California College of the Arts

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School Overview

California College of the Arts is an elite fine arts and design school with campuses in San Francisco and Oakland. It offers degree programs in photography, fashion design, creative writing, architecture, interior design, graphic design, film, illustration, animation, and other disciplines.

This school has a rolling admissions policy, (a policy where applications are reviewed year-round), but prospective students should apply early.

Since the California College of the Arts is one of the nation’s best art and design schools, tuition rates are high. However, numerous financial aid options are available to qualifying students. Many students qualify for school scholarships in addition to federal loans and Pell grants and other forms of aid.

General Information

Admission Office

1111 Eighth Street

San Francisco, CA 94107-2247

(415) 703-9523

(800) 447-1278

Fax: (415) 703-9539



Contact: Robynne Royster

Director of Undergraduate Admission
Main Address

1111 Eighth Street

San Francisco, CA 94107-2247

(415) 703-9500

www.cca.edu
Size

Total undergrads: 1,355

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 248

Degree-seeking undergrads: 1,336

Graduate enrollment: 357

Setting

Urban setting

Very large city (over 500,000)

Residential campus

Degrees offered:
Bachelor’s
Master’s

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $50

Online application fee: $50

Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 77%

Percent students who return sophomore year: 78%

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Expenses for Academic Year 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
Tuition and fees $29,570 $31,382 $33,254 $35,222 +5.92%
Books and Supplies $1,490 $1,500 $1,500 $1,500 0.00%
Living Arrangement – On Campus
Room and Board $9,250 $9,450 $9,650 $9,850 +2.07%
Other $3,300 $3,450 $3,450 $3,450 0.00%
Living Arrangement – Off Campus
Room and Board $9,350 $9,350 $9,450 $9,450 0.00%
Other $4,010 $4,160 $4,160 $4,160 0.00%
Total Expenses 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
In-state On Campus $43,610 $45,782 $47,854 $50,022 +4.53%
In-state Off Campus $44,420 $46,392 $48,364 $50,332 +4.07%
In-state with Family $31,060 $32,882 $34,754 $36,722 +5.66%
Average Graduate Student Tuition & Fees
Tuition for In-state Students $36,360
In-state Student Fees $350
Tuition for Out-of-state Students $36,360
Out-of-state Fees $350

Financial Aid

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
All students financial aid 220 89%
Grant or scholarship aid 215 87% $3,180,423 $14,793
• Federal grants 64 26% $312,516 $4,883
• Pell grants 62 25% $228,231 $3,681
• Other federal grants 46 19% $84,285 $1,832
State/local government grant or scholarships 24 10% $140,163 $5,840
Institutional grants or scholarships 215 87% $2,727,744 $12,687
Student loan aid 142 57% $916,427 $6,454
• Federal student loans 141 57% $729,334 $5,173
• Other student loans 12 5% $187,093 $15,591

All Degrees and Programs

Program Completions for Most Recent Year BA/BS MA/MS Doctor AA/AS CERT
Total of All Education Programs 255 181
Architecture and Related Services 22 28
Architecture 22 28
Communication and Journalism Programs 4 6
Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia 4 6
Communications Technologies/Technicians and Support Services 4
Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects 4
English Language, Composition and Literature/Letters 9 28
Creative Writing 9 28
Precision Production Trades 3 1
Furniture Design and Manufacturing 3 1
Visual and Performing Arts 213 118
Art History, Criticism and Conservation 13
Ceramic Arts and Ceramics 5 4
Crafts/Craft Design, Folk Art and Artisanry 6
Design and Visual Communications 22
Fashion/Apparel Design 20
Fiber, Textile and Weaving Arts 5 2
Fine and Studio Arts Management 25
Fine/Studio Arts 4 8
Graphic Design 29
Illustration 28
Industrial and Product Design 11
Interior Design 15
Intermedia/Multimedia 14
Metal and Jewelry Arts 9
Painting 28 25
Photography 19 5
Printmaking 13 5
Sculpture 7 9

Above data represent first majors only.

(-) Indicates that program is not offered at this award level.


Undergraduate Majors

Architecture & Related Programs

Architecture B
Interior Architecture B

Arts, Visual & Performing

Art – General B
Ceramics B
Commercial/Advertising Art B
Crafts/Folk Art/Artisanry B
Drawing B
Fashion Design B
Fiber/Textile/Weaving Arts B
Film Production/Cinematography B
Fine/Studio Arts B
Graphic Design B
Illustration B
Industrial Design B
Interior Design B
Metal/Jewelry Arts B
Painting B
Photography B
Printmaking B
Sculpture B

English Language & Literature

Creative Writing B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

California College of the Arts Highlights

School Information

Phone Number:(510) 594-3600
Website:www.cca.edu
Type of School:4-year, Private non-profit
Apply Online:www.cca.edu/admissions/apply
Address:1111 Eighth Street, San Francisco, CA 94107-2247
Setting:Rural: Distant
Campus Housing:Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population:1,983
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's):62%
Student-to-faculty Ratio:11 to 1
Distance Learning Programs:
Distance Learning Students*:1,965 (99% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered:Bachelor's, Master's

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition:$45,466
Out-of-state Tuition:$45,466
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid:82%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded:$21,474

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students

California College of the Arts Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at California College of the Arts.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Architecture and Related Services11
Communications Technologies/Technicians and Support Services11
English Language and Literature/Letters11
Precision Production1
Visual and Performing Arts1187
Grand total12210

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Online Programs & Distance Learning

See the distance education degree programs that are offered at California College of the Arts.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at California College of the Arts and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017
In-state$45,466
Out-of-state$45,466
Books and supplies$1,500

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017
In-state$47,830
Out-of-state$47,830

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2015-2016

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid19782%
Grant or scholarship aid19480%$21,474
Student loan aid10142%$7,782

All Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid1,11373%$20,288
Federal student loans70046%$8,443

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for California College of the Arts. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled California College of the Arts students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2017

TotalMaleFemale
Number of applicants2,3617221,639
Percent admitted100%58%68%
Percent admitted who enrolled11%12%10%

Admissions Considerations

RequiredRecommendedOptional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Recommendations
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

California College of the Arts Enrollment, Fall 2017

Total Enrollment1,983
Undergraduate enrollment1,528
Graduate enrollment455

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

California College of the Arts Accreditation

This institution is accredited by

Specialized institution accreditations:

    *General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. CollegeAtlas.org does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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