Congratulations on your acceptance to California College of the Arts for the upcoming fall or spring entering class.
Here are a few easy steps and important dates to get you started toward becoming a member of the CCA community.
Save the Dates
Complete intent to enroll form (include $265 deposit)
Priority Housing application deadline ($600)
Online summer registration
First fall payment (and worksheet) due
Final transcripts and test scores due
Residence hall move-in day
International student orientation
English Placement Exam for transfer and international students
Parent & family orientation
English Placement Exam for first-year students
Transfer and second-degree student orientation
First-year student orientation
Fall classes begin
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10 Easy Steps to Enrollment
Follow these steps to ensure your start at CCA is successful:
- Step 1: Confirm you attendance
The journey to enrolling at CCA all starts here with your intent to enroll. Please confirm your attendance by May 1, or within two weeks of your admission offer, whichever is later.
Include your nonrefundable $265 enrollment deposit ($115 registration fees; $150 enrollment). Instructions to pay online are included in your admit letter.
Join CCA’s Student Facebook Community. This private portal allows admitted undergraduate students to meet online, prepare for orientation, and start off your first year at CCA completely in the know!
Check your email for your invitation to join.
- Step 2: CCA Email and New WebAdvisor Account
Twenty-four hours following the processing of your $265 enrollment deposit, you will receive an email with instructions on how to establish your new CCA email account and password and new WebAdvisor account. (Note: WebAdvisor requires a different login procedure from that used in the application process.)
Use the “Activate Student Account” link found at directory.cca.edu. Once activated, you’ll immediately be able to send and receive email. Once created, all CCA email will be sent to your CCA email account.
Your new WebAdvisor account will allow you to access your online student records and to apply for housing.
- Step 3: Financial Aid Offer (Review/Accept)
If you have applied for aid, or met the priority deadlines for fall applicants, an aid award will follow shortly after your offer of admission.
After you have reviewed your award. Please return the enclosed page indicating your acceptance of the aid offer, along with any outstanding document.
- Step 4: Campus Housing
The online housing application portal for new students will open April 1. Students must have submitted the nonrefundable enrollment deposit and official intent to enroll form prior to applying for housing.
Completion of the housing process requires a $600 housing deposit to reserve your space.
Students who submit a complete housing application and housing deposit on of before May 15 will receive priority housing placement. If submitted after May 15, students then participate in stand-by housing placement.
If you are seeking housing for the spring term, offers of housing will be extended as space becomes available. All housing offers will continue to be made until we have reached our standard occupancy capacity.
- Step 5: Get Registered
The early registration process takes place in June for fall semester and in December for spring semester.
For fall enrollment, you may participate in early registration once you have submitted a tuition deposit.
For spring enrollment, you need to make a tuition payment in order to participate in early registration. (See “Make Your Payments” for details and payment deadlines).
You will be contacted via your CCA email address by June 1 for fall semester and by December 1 for spring semester with instructions and deadlines for the early registration process specific to your program and level.
All incoming students are encouraged to participate in early registration. If you are unable to do so, a late registration opportunity exists during New Student Orientation.
Prepare to Register
It is in your best interest to submit all standardized test scores, high school transcripts, and college transcripts as applicable as soon as possible to be registered in the appropriate courses.
The deadline to submit final test scores and transcripts is August 1 for the fall semester and December 15 for the spring semester. See the following pages for more details about Transfer Credit and Test Scores:
You are required to take the English Placement Exam prior to your first semester at CCA unless you have been waived via test scores or transcripts. (See the English Placement Exam page for details.)
Your first introduction to Academic Advising takes place at New Student Orientation.
- Step 6: Make Your Payments
In June you will receive a paper statement that will include a link and instructions for completing the student accounts billing worksheet. The form for the upcoming academic year will be available in April (see the Student Forms).
The first tuition payment and your student accounts billing worksheet for the fall semester are due August 1; the first tuition payment for the spring semester is due December 1. (The 2015-16 billing worksheet will be available after May 1.)
Online payments are offered by visiting your WebAdvisor account and following the menu path:
Prospective Students Menu/
Or make a payment directly by logging in to WebAdvisor with your credentials. Select “Student Finance” at the “Make a Payment” screen and follow the specific instructions.
