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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
    C+
  12. Safety
    B
CCA is a private college located in San Francisco, California. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 1,409 undergraduate students. Admissions is somewhat competitive as the CCA acceptance rate is 64%. Popular majors include Illustration, Graphic Design, and Industrial and Product Design. Graduating 61% of students, CCA alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $29,400.
About California College of the Arts...
Athletic Division
Athletic Conference
Address
1111 Eighth Street
San Francisco, CA 94107
Website

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
64%
Application Deadline
SAT Range
ACT Range
19-27
Application Fee
$70
SAT/ACT
Neither required nor recommended
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action

Cost

Net Price
$39,075/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$22,812/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
77%

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.29 responses
28%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.29 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,409Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
77
Undergrads Over 25
12%
Pell Grant
24%
Varsity Athletes
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 20 responses
Report
  • Creative
    50%
  • All extremely different with own opinions
    10%
  • Heavily depressed and stressed
    10%
  • Distant
    5%
  • Diverse
    5%
  • Driven
    5%
  • Nerdy
    5%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
86%
Poll
88%
of students say they don't have Greek life.26 responses
Poll
97%
of students say no one pays attention to varsity sports.33 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 19 responses
Report
  • Intense but Fun
    32%
  • Professors are what make the school worth it.
    26%
  • Expressive
    16%
  • Introverted people, artistic environment
    16%
  • Cool people, crappy environment
    5%
  • Home away from home
    5%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$37,200/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
61%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
86%
National
83%
75%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.16 responses
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While no art school is perfect, CCA has an awesome community that I am glad to be part of. I'm an animation major and the community of artists are very tight-knit. Alumni are very supportive and many return to give events and advice on the industry. Professors at CCA are also very tightly associated with Pixar Animation Studios and it's very accessible to form connections with animators in the industry!

I also believe that your experience here is really what you make of it. I decided to attend CCA initially because of the scholarship and financial aid that they offered me, but I stayed for the community and because the professors and animation students are very passionate and supportive of our craft. This year, I've also become involved in Student Council and am starting a CCA UNICEF club to improve outreach and promote awareness among the art community about social issues. These activities, and the people I've met through them, have really enriched my life.
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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.
CCA has been great- I highly recommend the MFA in Comics program! It's a low residency program where students are on campus in San Francisco for the month of July and can complete their other coursework online throughout the year. We are working on storytelling, drawing and inking skills, digital coloring, and comics history. Additionally, every student has a faculty mentor who works with them on their thesis assignments.