Valencia, CA
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Reviews 215 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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College Junior

Majors: I've been out of school, and have contacts in my field, so I'm not one to ask about internships.

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: There is a dining hall, not the greatest. I usually bring my breakfast and eat in there when it's quiet. I don't have a meal plan but many students do.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: I have no complaints about the off-campus dining. There are a number of restaurants around CalArts. Each one just as good as the rest.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: All of the academics at CalArts are pretty much down right amazing. All of the professors have been working in their area of expertise for quite some time. They are all passionate about being there and teaching what they love. The workload is enough and can be extensive, but it's never enough to set me over the edge.

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5 College Sophomore

Academics: Dancing at CalArts is literally the best decision I have ever made. Yes, I have been dancing my entire life, but the faculty have so much to offer. In the past year I have learned so incredibly much, I can't complain.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The security on campus is pretty good. Sometimes I would like to have an emergency phone on the way back to the dorms or something in case something were to happen, but other than that I feel pretty safe!

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Art school can be a little fishy... By that I mean that a lot of the men are gay so it can be hard to find that relationship everyone wants. I have absolutely nothing against homosexuals so to me it is not a problem. There are a few woman likers out there. For instance, I have found my mr. right! Another thing about art school is that no one judges me. I can wear what I want when I want without having to worry what other people might think of me.

College Sophomore

Greek Life: A rating won't be applicable because we don't have a Greek life on or near campus.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus housing is a big part of CalArts. Many of the students live off campus. Going into my sophomore year, I will be leaving off-campus in an apartment complex right across the street. Apartments vary in price and size, but almost all of them have a fair amount of parking, space, and reliable security.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: CalArts is a perfect match for me! It is everything I imagined and more. The passion and drive all of the students have is amazing. Unlike high school, I want to get up and go to class every morning. I love being able to do what I love 24/7. I wouldn't want to go anywhere else!

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: One of the best things that I like about my school, is the fact that almost all of my classes are centered around my major, making me actually want to learn and grow about what I am learning.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: One of the things that definitely sets this school apart from others in the uniqueness and diversity of the campus. It almost seems that everyone when all together enjoy everyone else. I have had very few problems with people over the past year. Another unique thing about CalArts' campus life would be the huge parties that they throw. Since it is an art school, they have the best of the best on set up and crew leaving the rest of the campus in awe.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Cafe Bon Appetit is alright. It isn't the greatest food option, but it does the trick. The one thing I'd like possibly is for it to be open later than 8 pm. I only say that because with my schedule often times I don't get out of rehearsal until way later than 8pm and it would be nice to be able to grab something before I head back to my room. But the meals that the cafe has to offer aren't horrible! They are substantial and pretty delicious.

College Sophomore

Athletics: A rating won't be applicable because we don't have any sports at CalArts. California Institute of the Arts is strictly an art school so we don't have any varsity sports or anything like that. We do have inter mural sports like soccer club and occasional basketball pick up games, but that is about it.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: The campus has a really great atmosphere that not only is very welcoming, but it strict as well. As far as classes go, we are only allowed to miss 3-4 of each class per semester. Being a dancer that is hard because of all of the intense technique classes, but it is totally worth it because CalArts is making sure we get the best of the best.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Honestly, if you tell them what you need they will do their best and usually come through. I got a pretty sweet scholarship and grant this year.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: It's very liberal. They are really good and lenient but only if it is safe and won't hurt anyone!

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Alot of fastfood.. which i don;t care for. But they have a Wholefoods not too far, but you need a car! And trader joes is alittle further.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: I cant really afford to eat at school, but let me tell you.. the food is awesome. They have lots of vegetarian and vegan options so it makes me really happy, and its really good too. There is one cafeteria and a cafe. So lots to chose from!

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: Everyone is really really well accepted. People care about their work too much, its all about the work so acceptance is not an issue. Just work hard and you will be accepted.

5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: We don;t have sorority's or frat houses!!!

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Everyone is so unique. Many people don't party because everyone is pretty focused. Everyone dresses pretty well and has a unique style, not necessarily name brands but interesting and cool outfits which is better! I have been in a relationship for a while, so i am not sure about dating.. but I have made many friends!

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I didn't encounter any issues getting in. I had auditioned for 3 other schools and got a callback for one and got accepted right away into calarts. The reason i think i got accepted here was because they made me feel super comfortable in the audition room. I felt very intimidated when I auditioned at the other schools, but CalArts made me feel like a student already. it was awesome!

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5 College Sophomore

Majors: I love my program. Lots of super talented people in the Acting program. It's unique because we use the Modular theatre and collaborate with other majors.. ie: Directing, Scenic design, lighting and Costumes. Workload is heavy but it's an MFA so it is to be accepted, just make sure you continue to do your work daily you won't fall behind. They have an awesome CAP program that allows you to teach at schools.. pretty awesome.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The nurse is very sweet from what i hear!


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