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Moore College of Art and Design: Academics, Admissions & Tuition

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About Moore College of Art and Design

Moore College of Art and Design is a 4-year, private women's college that was founded in 1848. Moore College is located in the Art Museum District of Philadelphia, PA. The Princeton Review lists Moore College among the 'Best Northeastern Colleges.'


Moore College of Art and Design offers 10 bachelor's degree programs, a post-baccalaureate certificate program in art education, Master of Fine Arts degrees in studio art and interior design and a Master of Art in Art Education. The college awards Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in fine arts, art history, photography and digital arts, illustration, interactive and motion arts, graphic design, fashion design, interior design, curatorial studies and art education.

During their third summer, all undergraduates are required to undergo an internship of at least 240 hours; the school provides a $1,000 stipend to facilitate this experience. Summer study abroad programs are available in London and Rome, and students pursuing independent travel may apply for a Travel Fellowship from the college.


Applicants to Moore College must submit an application, a $40 application fee, high school transcripts, SAT or ACT scores, at least one recommendation and an art portfolio. The portfolio must contain 12-20 original works that are no more than two years old and may be sent by mail or presented in person. Interviews are also encouraged. Students who apply through Early Action by November 15th are granted a $500 scholarship. Regular applications can be submitted throughout the year, but the college recommends submitting fall applications before March 1st and spring applications before November 1st.

In fall 2011, the college accepted 67% of the 493 undergraduate applicants; 30% of those accepted chose to enroll. The student body at Moore College is 68% Caucasian, 15% African American, 4% Asian, 4% Latino, 1% American Indian and 1% Pacific Islander. In fall 2010, 48% of students came from PA, 46% arrived from other states and 6% traveled from foreign countries.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Undergraduate tuition for the 2012-2013 academic year is $31,654. Students must also pay $1,084 in fees. Room and board for on-campus undergraduates is $12,298 per year. In 2011-2012, NCES estimated the total combined expenses were about $47,301 for an undergraduate living on or off campus. In 2012-2013, graduate tuition is $1,331 per credit, plus a $60 per credit fee, for a total of $1,391 per credit.

Moore College offers undergraduates a variety of merit-based scholarships. In 2010-2011, 92% of incoming students received institutional grants or scholarships, with an average award of $11,162. Limited numbers of Graduate Fellowships also are available.

School Type 4-year, private not-for-profit**
Degrees Offered Bachelor's and master's degrees; post-baccalaureate certificates**
Religious Affiliation None**
Academic Calendar Semesters*
School Setting Large city**
Student Body 468 undergraduates and 58 graduate students in fall 2011**
Student Housing Two residence halls; 61% of freshmen live on campus**
Programs 10 BFA programs and three master's programs*
Student-Faculty Ratio 8 to 1**
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2010-2011:
Bachelor's: Fashion/apparel design (23), fine/studio arts (23), illustration (23)
Master's Art teacher education (4), Fine/studio arts (4)
Certificate: Art teacher education (15)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 51% in four years
56% in six years
57% in eight years (students who started in fall 2003)**
Admission Rate 67% in fall 2011**
Entering Class Size 87 in fall 2010***
First-Year Retention Rates From fall 2010-fall 2011:
84% (full-time students)
50% (part-time students)**
Middle 50% ACT and SAT Scores of Admitted Students In fall 2011:
16-26 ACT composite
860-1110 SAT (combined critical reading and math)**
Application Due Date Rolling admissions; recommended deadline of March 1st for the fall*
Decision Notification Date 2-3 weeks after application is received*
Tuition $31,654 per year in 2012-2013 (excluding fees)*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) For incoming, full-time undergraduates in 2010-2011: Federal grants (45%), state or local grants/scholarships (31%), institutional grants/scholarships (92%), federal student loans (68%), other student loans (5%)**
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 92% of incoming, full-time undergraduates in 2010-2011**

Sources: *Moore College of Art and Design; **College Navigator, National Center for Education Statistics; ***IPEDS Data Center, National Center for Education Statistics.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Office of Admissions, Moore College of Art & Design, 20th Street and The Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19103
  • Phone: (215) 965-4015
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