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New York School of Interior Design: Academics, Admissions & Tuition

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About New York School of Interior Design

New York School of Interior Design (NYSID) is a private, 4-year school in New York, NY. Established in 1916, NYSID offers a variety of programs ranging from preparatory non-degree courses to graduate degree programs. It's accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design and the Council of Interior Design Accreditation.


Students can enroll in one of three undergraduate programs, leading to an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Interior Design, a Bachelor of Arts in History of the Interior and Decorative Arts, or a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Interior Design.

The school also offers a non-degree certificate program and four master's programs: a Master of Fine Arts in Interior Design (a 60- or 90-credit program, depending on previous experience) and year-long Master of Professional Studies programs in sustainable design, lighting, and healthcare design. Additionally, the school has an Institute for Continuing and Professional Studies, which offers non-credit workshops as well as undergraduate and professional development classes.


NYSID has a rolling admissions policy; however, the school encourages aspiring students to submit their applications by February 1st for the fall semester and October 1st for the spring semester. Application forms can be filled out online or mailed to the Office of Admissions. Applicants must also include the application fee, a personal statement, a transcript from an accredited high school or an official GED score, and two letters of recommendation. Applicants from U.S. high schools must provide SAT or ACT scores unless they have been out of high school for over five years.

The BFA and AAS programs also require the submission of a portfolio demonstrating the applicant's abilities in fine or applied arts; the portfolio should consist of ten to fifteen pieces of varied media. Students without a portfolio must obtain entrance to the Basic Interior Design certificate program, and after a semester, they can apply to the AAS or BFA program.

The school accepts Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate credit. Applicants need to arrange to have the score reports for these sent from the College Board or International Baccalaureate Organization directly to the admissions office.

Tuition & Financial Aid

For most undergraduate degree programs, as well as for non-degree options, tuition is $828 per credit. Along with tuition, students are charged a registration and technology fee and an activity fee each semester. There is also a yearly health insurance fee and a $40 completion of program/diploma fee. Additional costs include books, supplies, transportation, and housing.

To be eligible for financial aid, students must submit the FAFSA. Students can apply for aid before receiving an offer of admission, but they will not be awarded aid until their admission is finalized. The school awards several scholarships, for which all new undergraduate students are automatically considered. Students can pay tuition via monthly payments for an additional fee.

School Type Private, 4-year**
Degrees Offered Certificate programs, associate's, bachelor's, master's*
Religious Affiliation None**
Academic Calendar Semesters*
School Setting Large city**
Student Body 707 total students, 558 undergraduates in 2011*
Student Housing One off-campus residence hall; $800 deposit, $14,490-$15,610 for 9-month contract (2012-13)*
Programs Seven degree programs, one certificate program*
Student-Faculty Ratio 15 to 1**
Undergraduate Graduation Rates (for students beginning Fall 2005) 29% in four years, 86% in six years**
Admission Rate 32% in 2011*
Entering Class Size 60 in 2011*
First-Year Retention Rates 70% (2010-2011)*
SAT Scores of Admitted Students 370-510 in critical reading and 400-490 in math in 2011 (25th-75th percentile range)**
Application Due Date Rolling (recommended Feb. 1st for fall entry, Oct. 1st for spring entry)*
Tuition (2012) $828 per credit for AAS, BFA, & non-degree students; $12,438 per semester for the BA*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) In 2010-11: Federal grants (23%), state and local grants/scholarships (8%), institutional grants/scholarships (38%), federal loans (38%)**
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 46% in 2011 for full-time beginning undergraduates**

Sources: *New York School of Interior Design, **National Center for Education Statistics' College Navigator

School Contact Information

  • Address: 170 East 70th Street, New York, New York 10021
  • Phone: (212) 472-1500, (800) 33NYSID
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