Grow your skills in a region with worldwide influence
California College of the Arts admits students from around the world who are driven, diverse, original, socially conscious cultural-transformation-makers committed to changing the world and themselves through art and design. We think you’ll fit right in.
You should first schedule an Admitted Student Appointment to go over your offer with an admissions counselor or, if you already know your answer is yes!, submit your enrollment deposit to declare your acceptance.
Launch your creative career at CCA
At CCA, you’ll be immersed in the radical spirit that makes the San Francisco Bay Area so legendary. You’ll learn from experienced artists, architects, designers, and writers continually engaged with the modern challenges and opportunities in your field (100% of our faculty are professional practitioners). The strong mentorship culture at CCA is bolstered by our 7:1 student-to-faculty ratio, with an average of only 14 students per class.
Our undergraduate students embrace risk-taking and are fueled by CCA’s Chimera spirit. The Chimera, a mythical creature made up of many diverse parts, is our unofficial mascot and represents a mindset that believes we’re better together. In fact, CCA is ranked the #6 most diverse college in California.
The range of ideas, people, and creative practices on campus will give your work intelligence and depth, while our Career Development team will provide access to tools, events, networking opportunities, and a CCA job and internship board beginning your first year on campus. According to our survey of recent alumni, 78% of undergraduates work in a field related to their CCA training.
Together, our interdisciplinary community understands the evolution of creative economies and their increasingly important role in solving social, cultural, environmental, and economic problems. And we want you to be part of it—starting now.
Our state-of-the-art campus expansion opens fall 2024
Your experience will be truly groundbreaking
We can’t wait to welcome you to our newly expanded campus. By the time you arrive, you’ll be able to explore your creative practice in an additional 82,305 square feet of all-new maker spaces, classrooms, studios, and galleries in the heart of San Francisco. This sustainably designed expansion project is envisioned with you in mind. With an indoor-outdoor feel along with new green spaces and adaptable makerspaces, you can carry your imagination across disciplines and mediums. Located just across the street from your residence hall, you’re never far from home or your studio.
The CCA student experience
RSVP to attend Admitted Student Day on April 6
Join us in San Francisco to celebrate your admission! Tour our growing campus, meet the faculty and instructors who will be your mentors, and get to know the CCA community. The day’s events include the First Year Experience info session, transfer student enrollment, one-on-one financial aid counseling, and special receptions to meet faculty, student support services, and student exhibitions and demos.
Meet CCA where you are
If you're not able to travel to San Francisco for Admitted Student Day on April 6, our admissions staff are hosting events for newly admitted CCA students in select cities in the U.S. and around the world. We're excited to welcome you to our CCA community and answer your questions as you make your admissions decision. More cities to come!
- New York, NY
Saturday, April 13, 11 am–1 pm
- Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, April 13, 1 pm–3 pm
- Seattle, WA
Saturday, April 13
- Miami, FL
- New Orleans, LA
- Houston, TX
- Chicago, IL
Thursday, April 11
- Washington DC
- Vancouver, BC
Sunday, April 14
Saturday, March 23, 2–4 pm
Sunday, March 24, 2–4 pm
Tuesday, March 26, 6–8 pm
Saturday, March 16, 12–2 pm
Sunday, March 17, 2–4 pm
Saturday, March 30, 6–8 pm
Saturday, March 30, 6–8 pm
Virtual admitted student events
We're also hosting virtual sessions for our admitted students and their families to get to know CCA from wherever you are. Chat with current students and parents, talk to faculty about our majors, and learn more about housing on campus. Join us on Zoom to get answers to all your questions about CCA as you make your admissions decision.
POV: Living in San Francisco
Tuesday, March 19, 5–6 pm (PDT)
Our location in the heart of San Francisco will inspire your artistic practice, connect you to industry, and enrich your life outside the studio. We can't wait to share what we love about SF and answer your questions about what it's really like to live here.
Meet CCA Housing, Dining, and ResEd
Wednesday, April 10, 5–6 pm (PDT)
Meet our housing staff, learn about our facilities and amenities, understand dining options and meal plans, and get answers to frequently asked housing questions.
Parent Perspectives: Speak with current CCA parents
Date and time to be announced
Hear from families of current CCA students about their experiences of sending their students to CCA! Bring all your questions and get valuable insights only another parent or guardian can provide.
Q&A for families of amitted students in China
Friday, April 26, 7–8 pm (PDT)
Ask questions about the international student experience at CCA! Mandarin-speaking staff members will attend this event to help facilitate conversation for families of our incoming students from China.
Note: Event registration details and Zoom links were sent via email.
Virtual financial aid workshops
What's happening with my financial aid?
Wednesday, March 13, 5–5:30 pm (PDT)
In response to recent news about FAFSA delays and challenges, join CCA's financial aid counselors for a virtual session. We’ll discuss the financial aid process, anticipated timeline, and key points from the 2024-25 FAFSA/California Dream Act Application.
Admitted student financial aid workshops
Wednesday, March 27, 5–5:30 pm (PDT)
Monday, April 8, 5–5:30 pm (PDT)
Monday, April 22, 5–5:30 pm (PDT)
Led by a CCA financial aid counselor, these virtual sessions will review how to read your award letter, help you calculate out-of-pocket costs, and answer your questions about the different types of aid, disbursement, and petition process.
