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Laguna College of Art and Design Overview

Laguna College of Art and Design is a private not-for-profit institution located in Laguna Beach, California. The rural area surrounding LCAD is great for students who love a peaceful atmosphere.

What Is Laguna College of Art and Design Known For?

142 Undergraduate Awards
$44,156 Avg Cost After Aid
83% Acceptance Rate
  • The 4% student loan default rate at LCAD is better than the national rate of 10.1%. That's a good sign that you may be able to pay off student loans easier than your peers at other schools can.
  • The highest award offered at LCAD is the master's degree.
  • In 2019-2020, 21% of the faculty were full-time.
  • Students who graduate from LCAD with a bachelor's degree make about $46,602 a year. That's 14% more than those who graduate from other schools.

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Laguna College of Art and Design 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 LCAD.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#50 Most Popular Design & Applied Arts Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Where Is Laguna College of Art and Design?


Contact details for LCAD are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 2222 Laguna Canyon Rd, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Phone: 949-376-6000
Twitter: @lcad

Admission Requirements for LCAD

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

How Hard Is It To Get Into LCAD?

83% Acceptance Rate
79% Of Accepted Are Women
With an acceptance rate of 83%, LCAD may not be as selective as some schools, but you should not take admittance for granted. Be sure to submit the best application you can.

Approximately 21% of accepted students are men and 79% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 76%, and the acceptance rate for women is 85%.

Can I Afford Laguna College of Art and Design?

$44,156 Net Price
49% Take Out Loans
4.0% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of LCAD is $44,156. 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 LCAD, approximately 49% of students took out student loans averaging $7,433 a year. That adds up to $29,732 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at LCAD is 4.0%. 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.

Laguna College of Art and Design Undergraduate Student Diversity

635 Full-Time Undergraduates
73% Women
48% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 732 undergraduate students at LCAD, with 635 being full-time and 97 being part-time.


There are also 50 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 635 full-time undergraduates at LCAD, 27% are male and 73% are female.


Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Laguna College of Art and Design students is as follows.

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 98
Black or African American 14
Hispanic or Latino 135
White 303
International Students 27
Other Races/Ethnicities 58

Geographic Diversity

California students aren't the only ones who study at Laguna College of Art and Design. At this time, 14 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Online Learning at Laguna College of Art and Design

782 Took All Classes Online
782 Took At Least One Class Online
19,525.0% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2019-2020, 782 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at LCAD has changed over the last few years.


Online Affordability Rankings of LCAD

During the most recent year for which we have data, the full-time undergraduate tuition at Laguna College of Art and Design was $32,600 for both in-state and out-of-state students. The following table shows how LCAD is ranked for affordability for both in-state and out-of-state students among colleges and universities that are not mostly online.

Major Tuition for In-State Students Tuition for Out-of-State Students
Design & Applied Arts #13 #13
Visual & Performing Arts #70 #61

Online Growth Rankings of LCAD

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Laguna College of Art and Design was 19,525.0%. This is the #23 largest growth rate of all schools that are mostly online. This refers to all students at LCAD 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%.

Laguna College of Art and Design Undergraduate Concentrations

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

Major Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s TOTAL
Design & Applied Arts 94 0 6 100
Fine & Studio Arts 23 1 11 35
Graphic Communications 25 0 0 25
Writing Studies 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 142 1 17 160


*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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