions

Admission requirements Application
Letter of Recommendation
Student Essay
Audition or Portfolio Review
Age limit on courses to be transferred No limit

Credits accepted for transfer students

College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) subject

Undergraduate retention and graduation

Percentage of freshmen who returned for their sophomore year 126%
Percentage of full-time students who complete their bachelor's degree:
In four years or less 49%
Between four and five years 3%


Degrees offered


Faculty and instruction

Academic calendar Semesters
Number of faculty on campus 203
Student faculty ratio 6:1

Graduation requirements

Required number of credits for a bachelor's degree 120 credits
All students must meet:
Core curriculum or school-wide requirements
Internship requirement Depends on major
Math or science requirement
Senior project requirement For all students

Attendance options

Summer school

Optional academic programs

Accelerated degree

Off-campus study

Domestic exchange available
At these US schools or through this program AICAD
Study abroad available

Alternative credit opportunities

Advanced Placement
Challenge Level Examination Program (CLEP)
Cooperative education
Independent study
International Baccalaureate


Computer lab available to students
Computer network can be accessed from dorm rooms
Computer network can be accessed from off campus
Online registration for classes


Main library name Cornish Library
https://www.cornish.edu/library/ (external link)

Student Life (external link)

Student activities

Choral groups
Drama or theater groups
Student government

Clubs and associations

Largest clubs and organizations on campus Student Leadership Council, Black Student Alliance, Sigma Alpha Phi, AIGA, Cheese Tasting
Student clubs and associations website https://www.cornish.edu/student_life/student_activities/ (external link)

Housing (external link)

Contact for more information

Housing and Residence Life
Housing office website https://www.cornishcommons.org/ (external link)

Campus housing

School owns or operates housing
Highest year that students are required to live on campus Freshman
Housing availability for first year students Guaranteed
Housing options Co-ed
Dorms require a key or code to enter
Application deposit $300

Student Services

Academic services for all students

Academic advising

Health and legal services available on campus for all students

Psychological counseling

Other services for all students


Services for students with disabilities

Brittany Henderson
Dean of Student Life
Disabilities services website https://www.cornish.edu/student-life/accessibility-accommodations/ (external link)
Barrier-free campus
Designated parking
Registration assistance
Services for students with learning disabilities

Campus security

24-hour emergency phone and alarms on campus
Campus patrolled by trained security personnel
Late night transport service

Career Services

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Career services offered

Alumni networking and mentoring
Career counseling
Career library
Job bank
Job fairs
Job interview preparation
On campus recruitment by employers
Placement assistance
Résumé preparation assistance

Educational programs

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