B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Value
    B-
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    B-
  5. Athletics
    NG
  6. Party Scene
    B
  7. Professors
    B+
  8. Location
    C+
  9. Dorms
    B-
  10. Campus Food
    B-
  11. Student Life
    A
  12. Safety
    A-
California Institute of the Arts is ...
Private not-for-profit
Athletic Division
Athletic Conference
Address
24700 W McBean Pky
Valencia, CA 91355

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.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
24%
SAT Scores Range
ACT Scores Range
Application Fee
$70
SAT/ACT
Neither required nor recommended
High School GPA
Neither required nor recommended
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Test Scores and GPA for California Institute of the Arts

Cost

Net Price
$43,457/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $38,518/ year
  • $30-48k
    $43,558/ year
  • $49-75k
    $45,865/ year
  • $76-110k
    $46,035/ year
  • $110k+
    $50,709/ year

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
86%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.14 responses
57%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.14 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
961Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
10%
Pell Grant
33%
Varsity Athletes
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Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
86%
Poll
95%
of students say they don't have Greek life.19 responses
Poll
96%
of students say no one pays attention to varsity sports.26 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 10 responses
Report
  • Unique
    70%
  • CalArts is a universe within itself
    10%
  • Exceptional
    10%
  • Out of this world
    10%

After California Institute of the Arts

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$32,500/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
70%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
85%
National
83%
89%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.9 responses

California Institute of the Arts Reviews

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It does not feel particularly dangerous considering that the city is considered the 2nd safest city in the US (apparently). Though we have had warnings come through campus security of people being banned for harassment and a homeless person hanging out in the music school, as well as an old lady taking a topless shower by the dorm pool. We called security about the old lady and they basically told us to just chill. Take what you will of that!
Review California Institute of the Arts
CalArts is a welcoming and empowering environment for aspiring artists. They make sure that the students have the tools that they need to create and collaborate with other artists. They have students coming from all over the world---a great way to connect with people coming from different backgrounds and culture. Furthermore, CalArts provides the students with the knowledge that they need to succeed in their chosen metier. However, they do lack in traditional academic classes so the option to have an academic minor is quite limited. Other than that, I think CalArts is a wonderful place for artists like me to grow and learn.
The rooms are wide and at least the bathrooms are only shared with one or two other rooms. I have still experienced a good share of mold and disgusting toilets and the building itself is kind of old. Fire alarms go off like every week especially early in the year and are very disruptive, it's also kind of unsafe because nobody even cares about fire alarms anymore. There's really only one building unless you're at least a 3rd year student, and the only other housing option is kind of tiny. Finding an apartment after your first year is probably going to be a lot nicer.