California Institute of the Arts

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24700 McBean Parkway

Valencia, CA 91355

Phone: (661) 255-1050
2013-2014 Tuition
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Jan. 5
application deadline

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California Institute of the Arts is a private institution that was founded in 1961. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 938, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 60 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Its tuition and fees are $40,552 (2013-14).

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

California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) is a complex of 6 professional schools-Art, Critical Studies, Dance, Film/Video, Music and Theater-conceived as a community of artists. The Institute is a training ground, a professional center and laboratory of the arts. Interaction among the arts is a fundamental premise of the Institute, and the several schools have developed numerous special programs that cross traditional lines. The faculty members are all working artists and eminent educators and provide students with relevant professional training. The Institute consists of studios, workshops, theaters, galleries, editing rooms, sound stages, electronic music and recording studios, computer art and animation labs and performance spaces. Certain facilities, such as the Walt Disney Modular Theater, are among the most remarkable anywhere. CalArts does not require entrance examinations, except for the TOEFL or IELTS, which are required of applicants whose native language is not English. For first-time college students, an official copy of the US equivalent of a secondary school graduation certificate must be submitted. Living on campus provides students with an opportunity to become fully acquainted with the campus and its resources, as well as fellow students. CalArts 60-acre residential campus is located in the Los Angeles Suburb of Santa Clarita. The campus is north of Los Angeles, adjacent to Interstate 5 on McBean Parkway and 40 miles from Los Angeles International Airport, and 21 miles from Burbank International Airport. Preferred transportation from the airports are either rental cars or private shuttle service.

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School type private, coed college
Year founded 1961
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $113,190,033


When applying to California Institute of the Arts, it's important to note the application deadline is January 5. The application fee at California Institute of the Arts is $70. It has an an acceptance rate of 30.5 percent.

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Selectivity N/A
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 30.5%
Application deadline January 5
SAT/ACT scores must be received by N/A

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at California Institute of the Arts is 7:1, and the school has 79.9 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 84.3 percent.

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Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 7:1
4-year graduation rate 59%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
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Student Life

California Institute of the Arts has a total undergraduate enrollment of 938, with a gender distribution of 47.1 percent male students and 52.9 percent female students. At this school, 40 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 80 percent of students live off campus.

Total enrollment 1,429
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 Institute of the Arts offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, health service, and health insurance. California Institute of the Arts also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at California Institute of the Arts.

Students who have cars on campus N/A
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At California Institute of the Arts, 71.5 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $16,244.

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Tuition and fees $40,552 (2013-14)
Room and board $10,188 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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