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California College of the Arts

San Francisco, CA

Located on two campuses in Oakland and San Francisco, California College of the Arts offers undergraduate programs in fine art, architecture, design, and writing.  CCA educates students to shape culture through the practice and critical study of the arts and prepares them for lifelong creative work and service to their communities.

Institution TypePrivate
Undergraduate Students1,533
   Women951 (62.0%)
   Men582 (38.0%)
Graduate Students455


Entrance Difficulty 
Overall Admission RateNot reported
Early Action Offered 
Early Decision Offered 
Regular Admission DeadlineRolling
Selection of Students
FactorVery ImportantImportantConsideredNot Considered
Academic GPAX
Standardized TestsX
Extracurricular ActivitiesX
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA3.27
SAT Math460-640 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading470-598 range of middle 50%
SAT Writing453-600 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite21-28 range of middle 50%


Cost of AttendanceNot available
Tuition and Fees
Room and Board
Not reported
Average Percent of Need Met61%
Average Freshman Award$29,868
Average Indebtedness of
2015 Graduates


Academic Calendar SystemSemester
General Education/
Core Curriculum
Full-Time Faculty
Teaching Undergraduates
Regular Class Size2-9 students: 27% of classes
10-19 students: 68% of classes
20-29 students: 4% of classes
30-39 students: 1% of classes


San Francisco Population825,863
Nearest Metropolitan AreaSan Francisco, Oakland
Freshman Housing GuaranteeFreshmen are given priority consideration for housing
Students in College Housing 84% of freshmen, 29% of all students
Athletic Conferences 
Sororities1% of women participate
Fraternities 1% of men participate


Ethnicity of Students from U.S.0.6% American Indian/Alaskan Native
22.8% Asian
6.1% Black/African-American
19.1% Hispanic/Latino
0.0% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
1.1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
38.3% White
12.0% Unknown
International Students30.7% from 53 countries
First-Year Students Returning82.0%
Students Graduating
Within 4 Years
Graduates Offered Full-Time
Employment Within 6 Months
Graduates Pursuing
Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
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CLASS OF 2021 Profile of Students on COLLEGEdata
Interested in This College
Average 3.39 3.52 430 540 25
Low 2.83 3.01 430 540 21
High 4.00 4.30 430 540 28
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