Undergraduate Admitted Student Next Steps

Congratulations! You’ve been admitted to attend a top art and design school in the country, at one of the most exciting times in its history. These steps will help you understand your offer and submit a deposit to accept your admission to CCA. We can’t wait to see what you do here.

Choose CCA

A top tier college laser-focused on art and design

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.

Make your Admitted Student Appointment

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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.

Admissions Events

Your future at CCA is about to begin

Learn more wherever you are

Even if you can’t make it to campus in person, you can still get all the inspiration and information you need to find yourself here. Get to know our campus through videos about life at CCA, financial aid, housing, San Francisco, and more.

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

Offer of Admission

Understand the big picture before deciding

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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.

Submit your deposit

Financial Aid

Learn what steps to take for financial aid eligibility

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

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

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 can apply for need-based aid with an institutional form from CCA that does not require a social security number. This form will be provided by your admissions counselor after you apply to CCA.

California residents

The deadline to submit FAFSA or CADAA for Cal Grant eligibility has been extended from March 2 to May 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 May 2.

International students

International students are not eligible for federal and state financial aid and do not need to fill out the forms mentioned above.

Financial aid videos

These short videos will help you understand the financial aid process at CCA and provide an overview of the financial aid offer letter, cost of attendance at CCA, and additional aid options.

Transfer Credit

View your transfer information in one location

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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.

Campus Housing

Live in brand new campus communities

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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
Exterior view of Founders Hall on CCA's San Francisco campus.

Exterior view of CCA's Founders Hall. Photo by Richard Barnes.

Founders Hall

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

Submit Your Deposit

Accept your offer by making an enrollment deposit

Fall 2024 students: Declare your intent

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.

Students applying for need-based aid will have until May 15 to make their enrollment decision

California College of the Arts has extended the fall 2024 enrollment deposit deadline to May 15 for students affected by these federal financial aid processing delays.

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].

Submit your deposit

Go to Next Steps

After you’ve deposited, here’s what’s next

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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.

Key Dates

Let the countdown to campus begin

Don’t miss these moments in the enrollment process

Be sure to plan accordingly—mark your calendar now.

Apr 02

Submit your FAFSA or California Dream Act Application

California residents should submit their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Act Application by this date to be eligible for Cal Grants (2024 only).

May 01

Deadline to confirm attendance and submit deposit

Admitted students who have indicated on their application to CCA that they are not interested in financial aid and students who are ineligible for federal and state aid–such as those with international citizenship, should confirm attendance and submit their enrollment deposit for the fall semester by this date.

May 15

Deadline to confirm attendance and submit deposit for students applying for need-based aid

The enrollment deposit deadline has been extended for admitted students who have indicated they are interested in applying for financial aid on their application for admission to CCA and who have submitted a FAFSA or CADAA, including CCA's federal school code.

Aug 01

Make first fall payment and submit applicable paperwork

Make first fall payment and submit your tuition payment worksheet, final transcripts, and test scores (if applicable).

Contact Us

Take the next steps with full support

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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Schedule an appointment with a counselor.


For questions regarding housing opportunities, residential hall security, or submitting your housing application, email [email protected].

Financial Aid

Reach out to us with any financial aid or payment-related questions—from how to understand your award package to how to submit a payment. You can also email [email protected], call +1 415-703-9528.

Take the first step in accepting your CCA admission

Submit your deposit