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Facts & Figures

Our diverse community intersects art, industry, and important issues to create work that matters. And we’ve got the numbers to prove it.


Learn why CCA is one of the world’s best value art colleges

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CCA’s programs stand out

Art college rankings position California College of the Arts as one of the best art and design schools in California, the United States, and the world. From greatest salary potential to most sustainable to overall best value, our accolades are bolstered by innovative facilities, interdisciplinary programs, and expert faculty that have made CCA a top-tier art college. CCA is ranked #10 in the country for graduate fine arts programs, #4 in graphic design, and #6 in ceramics, according to U.S. News & World Report.

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Top ranked for return on investment

CCA is focused on keeping tuition low and the returns on your investment high. Our interdisciplinary programs and dedicated faculty have landed us rankings of #1 art school in the nation for return on investment, #4 best undergraduate art school by salary potential, and in the top 20 best value colleges for art majors by PayScale.

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We champion a range of perspectives

CCA has been named one of the top 15 most diverse colleges in the U.S.and also has one of the most diverse faculty cohorts of all AICAD schools. With a broad curriculum that emphasizes cultural literacy and challenges students to investigate inequity in all of its forms, we strive to make diversity, inclusion, and belonging integral to your experience at the college.

Facts & Figures

Learn about our community at a glance

Average class size

  • 13 is the average number of undergraduate students per class
  • 10 is the average number of graduate students per class
  • 8:1 undergraduate student to faculty ratio

Acceptance and retention rates

  • 73% acceptance rate (2019 undergraduates)
  • 71% of first-year students pursuing bachelor's degrees re-enroll for their sophomore year

Graduation rate

  • 67% of first-year students graduate in six years

Student body

  • 1,225 degree-seeking undergraduates enrolled
  • 373 degree-seeking graduates enrolled
  • 42% international students
  • 1% American Indian/Alaska Native
  • 16% Asian American
  • 5% African American
  • 13% Latinx/Hispanic
  • 1% two or more races
  • 22% white
  • 4% not reported
  • 47 countries represented among degree-seeking undergraduates and graduates
  • 35 states represented


  • 418 total faculty
  • 1% American Indian/Alaska Native
  • 12% Asian American
  • 6% African American
  • 8% Latinx/Hispanic
  • 6% two or more races
  • 60% white
  • 6% not reported


  • 249 total staff
  • 1% American Indian/Alaska Native
  • 16% Asian American
  • 11% African American
  • 12% Latinx/Hispanic
  • 1% Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander
  • 5% two or more races
  • 52% white
  • 5% not reported


  • 600+ internships per year
  • 83% of undergraduate alumni obtained work within 12 months of graduating
  • 81% of graduate alumni obtained work within 12 months of graduating
  • 78% of undergraduate alumni reported their CCA education was relevant to their first work experience
  • 85% of graduate alumni reported their CCA education was relevant to their first work experience

Financial information

  • $34,271 is the average amount of combined scholarships and grants per student
  • 78% of students receive CCA scholarships
  • 78% of undergraduate students receive financial aid

Source: Fall 2020 CCA Factbook

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