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.

Website: www.cca.edu/

Private
Co-ed
1,528
Undergraduate
Students
(63.9%) 976 Women
(36.1%) 552 Men
455
Graduate
Students

Admission

Entrance Difficulty
Not reported
Overall Admission Rate
70% of 3,077 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered
No
Early Decision Offered
No
Regular Admission Deadline
Rolling

Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

Average GPA
3.34
SAT Math
Not reported
SAT EBRW
Not reported
ACT Composite
Not reported
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Money Matters

Cost of Attendance
$67,084
Tuition and Fees
$49,148
Room and Board
Not reported
Average Percent of Need Met
68%
Average Freshman Award
$33,562
Average Indebtedness of 2016 Graduates
$32,017
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Academics

Academic Calendar System
Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum
Required
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates
100
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 27% of classes
10-19 students: 68% of classes
20-29 students: 4% of classes
30-39 students: 1% of classes
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Campus Life

San Francisco Population
825,863
Nearest Metropolitan Area
San Francisco, Oakland
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are given priority consideration for housing
Students in College Housing
22% of all students
Athletic Conferences
 
Mascot
 
Sororities
1% of women participate
Fraternities
1% of men participate
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Students

Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.3% American Indian/Alaskan Native
26.8% Asian
8.6% Black/African-American
18.8% Hispanic/Latino
0.0% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
1.2% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
35.6% White
8.7% Unknown
International Students
34.3% from 53 countries
First-Year Students Returning
82.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
39.9%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
56%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
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Freshman Admission Requirements


Entrance Difficulty

Not reported

High School Preparation

High School Graduation
High school diploma required and GED is accepted
High School Program
College preparatory program is recommended

High School Units Required or Recommended

High School Units Required or Recommended
Subject Required Units Recommended Units
English    
Mathematics    
Science    
Foreign Language    
Social Studies    
History    
Academic Electives    

Examinations

Examinations
Exam Required Units Scores Due in Admissions Office
SAT or ACT    
SAT Only    
ACT Only    
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT    
SAT Subject Tests Only  
SAT Essay Component Policy Not Reported
ACT Writing Test Policy Not reported
ACT Writing Test Policy Not reported

Applying for Admission


Admissions Office

Address
1111 Eighth Street
City, State, Zip
San Francisco, CA 94107
Phone
(415) 703-9523
Fax
(415) 703-9539
E-mail
enroll@cca.edu

Application Dates and Fees

Regular Admisson Deadline
Rolling
Application Fee
$70
Application Fee Waiver
Available
Regular Admission Notification
Rolling
Accept Offer of Admission
By May 1 or within 2 weeks if notified after May 1
Waiting List Used
No
Defer Admission
 
Transfer Admission
Transfer applications accepted

Early Admission

Early Decision Offered
No
Early Decision Deadline
 
Early Decision Notification
 
Early Action Offered
No
Early Action Deadline
 
Early Action Notification
 

Application Form

Common Application
Accepted
Universal College Application
Not accepted
Electronic Application
Available

Other Application Requirements

Interview
Not Required
Essay or Personal Statement
Required for all freshmen
Letters of Recommendation
1 required for all freshmen
Other
Portfolio of creative work required for freshmen
Financial Need
Financial need is not a consideration in the admissions process

Selection of Students


Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record X
Academic GPA X
Standardized Tests X
Class Rank X
Recommendations X
Essay X
Interview X
Level of Applicant's Interest X
Extracurricular Activities X
Volunteer Work X
Particular Talent/Ability X
Character/Personal Qualities X
First Generation to Attend College X
State Residency X
Geographic Residence X
Relation with Alumnus X
Religious Affiliation/Commitment X
Ethnicity X
Work Experience X

Profile of Fall Admission


Overall Admission Rate
70% of 3,077 applicants were admitted
Women
71% of 2,112 applicants were admitted
Men
67% of 965 applicants were admitted
Students Enrolled
361 (17%) of 2,144 admitted students enrolled
Women
232 (15%) of 1,500 admitted students enrolled
Men
129 (20%) of 644 admitted students enrolled
Early Decision Admission Rate
 
Early Action Admission Rate
 
Students Offered Wait List
 
Students Accepting Wait List Position
 
Students Admitted From Wait List
 

Grade Point Average of Enrolled Freshmen (4.0 scale)

