Santa Fe University of Art and Design, Santa Fe

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Santa Fe University of Art and Design is a for-profit, accredited four-year university located in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The university built from the College of Santa Fe which was a Catholic facility founded as St. Michael's College in 1859, and renamed The College of Santa Fe in 1966. After financial difficulties in 2009, the campus was purchased by the City of Santa Fe, the State of New Mexico, and Laureate Education, and reopened with a narrowed focus on the film, theater, and other arts. The school is currently secular, and as of 2017, reports having 950 students. According to the U.S. Department of Education, as of 2017 the overall graduation rate is 22%. The university is scheduled to close in May 2018.
Opened by the De La Salle Christian Brothers in 1859, the school (then known as St. Michael's College) received a charter for higher education in 1874 making it the oldest chartered college in New Mexico. In 1966, the Christian Brothers changed the name of the school to the College of Santa Fe.
In February 2009, the College of Santa Fe declared a state of financial emergency. Attempts to merge with Highlands University faltered due to funding concerns, and the school nearly closed. In September 2009, a public-private partnership that included the City of Santa Fe, the New Mexico State Governor's Office and Laureate Education (a for-profit corporation) purchased the campus, reopening the school as The College of Santa Fe, under different leadership.
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  • I really enjoyed the way the art was presented and the variety. Couldn't spend the time I wanted but will come back someday and spend the day there.  more »
  • If you are looking for a place that embodies what art and design is and how it can both facilitate the entry of the next generation of artists in society and perform a community service of giving art ...  more »

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