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Sessions College At A Glance

Consumer Information

When you’re applying to college, you need to understand the big picture. First find a program that’s right for you, then ask about outcomes. What is the student profile? How do graduation rates compare to other schools? Are graduates satisfied and do they find the creative employment they seek?

This page is our guide to consumer information based on our DEAC Annual Report and IPEDs surveys.

Student Profile

Sessions College attracts a diverse audience of nontraditional students from all over the world. Our students range in age from 20 to 62, with a median age of 30. 68% of our students are women. 33% of our students identify as minorities. More than 50% of our students are employed part or full time time during their programs.

Academic Programs

We offer a wide range of Degree and Vocational programs in Graphic Design, Web Design, Digital Media, Illustration, Digital Photography, and more.

Degree Programs

Bachelor's Degree
The 120-credit Bachelor’s of Fine Arts (BFA) Degree is our premier program.

Associate Degree
The 72-credit Associate of Occupational Studies (AOS) program is available in the following majors. Part-time schedules and financial aid are available for eligible students.

Vocational Programs

Professional Certificate

Vocational Certificate programs provide flexible, instructor led programs completed in 9-12 months. The following affordable programs are available with classes starting each month.

Advanced Certificate

A range of Advanced Certificate programs offer additional customized study options.

Enrollment Data

Annual Enrollment


Degree Programs


Vocational Programs


International Students

Founded in 1997, we’ve enrolled students from every state and territory in the United States and graduated students from more than 90 countries around the world.

In 2019, we worked with students from Germany, Colombia, Canada, China, France, Norway, Cayman Islands, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Spain, Morocco, South Korea, Iceland, Macau, Switzerland, Ethiopia, Bermuda, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, and the Bahamas.

Graduation Rates

Our faculty and advisors are focused on helping students succeed. Based on NCES data, our graduation rates greatly exceed than the national average graduation rate of 33% for students attending 2-year colleges (see NCES data.)

Our current official NCES graduation rate for degree level programs is 60%, based on first-time, full-time students graduating with 150% (see College Navigator). Additionally, the College Scorecard site, which evaluates the graduation rate for degree level programs over a longer period, calculates our graduation rate as 77%.


Associate Degree and Undergraduate Certificate 60%
National Average for two-year colleges 33%

Source: College Navigator, first-time, full-time students

Associate Degree 46.4%
Undergraduate Certificate 49.2%
Professional Certificate 51.9%
Advanced Certificate 47.1%

Source: 2019 DEAC Annual Report, all students

Graduate Employment

We don’t offer job placement services, but our graduates report a high rate of success in advancing their careers and getting a creative job—at rates that compare favorably with traditional schools.

Employed In Field
Associate Degree 80% 60%
Undergraduate Certificate 80% 33%
Professional Certificate 73% 48%
Advanced Certificate 87% 62%

Source: 2019 Graduate Employment Survey

Job Titles

In 2019, our graduates reported employment in the following positions: Graphic Designer, Photographer, Website Designer, Design Business Owner, Marketing Manager, Videographer, Freelance artist, Video Editor, Museum Exhibit Specialist, SEO Content Writer, Promotions Manager.

Student Satisfaction

We want our students to succeed, and so we strive for excellence in our teaching and customer service. Our goal is consistently high student satisfaction. View graduate testimonials.

  Achieved My Goals Recommend to a Friend Overall Satisfaction
Associate Degree 94.8% 97.4% 97.4%
Undergraduate Certificate 91.1% 93.7% 92.4%
Professional Certificate 97.4% 94.7% 81.6%
Advanced Certificate 100.0% 100.0% 66.7%

Source: 2019 DEAC Annual Report.

Methodology Statement
  • Student Profile data based on DEAC 2019 Annual Report.
  • Graduation rates based on DEAC 2019 Annual Report with 150% completion.
  • Cohorts: Associate Degree – August 1, 2015, July 31, 2016; Undergraduate Certificate -August 1, 2017-July 31, 2018; Professional and Advanced Certificate – April 1, 2018-March 31, 2019.
  • Employment rates data based on third party verified employment data, using the same cohorts as graduation rates.
  • Satisfaction rates based on course completion surveys, 2019 DEAC Annual Report.
  • Job title data based on third party verified employment data for 2019.
  • For more information on national college graduation rates for 2-year colleges, visit the NCES site.
  • For more information on the percentage of adult learners in U.S. higher education visit the AASCU site.