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California Institute of the Arts Data & Information Overview

Get the facts about California Institute of the Arts. Learn how it ranks, what majors it offers, how diverse it is, and much more. Want to know more about a specific stat? Just click on its tile, and you'll go to a page that goes more in-depth on that subject. You can also use the links below to go directly to any section on this page.

How Well Is California Institute of the Arts Ranked?

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2021 Rankings

In its yearly rankings, College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities to determine which ones are the best in a variety of categories, such as overall value, quality, diversity, which schools are the best for each major, and much more.

California Institute of the Arts was awarded 17 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is visual and performing arts.

Overall Quality

According to College Factual's 2021 analysis, CalArts is ranked #555 out of 1,715 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality.

CalArts also holds the #51 spot on the Best Colleges in California ranking.

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Is It Hard to Get Into CalArts?

Acceptance Rate

With an acceptance rate of 24%, CalArts is one of the most selective schools in the country. Good grades and high test scores alone may not be enough to get you into the school, so do your best to submit a stellar application.

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California Institute of the Arts Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

At CalArts, the student to faculty ratio is an excellent 8 to 1. That's much better than the national average of 15 to 1. This indicates that many classes will probably be small, and students will have ample opportunites to work closely with their professors and classmates.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

When estimating how much access students will have to their teachers, some people like to look at what percentage of faculty members are full time. This is because part-time teachers may not have as much time to spend on campus as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at California Institute of the Arts is 61%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  61 out of 100
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Retention and Graduation Rates at California Institute of the Arts

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 90% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like California Institute 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  90 out of 100
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Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate for someone pursuing a bachelor's degree is typically four years. This rate at CalArts for first-time, full-time students is 51%, which is better than the national average of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  51 out of 100
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Excellent Overall Diversity at CalArts

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 984 undergraduates at CalArts with 959 being full-time and 25 being part-time.

CalArts 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 96.41 out of 100, CalArts is one of the most diverse schools in the nation.

Overall Diversity Score  96.41 out of 100
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How Much Does California Institute of the Arts Cost?

The overall average net price of CalArts is $47,921. 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 CalArts

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$41,506 $38,502 $45,616 $52,091 $54,430

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 CalArts, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At CalArts, approximately 48% of students took out student loans averaging $11,693 a year. That adds up to $46,772 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at CalArts is 5.0%. 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 CalArts Graduates Make?

Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from CalArts with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $37,900 in their early years. This is in the same neighborhood of the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year. However, certain majors may produce higher-paying graduates.

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Location of California Institute of the Arts

California Institute of the Arts is a private not-for-profit institution situated in Valencia, California. CalArts is located in a safe and convenient suburb.

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Location of California Institute of the Arts

Contact details for CalArts are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 24700 W Mcbean Pky, Valencia, CA 91355-2397
Phone: 661-255-1050
Website: www.calarts.edu
Facebook: http://facebook.com/calarts

California Institute of the Arts Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 12 majors graduated from California Institute of the Arts. Of these students, 219 received undergraduate degrees and 198 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
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 71 $21,500
Drama & Theater Arts 54 $22,300
Fine & Studio Arts 29 NA
Music 28 $13,400
Dance 19 NA
Design & Applied Arts 9 NA
Computer Software & Applications 7 NA
Arts & Media Management 2 NA
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 0 NA
Writing Studies 0 NA

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

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