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Hi There, and Welcome to MOORE!

We’re the first and only women’s visual arts college in the U.S. and are situated at the heart of Philadelphia, PA’s world-renowned museum district. Our locale puts you at the center of this city’s arts and culture scene while inspiring your own artwork and informing your academic pursuits. According to The Economist magazine’s study “The value of University: Our first-ever college rankings,” Moore College of Art & Design:

  • Ranks #1 in Pennsylvania in overall performance for adding value among art and design colleges and universities
  • Ranks #3 in the U. S. among art and design colleges and universities in overall performance for adding value
  • Ranked 83 nationwide among the 1275 higher education institutions included in the study
  • 100% of students receive scholarships. Learn more about our esteemed Visionary Woman Honors Program and scholarship opportunities.

Moore College of Art & Design is a community that is committed to providing personalized attention in a friendly learning environment where every student is a valued member of our community. Students are free to explore their creativity while pursuing a comprehensive academic program in a beautiful, inspiring campus setting. At Moore, everyone is empowered to work hard and discover their own creative voice. Learn what student life could look like for you as a Moore student. We are the only art and design college in the U.S. that guarantees paid internships for all students in all majors. We are dedicated to preparing students for inspiring careers in art and design. Moore’s strong network of accomplished alumnae and dedicated staff are ready to inspire and support you while you pursue your passions and achieve your goals. 

Come see for yourself! There are lots of opportunities to visit campus that includes open houses, daily campus tours, portfolio prep workshops, lunch visits, class visits, overnight visits and Moore Student for a Day. Tell us what you want to see and we’ll customize your time on campus. Moore is a unique place and we hope that you are ready to become part of our community of artists, designers, teachers, dreamers, doers and makers.


Founded in 1848 under the mission to expand women’s access to higher education, Moore College of Art & Design offers a women’s college experience. Undergraduate admission is open to otherwise qualified applicants: (i) assigned female at birth; or (ii) who self-identify as women, trans women, non-binary, or gender nonconforming individuals, at the time of application. This policy will apply to applicants to be considered for enrollment for the 2021-22 academic year and beyond.
—Adopted by Moore's Board of Trustees & Managers, May 5, 2020