California College of the Arts

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2021 Undergraduate Tuition
$51,792
2.37% growth from 2020
2021 Average Net Price
$40,231
After Financial Aid
2019 Student Loan
2%
Default Rate
2021 Acceptance Rate
77.6%
2,847 Applicants
2021 Enrolled Students
1,630
93.4% Full-Time
2021 Graduation Rate
65.4%
157 Graduates

About

California College of the Arts is a higher education institution located in San Francisco County, CA. In 2021, the most popular Bachelors Degree concentrations at California College of the Arts were Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics, & Special Effects (52 degrees awarded), Industrial & Product Design (37 degrees), and Computer Graphics (27 degrees).

In 2021, 454 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at California College of the Arts. 64.1% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 35.9% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (90 degrees), 1.61 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (56 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at California College of the Arts is $51,792, which is $37,292 more than the national average for Special Focus Institutions ($14,500).

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In 2021, the median undergraduate tuition at California College of the Arts is $51,792, which is $37,292 more than the national average for Special Focus Institutions ($14,500).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $40,231.

In 2021, 77% of undergraduate students attending California College of the Arts received financial aid through grants. Comparatively, 27% of undergraduate students received financial aid through loans.

Tuition Costs

$51,792
2021 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2021, the cost of tuition at California College of the Arts was $51,792. The cost of tuition at California College of the Arts is $37,292 more than than the overall (public and private) national average for Special Focus Institutions ($14,500).

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Average Net Price

$40,231
2021 Value
7.91%
1 Year Growth

In 2021 California College of the Arts had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $40,231. Between 2020 and 2021, the average net price of California College of the Arts grew by 7.91%.

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Other Student Expenses

$16,972
Room and Board
$1,500
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at California College of the Arts was of $16,972 in 2021. The cost of room and board increased by 30.9% between 2020 and 2021.

During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,500. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid by Income Level

77%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants
27%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Loans

77% of undergraduate students at California College of the Arts received financial aid through grants or loans in 2021. This represents a growth of 5.48% with respect to 2020, when 73% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.
2%
2019 Default Rate
6
Number of Defaults

In 2019 the default rate for borrower's at California College of the Arts was 2%, which represents 6 out of the 300 total borrowers.

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predictive-analysisAdmissions

California College of the Arts received 2,847 undergraduate applications in 2021, which represents a 8.46% annual growth. Out of those 2,847 applicants, 2,210 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 77.6% acceptance rate.

There were 1,630 students enrolled at California College of the Arts in 2021.

California College of the Arts has an overall enrollment yield of 9.46%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

77.6%
Acceptance Rate in 2021
2,210
Accepted Out of 2,847

In 2021, the undergraduate acceptance rate of California College of the Arts was 77.6% (2,210 admissions from 2,847 applications). This is lower than the acceptance rate of 2020, which was 85.4%. Between 2020 and 2021, the number of applicants grew by 8.46%, while admissions declined by −1.47%..

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California College of the Arts had a total enrollment of 1,630 students in 2021. The full-time enrollment at California College of the Arts is 1,523 students and the part-time enrollment is 107. This means that 93.4% of students enrolled at California College of the Arts are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at California College of the Arts, both undergraduate and graduate, is 18.4% White, 13.8% Asian, 12.9% Hispanic or Latino, 6.13% Two or More Races, 3.87% Black or African American, 0.184% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0.0613% American Indian or Alaska Native.

Students enrolled at California College of the Arts in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (11.5%), followed by Asian Female (10.4%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (8.4%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Female (13.3%), followed by Asian Female (6.67%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (5.51%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

93.4%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at California College of the Arts in 2021, both undergraduate and graduate, is 1,630 students. The full-time enrollment at California College of the Arts is 1,523 and the part-time enrollment is 107. This means that 93.4% of students enrolled at California College of the Arts are enrolled full-time compared with 69.7% at similar Special Focus Institutions.

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Retention Rate over Time

82%
2021 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at California College of the Arts was 82%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Special Focus Institutions (69%), California College of the Arts had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity (2021)
  1. White
    300 enrolled students
  2. Asian
    225 enrolled students
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    211 enrolled students

The enrolled student population at California College of the Arts is 18.4% White, 13.8% Asian, 12.9% Hispanic or Latino, 6.13% Two or More Races, 3.87% Black or African American, 0.184% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0.0613% American Indian or Alaska Native. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Special Focus Institutions is 43.6% White, 18.4% Hispanic or Latino, and 14% Black or African American.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 70 students (4.29%) did not report their race.

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In 2021, 128 more women than men received degrees from California College of the Arts. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at California College of the Arts is white (90 degrees awarded). There were 1.61 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (56 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at California College of the Arts is Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics, & Special Effects (52 degrees awarded), followed by Industrial & Product Design (37 degrees) and Computer Graphics (27 degrees).

In 2021,  the most specialized majors across all degree types at California College of the Arts, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Communication Technologies (64 degrees awarded), Architecture and Related Services (48 degrees), and Visual & Performing Arts (210 degrees).

Common Jobs by Major

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at California College of the Arts are Elementary & middle school teachers (222,778 people), Other managers (179,545 people), Postsecondary teachers (139,751 people), Secondary school teachers (114,591 people), and Architects, except landscape and naval (107,013 people).

