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Thank you for beginning your application to the Cleveland Institute of Art (CIA)! You may apply using this application exclusively for CIA, or through the Common Application, an external application that allows you to apply to many schools, including CIA.

We 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.

Your completed application will also include a personal statement, transcript(s), portfolio and more. 

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?
 
Freshman 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 admissions@cia.edu or 216.421.7418.

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