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Reviews 283 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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4 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: Of the two colleges I have attended in SF, this is by far the superior for my field of study (illustration). The staff make all the difference. The campus isn't stunning like the Oakland part of the school, but the atmosphere from the people involved make the school a wonderful place to work.

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: CCA is expensive, doesn't give much aid considering it is extremely expensive. It is as much as Harvard!

1 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There is no health center here. It's a joke. Also I feel like they don't take injury caused at the school seriously. Based on personal experience.

1 College Freshman

Athletics: there is no athletic facility or sports teams/clubs.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: I heard there was a lacrosse team. I think that is a very sick joke.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Once you live on campus you will be dying to live somewhere else, somewhere where you have 100% freedom and do not have to deal with roommates. However, it will be hard. It will be nearly impossible unless you have disposable income or parents who are willing to pay for everything.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Christopher's burgers give discounts for students, but their meals aren't always amazing. Their fries are the best though. Manpuku and Takara affordable and taste amazing if you love asian foods, specifically sushi, noodles, etc. There is a place with great Pandan waffles too.

2 College Sophomore

Administration: A good amount of the administration, and teachers do not take attendance, so a lot of students get away with constantly being late or absent. The school, the administrators, etc. say that there are not drugs or alcohol allowed, but that is a joke.

Example one: Orientation consisted of students smoking pot masked as a cigarette in front of chimera leader.

Example two: End of the year a couple of friends were smoking pot outside Oakland campus gate one night.

Example three: Student living in dorm invited random neighbors to room to have alcohol.

The school does not care and it is rare if you get caught (even with the door wide open, and the drinks sitting out). No, seriously.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Apply for everything in terms of financial aid. If you have to, call. But usually, CCA has no serious issue giving aid.

1 College Sophomore

Campus Food: There is no meal plan. There is A2 cafe on the San Francisco campus, the pizza and bagels are the things that most people order. I can vouch for the pizza. There is a cafe on the Oakland campus too, in all honesty, I do not waste my money on either.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The on-campus dorm, Irwin has to be the worst besides Webster which is pretty far away from the school. Irwin has pretty large rooms but the living area might as well be the size of a box, consisting of an old sofa and several school desks. The kitchen is worse, it is supposed to be useful for all kids in the dorm but can not even fit two students. Webster is literally located on top of a high school. I repeat, on top of a high school. It is also not in the best area (or a good area) many of the students fear going outside that dorm at night and many are eager to find another residence after living there. None of the dorms are affordable, absolutely none. And if you live in a dorm besides Irwin, Clifton and Webster then you'd better find some sort of way to get transportation to school every single day.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: It is a very expensive area around either campus, and some neighborhoods are not safe. Prices for individual dorms are a bit more expensive than rooming with someone in an apartment, but way cheaper than renting a house. dorms are pretty nice, though some are kinda small. commuting from the outlying area is entirely possible on public transit, but it can be a pain during midterms and finals because it takes so long. you lose out on the sleep you would get living in the dorms.

4 College Freshman

Local Area: Great place with lots of things to see and do. Vibrant local art and music scene. lots of tourist attractions and pro sports teams in the area, too. It is expensive as hell to live here, though.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Campus staff are all aware of the policies regarding sexual assault and harassment. Campus Safety is available to escort any student to their car or to the BART Station/bus stop upon request, and regularly remind and encourage students to use the service. Students are required to attend an orientation that includes the school's policies and procedures before classes start. Focus is on prevention of crime (of any kind) rather than response to it. Official policy on sexual encounters is "Only yes means yes."

4 College Freshman

Administration: Faculty are pretty open to whatever as long as it is safe and legal. massive student-led protests and open-forum discussions on hot-button topics are fairly norm. Alcohol and drug policies are strict in compliance with federal educational policies. Priority is placed on student safety and wellbeing by all staff.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: The process wasn't horrible, but loans are never any fun.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: They're really trying to improve their game, especially this year. I feel like I have a lot of options when it comes to safety here.

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Clifton is overall the nicest for the price you pay, and it allows you to meet a lot of people. The wifi, however is horrible without an ethernet cable.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: So many different types of food places to explore and discover

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Local Area: With a Bart ticket and some change for the bus, there are so many great places you can go in San Fancisco and Oakland.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Senior

Scholarships: I did not apply for financial aid, but i have a scholarship and i appreciate it a lot.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Senior

Academics: There's also a big variety. But they all somehow contribute to the study of art and design.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Senior

Academics: We have great professors from famous design firms. We also work with real clients sometimes. I really like the industrial design program here.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Senior

Overall Experience: Even though this is not the normal University life I expected, it is a great school for arts and designs.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Senior

Overall Experience: I believe our school has a pretty good reputation in the bay area. And the opportunities in the bay area are abundant.

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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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