How does Lyme Academy College compare in price to other art schools?

Here at Lyme Academy College, we work very hard to keep the cost of tuition affordable. You will find that our tuition is competitive with most private art institutions and less than some. Applicants should compare the costs equally: while some institutions may offer larger scholarships, their tuition rates can also be considerably higher. Because we are located in a small town, living expenses are often considerably less and depending on an intuitions size and location, cost of attendance can often vary greatly. When choosing where to study, carefully consider the program’s value and the return on your investment. At Lyme Academy College, where the student to teacher ratio is 3:1, we focus on providing students with a strong foundation to build on, and a lot of individual attention.

What scholarships are available at Lyme Academy College?

The college offers both need- and merit- based scholarships. Roughly 96% of the student body receives some sort of financial aid. Scholarship priority is given to students who haven completed the application process by the suggested deadline for each semester.

All accepted students are automatically considered for scholarship. Merit scholarships are determined through a competitive evaluation of each applicant’s portfolio, transcripts, personal statement and standardized test scores, if applicable.

Contact Contact the Financial Aid Office, for more information regarding scholarships or click here

Financial Aid Office
860.598.5121 or 1-800-DIAL-UNH, ext. 7315
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What can I do to prepare my portfolio for Lyme Academy College?

The Office of Admissions is more than happy to provide students with a preliminary portfolio review to help students with portfolio preparation. Portfolio reviews can be scheduled in person or over the phone with digital images provided. We also offer summer Pre-College Portfolio Development Programs, designed to help high school students build a portfolio. Additionally, we encourage students to consider our Continuing Education/ non- credit courses and workshops.

• Select pieces that are recent and best demonstrate your dedication to your art. Include finished, high-quality works, as well as sketches or class assignments.
• Include examples of artwork completed from direct observation. (Still life, landscape, figure drawing, self-portrait, etc.)
• Submit only original artworks.
• A variety of media is encouraged, including but not limited to, sculpture, painting, drawing, collage, printmaking and animation.
• Figure drawing is strongly encouraged.

Click here for more information about our portfolio requirements.

What housing options are available at Lyme Academy College?
Whether you are looking for a roommate, an apartment or just information about the Old Lyme area, Student Services will work hard to assist you!
On Campus Housing at Southwick Commons: Lyme Academy College offers a housing option for Certificate and BFA students. The newly constructed, fully furnished townhouses are located immediately across the street from the College and include garages. Each townhouse features a kitchen, two bedrooms, two and a half bathrooms, a laundry and a common area. Housing is guaranteed to new students who have deposited by May 1. After the first year, housing is available to students on first come, first served basis and Student Services is readily available to assist students with finding housing in the area.
Off Campus Housing: Boarding opportunities and beach houses are readily available in Old Lyme. While the College does not make arrangements for off-campus housing, the Director of Campus Life maintains a list of available properties and is available to assist you with your search and/ or help you find a roommate.
For more information about housing click here.

Am I allowed to have a car on campus?
Yes, although it is not absolutely necessary, all students are encouraged to have a car at the College, as public transportation options are limited and there is much to see and do in the area! Ample parking is available on campus and at the student housing for no additional costs.

What dining options are available at Lyme Academy College?
The Café at Lyme Academy College provides great home style cooking and is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Offering a variety of soups, sandwiches, wraps, a salad bar and daily lunch specials like pulled pork with cornbread or grilled tilapia, it’s not your standard cafeteria faire!

Please contact Tara Burtis in the Bursar’s Office at 203-932-7216 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for information regarding the campus meal plans as well as options for loading funds onto your student ID card for use in our cafe as well as the art store.

Does Lyme Academy offer “study abroad” opportunities?
AICAD Mobility Exchange Programs: As a member college of the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD), students at Lyme Academy College can participate in the Mobility Exchange Program.  The program provides an opportunity for students to study for one semester at another AICAD institution. The opportunity is available to full-time BFA students in their junior year.
Summer Study Abroad: Thorough relationships with our peer institutions, the College is able to offer exciting summer abroad opportunities. Students may select to spend a semester in Italy at the Siena Art Institute or travel to Auvillar, France, through Yale University’s Summer Session at the Institute for Studio Studies. Other opportunities exist based on students’ individual interests.

What career opportunities are available to art students?
The college is committed to preparing its artists for a vital, creative life and offers a variety of opportunities for students to gain the skills necessary for success.

What academic opportunities does Lyme Academy College offer?
Lyme Academy College’s various academic programs are designed to emphasize a solid, substantial foundation of technical and conceptual skills in the visual arts. To learn more about Lyme Academy College’s degree programs, visit our admissions page or click here.

What are the academic requirements to enroll at Lyme Academy College?  Do you require SAT/ ACT scores? What are your GPA requirements?
There is no minimum GPA requirement or SAT/ ACT requirement. Each student’s application is reviewed as a whole and on an individual basis. Students with insufficient academic grades may be admitted on a conditional basis, or encouraged to pursue Lyme Academy College’s Certificate program. Please visit our “Processes and Policies” section of the website to further review our application requirements or click here.

How safe is Lyme Academy College’s campus?
Lyme Academy College is not only the smallest private art college in the country; it is also one of the few colleges in the country that can boast a 0% percent crime rate! Our location and small size fosters a practice of respect and community among our students. Our facilities offer security during campus hours and students can also sign up for emergency alerts, via text, for closings and delays through Student Services. View our Campus Safety and Security page for more details.

What is student life like at Lyme Academy College?
The studio is the center of your day at Lyme Academy College, but after classes end the campus takes on another life.  With studios open until midnight or beyond, many students work late into the night, creating, collaborating and having fun.
The Office of Student Services coordinates several events throughout the school year, including movie nights, day trips and holiday potlucks. As a member of the College’s Student Organization, students can have a voice in the formation of the experience here and help to shape the college as it grows.
Weekends aren’t just for homework; they’re for hiking in the local hills, walking along our pleasant beaches or just relaxing in one of our quaint coffee shops. For those in need of a little more excitement, Connecticut’s capital city of Hartford and the vibrant college town of New Haven, where Yale University is located, are both less than 45 minutes away. Similarly, New York and Boston are both just two hours by train or car.
For more information about student life click here.

Do I need a laptop computer to study at Lyme Academy College?
A laptop computer is not necessary to study at Lyme Academy College. There are computers in the library that are available for student use, as well as a digital lab. However, we strongly encourage students to purchase laptops to serve their communication needs, creative endeavors, and professional preparation.

As a community of artists, we recommend that students purchase Apple computers, as this will not only allow for seamless integration with the technology on campus, but it will best prepare them for the professional arena that they will enter upon graduation.

For more information about Student Technology click here.