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In October of 2010, the U.S. Department of Education approved new regulations requiring institutions that participate in federal student financial aid programs to publicly disclose certain information about students who enrolled in programs that lead to gainful employment in a recognized occupation (which the Department refers to as “GE Programs”).

As a Domestic Proprietary Institution offering undergraduate degrees, NCAD’s one degree program qualifies as GE Programs. The following section lists the information required by the Department of Education pertaining to each degree program and clarifies what this information means to prospective students.• Female: 60% (For students who began in Fall 2010)

6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor’s Degrees:

• Nonresident Alien: N/A
• Hispanic/Latino: 50%
• American Indian/Alaska Native: 0%
• Asian: 34%
• Black/African American: 0%
• Native HI or Other Pacific Island: N/A
• White: 76%
• Two or More Races: 34%
• Race, Ethnicity Unknown: N/A


Retention Rates

The following information is based on institutional data submitted to the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). First-to-Second Year Retention Rate — 75% of first-time bachelor’s degree-seeking students who began their studies at NCAD in Fall 2015 returned to the Institute to continue their studies in Fall 2016.

Graduation Rate — To comply with the Student Right-to-Know Act, the overall graduation rate or IPEDS graduation rate is 72% overall for the cohort that began their studies at NCAD in 2008.

This rate tracks the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking student to see if they complete a degree or other award, such as a certificate, within 150% of “normal time” for completing the program in which they are enrolled.

Additional data (as submitted to IPEDS) is available through NCAD’s College Navigator profile on the U.S. Department of Education website.

Graduate and Professional Education

NCAD graduates have enrolled in the following graduate and professional education programs upon graduating from our four-year programs:

• Academy of Art University (San Francisco) — Master of Fine Arts in Illustration

This information was compiled via surveys of alumni and their employers using personal contact and verification services such as The Work Number ( and the National Student Clearinghouse ( as part of the employment verification process required by our accrediting agency, the ACCSC. The information was collected between 2010 and 2016.

Please note: NCAD’s mission is to prepare students for employment in the fields for which they study. The College advises all prospective students that the courses and credits reflected on their transcript may or may not be accepted by a receiving institution.

Students should inquire with the specific receiving institution about the transferability of NCAD credits.

Cost of Attendance by Degree Program

This section lists the average total cost a student would incur to complete a program within the normal length of time indicated by the College, including tuition*, fees, books, supplies, and additional living expenses.

BFA in Visual Communication: $99,093 for undergraduate students who begin in Fall
2011 (using 18% inflation rate for total length of program cost).

This value was determined using the multi-year calculator available on U.S. Department of Education College web site, College Affordability and Transparency Center. The site also includes a variety of other data about individual schools, including information on admissions, retention and graduation rates, and financial aid.

This section lists the median loan debt among graduating seniors separated by federal student loans, institutional financing, and private educational loans. NCAD lists this information as an average of all students who received aid for a given year rather than by individual program:

• Grad Year: 2013
• Title IV: $45,157
• Private Loans: $10,468
• Institutional Financing Plans: N/A

Additional Financial Information related to cost of attendance is available about NCAD on the U.S. Department of Education web site, College Navigator.