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California Institute of the Arts Data & Information Overview

102 awards Ranking Badges
27% Acceptance Rate
5% Student Loan Default Rate
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How Well Is California Institute of the Arts Ranked?

Drama & Theater Arts Highest Ranked Major

2023 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 102 badges in the 2023 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is drama and theater arts.

Overall Quality

CalArts was not ranked in College Factual's Best Overall Colleges report this year. This may be because not enough data was available.

Is It Hard to Get Into CalArts?

27% Acceptance Rate
64% Of Accepted Are Women

Acceptance Rate

Even if you have the best grades and high test scores, that may not be enough to get into CalArts since the school has one of the most selective in the country. Its acceptance rate is a mere 27%, so there's no shame if you don't get in. Be sure to apply to other schools just in case.

Learn more about California Institute of the Arts admissions.

California Institute of the Arts Faculty

5 to 1 Student to Faculty
67% Full Time Teachers

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio at CalArts is an impressive 5 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 67%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  67 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at California Institute of the Arts

60% Freshmen Retention
48% On-Time Graduation Rate

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate is a sign of how many full-time students like a college or university well enough to come back for their sophomore year. At California Institute of the Arts this rate is 60%, which is a bit lower than the national average of 68%.

Freshmen Retention Rate  60 out of 100

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 48%, which is better than the national average of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  48 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at California Institute of the Arts.

California Institute of the Arts Undergraduate Student Diversity

665 Full-Time Undergraduates
35.6% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
53.8% Percent Women

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 762 undergraduates at CalArts with 665 being full-time and 97 being part-time.

How Much Does California Institute of the Arts Cost?

$56,876 Net Price
43% Take Out Loans
$38,632 Total Student Loans
The overall average net price of CalArts is $56,876. 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 +
$52,801 $51,512 $55,675 $58,534 $62,385

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 43% of students took out student loans averaging $9,658 a year. That adds up to $38,632 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at CalArts is 4.5%. 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?

$37,733 Avg Salary of Grads
High Earnings Boost
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 $37,733 in their early years. This is about 11% less that the average pay for college graduates overall. However, graduates with your major may make more.


See which majors at California Institute of the Arts make the most money.

Location of California Institute of the Arts

California State
665 Full-Time Undergraduates
Suburb Campus Setting
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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Contact details for CalArts are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 24700 W Mcbean Pky, Valencia, CA 91355-2397
Phone: 661-255-1050

California Institute of the Arts Majors

12 Majors With Completions
182 Undergraduate Degrees
133 Graduate Degrees
During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 12 majors graduated from California Institute of the Arts. Of these students, 182 received undergraduate degrees and 133 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
Drama & Theater Arts 40 $24,555
Graphic Communications 37 NA
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 27 $22,992
Music 27 $17,629
Fine & Studio Arts 21 $18,798
Dance 17 $22,773
Design & Applied Arts 12 NA
Computer Software & Applications 1 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.

Learn more about online learning at California Institute of the Arts.

Notes and References


*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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