Campus tours for admitted students
We offer weekly campus tours on Mondays and Fridays at 10:15 am, guided by a CCA staff member or student ambassador. All guests must register in advance. We are unable to accommodate walk-in guests or unaccompanied visitors on campus
Review all your information
We’re excited to have you join CCA, but we know choosing a college is an important decision for both you and your family. That’s why we’re committed to providing you with everything you need to understand your offer as you make your acceptance decision.
You should also learn about steps to take for financial aid eligibility, review your transfer credits, schedule an Admitted Student Appointment to go over your offer with an admissions counselor, and explore your housing options online. If you already know you’d like to accept your offer and attend CCA, awesome! You can submit your enrollment deposit now and get started with the next steps.
Our offer of admission may have included a merit scholarship from CCA. However, you may also qualify for additional need-based federal, state, or institutional aid by filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Act Application (CADAA) based on your citizenship status and state of residence.
U.S. citizens will need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and include CCA's federal school code 001127.
In preparation for FAFSA, we highly encourage all students who are U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or eligible non-citizens seeking need-based aid to create their Federal Student Aid account, called your FSA ID, in advance. You can create your FSA ID at studentaid.gov.
Dependent students will need a parent whose information is reported on the FAFSA form to create their own FSA ID so they can sign their student's application electronically.
Undocumented students, Dreamers, and DACA recipients residing in California should plan to complete the California Dream Act Application (CADAA) instead of the FAFSA.
Undocumented students, Dreamers, and DACA recipients residing outside of California will have the opportunity to apply for need-based aid with a form that will not require a social security number. More information on this process will be available soon.
The deadline to submit FAFSA or CADAA for Cal Grant eligibility has been extended from March 2 to April 2 for the 2024-2025 year only. California residents–both U.S. citizens and eligible non-citizens–seeking federal and state aid should complete either the FAFSA or CADAA by April 2.
International students are not eligible for federal and state financial aid, and do not need to fill out the forms mentioned above. Explore additional financial aid information and resources for international students.
Invest in your future
Transfer students make valuable contributions to CCA
If you are transferring credits to CCA, you can view a preliminary transfer credit report within two weeks of receiving your offer of admission.
To review any preliminary transfer credit:
- Log in to the CCA Undergraduate Applicant page
- Select Fall 2024 Application under Your Applications
- Click on Reports/Preliminary Transfer Credit Report to view your Preliminary Transfer Credit Report
The Office of Admissions will follow up with an email with how your transfer credit could apply toward your degree at CCA. This process may take up to two weeks.
Make connections and thrive
Our newest residence hall in the center of our San Francisco campus is home to most of CCA’s first- and second-year resident students. You’ll live on campus for your first two years and have access to on-site social events, counseling services, residential programming, and a meal plan centered in our brand new cafe. This makes it much easier to get to know your peers, your neighbors, and yourself. Recent residence hall activities include:
- Language Lounges
- “Know the Bay” Group Trips
- Resident Advisor Socials
- Reverse Trick or Treat
- Welcome Week
- Meet and Greets
Be among the first to live here. Our newest residence hall at 188 Hooper Street opened in fall 2020.
- 500 students (first- and second-year students)
- Located on CCA’s San Francisco campus, Founders Hall's doors open directly into a courtyard that connects to first-year studios next door
- Building features include a cafe for student meal plans, a convenience store, bike space, top-floor terrace, and modern sustainable amenities
Fall 2024 students: Declare your intent by May 1
Your journey as a CCA student starts with your intent to enroll. To confirm your attendance, sign in to the CCA applicant page to accept your offer of admission and submit the $300 deposit by May 1, 2024, or within two weeks of receiving your offer of admission, whichever is later.
To sign in, you’ll use the same email address you used to apply to CCA. (Yep, even if you applied through CommonApp!) If you have any trouble logging in, use the “reset password” feature.
Once you’re signed in, select your application and follow the instructions to accept the offer of admission and submit the enrollment deposit. This non-refundable deposit covers your enrollment ($185) and registration fees ($115).
Undergraduate applicants can postpone their enrollment for up to one year with an enrollment deposit of $300. All requests to postpone enrollment must be made before the first day of classes. Requests to postpone must be sent by email to [email protected].
Select housing, a dining plan, and more
After you’ve made your enrollment deposit, it’s time to go through the Enrollment Checklist: obtain your I-20 and F-1 visa (if you’re an international student), apply for campus housing, select your dining plan, register for classes, and prepare to attend orientation.
Don’t miss these moments in the enrollment process
Be sure to plan accordingly—mark your calendar now.
Our teams are here to help
With your admission to CCA, you’ve achieved the first step toward academic, artistic, and personal fulfillment. Enjoy it! We know that the next steps and the cost of tuition may seem overwhelming, but with our dedicated teams of counselors, you have someone who can answer any questions every step of the way.
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For questions regarding housing opportunities, residential hall security, or submitting your housing application, email [email protected].
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