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  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Value
    C+
  3. Diversity
    A+
  4. Campus
    C+
  5. Athletics
    NG
  6. Party Scene
    A-
  7. Professors
    B
  8. Location
    C+
  9. Dorms
    C+
  10. Campus Food
    B
  11. Student Life
    A-
  12. Safety
    B
CalArts is an above-average private college located in Santa Clarita, California in the Los Angeles Area. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 997 undergraduate students. Admissions is competitive as the CalArts acceptance rate is 23%. Popular majors include Cinematography and Video Production, Studio Arts, and Acting. Graduating 56% of students, CalArts alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $26,900.
24700 W McBean Pky
Valencia, CA 91355
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California Institute 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.

California Inst. of the Arts Admissions

Acceptance Rate
23%
Application Deadline
January 4
SAT Range
ACT Range
Application Fee
$70
SAT/ACT
Neither required nor recommended
High School GPA
Considered but not required
Early Decision/Early Action

Cost

Net Price
$52,656/ 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
$16,471/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
92%

Academics

Professors
B
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
7:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
94%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.16 responses
81%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.21 responses
57%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.21 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
997Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
13
Undergrads Over 25
10%
Pell Grant
23%
Varsity Athletes
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 16 responses
  • Artsy
    31%
  • Creative
    25%
  • Passionate
    19%
  • Entitled
    13%
  • Outgoing
    6%
  • Unique
    6%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
78%
Poll
88%
of students say they don't have Greek life.26 responses
Poll
91%
of students say no one pays attention to varsity sports.33 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 17 responses
  • Unique
    71%
  • CalArts is a universe within itself
    18%
  • Exceptional
    6%
  • Out of this world
    6%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$37,900/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
56%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
87%
National
83%
89%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.9 responses
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The school is excellent! My major is involved in the Herb Albert School of Music which in itself is very open to any style of music, has several performance opportunities, and teaches valuable information that the modern-day musician needs to be able to take on a number of careers and music degree can give. The school as a whole has an incredible, stress- free environment that is constantly inspiring students to step outside of the box and be as creative as possible. The school even has it's own cute coffee shop and a huge cafeteria full of gourmet food and options for every kind of diet. The dorms are on campus making it super easy to get to class and it also has it's own little cafe/game room, spacious rooms, a pool, a gym, and even a sauna. The only issue with the school is the handicap accessibility and the tuition in which there is funding help from the school, but no full ride options.
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I can't recommend the graduate program in Art. Unbelievably shabby and out of date facilities, lacking in the most basic of requirements for a contemporary practice. No surprise that the 'post-studio' approach is what's being pushed, then. The Broad studios ARE sexy in that down-at-the-mouth clearance-rack modernism kind of way, if a bit prone to being water-logged in the winter and working solar ovens in the summer.If you're in Photo/Media you have aluminum cow sheds plopped on a parking lot to look forward to.Faculty in the Art school are mostly checked-out; there is little community feeling besides the transactional niceties and scratch-my-back groupie-formations. Lots of old white dudes too, if you're into that sort of thing.The program hasn't produced anyone or thing of interest for about a decade. This might be because there is no structure, or even a guiding idea,& an apparently constant crisis in performing even the most basic of administrative procedures to operate it.
The school is not a technical school but rather work on the ideas or message you are trying to deliver. Another major issue my peers and I have specifically in the photo program is they do not supply students with any material such as digital or photo paper, film, hard drives, or chemicals so the student would have to buy these for themselves which would be a recurring issue throughout the school. You will be continuously be expected to pay or buy services although the tuition is expensive none of it seems to be for the students but rather for the pay of the faculty as you would have to pay $50 each year to access certain areas in the school which could total up to an additional $200. The one absolute positive about this school is the faculty and certain students as they are vibrant, helpful, kind, and smart as I am inspired by each person and drive me to improve myself.