California College of the Arts
San Francisco, CA 94107-2247


Type 4 year
Control Private
Business model Not for Profit
Campus size Small
Campus locale City
Degrees offered Undergrad & Graduate
Calendar system Semester
Total enrollment 1,983
Religious affiliation None
Students with disability 4%
Student to faculty ratio 11:1
Campus housing
Dormitory capacity 515 students
Freshmen are required
to live on campus
Types of Programs Offered
Postbaccalaureate Recreational or avocational education
Adult basic remedial or high school equivalent
High school education
Medical Degree
Special Learning Opportunities
Weekend/evening classes
Study abroad
Teacher certification
ROTC - Army
ROTC - Navy
ROTC - Air Force
Student Services Offered
On-campus day care for students' children
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling services
Employment services for students
Placement services for graduates


Acceptance Rate
(Fall 2016)

California College of the Arts is somewhat selective in its admission process. In Fall 2016, it received 2,361 applications and 1,531 students were granted admission. California College of the Arts is at the #63 spot (in a scale of 1 to 100) in terms of admission difficulty out of 1,781 4 year colleges in the U.S.

Test Scores

Students admitted and enrolled in Fall 2016 have test scores in the following ranges.

Application Fee

Undergrad students
Graduate students
Learn more about admission requirments

Tuition & Fees

In 2016-2017 academic year, California College of the Arts's tuition was $44,976 for all students regardless of residency (67.9% more expensive than the national average tuition of a typical 4-year private institution)

Follow the link below to learn more about additional cost components such as books and supplies, room and board and other expenses.

Average Net Price
National Average = $22,127
In State Tuition
National Average = $26,792
Out of State Tuition
National Average = $26,792
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Financial Aid

In 2016-2017 academic year, 82% of California College of the Arts's full-time freshman students were awarded some type of financial aid. 30% of the students received need based financial assistance from the federal government with an average amount of $4,497 (which is 2.2% above the national average.)

The total number of federal student loan recipients at California College of the Arts in 2016-2017, was 100, which is 41% of the total eligible students. The average loan amount given out to these students was $5,852 (which is 0.7% below the national average.)

Pell Grant
National Average = $4,400
Federal Loan
National Average = $5,895
Financial aid
National Average = 92%
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Student Body

In Fall 2016, California College of the Arts has enrolled a total of 1,983 students (1,874 students full-time and 109 on a part-time basis). Out of the total 1,983 students, 146 of those students were transfer students. The gender ratio of the new enrollee was 36% men and 64% women and 1,528 students were enrolled for undergraduate programs and 455 for graduates studies.

The institution also enrolled 18 students for distance studies.

Total Enrollment

Student Diversity

Non-resident alien: 35%

White: 25%

Asian: 15%

Hispanic: 12%

Race/ethnicity unknown: 6%

Black/African American: 5%

Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander: 1%

Two or more races: 0%


Listed below are the 5 largest majors offered at California College of the Arts.

Study areas with their online column set to zero are those programs that have an online option but there was no graduate in 2016-2017 academic year.
Study Areas Percent Total Graduates Online
Visual And Performing Arts 58% 803
Architecture And Related Services 8% 118
Communications Technologies/technicians And Support Services 6% 89
English Language And Literature/letters 4% 61
Precision Production 1% 20

Graduation & Dropout Rates

Graduation rate
national average: 55%

Graduation rate is a key indicator of an institution's education quality and the level of academic and financial support provided to students.

The following section details graduation and dropout rates of California College of the Arts full-time students who started class in 2010 and graduated or dropped out prior to August 31, 2016.

Still enrolled
Dropout rate
Transfered out

The above graduation rate is the percentage of students who graduated within 150% of the normal graduation time. For a 4 year degree program, 150% of 4 years is 6 years and for a 2-year program 150% is 3 years.

Earnings After College

Median Annual Income
national average: $33,604

The typical median income of California College of the Arts graduates 6 years after enrollment is $27,900. Last year, out of the total 509 graduates who entered the institution 6 years ago, 443 were reported to have been employed. On the same note, out of 551 graduates, who enrolled 10 years ago, 446 were employed.

6 years after enrollment 10 years after enrollment
Annual Income $27,900 $34,500
Employment Rate 87% 81%
Total Graduates 509 551

Campus Location

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