Average GPA
3.34
3.75 and Above
20%
3.50 - 3.74
19%
3.25 - 3.49
20%
3.00 - 3.24
19%
2.50 - 2.99
21%
2.00 - 2.49
1%

SAT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

SAT Math
Not reported
Score of 700 - 800
Not reported
Score of 600 - 700
Not reported
Score of 500 - 600
Not reported
Score of 400 - 500
Not reported
Score of 300 - 400
Not reported
Score of 200 - 300
Not reported
SAT EBRW
Not reported
Score of 700 - 800
Not reported
Score of 600 - 700
Not reported
Score of 500 - 600
Not reported
Score of 400 - 500
Not reported
Score of 300 - 400
Not reported
Score of 200 - 300
Not reported

ACT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

ACT Composite
Not reported
Score of 30 - 36
Not reported
Score of 24 - 29
Not reported
Score of 18 - 23
Not reported
Score of 12 - 17
Not reported
Score of 6 - 11
Not reported
Score of 5 or Below
Not reported

Other Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

High School Class Rank
 
National Merit Scholar
Not reported
Valedictorian
Not reported
Class President
Not reported
Student Government Officer
Not reported

Tuition and Expenses


Cost of Attendance
$67,084
Tuition and Fees
$49,148
Room and Board
Not reported
Books and Supplies
$1,500
Other Expenses
$6,300
Payment Plans
Installment plan

Applying for Financial Aid


Financial Aid Office

Email
Web Site
Financial Aid Web Site
Net Price Calculator URL
Net Price Calculator URL

Application Process

Application Deadline
Priority deadline February 1
Award Notification
On a rolling basis beginning December 15
Methodology for Awarding Institutional Aid
Federal Methodology
Forms Required Cost to File
FAFSA
Code is 001127
Free

Profile of 2017 - 18 Financial Aid


Freshman

Financial Aid Applicants
138 (58.7%) of freshmen
Found to Have Financial Need
123 (89.1%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
123 (100.0%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
14 (11.4%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
68%
Average Award
$33,562
Need-Based Gift
Received by 123 (100.0%) of aid recipients, average amount $29,959
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 111 (90.2%) of aid recipients, average amount $4,028
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 105 (85.4%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
91 (38.7%) of freshmen had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $13,727

All Undergraduates

Financial Aid Applicants
708 (50.3%) of undergraduates
Found to Have Financial Need
664 (93.8%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
664 (100.0%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
36 (5.4%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
61%
Average Award
$32,759
Need-Based Gift
Received by 662 (99.7%) of aid recipients, average amount $27,933
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 631 (95.0%) of aid recipients, average amount $5,167
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 494 (74.4%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
396 (28.1%) of undergraduates had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $11,884

Borrowing

2016 Graduates Who Took Out Loans
49%
Average Indebtedness of 2016 Graduates
$32,017
Parents of Students Receiving Aid
70.0%
Parents of Students Not Receiving Aid
9.0%

Financial Aid Programs


Loans

Federal Loans
Direct subsidized Stafford loans, direct unsubsidized Stafford loans, direct PLUS loans, Federal Perkins loans
State Loans
 
Other Loans
Private loans

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based Available
Federal Pell grants, SEOG, State scholarships, Institutional scholarships, Private scholarships
Non-Need–Based Available
Academic scholarships

Non-Need Awards

Academic Interest/Achievement Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
396
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Creative Arts/Performance Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Achievements/Activities Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Characteristics Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 

Employment

Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available, other work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
Not reported
Academic Calendar System
Semester
Summer Session
Offered
General Catalog/Bulletin
Online Catalog

Undergraduate Education


Undergraduate Majors

  • Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects
  • Architecture
  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Ceramic Arts and Ceramics
  • Commercial and Advertising Art
  • Creative Writing
  • Design and Applied Arts, Other
  • Design and Visual Communications, General
  • Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia
  • Drawing
  • Fashion/Apparel Design
  • Fiber, Textile and Weaving Arts
  • Film/Cinema/Video Studies
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Illustration
  • Industrial and Product Design
  • Interior Architecture
  • Metal and Jewelry Arts
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
Most Popular Disciplines
Visual and performing arts, Architecture, Communication technologies
Combined Liberal Arts/Professional Degree Programs
None
Special Programs
Student-designed major, Double major, English as a second language, Independent study, Internships, Study abroad, Summer session
Study Abroad
Offered
Online Degrees
No online degree programs

