California College of the Arts

San Francisco, California
4-year Private university


California College of the Arts is a private institution established in 1907 with urban setting located at San Francisco. Its tuition and fees are $49,138. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,486. . It practices semester-based academic calendar.

#38 in Best Colleges for Design in America
Location San Francisco, California
Type 4-year Private
Year Founded 1907
Selectivity Low
Size Small
1,486 Undergraduates


Student-Faculty Ratio
Visual and Performing Arts
Most Popular Major

Majors Available

  • Architecture And Related Services
  • Communications Technologies/Technicians And Support Services
  • English Language And Literature/Letters
  • Precision Production
  • Visual And Performing Arts


Cost of Attendance
Average Student Contribution
Instate Tution Fee $49,138
Outstate Tuition Fee $49,138
Room and Board Fees $10,136
$34,500 Median Salary After 2 years of Graduation


65% (Low Selectivity) Acceptance Rate
Admission Difficulty: Difficult
$70 Application Fee
Application Fee Waiver Available
3.2 Average High School GPA

Application Requirements

SAT/ACT Optional
SAT/ACT Writing (essay) Not Required
SAT Subject Test Not Required
Essay or Personal Statement Required
SAT Score Range
Middle 50% (25% - 75%) scores range
ACT Score Range
Middle 50% (25% - 75%) scores range

How to Apply?

Accepts CommonApp
Apply College's Own Application Portal

For International Students

80 Minimum TOEFL Score
TOEFL Requirement: Required
IELTS Other English Language Tests Accepted
(in lieu of TOEFL)
TOEFL Waived if

IB English score of four and greater or, AP English Language score of three and greater or, Minimum three years' attendance at an English-speaking secondary school or a four-year college or university (excluding extended-education coursework) or, Completion of US-transferable coursework equivalent to English 1A (writing) and/or 1B (literature) with a grade of C or above or, Completion of ELS Center Level 112 or, Completion of The Language Company - Berkeley, Level 9 or, Cambridge English: Advanced minimum score of Grade C or, Sufficient scores on SAT / ACT.

Deadlines for Fall Intake Applications
Regular Decision Deadline
Rolling Admission
Priority Application Deadline
Transfer Applications
Transfer Applications Deadline
For Financial Aid
Financial Aid Priority Application Deadline
Financial Aid Application Deadline

Scholarships and Financial Aid

$33,562 Average Financial Aid

Need-based Aid

$29,959 Average Need-based Aid
Cost of Attendance for out-of-state students: $64,224
100% Students with need received Financial Aid
14% Students had their need fully met
Deadline for need-based financial application Priority Deadline : February 1
Forms to be submitted FAFSA

Merit Scholarships

Creative Achievement Scholarship
Total Worth up to $20,000
Eligibility First time freshmen
Minimum Criteria based on a student's academic achievement and creative ability
Requirement for maintenance good academic standing
Separate application needed No
Application deadline February 1
CCA Scholastic Awards
Total Worth --
Eligibility First time freshmen
Minimum Criteria National recipients of Portfolio Gold Medalists in Art , Portfolio Silver Medalist and Portfolio Silver Medalists with Distinction in Art , Individual Gold Medalists, American Visions Medalists, and Sponsored Award Recipients (seniors only)
Requirement for maintenance --
Separate application needed --
Application deadline N/A

Other Scholarships

Diversity scholarships
Total Worth --
Details Awarded to qualified undergraduate and graduate admissions applicants who bring diverse experiences, ideas, and creative work to the CCA community. Awards are based on a thorough review of the student's application, essay (including additional essay topics), and portfolio.The following criteria will be considered in the scholarship review: students from educationally disadvantaged families who have demonstrated academic and artistic achievement, students with demonstrated leadership in service to the community, and students whose work focuses on social or cultural issues.


1,486 Total Undergraduate Enrollment
School Size: Small
84% Freshmen return to Sophomore Year
58% Students graduate within 6 years