California College of the Arts

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1111 Eighth Street

San Francisco, CA 94107

Phone: (415) 703-9500
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California College of the Arts is a private institution that was founded in 1907. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,465, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 4 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Its tuition and fees are $40,334 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

California College of the Arts is located in the San Francisco Bay Area, home to world-class museums, galleries, theaters, film festivals, and performance spaces. Founded in 1907, the school has two campuses, one in San Francisco and one in Oakland, and offers 20 undergraduate and seven graduate programs in the areas of fine arts, architecture, design, and writing. The college offers bachelor of architecture, bachelor of arts, bachelor of fine arts, master of architecture, master of arts, master of business administration, and master of fine arts degrees. More than 1,800 full-time students are currently enrolled. At CCA, students make art that makes a difference. They develop their individual voices and styles as part of a dynamic conversation that engages global currents of thought and practice. Their work is informed by a multidisciplinary context in which crossing boundaries is encouraged and celebrated. The faculty, a diverse group of nationally and internationally known artists, architects, designers, and writers who are active in their respective fields, support students in their explorations while challenging them to take risks, clarify and deepen their processes of inquiry, and refine their techniques. Visiting artists and scholars bring fresh perspectives through stimulating lectures and studio visits. Noted alumni include the painters Nathan Oliveira and Raymond Saunders; the ceramicists Robert Arneson, Viola Frey, and Peter Voulkos; the filmmaker Wayne Wang; the conceptual artists David Ireland and Dennis Oppenheim; and the designers Lucille Tenazas and Michael Vanderbyl. For more information about the college, visit

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School type private, coed college
Year founded 1907
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting city
2012 Endowment $28,621,000


When applying to California College of the Arts, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 1. The application fee at California College of the Arts is $60. It has an an acceptance rate of 90.4 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity N/A
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 90.4%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by August 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at California College of the Arts is 10:1, and the school has 92.1 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at California College of the Arts include: Graphic Design; Illustration; Photography; Architecture; and Painting. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 76 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 10:1
4-year graduation rate 28%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Graphic Design 12%
Illustration 12%
Photography 10%
Architecture 9%
Painting 9%

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Student Life

California College of the Arts has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,465, with a gender distribution of 39.1 percent male students and 60.9 percent female students. At this school, 20 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 80 percent of students live off campus.

Total enrollment 1,932
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity N/A
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority N/A
Collegiate athletic association N/A

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Campus Info & Services

California College of the Arts offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, and health insurance. California College of the Arts also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at California College of the Arts.

Students who have cars on campus 0%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At California College of the Arts, 62.3 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $20,474.

Paying for college doesn't have to be difficult or devastating. Go to the Paying for College knowledge center to get advice on raising cash and reducing costs.

Tuition and fees $40,334 (2013-14)
Room and board $8,000 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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