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Thank you for beginning your application to the Cleveland Institute of Art (CIA)!

We strongly believe in providing a personal approach to the college application process, and encourage you to contact us early in your college search so we can help you prepare the best possible application. Once your application is submitted, a CIA Admissions Counselor will reach out as your personal contact.

A completed application is much more than an online form - it also includes transcripts, your portfolio, and more. When you're ready to apply, get started here, we will walk you through the process.

You may begin your application now, and return anytime by clicking the 'Save for Later' button.

Are you applying as a freshman student or transfer student?
Freshmen students have not attended college other than possible dual-enrollment while still in high school (College Credit Plus or other post-secondary options).
Transfer students have enrolled at a college or university after high school graduation or equivalent (GED), whether taking general education courses and/or art and design classes.

If you have questions at any time, please contact the Office of Admissions at or 216.421.7418.

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