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B-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Value
    B
  3. Diversity
    A+
  4. Campus
    D+
  5. Athletics
    NG
  6. Party Scene
    B-
  7. Professors
    B-
  8. Location
    A-
  9. Dorms
    D-
  10. Campus Food
    NG
  11. Student Life
    B
  12. Safety
    B+
California College of the Arts is ...
Private not-for-profit
Athletic Division
Athletic Conference
Address
1111 Eighth Street
San Francisco, CA 94107
Website
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California College of the Arts Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
65%
Application Deadline
SAT Range
ACT Range
19-27
Application Fee
$60
SAT/ACT
Neither required nor recommended
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action

Cost

Net Price
$38,276/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $27,467/ year
  • $30-48k
    $27,625/ year
  • $49-75k
    $29,565/ year
  • $76-110k
    $34,683/ year
  • $110k+
    $45,732/ year
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Academics

Professors
B-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
11:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
79%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.24 responses
48%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.23 responses
30%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.23 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,444Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
12%
Pell Grant
30%
Varsity Athletes
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 14 responses
Report
  • Creative
    64%
  • All extremely different with own opinions
    14%
  • Distant
    7%
  • Driven
    7%
  • Heavily depressed and stressed
    7%
  • Diverse
    0%
  • Nerdy
    0%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
58%
Poll
85%
of students say they don't have Greek life.20 responses
Poll
96%
of students say no one pays attention to varsity sports.27 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 13 responses
Report
  • Intense but Fun
    46%
  • Professors are what make the school worth it.
    23%
  • Expressive
    15%
  • Cool people, crappy environment
    8%
  • Introverted people, artistic environment
    8%
  • Fast-paced
    0%
  • Home away from home
    0%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$34,500/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
60%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
87%
National
83%
75%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.16 responses
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California College of the Arts Reviews

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CCA has an incredible community that invites diversity in order to create an environment where students and faculties are open to freely exchange their ideas and creativity. I found it easy to meet new people and the community was overall very welcoming. Academically, I had minor issues in regarding some programs that fail to provide broader opportunities and options following certain specific major programs but there are professors who aided me significantly through out my first year in college! There aren't any sports or athletics clubs that are offered and unfortunately the school also doesn't offer any gyms for students to access.
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I study an undergraduate in Animation and going into my sophomore year. Although CCA has great teachers from Pixar, the teachers don't really seem to help you unless you ask for help. There are many great resources, and you can definitely learn more than you could ask for in multiple disciplines! Lately, CCA has opened new VR classes for animation and have a new professor who is the author of Force: Dynamic Life Drawings. Individually, you WILL spend a lot of money for his classes, and with a little asking around you'll find what is worth your money. The exchange program offers you to go around anywhere in the States, but you also have the opportunity to go overseas! CCA has a lot of great programs to take you on trips, you get to improve a lot.
I am currently a Junior Animation major at CCA. I enjoy the oakland campus and the students who attend. While some students are competitive and cliquey, overall I think CCA has a supportive community. The only struggle so far is the difference in skill level. I had very little art skills before attending the school. While I have improved tremendously, my work is not quite on the level as most of the other students. This has proven to be a problem when working with groups and during critiques. Even though I still need practice, my work is sometimes looked down on by other students. Maybe if there are more collaborative projects as freshmen, the students can learn to not be as competitive.