Facts & Figures

This page offers specific details about the college pertaining to enrollment, degrees, accreditation, rankings, etc.

See About for general information about CCA such as its history and mission, degrees, and accreditation.

Overall Rankings

Top art and design school by salary potential in the United States

One of the most environmentally responsible colleges in the United States and Canada
The Princeton Review (CCA is included in the annual Guide to Green Colleges)

Among top 25 colleges in California (out of 787) that rank highest for return on investment (ROI)
Affordable Colleges Online

National College of Distinction
College of Distinction (for Engaged Students, Great Teaching, Vibrant Communities, and Successful Outcomes)

Top social media college

Rankings by Discipline/Program

Biggest design events in 2008
Fast Company on launch of our MBA in Design Strategy (see Timeline 2008)

One of world's best design schools
BusinessWeek magazine
Top 5 sustainable fashion programs in the world
Fashionista.com Fashion Design Program

Top program in United States: Industrial Design Program
Design Intelligence* magazine

One of the top US architecture schools

Top fashion design college program in the country
CollegeCrunch.org (an online college resource)

Ranked one of most influential fashion design schools in the world
FashionPlaytes.com (an online resource)

Award-Winner, International Design for Experience​ Interaction Design Program UX Magazine

A top-ranked educational institution in the world for design innovation
Red Dot Institute

One of the top graduate master of fine arts programs (Ceramics, Graphic Design, Industrial Design, Interior Design, Painting/Drawing, Photography, and Sculpture)
U.S. News & World Report (College Compass)

#3 in the top interior design schools in the West
Design Intelligence* magazine

Top 10 US schools in animation
Animation Career Review

Student Experience

Student Demographics
1,910 total degree-seeking enrollment (fall 2013)

1,463 undergraduates
477 graduates

62 percent female
38 percent male

29 percent out of state
22 percent international

4 percent African American
15 percent Asian American
13 percent Hispanic
1 percent Hawaiian / Pacific Islander
0.5 percent Native American

Most popular majors
Graphic Design
Industrial Design

Faculty/Classroom Experience

  • 447 faculty of practicing artists, designers, published writers, and scholars
  • 90 percent of faculty teaches at the undergraduate level
  • student-to-faculty ratio of 9 to one
  • 13-15 students is the average class size

Student Retention/Graduation Rates

First year to second year, fall 2012 to fall 2013 (83 percent)
First-year students who graduate within six years of enrollment -- five-year average is 51 percent (61 percent for entering class 2007)

Community Life

  • 422 undergraduates and 221 graduate students from 37 states and 32 countries, not including the United States, comprises the 2013 entering class

  • 76 percent of first-year students live on campus

  • 22+ student-initiated organizations & groups

  • Pre-professional student organizations active on campus:

    American Institute of Architecture Students
    American Society of Interior Designers
    Industrial Designers Society of America
    National Organization for Minority Architects

  • Exchange opportunities in more than 30 associated art schools in more than 14 countries

  • Summer travel opportunities to Argentina, France, Greece, Iceland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, and other countries

Financial Aid

  • CCA provides more than $21 million of its scholarships
  • 89 percent of undergraduate students receive financial aid in the form of grants, scholarships, loans, or work-study
  • 77 percent of students receive CCA scholarships
  • The average amount of scholarships and grants is $17,600
  • 33 percent of full-time undergraduates work on campus, earning an average of $1,900 a year

Graduate School Attendance

(Based on 2006-7 graduating class)
Within six years of graduation, approximately 25 percent of fine arts graduates (BFA) and 40 percent humanities and science graduates (BA in Visual Studies and Writing and Literature) go on to graduate programs.

Career Facts

The following facts are based on an alumni survey taken in 2011 (1,100 responses):

78 percent of alumni work in fields related to art, architecture, design, or writing
25 percent of alumni own their own business
75 percent of alumni believe they graduated from CCA well prepared for their careers

Based on a PayScale survey, a market leader in global online compensation data (conducted independently from CCA), the mean average starting salary of a CCA alum living in the Bay Area is $43,000, with a midcareer mean-average salary of $96,700

Based on U.S. Dept. of Labor statistics, San Jose and San Francisco are among the top-three cities where it has been deemed easiest to find a job (Forbes.com).

Alumni Success

CCA Alumni Represent a Broad Array of Career Paths

Read the alumni success features to learn about the many recent career successes of our graduates. Be sure to also review a sampling of places where our alumni have gone on to work as well as where they pursued their graduate studies.

Here are just some of our most celebrated alumni:

Robert Arneson, sculptor
Robert Bechtle, painter
Squeak Carnwath, painter
Tomie dePaola, illustrator
Harrell Fletcher, artist
Viola Frey, sculptor
Todd Hido, photographer
Gary Hutton, interior/furniture designer
David Ireland, sculptor/conceptual artist
Tina Manis, architect
Manuel Neri, painter
Nathan Olivera, painter
Dennis Oppenheim, conceptual artist
Lucille Tenazas, designer
Michael Vanderbyl, designer
Peter Voulkos, sculptor
Wayne Wang, filmmaker
Paul Wonner, painter

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