Closure of Art Institute of Philadelphia looming — where will students go?

Local colleges are offering to help out with the transition.

Mike DeNardo
July 30, 2018 - 8:25 pm
Diane Kae

Mike DeNardo | KYW Newsradio


PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Students at the soon-to-close Art Institute of Philadelphia are deciding where they'll study this fall — and some area schools are offering to fill the void.

With the Art Institute of Philadelphia shutting its doors at the end of August, more than 1,000 students have to decide what to do next, whether it's transferring to a remaining Art Institute campus in Pittsburgh or Virginia Beach, or continuing studies online.  

The Community College of Philadelphia will host an Express Enrollment Day on Wednesday to provide information to interested students.

"We've made a point of inviting the Art Institute students to that," said Diane Kae, manager for student outreach and recruitment, "so that if they are interested in attending the college, certainly we can provide information."

The college can also expedite the process of getting students' transcripts reviewed to see which credits will transfer over.

"We can get students from the point of they haven't even applied to the college, and at the end of the day they walk out and they're an enrolled student," she said.

Additionally, Harcum College in Bryn Mawr is offering $5,000 scholarships to Art Institute students who transfer.