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California College of the Arts Data & Information Overview

Find out more about how California College of the Arts ranks, how diverse it is, what majors it offers, and other essential facts below. If you're interested in learning more about a particular stat, just click on its tile to go to a new page that covers the topic more in-depth. Also, you can jump to any section of this page by clicking one of the links below.

How Well Is California College of the Arts Ranked?

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2021 Rankings

College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities in its annual rankings and ranks them in a variety of ways, including most diverse, best overall quality, best for non-traditional students, and much more.

California College of the Arts was awarded 21 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is design and applied arts.

Overall Quality

According to College Factual's 2021 analysis, California College of the Arts is ranked #552 out of 1,715 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality.

California College of the Arts is also ranked #50 out of 116 schools in California.

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Is It Hard to Get Into California College of the Arts?

Acceptance Rate

If you're applying to California College of the Arts you'll face some tough competition, since the school's acceptance rate is only 64%. Definitely don't wait until the last minute to submit your application, since applying early may be in your favor.

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California College of the Arts Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio at California College of the Arts is an impressive 11 to 1. That's quite good when you compare it to the national average of 15 to 1. This is a good sign that students at the school will have more opportunities for one-on-one interactions with their professors.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

Another measure that is often used to estimate how much access students will have to their professors is how many faculty members are full-time. The idea here is that part-time faculty tend to spend less time on campus, so they may not be as available to students as full-timers.

The full-time faculty percentage at California College of the Arts is 21%. This is lower than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  21 out of 100
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Retention and Graduation Rates at California College of the Arts

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 84% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like California College of the Arts enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  84 out of 100
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Graduation Rate

When it comes to finishing their studies on time, those seeking a bachelor's degree from California College of the Arts have a four-year graduation rate of 35%. This is comparable to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  35 out of 100
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Excellent Overall Diversity at California College of the Arts

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 1,468 undergraduates at California College of the Arts with 1,406 being full-time and 62 being part-time.

California College of the Arts Diversity Score

College Factual computes an overall diversity score for each college and university that takes gender, ethnicity, geographic location, and age into account. Schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest, and those that cater to just one or two student groups are ranked the lowest.

With an overall score of 92.37 out of 100, California College of the Arts is one of the most diverse schools in the nation.

Overall Diversity Score  92.37 out of 100
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How Much Does California College of the Arts Cost?

The overall average net price of California College of the Arts is $35,458. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for California College of the Arts

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$27,577 $30,177 $32,602 $34,614 $44,531

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of California College of the Arts, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At California College of the Arts, approximately 58% of students took out student loans averaging $10,288 a year. That adds up to $41,152 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at California College of the Arts is 2.9%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do California College of the Arts Graduates Make?

Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from California College of the Arts make around $37,200 per year during the early years of their employment. This is about 7% less that the average pay for college graduates overall. However, graduates with your major may make more.

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Location of California College of the Arts

Located in San Francisco, California, California College of the Arts is a private not-for-profit institution. The location of the school is great for students who enjoy the amenities of city life.

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Location of California College of the Arts

Contact details for California College of the Arts are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1111 Eighth Street, San Francisco, CA 94107-2247
Phone: 510-594-3600
Website: www.cca.edu
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/CaliforniaCollegeoftheArts
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/CACollegeofArts

California College of the Arts Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 11 majors graduated from California College of the Arts. Of these students, 294 received undergraduate degrees and 189 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Design & Applied Arts 141 $38,100
Fine & Studio Arts 61 $16,800
Graphic Communications 44 $27,800
Human Computer Interaction 17 NA
General Architecture 14 $51,400
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 12 NA
Writing Studies 4 NA
Woodworking 1 NA
Museum Studies 0 NA
Business Administration & Management 0 NA

Learn more about the majors offered at California College of the Arts along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at California College of the Arts

Online learning options are becoming more and more popular at American colleges and universities. Online classes are great for students who have busy schedules or for those who just want to study on their own time.

In 2017-2018, 25 students took at least one online class at California College of the Arts. This is an increase from the 19 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 25 25
2016-2017 19 19
2015-2016 18 18
2014-2015 15 15
2013-2014 23 23

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

References

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