Kettering, OH, September 9, 2016 – The School of Advertising Art (SAA) has started the 2016-17 academic year by reaching a new enrollment milestone and appointing new faculty.

SAA’s total enrollment for the 2016-17 academic year has reached 197 students, representing the highest enrollment ever for the nationally recognized graphic design college. This represents enrollment growth of approximately 73% since 2013.

In addition to this enrollment milestone, SAA continues to improve its acceptance criteria with a balance between a formal portfolio review and academic qualifications. SAA’s newest incoming class has an average high school GPA of 3.05, and the acceptance rate continues to be more selective, with the most recent rate at 59%.

Jason Farmer, SAA Vice President of Communications & Advancement stated, “SAA is pleased with the growth we’ve experienced the past several years. However, we are most proud to provide creative individuals with an excellent educational experience that will help prepare them for leadership positions in marketing and advertising fields.”

To accommodate the growth in enrollment, SAA has hired the following new faculty and staff members:

  • Molly Baker – Adjunct Marketing Instructor
  • Natalie Hulla – Adjunct English Instructor
  • Susan Jauss – Web Design Instructor
  • Kenzie Phillips – Adjunct Graphic Design Instructor
  • Doug Toles – Graphic Design Instructor
  • Elise Weimer – Recruitment Specialist

“SAA is extremely proud of our ability to add team members who are experts in their field. Their experience ranges from higher education administration to the development of marketing campaigns for a Fortune 100 company to freelance consulting, which provides significant insight and value to our students.” added Jessica Barry, SAA President.