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Reviews 246 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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3 College Junior

Scholarships: Easy enough with loans, a bit light with scholarships.

College Junior

Athletics: No sports except clubs! This is art school!

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Safe feeling, but there is no health clinic. However, if you enroll in student insurance, Kaiser Permanente is great!

College Junior

Greek Life: No greek life! This is art school!

4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Super chill! Except for the front desk. They are pretty strict about checking ID cards.

3 College Junior

Computers: They do their job and the monitors are great and huge. Sometimes availability can be an issue.

3 College Junior

Transportation: Good if you live near public transportation. There is also a shuttle between the two campuses.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Does what it says on the tin, but not any more. Also, it's really expensive for what it is.

1 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: The prices are PAINFULLY expensive, not to mention finding a place in the first place is terribly difficult. Good Luck!

3 College Junior

Academics: In my experience, schools on the east coast are tougher, but there is a great environment for learning here where everyone is willing to help and be constructive.

4 College Junior

Diversity: CCA is an art school in California, so naturally there is a great deal of diversity. I have noticed zero intolerance for orientation, religion, or otherwise.

4 College Junior

Nightlife: Nightlife at CCA is great because you are in San Francisco. There are so many great bars around. Close to school is a dive bar called Thee Parkside as well as a music venue called Bottom of the Hill. When you get out of the CCA bubble, there is all that there is in places such as SOMA or the Mission. Popular places frequented by CCA students are bars such as Dear Mom, Homestead, Southern Pacific, or Latin American Club. And there is SO much more to explore.

In terms of parties, those are pretty much explored through word of mouth, so make lots of friends! Also, SF has a good culture of underground parties and DJ venues, so keep your eyes peeled!

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Honestly I never lived the student housing so I am not entirely sure how it is but from what I hear from others living here it is just ok

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: The public safety officials themselves are nice and helpful, but the area around the campuses is not the greatest and there is only so much they can do to prevent robberies or assaults

3 College Junior

Transportation: It's is nice to have free bus shuttles to and from Oakland to San Francisco campus, however I wish there were more times it was available. The buses also come late sometimes and take odd routes to campus

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: People at CCA like to crash frat parties at UC Berkeley and we have a few house and dorm parties every now and then but most people just find something to do or they send the night in San Francisco to party. Things get pretty crazy and it's a great experience.

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3 College Freshman

Computers: The computers in the labs have great internet access and the labs don't get too crowded. The only bad part is the fact that the internet access in the dorms suck ass. The wifi goes out all the time and the best place to use the wifi is in the hallways.

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: The campus is a 20 minute walk away from Berkeley campus and theres always something to do there. Also, the campus is a 10 minute walk from the BART station and from there is a 20 min ride to the Powel Bart station that's right next to the mall.

College Freshman

Greek Life: We don't have a Greek life at my school.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: There are so many people from all over the world with different religions, beliefs, cultures and personal backgrounds. There are no two alike people at this school. Everyone is very unique and different in their own way and everyone is very accepting for other's life choices.

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: This school is solely for artists and the staff is easy to negotiate with on certain things.

3 College Freshman

Weather: It's usually sunny but there's a lot of cold wind and it makes you feel like you're not really in California. On the average day the weather is usually cold in the morning and at night, but right in the middle of the day is really hot. The weather is basically bipolar.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: On campus housing is pretty great. People are always willing to help each other, it's easy to make a lot of friends, and there's enough privacy within the halls. The on campus housing is just a bit expensive. After calculations, if you were to pay monthly rent for the dorms it would be about $800 a month.

3 College Freshman

Facilities: this is definitely the place to be if you're an artist and you're committed to working in this field for the rest of your life but you have to have a good amount o money to attend this school.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: CCA staff is generally very nice and helpful, but sometimes they can be a little hard to communicate with.


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Maria Vaza-Kaczynski
Pacifica, Calif.
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The education you get from CCA is far different than any other art college in California because you will not only learn skills for your major, but outside of your art form, as well. The College strongly encourages its students to take an elective class every semester or so in order to explore and try out things they might never have thought of doing, such as 3-D work, computer animation, drawing, fashion, illustration, painting, photography, printmaking, textiles, and more. This is important because art is always changing, and the development of an artist is a constant process that will change many times in a lifetime. So, even if you think you know exactly what you want to do now, you may discover a new passion at CCA and pursue that, as well.

Not only does the school provide a lot of diversity and opportunities to try out lots of things, almost every teacher at CCA is a working artist, as well. Therefore, the teachers here do not just teach from a book—they have real-world experience and have been in the very same position as the students. The professors are all very understanding if you experience any issues that interfere with school, such as health or family problems, and they will do their best to help you if you are having problems with assignments. And, finally, another plus is that the California College of the Arts believes in giving many deserving students grants and scholarships to help them attend this school.

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