Quick Facts

  • General Facts
  • Southwest University of Visual Arts (SUVA) is a coeducational undergraduate and graduate institution empowered to confer academic degrees by the States of Arizona and New Mexico. SUVA is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. SUVA is a Private, Not For Profit Art & Design University with 8 undergraduate degree programs and a MFA graduate degree with emphasis in Painting & Illustration, Photography, Motion Arts and Graphic Design. This general information is for Academic year 2016-2017 unless otherwise noted.

    The B.A. in Interior Design at the Albuquerque campus is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation.

  • SUVA has locations in Tucson, Arizona & Albuquerque, New Mexico. These cities are considered as large cities. Neither campus has campus housing.The population in 2014 of Tucson was listed at 526,000 and the population of Albuquerque in 2014 was 558,000.

  • General Campus Information
  • The enrollment of undergraduates in Albuquerque - 85/ Tucson - 182 and undergraduate transfer-in enrollment - 8. In 2016 there were 9 students enrolled in the MFA program.

    The Special Learning Opportunities at SUVA are ROTC (Army) and weekend/evening classes.

    Student Services has Academic/career conseling services, Employment service for SUVA students, and Graduate employment assistance, please refer to catalog.

    Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other Federal Aid (e.g. Direct Loans).

    The amount of undergraduate students enrolled who are formally registered with The Office of Disability Services is 3% or less.

  • Undergraduate & Graduate Degree Programs at Southwest University of Visual Arts
  • Bachelor of Arts in Landscape Architecture
    Bachelor of Arts in Advertising & Marketing
    Bachelor of Arts in Animation
    Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design
    Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design
    Bachelor of Arts in Illustration
    Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography
    Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art Master of Fine Arts in Studio Arts with emphasis in Photography, or Graphic Design, or Painting & Illustration, or Motion Arts

  • Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity Percentages
    African American
    Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
    American Indian or Alaskan Native


  • Male/Female Ratio

    The ratio changes each year but the average is 54% Male to 46% Female.

  • Undergraduate Attendance Status

    Undergraduate attendance status chart

    Graduate Attendance Status - 100% Full-Time

  • First-to-Second Year Retention Rates
    Retention Rates for First-Time Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees

    First year to second year retention rates

    Percentage of students who began their studies in Fall 2016 and returned in Fall 2017.

  • Overall Graduation & Transfer-out Rates Who Began in Fall 2011

    Overall graduation and transfer-out rates

    Percentage of full-time students who graduated or transferred out within 150% of “normal time” to completion of their program.

    (*) Not all institutions report transfer-out rates.

  • Tuition and Fees Information

The average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year 2016-2017 were $22,944 in tuition and $125 in fees. We offer a tuition guarantee plan and a tuition payment plan.

Information About Undergraduate Student Financial Aid in the years 2016-2017
These percentages are about full-time beginning undergraduate students who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.

Type of Aid

Percent receiving aid


Type of Aid percent receiving aid by campus

Any student financial aid* 85%/97%  
Grant or scholarship aid 73%/97%  
Federal grants 23%/97%  
Pell grants 73%/97%  
Other Federal grants 0%/0%  
State/local government grant or scholarships 6%/1%  
Institutional grants or scholarships 15%/67%  
Student loan aid 85%/97%  
Federal student loans 85%/97%  
Other student loans 0%0%  
*Includes students receiving Federal work study aid and aid from other sources not listed above.

These percentages are for all undergraduate students.

Type of Aid

Percent receiving aid


Type of aid for all Undergraduate students

Grant or scholarship aid* 64%/58%  
Pell grants 57%/58%  
Federal student loans 78%74%  

Grant or scholarship aid includes aid received, from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.