The Illinois Institute of Art-Schaumburg


The Illinois Institute of Art-Schaumburg, part of the Art Institute network of schools located in over 40 cities across the United States, dates all the way back to 1916. Originally established as the Commercial Art School, it was one of the first colleges in the country to focus solely on design and applied art. In the 1930s (then called the Ray-Vogue School), the college was recognized as one of the top places to pursue studies in applied art and design programs. After moving to Schaumburg (a suburb of Chicago) in the 1980s, the college eventually became one of the Art Institutes.

The Illinois Institute of Art-Schaumburg is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. The college is also part of the North Central Association and has authorization from the Illinois Board of Higher Education. The Interior Design Program, part of the BFA degree, receives its accreditation from the Council for Interior Design.

The Illinois Institute of Art-Schaumburg Design Program has a number of areas of study. Students can pursue an Associate of Applied Science in Graphic Design, a Bachelor of Arts in Advertising or a BFA in Interior Design or Graphic Design. Students in the Fashion Department can pursue a BFA in Fashion Design or a BA in Fashion Marketing and Management. The Illinois Institute of Art-Schaumburg is also current on the latest trends in filmmaking and web design. BFA degrees are available in Digital Photography, Digital Filmmaking, Media Arts, Web Design, Visual Effects & Graphics, Game Art Design and more.

For students working full time, there are evening and weekend classes, as well as a rolling curriculum, allowing for individuals to tailor their college schedule around a life schedule.

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Information Summary

Ranks 131st in Illinois and 3654th overall. See the entire top 2,000 colleges and universities list
Overall Score (about) 38.8
Total Cost On-Campus Attendance N/A
Admission Success rate N/A
Student Ratio Students-to-Faculty 32 : 1
Retention (full-time / part-time) 57% / 35%
Enrollment Total (all students) 1,066


For admission to the Illinois Institute of Art-Schaumburg, students must have completed high school or received a GED. Transcripts must be sent to the admissions office. An interview is also mandatory, to allow the college to try and see the best course of study for each individual. A short essay of 300 words in length is required, in order for the admissions staff to further consider the goals of the applicant. In some cases, the Illinois Institute of Art-Schaumburg may request to see scores from the SAT or ACT to further evaluate an applicant. Immunization forms will also be requested.

Applications are accepted throughout the year and may be completed online. The college operates year-round and students have the opportunity to begin studies at several points during the year.


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Financial Aid

Applicants to the Illinois Institute of Art-Schaumburg may apply for financial aid in order to defray the costs of an education. The process begins by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (known as the FAFSA). Applicants must be citizens of the United States with a Social Security number and no history of previous defaulting on student loans. Once the application process is complete, students will meet with a Financial Aid Officer at the college who will help devise a plan for the student to cover tuition and expenses.

Financial aid is available in many forms, from federal and local grants and scholarships to student and parent loans. In addition, work-study programs allow students the opportunity to take a part-time job and help pay for expenses. While some grants are need-based, other scholarships are based on merit.

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Many students live on campus at the Illinois Institute of Art-Schaumburg, as housing is available to all applicants. Since access to campus facilities is so important, this choice may prove to enhance the college experience. Students will find a library, an Academic Center for Excellence, computer labs, a supply store and a gallery for student and alumni work on campus. In addition, the Student Affairs Department can direct students to clubs and groups of interest. There are a number of options in extra-curricular activities.

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Local Community

Students will find the location of Schaumburg as a mix between a quiet town and a growing suburb of one of the nation’s biggest cities. As home to Motorola’s headquarters, Schaumburg is no stranger to industry, yet the population is nonetheless small at around 70,000 people. Just 30 miles away looms the city of Chicago, within reach yet far enough that students should not be concerned about interference with studies and concentration.

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