Private 4 Year

California College of the Arts

Oakland, California

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California College of the Arts overview
Location Oakland, California
Online cca.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Large City
California College of the Arts overview
Size Small
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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California College of the Arts (CCA), located in Oakland, California, is a private institution established in 1907 that specializes in art, design, architecture, and writing. Situated within the San Francisco Bay Area, the college offers a diverse urban campus environment that integrates cutting-edge facilities and historic architecture, fostering a creative and innovative atmosphere. CCA provides undergraduate and graduate programs with a strong focus on interdisciplinary practice and theory. Popular majors include Graphic Design, Illustration, and Fine Arts, with programs emphasizing hands-on studio practice. The college maintains a selective admissions policy and provides on-campus housing options to foster a collaborative artistic community. While CCA does not emphasize athletics, it is renowned for its contributions to the arts and its commitment to sustainability and social justice within the curriculum.

In the most recent statistical year 2,987 prospective students applied, and 2,261 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 191 enrolled in the school.  1,420 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 81 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $53,856 plus fees of $850.












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Admission Standards

California College of the Arts overview
GPA 3.34

Applications Accepted

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Applications Due -
Applicant Competition Very Low
Application Fee $70

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Annual Cost to Attend


Costs for California College of the Arts
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,500
Other Fees$850
Room and Board $19,957
Budget for Other Expenses$3,798
Total One Year Cost$79,961

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$43,500 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

49% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by California College of the Arts students
Subject Percent of Class
Visual and Performing Arts 77%
Architecture 11%
Communications Technology 4%
Communication 4%
English and Literature 2%

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=110370 IPEDS survey data for California College of the Arts.

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