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IPEDS ID: 110370
OPE ID: 00112700
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California College of the Arts
1111 Eighth Street, San Francisco, California 94107-2247
General information:  (510) 594-3600
Website:  www.cca.edu
Type:  4-year, Private not-for-profit
Awards offered:  Bachelor's degree
Postbaccalaureate certificate
Master's degree
Campus setting:  City: Large
Campus housing:  Yes
Student population:  1,998 (1,542 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  9 to 1
Admissionswww.cca.edu/admissions
Apply Onlinewww.cca.edu/admissions/apply
Financial Aidwww.cca.edu/students/financialaid
Net Price Calculatorwww.cca.edu/admissions/financialaid/calculator
Mission Statement
  California College of the Arts educates students to shape culture through the practice and critical study of the arts. The college prepares its students for lifelong creative work and service to their communities through a curriculum in fine art, architecture, design and writing.
Carnegie Classification
Special Focus Four-Year: Arts, Music & Design Schools
Religious Affiliation
Not applicable
Federal Aid
Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
Undergraduate students enrolled who are formally registered with office of disability services
3% or less
Special Learning Opportunities
Distance education opportunities - graduate level
Study abroad
Student Services
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling service
Employment services for students
Placement services for completers
Credit Accepted
Dual credit
Advanced placement (AP) credits
Faculty and graduate assistants by primary function, Fall 2014Full timePart time
Total faculty91497
Instructional91497
Research and public service00
Total graduate assistants-52
Instructional-52
Research-0
Estimated Expenses for Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Estimated expenses for academic year2012-20132013-20142014-20152015-2016% change 2014-2015 to 2015-2016
Tuition and fees$38,798$40,334$41,942$43,7084.2%
Books and supplies$1,500$1,500$1,500$1,5000.0%
Living arrangement
On Campus
Room and board$10,550$10,850$11,250$11,9005.8%
Other$3,450$3,450$3,450$3,4500.0%
Off Campus
Room and board$9,450$9,450$10,150$10,4503.0%
Other$4,160$4,160$4,160$4,1600.0%
Off Campus with Family
Other$4,400$4,400$4,400$4,4000.0%
Total Expenses2012-20132013-20142014-20152015-2016% change 2014-2015 to 2015-2016
On Campus$54,298$56,134$58,142$60,5584.2%
Off Campus$53,908$55,444$57,752$59,8183.6%
Off Campus with Family$44,698$46,234$47,842$49,6083.7%
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Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year2015-2016
Tuition$45,510
Fees$460
Alternative Tuition Plans
Type of PlanOffered
Tuition guarantee plan
Prepaid tuition plan
Tuition payment planX
Other alternative tuition plan
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2014-2015
Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Any student financial aid123385%————
Grant or scholarship aid23285%$4,668,738$20,124
Federal grants8029%$391,741$4,897
Pell grants8029%$372,241$4,653
Other federal grants104%$19,500$1,950
State/local government grant or scholarships4818%$330,793$6,892
Institutional grants or scholarships23285%$3,946,204$17,010
Student loan aid12245%$919,537$7,537
Federal student loans12144%$743,911$6,148
Other student loans114%$175,626$15,966
  • 1 Includes students receiving Federal work study aid and aid from other sources not listed above.
All Undergraduate Students
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Grant or scholarship aid11,14574%$22,254,585$19,436
Pell grants49332%$2,332,825$4,732
Federal student loans74949%$6,214,352$8,297
  • 1 Grant or scholarship aid includes aid received, from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.

  • For more information on Student Financial Assistance Programs or to apply for financial aid via the web, visit Federal Student Aid.
Average Net Price for Full-Time Beginning Students
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who were awarded grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or the institution.
2012-20132013-20142014-2015
Average net price$35,127$33,763$37,587
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who were awarded Title IV aid by income.
Average net price by Income2012-20132013-20142014-2015
$0 – $30,000$25,131$23,870$25,600
$30,001 – $48,000$25,084$25,394$26,540
$48,001 – $75,000$30,710$29,893$31,109
$75,001 – $110,000$34,026$34,336$35,313
$110,001 and more$38,955$39,387$41,228
  • Average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees, books and supplies, and the weighted average for room and board and other expenses.
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
  • Title IV aid to students includes grant aid, work study aid, and loan aid. These include: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (National SMART Grant), Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant, Federal Work-Study, Federal Perkins Loan, Subsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan, and Unsubsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan. For those Title IV recipients, net price is reported by income category and includes students who received federal aid even if none of that aid was provided in the form of grants. While Title IV status defines the cohort of student for which the data are reported, the definition of net price remains the same – total cost of attendance minus grant aid.
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Fall 2014
Total enrollment1,998
Undergraduate enrollment1,542
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment185
Graduate enrollment456
Undergraduate Attendance StatusUndergraduate Student Gender
Undergraduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 96%
Part-time: 4%Undergraduate Student Gender:
Male: 38%
Female: 62%
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 0%
Asian: 16%
Black or African American: 4%
Hispanic/Latino: 13%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 1%
White: 29%
Two or more races: 0%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 9%
Non-resident alien: 27%
Undergraduate Student AgeUndergraduate Student Residence
Undergraduate Student Age:
24 and under: 82%
25 and over: 18%
Age unknown: 0%Undergraduate Student Residence:
In-state: 39%
Out-of-state: 28%
Foreign countries: 30%
Unknown: 3%
  • Age data are reported for Fall 2013.
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates.
Graduate Attendance Status
Graduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 89%
Part-time: 11%
Undergraduate Distance Education StatusGraduate Distance Education Status
Undergraduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: -1%
Enrolled in some distance education: -1%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 100%Graduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 5%
Enrolled in some distance education: 0%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 95%
Undergraduate application fee (2015-2016): $60
Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2015
TotalMaleFemale
Number of applicants1,9906061,384
Percent admitted69%63%71%
Percent admitted who enrolled18%23%16%
Admissions ConsiderationsRequiredRecommended
Secondary school GPAX
Secondary school recordX
Completion of college-preparatory programX
RecommendationsX
Formal demonstration of competenciesX
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign language)X
  • Portfolio of creative work required of all applicants. SAT/ACT scores are used for placement purposes. TOEFL required for all international applicants unless English is the official language of their country.
First-to-Second Year Retention Rates

Retention rates measure the percentage of first-time students who are seeking bachelor's degrees who return to the institution to continue their studies the following fall.

