California Institute of the Arts

237 reviews
  1. Valencia, CA
  2. 4 Year
B+
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Value
    B-
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    B-
  5. Athletics
    NG
  6. Party Scene
    B
  7. Professors
    B+
  8. Location
    C+
  9. Dorms
    B-
  10. Campus Food
    B-
  11. Student Life
    A
  12. Safety
    A-
California Institute of the Arts is ...
Private not-for-profit
Athletic Division
Data not available
Athletic Conference
Data not available
Address
24700 W McBean Pky
Valencia, CA 91355

California Institute of the Arts Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
24%
SAT Range
Data not available
ACT Range
Data not available
Application Fee
$70
SAT/ACT
Neither required nor recommended
High School GPA
Neither required nor recommended

Cost

Net Price
$43,457/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $38,518/ year
  • $30-48k
    $43,558/ year
  • $49-75k
    $45,865/ year
  • $76-110k
    $46,035/ year
  • $110k+
    $50,709/ year

Academics

Professors
B+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
7:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
94%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.16 responses
86%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.14 responses
57%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.14 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
961Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
10%
Pell Grant
33%
Varsity Athletes
Data not available
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 9 responses
Report
  • Artsy
    33%
  • Creative
    22%
  • Passionate
    22%
  • Entitled
    11%
  • Unique
    11%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
86%
Poll
95%
of students say they don't have Greek life.19 responses
Poll
96%
of students say no one pays attention to varsity sports.26 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 10 responses
Report
  • Unique
    70%
  • CalArts is a universe within itself
    10%
  • Exceptional
    10%
  • Out of this world
    10%

After California Institute of the Arts

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$32,500/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
70%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
85%
National
83%
89%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.9 responses

Reviews

237 reviews
  • Excellent
    70
  • Very Good
    82
  • Average
    57
  • Poor
    20
  • Terrible
    8
I feel so lucky and happy here as a Character Animation Student. I want to be an animator and you start this instantly here! I have I honestly do not have many concerns with finding a job especially in the animation field, the only thing is it becomes super competitive with so many talented students here at the same time at the same school. But it's so inspiring to be working around such talented people and definitely a motivator. Many animation Studios respect animation students applying for jobs and coming from CalArts cause they know how emotionally laborious and rigorous the Character Animation Program is. Especially when most of the people hiring are CalArts alumni.
  • College Freshman
  • Feb 11 2013
It does not feel particularly dangerous considering that the city is considered the 2nd safest city in the US (apparently). Though we have had warnings come through campus security of people being banned for harassment and a homeless person hanging out in the music school, as well as an old lady taking a topless shower by the dorm pool. We called security about the old lady and they basically told us to just chill. Take what you will of that!
  • College Sophomore
  • 4 months ago
Just Shine Now! My acting program is the most transformational, innovative program in the country, in terms of becoming an adult and an artist. Much of the program needs reform, however, particularly in casting. Academic requirements would be better filled if our Academic department underwent a serious, massive reform as well. I wouldn't do it again; rather, I will take my training forward with me into the future that my time here has given me. The opportunities I missed here because of my program's negligence, I can create for myself in the 'real world', now that I know what they look like and how I can access them.
  • College Senior
  • June 23 2012