Admitted Graduates

Congratulations on your acceptance to California College of the Arts! We are thrilled you've been admitted to one of CCA's graduate programs and welcome you to our esteemed community.

Below are important dates to be aware of as well as next steps to know to get you started as a member of the CCA graduate community.

For immediate questions, contact Graduate Admissions at

Important Dates


April 15 (New MFA in Comics students only)
Complete intent to enroll form
(include $500 enrollment deposit)

May 1 (All other graduate programs)
Complete intent to enroll form
(include $500 enrollment deposit)

May 15
Priority housing application deadline
($600 housing deposit)

June 1-15
Online course registration

June 15 (MFA in Comics students only)
Tuition payment and billing worksheet due
Hardcopy official transcripts due

June 29-July 27
MFA in Comics residency month
(orientation is throughout the first week)

August 1
First fall tuition payment and billing worksheet due
Hardcopy official transcripts due

August 19
MBA orientation

August 20
First MBA residency begins

August 22
Residence hall move-in day

August 24
International student orientation

August 25
Graduate student orientations

August 31
First day of fall classes

10 Easy Steps to Enrollment

Step 1: Confirm Your Attendance

Enrolling at CCA all starts with your intent to enroll. Please confirm your attendance by May 1 (April 15 for the MFA in Comics), or within two weeks of your admission offer, whichever is later.

Include your nonrefundable $500 enrollment deposit ($115 registration fees; $385 enrollment) with your signed intent to enroll form.

If you would like to make your deposit payment online, instructions are included with your admit letter.

Join CCA’s Student Facebook Community.

This private portal allows admitted graduate 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 & New WebAdvisor Account

Twenty-four hours following the processing of your $500 enrollment deposit, you will receive an email with instructions on how to establish your new CCA email account and new WebAdvisor account.

(Note: WebAdvisor requires a different login procedure from that used in the admitted applicant process.)

Use the “Activate Student Account” link found at Once activated, you’ll immediately be able to send and receive official CCA email.

Once created, all email from the college is sent to your CCA email account.

Get in the habit of checking your CCA email account regularly for important announcements.

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 by filing a FAFSA and met the priority deadlines for applicants, an aid award will follow shortly after your offer of admission.

After you have reviewed your award, you can either accept your award on WebAdvisor or return the enclosed page indicating your acceptance of the aid offer, along with any outstanding documents.

Contact Financial Aid at or 415.703.9528.

Mail any required financial aid documents to:

California College of the Arts
Office of Financial Aid
1111 Eighth Street
San Francisco CA 94107

Step 4: CCA Housing

The online application for new students is available through the housing application portal in WebAdvisor. (Students must have submitted the nonrefundable $500 enrollment deposit prior to applying for housing.)

Completion of the housing process requires an additional $600 housing deposit to reserve your space.

Students who submit a complete housing application and housing deposit on or before May 15 will receive priority-housing placement.

Students who submit the housing application and housing deposit after May 15 will participate in stand-by housing placement.

All housing offers will continue to be made until we have reached our standard occupancy capacity.

Contact Residential Life at or 510.594.3722.

Step 5: Get Registered

New graduate student registration process takes place June 1 to 15 for the fall semester.

All graduate students will be contacted via their CCA email address by June 1 and will be provided links to their program’s registration forms online.

Incoming graduate students are required to register by June 15.

If you are unable to do so, there is a late registration opportunity during the add/drop period at the start of the semester.

Preparing to Register

In the first semester of the graduate programs there are required classes and some electives depending on which program you are enrolling in. You will have the opportunity to choose from a collegewide offering of elective courses in the following semesters.

If you applied to your program using an unofficial college transcript, you will have until August 1 to submit your final official college transcripts.

Official transcripts should be mailed from your prior college directly to:

California College of the Arts
Enrollment Services | Graduate Admissions
1111 Eighth Street
San Francisco CA 94107

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 first tuition payment and your student accounts billing worksheet for the fall semester are due August 1.

The 2015-16 billing worksheet will be available after May 1.

Online payments can be made by accessing your WebAdvisor account and following the menu path:

Prospective Students Menu / Enrollment Deposit / Payment / Student Finance

Alternatively, log in to WebAdvisor using your credentials to access the student self-serve payment feature.

Select “Student Finance” at the “Make a Payment” screen and follow the instructions.

If you are mailing your billing worksheet:

California College of the Arts
Student Accounts Office
1111 Eighth Street
San Francisco CA 94107

Contact Student Accounts Office at or 415.703.9578.

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 will be 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.

Learn more about minimum-coverage requirements for waiving CCA’s health insurance plan.

Additional CCA health insurance Information is available.

Step 8: In Case of Emergency

RAVE is the campuswide emergency response network in place 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 & F-1 Visa (International Students)

Most International students must obtain a F-1 student visa to come to the United States to study.

Begin this process by submitting an I-20 request form and a bank statement showing you have access to funds to meet your educational costs for the year.

Please submit all required paperwork as soon as possible to allow ample time to apply for the visa.

Download the I-20 request form.

See also Student Visa/I-20 for more information.

Step 10: Attend Orientation

Low-residency programs (MFA in Comics & MBA in Design Strategy)

Attendance at Graduate Student Orientation is strongly recommended for incoming DMBA and MFA in Comics graduate students.

The one-day orientation will:

  • Highlight essential resources and services
  • Learn how to take artistic risk that is mindful of others
  • Navigate CCA's studio and critique culture
  • Meet fellow students
  • Connect with your respective programs

This program is crafted to give you the tools to succeed and thrive during your time at CCA. (Note: International students must attend both international student orientation and graduate student orientation.)


Attendance at graduate student orientation is required from all incoming graduate students. The one-day orientation will:

  • Highlight essential resources and services
  • Learn how to take artistic risk that is mindful of others
  • Navigate CCA's studio and critique culture
  • Meet fellow students
  • Connect with your respective programs

This program is crafted to give you the tools to succeed and thrive during your time at CCA. (Note: International students must attend both international student orientation and graduate student orientation.)

See expanded information about orientation »

Monday, August 24
International Student Orientation
San Francisco campus

Specific information will be sent from the International Student Affairs & Program (ISAP) Office.

Tuesday, August 25
Graduate Student Orientation
San Francisco campus

Email for additional information.

Additional Resources

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 Architecture students.

Non-Apple software titles, such as Adobe Creative Suite and Microsoft Office, are available through CCA’s online software shop powered by Journey Education as well as directly from the various software manufacturers, at discounted pricing.

CCA offers every student a free copy of Sophos Anti-virus software (downloadable from the Educational Technology Services website).

CCA is a Mac-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.


Services 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 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.

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.

Know Your Rights

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) afford 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.