Curriculum and Graduation Requirements


General Education/Core Curriculum
Required
Computer
Students required to own/lease a computer
Foreign Language
Not required
Math/Science
Required for all students

Faculty and Instruction


Full-Time Faculty
100
Part-Time Faculty
385
Full-Time Faculty with Ph.D./Terminal Degree
13%
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 27% of classes
10-19 students: 68% of classes
20-29 students: 4% of classes
30-39 students: 1% of classes
Discussion Section/Lab Class Size
Not reported

Advanced Placement


International Baccalaureate
Not reported
Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations
Accepted for placement and credit
Sophomore Standing
Available through AP examinations

Academic Resources


Library Available on Campus
Yes
Holdings
 
Computer Ownership
Students required to own/lease a computer
Computers Available on Campus
400
Internet/E-mail Access
Not reported

Academic Support Services


Remedial Instruction
Offered
Tutoring
Available
Services for Learning Disabled Students
Available
Services for Physically Disabled Students
Hearing impaired services, speech disorders services, visually impaired services, wheelchair access

Graduate/Professional School Education


Master's Degrees Offered

Master of Fine Arts

Master's Programs of Study

  • Applied Arts and Design--General
  • Architecture
  • Art/Fine Arts
  • Computer Art and Design
  • Film, Television, and Video Production
  • Film, Television, and Video Theory and Criticism
  • Finance and Banking
  • Graphic Design
  • Industrial Design
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Media Studies
  • Museum Studies
  • Organizational Management
  • Photography
  • Textile Design
  • Writing

Doctoral Degrees Offered

Not reported

Doctoral Programs of Study

  • Not reported

Location and Setting


San Francisco Population
825,863
Nearest Metropolitan Area
San Francisco, Oakland
Campus Size
4 acres

Weather

Temperature
45.8 average low in January, 68.7 average high in September
Rain
63 rainy days per year

Getting Around

Campus Map
Map
Nearest Bus Station
10 mile(s) from campus in San Francisco
Nearest Train Station
5 mile(s) from campus in San Francisco

Housing


College Housing
College offers housing to students
Types of Housing
Coed housing, disabled student housing
Students in College Housing
22% of all students
Housing Requirements
 
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are given priority consideration for housing
Students Living Off Campus/Commuting
80%
Off-Campus Housing Assistance
Assistance in locating off-campus housing is available

Security


24-Hour Emergency Phone/Alarm Devices
Available
24-Hour Security Patrols
Available
Late-Night Transport/Escort Services
Available
Electronically Operated Housing Entrances
Available
Other
 

Personal Support Services


Health Service
Not offered
Personal Counseling
Offered
Child Care
Not offered

Sports and Recreation


Intercollegiate Athletics

Athletic Conferences
 
Mascot
 
School Colors
 

Intercollegiate Sports Offered

Sports Women Men
Offered Scholarships Offered Scholarships
Women's Sports Offered Scholarships
Mens's Sports Offered Scholarships
Women's Club Sports
 
Men's Club Sports
 

Recreational Sports

Intramural Sports
 

Student Activities


Activities and Organizations
radio station, national fraternities, national sororities, student of color coalition, international student alliance, chimera council, animation resource center, mychina
Sororities
1% of women participate
Fraternities
1% of men participate
ROTC
 

Student Body


Coeducational
Yes
All Undergraduates
1,528
Women
976 (63.9%)
Men
552 (36.1%)
Full-Time Undergraduates
1,442
Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.3% American Indian/Alaskan Native
26.8% Asian
8.6% Black/African-American
18.8% Hispanic/Latino
0.0% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
1.2% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
35.6% White
8.7% Unknown
International Students.
34.3% from 53 countries
Average Age
22
All Graduate Students
455

Undergraduate Retention and Graduation


First-Year Students Returning
82.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
39.9%
Students Graduating Within 5 Years
54.5%
Students Graduating Within 6 Years
58.0%

After Graduation


Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
56%
Average Starting Salary
56%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
Disciplines Pursued
Not reported

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