- Step 7: Health Insurance
All full-time students must have health insurance coverage. The college has secured a group health policy (a Kaiser Permanente HMO) that provides year-round coverage.
All students are automatically enrolled in CCA’s Kaiser student health insurance plan unless they submit an online waiver application. (A link to online waiver site will be emailed to all students in early June.)
See minimum-coverage requirements for waiving CCA’s health insurance plan.
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- Step 8: In Case of Emergency
RAVE is CCA's wireless campus-wide emergency response network to quickly inform the community about any situation that poses a threat to safety.
Log into your WebAdvisor account, select Emergency Contacts in the “User Account” section. Designate a cell phone, cell-phone provider, home phone, alternative email address, and opt in to receive SMS or voice alerts.
- Step 9: Obtain Your I-20 and F-1 Visa (International Students)
International students must obtain a student F-1 visa. Begin this process by submitting an I-20 request form and a bank statement that shows you have access to at least $61,532 to meet your educational costs for the first year.
Download the I-20 Request Form.
See Student Visa/I-20 for more information.
- Step 10: Attend Orientation
New Student Orientation is a required, comprehensive, and personal introduction to California College of the Arts at which you will meet other students, faculty, and staff who will become an important part of your college experience.
Expanded information about each orientation opportunity is available online.
- Computer Purchase
CCA students enjoy educational discounts and promotional pricing on Apple computers, hardware, and software through our online Apple store.
Your CCA email username and password are required to access the store. Promotional pricing on HP computers is available through our online HP store as an alternative system for Interior Design and Architecture students.
Non-Apple software titles, such as Adobe Creative Suite and Microsoft Office, are available at discounted pricing through CCA’s online software shop powered by Journey Education as well as directly from the various software manufacturers.
CCA offers every student a free copy of Sophos anti-virus software (downloadable from Educational Technology Services).
CCA is a Macintosh-based campus and works with Apple to provide a customized laptop bundle that includes a specially configured 15-inch MacBook Pro and Apple’s extended warranty.
Apple typically revises its hardware models each July. Please check the ETS website for the latest updates on custom hardware models and promotional pricing.
- Disability & Access Services
Providing access to a diverse student population is embedded in CCA’s philosophy.
We recognize disability as an aspect of diversity that is integral to society and to the campus community.
Accordingly, CCA’s Access and Wellness Services Office collaborates with students, faculty, staff, and community members to create usable, equitable, inclusive, and sustainable learning environments.
The college promotes and facilitates awareness and access through training, partnerships, innovative programs, and accommodations.
The following assistance and services are available through Access and Wellness to eligible students who encounter barriers to full access or participation in the physical, curricular, or informational environments within the college:
- Note-taking assistance
- Permission to record lectures
- Extended time on exams
- Alternative test design or location
- Physical accommodations for access
- Access to text in alternative formats
- Sign language interpreting: ASL interpreting or transliteration for academic and extracurricular activities
Accessing Support & Services
Students who want to use any of these services should contact Director of Access and Wellness Services Suzanne Raffeld at 510.594.3775 or firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an appointment.
- Campus Employment
CCA’s various departments and offices offer opportunities for domestic and international students to gain work experience while in college.
CCA will not automatically place you in a job -- you must conduct your own job search and identify the opportunities that best fit your interests, skills, and class schedules.
On-campus student job listings are posted on the college job board. Once registered, students as well as supervisors can access the job board to search for jobs.
The International Student Affairs and Programs Office (ISAP) hosts many different workshops for international students each semester related to employment:
- Curricular Practical Training (off-campus internships)
- Optional Practical Training (employment in the United States after graduation)
- H-1B information sessions (employment in the United States after graduation in a “specialty occupation” requiring specialized knowledge and attainment of a bachelor’s degree or higher)
International students with F-1 visas may work on campus 20 hours per week while classes are in session, and up to 40 hours per week during summer and holiday breaks.
- Your Right to Know
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords students certain rights with respect to their educational records:
- The right to inspect and review their educational records within 45 days of the day CCA receives a request for access
- The right to request the amendment of educational records that the student believes to be inaccurate or misleading
- The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in their educational records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent
- The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by CCA to comply with the requirements of FERPA
For full details of your rights, see Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act.
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