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The School of Visual Arts

How this student rated the school
Educational QualityA+ Faculty AccessibilityA+
Useful SchoolworkA+ Excess CompetitionA+
Academic SuccessA+ Creativity/InnovationA+
Individual ValueA+ University Resource UseA
Campus Aesthetics/BeautyC FriendlinessA+
Campus MaintenanceA Social LifeC+
Surrounding CityA+ Extra CurricularsC
SafetyA
 
Describes the student body as: Friendly, Arrogant, Approachable, Closeminded

Describes the faculty as: Friendly, Helpful

Female
ACT:
30
Intelligence
Quite Bright
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Campus Aesthetics/Beauty
C
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Educational Quality
A+
She rated most things higher than other students did.
Major: Design Arts - Industrial Design/Graphic Design/etc (This Major's Salary over time)
I am an undergrad in animation. It is a FABULOUS program. The money available for the animation department is clearly great since all computers are up to date with the latest software. Professors are all great and have strong industry connections.. Most of my friends in the program have internships too. The school is VERY well connected in NY and in the industry. In fact, from what I can see many other departments are well liked by student with the exception of pure fine arts. Illustration, photography, Cartooning and even interior design are also considered very strong.
Being in Manhattan has both pros and cons. The pros is that it is a great place for a college student. Lots of stuff to do and eat. It is truly a city that never sleeps. The cons are that it is more expensive to live their than that of many other cities, and you need to be a mature student to live in a big city. There is no campus per se and no coddling of students.

Workload is VERY high. Expect to put in many all nighters if you want to really get out of SVA what you need to get. However, the work will be worth it.
Also, SVA allows students to take courses in other majors. Take advantage of this.
Don't stay in any dorms after freshmen year. Dorms are expensive and crappy as noted in reviews. Get an apartment with friends.
Main problem with SVA is the tuition. It is high, and they are NOT known for giving decent scholarships. Thus, if you can't afford the tuition, don't come here. Go somewhere cheaper. However, if you can afford it because you have rich parents, SVA will give a great education and will inculcate the skills needed for the industry!
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