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California Institute of the Arts Data & Information Overview

This overview covers the essential stats on California Institute of the Arts, including its rankings, majors, diversity, and more. Want to dig deeper into a particular stat? Just click on its tile and you'll be taked to a more in-depth page on the figure. In addition, you can use the links below to quickly jump to any section on this page.

How Well Is California Institute 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 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

CalArts is ranked #555 out of 1,715 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2021 Best Colleges list.

Out of the 116 colleges in California, CalArts is ranked at #51.

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Is It Hard to Get Into CalArts?

Acceptance Rate

California Institute of the Arts has a very low acceptance rate of 24%, making it one of the most selective out of all the colleges and universities in the nation. It's probably a good idea to apply to other schools in addition to CalArts just in case you don't make the cut.

Learn more about California Institute of the Arts admissions.

California Institute of the Arts Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio at CalArts is an impressive 8 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 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 1,021 undergraduates at CalArts with 1,011 being full-time and 10 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

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 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?

The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from CalArts make about $37,900 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. 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 located in Valencia, California. Valencia is considered a suburb and offers tranquility and safety near the excitement of a city center.

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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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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.

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