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California College of the Arts Overview

Located in San Francisco, California, California College of the Arts is a private not-for-profit institution. The location of the school is great for students who enjoy the amenities of city life.

What Is California College of the Arts Known For?

294 Undergraduate Awards
$53,954 Avg Cost After Aid
64% Acceptance Rate
  • The student loan default rate at California College of the Arts is 3%, which is significantly lower than the national rate of 10.1%. That's great news for students who are worrying about paying off their student loans.
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the master's degree is the highest award a student can attain at California College of the Arts.
  • In 2017-2018, 21% of the faculty were full-time.

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California College of the Arts Rankings

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at California College of the Arts.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#20 Most Popular Graphic Communications Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#26 Most Popular Communications Technologies & Support Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#27 Most Popular Design & Applied Arts Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#99 Most Popular Fine & Studio Arts Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#100 Most Popular Visual & Performing Arts Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards California College of the Arts has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#6 Best Colleges for Design & Applied Arts College Factual
#6 Best Design & Applied Arts Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#6 Highest Paid Architecture & Related Services Graduates College Factual
#7 Highest Paid General Architecture Graduates College Factual
#18 Best Colleges for Visual & Performing Arts College Factual
#33 Best Visual & Performing Arts Colleges for Veterans College Factual

Where Is California College of the Arts?

Location of California College of the Arts

Contact details for California College of the Arts are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1111 Eighth Street, San Francisco, CA 94107-2247
Phone: 510-594-3600
Website: www.cca.edu
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/CaliforniaCollegeoftheArts
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/CACollegeofArts

How Do I Get Into California College of the Arts?

You can apply to California College of the Arts online at: www.cca.edu/admissions/apply

Admission Requirements for California College of the Arts

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank neither required nor recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program recommended
Recommendations required
SAT or ACT Scores neither required nor recommended
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into California College of the Arts?

64% Acceptance Rate
70% Of Accepted Are Women
With an acceptance rate of 64%, California College of the Arts does not let just anybody through their doors! Make sure you spend enough time polishing up your application so you will make a great impression.

Approximately 30% of accepted students are men and 70% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 59%, and the acceptance rate for women is 66%.

Can I Afford California College of the Arts?

$53,954 Net Price
58% Take Out Loans
2.9% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of California College of the Arts is $53,954. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At California College of the Arts, approximately 58% of students took out student loans averaging $10,288 a year. That adds up to $41,152 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at California College of the Arts is 2.9%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

California College of the Arts Undergraduate Student Diversity

1,401 Full-Time Undergraduates
64% Women
36% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 1,466 undergraduate students at California College of the Arts, with 1,401 being full-time and 65 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  California College of the Arts

There are also 394 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 1,401 full-time undergraduates at California College of the Arts, 36% are male and 64% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  California College of the Arts

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of California College of the Arts students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of California College of the Arts Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 205
Black or African American 58
Hispanic or Latino 197
White 268
International Students 606
Other Races/Ethnicities 67

Geographic Diversity

California students aren't the only ones who study at California College of the Arts. At this time, 25 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 67 countries are represented at California College of the Arts. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, India, and South Korea.

Online Learning at California College of the Arts

25 Took All Classes Online
25 Took At Least One Class Online
5.6% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 25 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at California College of the Arts has changed over the last few years.

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Online Growth Rankings of California College of the Arts

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at California College of the Arts was 5.6%. This is the #1,627 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at California College of the Arts regardless of major.

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

California College of the Arts Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Master’s TOTAL
Design & Applied Arts 141 42 183
Fine & Studio Arts 61 20 81
Graphic Communications 44 8 52
Business Administration & Management 0 50 50
Human Computer Interaction 17 31 48
General Architecture 14 26 40
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 12 5 17
Writing Studies 4 7 11
Woodworking 1 0 1
Museum Studies 0 0 0
Other Visual Art 0 0 0
TOTAL 294 189 483

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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