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 Media
Fashion Studies
Furniture Design
Graphic Design
Industrial Design
Interior Design
Medical Illustration
Metals/Jewelry Design
Sculpture and Functional Art

Master of Art Education
Master of Fine Arts (Drawing, Painting, Photography, Printmaking)
Master of Architecture
Master of Arts in Visual and Critical Studies
Master of Arts in Design
Graduate Certificate in Design and Innovation Management

Faculty - Fall 2016

Full-time: 64 (3 currently on sabbatical)
Part-time: 119
Student/faculty ratio – 10:1


Total: 92


Fall 2016 Enrollment - 1,214
70% female, 30% male
71% full-time, 29% part-time
94% from Michigan
6% from 17 states and 6 countries

Ethnic Background

76% White (Non-Hispanic)
7% Hispanic
6% Asian
4% Multiracial
4% Black or African American
2% Unknown ethnicity
<1% Native American
<1% Hawaiian

GPA information

Average GPA of Incoming Freshmen (FTIAC) – 3.24
Average ACT of Incoming Freshmen (FTIAC) – 22

Retention Rate - Fall 2015 to Spring 2016

First Time-Full Time Students - 80%

2016-2017 Estimated Cost of Education

  Undergraduate Graduate
Tuition and Fees $19,104 $22,544
Room and Board $8,358 $8,358
Personal Expenses, Books, Supplies, Travel $2,766 $2,886
Total $30,228 $33,788

Financial Aid
86% 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 Candidacy status for accreditation by:

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

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