Retention Rates for First-Time Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Student retention:
Full-time students: 80%
Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2013 and Returned in Fall 2014
Overall Graduation Rate and Transfer-Out Rate

The overall graduation rate is also known as the "Student Right to Know" or IPEDS graduation rate. It tracks the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking students to see if they complete a degree or other award such as a certificate within 150% of "normal time" for completing the program in which they are enrolled.

Some institutions also report a transfer-out rate, which is the percentage of the full-time, first-time students who transferred to another institution.

Note that not all students at the institution are tracked for these rates. Students who have already attended another postsecondary institution, or who began their studies on a part-time basis, are not tracked for this rate. At this institution, 56 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2014.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2009
Overall graduation rate:
Overall graduation rate: 59%
(*) Transfer-out rate:
Percentage of Full-time, First-Time Students Who Graduated or Transferred Out Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
  • (*) Not all institutions report transfer-out rates.
Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rates

Bachelor’s degree graduation rates measure the percentage of entering students beginning their studies full-time and are planning to get a bachelor’s degree and who complete their degree program within a specified amount of time.

Graduation Rates for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Bachelor's degree rate:
[Began in Fall 2007]
4-year: 31%
6-year: 62%
8-year: 62%
[Began in Fall 2009]
4-year: 35%
6-year: 59%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Graduated in the Specified Amount of Time and Began in Fall 2007 or Fall 2009
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
Male: 59%
Female: 60%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2009 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
Asian: 65%
Black or African American: 54%
Hispanic/Latino: 73%
White: 57%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 47%
Non-resident alien: 59%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2009 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
  • CCA does not track transfer-out rates so the lack of this information can impact the overall graduation rates.
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2014-2015
Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.
sort byProgramBachelorMasterPostgraduate
Certificate
  • Data shown are for first majors.
  • (-) Program is not offered at this award level.
  • d identifies programs and award levels that are offered as a distance education program. For program category totals, d is shown if one or more programs in the category are offered as a distance education program.
Architecture and Related Services
Architecture2225-
Category total2225-
Communication Technologies/Technicians and Support Services
Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects160-
Category total160-
English Language and Literature/Letters
Creative Writing716-
Category total716-
Precision Production
Furniture Design and Manufacturing4--
Category total4--
Visual and Performing Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation08-
Ceramic Arts and Ceramics2--
Cinematography and Film/Video Production53-
Crafts/Craft Design, Folk Art and Artisanry2--
Design and Applied Arts, Other--10
Design and Visual Communications, General-38-
Fashion/Apparel Design13--
Fiber, Textile and Weaving Arts3--
Fine and Studio Arts Management-54d-
Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other-10-
Fine/Studio Arts, General150-
Game and Interactive Media Design130-
Graphic Design33--
Illustration41--
Industrial and Product Design33--
Interior Design6--
Intermedia/Multimedia15--
Metal and Jewelry Arts9--
Painting19--
Photography10--
Printmaking5--
Sculpture5--
Category total215163d10
Grand total26420410
Services and Programs for Servicemembers and Veterans
Yellow Ribbon Program (officially known as Post-9/11 GI Bill, Yellow Ribbon Program)
Dedicated point of contact for support services for veterans, military servicemembers, and their families
Educational Benefits, 2014-2015
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: 19
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: 3
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - undergraduates: 0
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - graduates: 0
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: $21,810
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: $18,957
  • No varsity sports data reported for this institution.
Institutional Accreditation
AgencyPeriods of AccreditationStatus
Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Senior College and University Commission4/30/1954 -  Accredited
2014 Crime Statistics
Arrests - On-Campus201220132014
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations000
Liquor law violations000
Arrests - On-Campus Residence Halls !201220132014
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations000
Liquor law violations000
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus201220132014
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible01
Rape1
Fondling0
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)00
Incest0
Statutory rape0
Robbery031
Aggravated assault001
Burglary412
Motor vehicle theft000
Arson000
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus Residence Halls !201220132014
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible00
Rape1
Fondling0
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)00
Incest0
Statutory rape0
Robbery001
Aggravated assault001
Burglary100
Motor vehicle theft000
Arson000
  • (!) Residence Halls are a subset of On-Campus statistics
  • The crime data reported by the institutions have not been subjected to independent verification by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, the Department cannot vouch for the accuracy of the data reported here.
  • As of the 2015 data collection (2014 data onwards), statistics for Sex offenses - Forcible and Sex offenses - Non-forcible are no longer collected. Rape, Fondling, Incest and Statutory rape statistics were not collected prior to the 2015 data collection.
  • These data do not include incidents that: (a) took place off campus on public property immediately adjacent to and accessible from the Campus; (b) took place on a noncampus building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or (c) incidents at buildings/property owned or controlled by an institution but is not contiguous to the institution. For further information, see http://ope.ed.gov/security.
Three-year Official Cohort Default Rates
Fiscal Year201220112010
Default rate3.3%6.7%8.9%
Number in default173540
Number in repayment504521446
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)