Southern California Institute of Architecture

Private, Four-years School Located in Los Angeles, CA

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How much is the SCI-Arc tuition? For the academic year 2023-2024, SCI-Arc's tuition & fees is $53,564.
With indirect costs not billed by school, such as room & boards and personal living expenses, the total cost of attendance for one academic year is $82,204 when a student lives off-campus.

SCI-Arc Tuition & Expenses

2022-2023 Rate
Tuition & Fees$53,564
Books & Supplies Costs$3,920
Off-campus Room & Board$13,440
Off-campus Expenses$11,280
2023-2024 Estimates
Tuition & Fees$59,259

How Much Does it Cost to Go to SCI-Arc for 4 Years?

For the class of 2027, who entering colleges in 2023, the 4 years tuition & fees is $243,919 at SCI-Arc. The estimated tuition rate is based on the changes over last 5 years. With room & board, books, and other personal expenses, the estimated 4 years costs of attendance is -$nan. After receiving financial aid including grants, scholarships, and/or student loans, the 4 years COA is down to -$nan.
The following table computes the 4 years tuition and COA by class of year.
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2023-24)$56,379-$nan-$nan
Sophomore (2024-25)$59,341-$nan-$nan
Junior (2025-26)$62,459-$nan-$nan
Senior (2026-27)$65,741-$nan-$nan
4 Years Total$243,919-$nan-$nan
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2024-25)$59,341-$nan-$nan
Sophomore (2025-26)$62,459-$nan-$nan
Junior (2026-27)$65,741-$nan-$nan
Senior (2027-28)$69,195-$nan-$nan
4 Years Total$256,736-$nan-$nan
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2025-26)$62,459-$nan-$nan
Sophomore (2026-27)$65,741-$nan-$nan
Junior (2027-28)$69,195-$nan-$nan
Senior (2028-29)$72,831-$nan-$nan
4 Years Total$270,226-$nan-$nan
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2026-27)$65,741-$nan-$nan
Sophomore (2027-28)$69,195-$nan-$nan
Junior (2028-29)$72,831-$nan-$nan
Senior (2029-30)$76,658-$nan-$nan
4 Years Total$284,425-$nan-$nan
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2027-28)$69,195-$nan-$nan
Sophomore (2028-29)$72,831-$nan-$nan
Junior (2029-30)$76,658-$nan-$nan
Senior (2030-31)$80,686-$nan-$nan
4 Years Total$299,370-$nan-$nan

Average Tuition By School Type and Comparison

Compared to four-years schools nationwide, SCI-Arc' tuition is much higher than the average tuition of $20,937. Compared to private, four-years colleges in California, its tuition is much higher than the average tuition of $23,111.
In-StateOut-of-State
Southern California Institute of Architecture$53,564
U.S. Four-years Colleges$18,672
Public Schools$7,199$12,960
Private Schools$20,937
California Four-years Colleges$20,867
Public Schools$4,034$13,259
Private Schools$23,111

Compare Similar School's Tuition

The next table compares the tuition & fees between SCI-Arc and similar schools. The similar colleges are selected by school type & level (private, four-years), ranking, and comparison frequency by our users. The comparison is based on 2022-2023 tuition rate.
LocationUndergraduateGraduate
Southern California Institute of ArchitectureLos Angeles, CA$53,564$53,564
Sofia UniversityPalo Alto, CA$18,575$14,195
Pardee RAND Graduate SchoolSanta Monica, CA$17,848$15,157
Beverly Hills Design InstituteBeverly Hills, CA$23,220-
High Tech High Graduate School of EducationSan Diego, CA$20,000$20,000
Teachers College of San JoaquinStockton, CA$6,270$6,977

Financial Aid and COA

At Southern California Institute of Architecture, 122 students (48%) received grant or scholarship from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources. The average amount of grant/scholarship received is $23,962.
After receiving financial aid, the cost of attendance (COA) at SCI-Arc is $58,242 for students living off-campus.
For beginning students (i.e. first-time freshmen), 9 students received any type of financial aid including grants/scholarship and student loans. The average amount of grant/scholarship for the first-time students is $43,364 and the average amount of student loans is $5,500.
The financial aid data is based on 2021-2022 statistics from IPEDS.
COA (off-campus)$82,204
Tuition & Fees$53,564
Indirect Costs (off-campus)$28,640
COA (off-campus) after Receiving Aid$58,242
Average Financial Aid$23,962
Type of AidNumber Receiving AidPercent Receiving AidAverage Amount of Aid Received
Grant or Scholarship12248%$23,962
Pell Grants5321%$5,048
Federal Student Loan5521%$8,893
Type of AidNumber Receiving AidPercent Receiving AidAverage Amount of Aid Received
Any Financial Aid930%-
Grants or Scholarships930%$43,364
Federal Grants310%$6,178
Pell Grants310%$5,845
Other Federal Grants27%$500
State/Local Grants310%$9,220
Institutional Grants930%$38,231
Student Loan Aid27%$5,500
Federal Student Loans27%$5,500
Other Student Loans0--

Admission Stats and Requirements to Apply

SCI-Arc's acceptance rate is 64.86%. A total of 424 applicants applied to and 275 students were accepted. Of the admitted students, 30 enrolled finally, and the yield (i.e. enrollment rate) is 10.91%.
To apply to SCI-Arc, 4 items are required - Secondary school GPA, Secondary school record, Recommendations and TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language). SAT and ACT scores are considered during the admissions process but are not required to be submitted.
TotalMenWomen
Applicants424185$239
Admitted275120$155
Enrolled3015$15
Acceptance Rate64.86%64.86%64.85%
Yield (Enrollment Rate)10.91%12.50%9.68%
Secondary school GPARequired
Secondary school rankNeither Required Nor Recommended
Secondary school recordRequired
Completion of college-preparatory programConsidered But Not Required
RecommendationsRequired
Formal demonstration of competenciesConsidered But Not Required
Admission test scoresConsidered But Not Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)Required
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)Neither Required Nor Recommended

SAT and ACT Scores

The SAT and ACT scores are considered but not required to apply to SCI-Arc. The average SAT score of the enrolled first-time students is 1,295.
Its SAT score is slightly lower than the national average score of 1,168.
Average25th75th
SAT Total1,2951,1801,410
National Average1,168
California Average1,305
SAT EBRW625590660
SAT Math670590750

Student Population

Southern California Institute of Architecture has a total of 507 students including 250 undergraduate and 257 graduate students. By gender, there are 305 male students and 217 female students attending SCI-Arc.
TotalMaleFemale
Total522 305217
Undergraduate256 154102
Graduate266 151115

Directory & Academic Information

Directory Information
Address960 E. 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA
Phone213-613-2200
WEBwww.sciarc.edu/
Degree & Programs
DegreeUndergraduate, Graduate
Program Offered5 Programs
Graduate Program Offered4 Graduate Programs
Academic Stats
Acceptance Rate59.84%
Yield9.12%
Student Population507
Graduation Rate85%
Retention Rate77%
Students to Faculty Ratio Rate15 to 1
Faculty & Staffs
Number of Faculties45 (Full-time), 34 (Part-time)
Number of Staffs105 (Full-time), 41 (Part-time)
Average Faculty Salary$110,723
Average Staff Salary$87,998