The most specialized majors at California College of the Arts in 2021 are Communication Technologies (64 degrees awarded), Architecture and Related Services (48 degrees), Visual & Performing Arts (210 degrees), Interdisciplinary Studies (60 degrees), and English (16 degrees) (as of 2021).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

Highest Paying Job

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at California College of the Arts are Surgeons, Physicians, Magnetic resonance imaging technologists, Nurse anesthetists, and Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents

The most specialized majors at California College of the Arts are Communication Technologies (64 degrees awarded), Architecture and Related Services (48 degrees), Visual & Performing Arts (210 degrees), Interdisciplinary Studies (60 degrees), and English (16 degrees) (as of 2021).

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Common Industries by Major

Most Common Industry

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at California College of the Arts are Elementary & secondary schools (477,756 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (300,133 people), Architectural, engineering & related services (186,254 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (170,558 people), and Computer Systems Design (156,542 people).

The most specialized majors at California College of the Arts are Communication Technologies (64 degrees awarded), Architecture and Related Services (48 degrees), Visual & Performing Arts (210 degrees), Interdisciplinary Studies (60 degrees), and English (16 degrees) (as of 2021).

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Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by California College of the Arts.
Most Common (2021)
  1. 52 degree-majors awarded
  2. 37 degree-majors awarded
  3. 27 degree-majors awarded

In 2021, the most common bachelors degree concentration at California College of the Arts was Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics, & Special Effects with 52 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

163
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2021
291
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2021

In 2021, 163 degrees were awarded to men at California College of the Arts, which is 0.56 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (291).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2021, 25 degrees were awarded to men at California College of the Arts in Architectural & Building Sciences & Technology, which is 1.09 times more than the 23 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2021, 43 degrees were awarded to men at California College of the Arts in Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics, & Special Effects, which is 2.05 times more than the 21 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

41%
100% Completion Time
64%
150% Completion Time

In 2021, 41% of students graduating from California College of the Arts completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 64% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 65% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Graduation Rate by Race and Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
American Indian or Alaska Native Female
Highest Graduation Rate (100%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate in 2021 at California College of the Arts is Female and American Indian or Alaska Native (100% graduation rate). Across all Special Focus Institutions, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (72.9%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 10.2% of graduates (16 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity (2021)
  1. White
    90 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    56 degrees awarded
  3. Asian
    54 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at California College of the Arts is white (90 degrees awarded). There were 1.61 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (56 degrees).

3.3% of degree recipients (15 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic (2021)
  1. White Female
    58 degrees awarded
  2. Asian Female
    41 degrees awarded
  3. White Male
    32 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at California College of the Arts is white female (58 degrees awarded). There were 1.41 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian female (41 degrees).

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briefcaseOperations

California College of the Arts has an endowment valued at nearly $48.6M, as of the end of the 2021 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of 11.2M (23.1%) compared to the 4.56% average return (574k on 12.6M) across all Special Focus Institutions.

In 2021, California College of the Arts had a total salary expenditure of 66.3M. California College of the Arts employs 36 Associate professors, 23 Professors and 20 Assistant professors. Most academics at California College of the Arts are Female Associate professor (19), Male Associate professor (17), and Male Professor (13).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at California College of the Arts are: Management, with 62 employees, Office and Administrative Support, with 48 employees, and Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 38 employees.

Endowment

$48.6M
2021 Endowment
30.1%
growth from 2020

California College of the Arts has an endowment valued at about $48.6M, as of the end of the 2021 fiscal year. The endowment of California College of the Arts grew 30.1% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $36M higher than than the median endowment of Special Focus Institutions according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

This line chart shows how the endowment at California College of the Arts (in red) compares to that of some similar universities.

The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Special Focus Four-Year: Arts, Music & Design Schools Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $4.57M - Federal
  2. $94.3k - State
  3. $86k - Local

As of 2021, California College of the Arts received $4.57M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $94.3k from state grants and contracts, and $86k from local grants and contracts.

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Salary Expenditure

$34.6M
2021 Salaries
13.1%
decline from 2020

In 2021, California College of the Arts paid a median of $34.6M in salaries, which represents 52.2% of their overall expenditure ($66.3M) and a 13.1% decline from the previous year.

The median for similar Special Focus Institutions is 3.06M (42.8% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$6.42M
Instructional Salaries
79
Number of Employees

In 2021, California College of the Arts paid a total of $6.42M to 79 employees working as instructors, which represents 18.6% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $871k (28.4%) for similar Special Focus Institutions.

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Occupations by Share

Associate professor
Most Common Instructor
36 Employees
Management
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
62 Employees

In 2021, the most common positions for instructional staff at California College of the Arts were Associate professor with 36 employees, Professor with 23 employees, and Assistant professor with 20 employees.

In 2021, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at California College of the Arts were Management with 62 employees, Office and Administrative Support with 48 employees, and Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 38 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

Most Common Demographic (2021)
  1. Female Associate professor
  2. Male Associate professor
  3. Male Professor

In 2021, the most common demographic for instructional staff at California College of the Arts was Female Associate professor with 19 employees, Male Associate professor with 17 employees, and Male Professor with 13 employees.

This chart shows the sex split between each academic rank present at California College of the Arts.

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