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KCAD Fast Facts

Fast Facts.

Mission Statement

As a college within Ferris State University, Kendall College of Art and Design prepares students for leadership in the visual arts, design, art history, and art education; provides innovative, collaborative education that fosters intellectual growth and individual creativity; and promotes the ethical and civic responsibilities of artists and designers, locally and globally.

Location: Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

Founded: 1928

Programs of Study

Undergraduate – BFA and BS*
Art Education
Art History*
Collaborative Design
Digital Art and Design
Fashion Studies
Furniture Design
Graphic Design
Industrial Design
Interior Design
Medical Illustration
Metals and Jewelry Design
Sculpture and Functional Art

Master of Architecture
Master of Art Education
Master of Arts in Design
Master of Arts or Certificate in Visual and Critical Studies
Master of Fine Arts in Drawing
Master of Fine Arts in Painting
Master of Fine Arts in Photography
Master of Fine Arts in Printmaking
Certificate in Design and Innovation Management*
*Offered at KCAD through Ferris State University's College of Business

Faculty - Fall 2018

Full-time: 50
Part-time: 86
Student/faculty ratio – 10:1


Total: 63
Full-time: 55
Part-time: 8


Fall 2018 Enrollment - 1,011
70% female, 30% male
75% full-time, 25% part-time
95% from Michigan
5% from 14 states and 7 countries

Ethnic Background

76% White (Non-Hispanic)
7% Hispanic
3% Asian
5% Multiracial
3% Black or African American
2% Unknown ethnicity
<1% Native American
<1% Hawaiian
3% International

GPA information

Average GPA of Incoming Freshmen (FTIAC) – 3.27
Average ACT of Incoming Freshmen (FTIAC) – 22

Retention Rate - Fall 2017 to Fall 2018

First Time-Full Time Students - 82%

2018-2019 Estimated Cost of Education

  Undergraduate Graduate
Tuition and Fees $20,060 $24,932
Room and Board $8,526 $8,526
Personal Expenses, Books, Supplies, Travel $2,160 $2,160
Total $30,746 $35,618

Financial Aid
87% of degree seeking KCAD students receive some form of institutional or Federal financial assistance.

Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University is accredited by:

The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1413, 800-621-7440

The National Association of Schools of Art and Design, 11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21, Reston, VA, 22090, 703-437-0700

The Council for Interior Design Accreditation, 206 Grandville SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503-2822, 616-458-0400

Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University has been granted initial accreditation by:

The National Architectural Accrediting Board, 1101 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite 410, Washington DC 20036, 202-783-2007