KCAD Fast Facts

Fast Facts.

General Information

Located in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids, Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University (KCAD) is committed to creating lasting impact in West Michigan and beyond through collaborative partnerships, cultural innovation, and an educational model that develops the talent of individuals into a force for intellectual growth, individual creativity, and community engagement.

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
Graduate Certificate in Design and Innovation Management


Full-time: 65
Part-time: 133
Student/faculty ratio – 14:1 or better


Total: 88


Fall 2015 Enrollment - 1,328
30% male
70% female
69% full-time
31% part-time
93% from Michigan
7% from 23 states and 10 countries

Ethnic Background

77% White (Non-Hispanic)
2% Race/ethnicity unknown
7% Hispanic
4% Two or more races
3% Black or African American
7% Asian
<1% American Indian or Alaska native
<1% Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

GPA information

Average GPA of Incoming Freshmen – 3.23
Average ACT of Incoming Freshmen – 21

Retention Rates

First to Second Year Retention = 85% (First-time Full-time)
National Average/All Private = 69.9%
All Colleges = 67.6%

Graduation Rates

Average Graduation Rate - 59%
National Average/All Private= 50.6%
All Colleges = 45.5%

2015-2016 Estimated Cost of Education

  Undergraduate Graduate
Tuition and Fees $18,570 $19,790
Room and Board $8,358 $8,358
Personal Expenses, Books, Supplies, Travel $2,770 $2,884
Total $29,698 $31,032

Financial Aid
95% of all KCAD students receive some form of institutional or Federal financial assistance.

The Higher Learning Commission
National Association of Schools of Art and Design
Council for Interior Design

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