California Institute of the Arts

California Institute of the Arts

Valencia, CA
student ratio
total students
Tuition Cost $45,030 | $45,030
in-state | out-of-state
Average Financial Aid Package $35,000
January 5
fall application deadline
acceptance rate
Very Difficult
admission difficulty
Average test scores for all first-year students that were accepted and enrolled.
sat math
sat reading
sat writing
act composite

Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
  • Visual and performing arts
    • Cinematography and Film/Video Production
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Dance
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Design and Visual Communications
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Directing and Theatrical Production
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Fine/Studio Arts
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Music Performance
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Music Theory and Composition
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Photography
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Theater Design and Technology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Visual and Performing Arts Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.


24% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied2,145
    • Accepted536
    • Acceptance Rate24%
    • Enrolled949
    • Female Applicants1,349
    • Females Accepted336
    • Female Acceptance Rate24%
    • Male Applicants796
    • Males Accepted200
    • Male Acceptance Rate25%
  • Applying
    • Application Fee $70
    • Required for All Essay or personal statement
      Transcript of high school record
      Letter(s) of recommendation
      portfolio or audition
    • Required for Some Interview
      Letter(s) of recommendation
    • Average high school GPA for first-year freshman
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
    • Fall freshmen January 5th April 1st Yes
    • Out-of-state Fall freshmen Yes
    • Early decision plan Not Reported
    • Other early decision plan Not Reported
    • Transfer January 5th April 1st --
  • Test Scores Accepted
    • Test Average School Accepted 25th Percentile* 75th Percentile*
    • * 25th and 75th percentile is the score that 25/75 percent of students score at or below.

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *$45,030
    • Out-of-state tuition *$45,030
    • In-district tuitionN/A
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student feesNot Reported
    • Room and board *Not Reported
    • Room only *Not Reported
    • * Room and board charges vary according to board plan selected (i.e., 12-meal plan, 19-meal plan, etc.) and student level (freshman, sophomore, etc.)
  • Other Payment Considerations
    • Guaranteed tuition plan offeredNo
    • Tuition pre-payment planNo
    • Tuition payment plans offeredNot Reported
    • Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuitionEmployees or children of employees

Financial Aid

    • Average Financial Aid Package:$35,000
    • Average Freshman Financial Aid Package:$35,000
    • Average International Student Financial Aid Package:$6,334
    • Average Loan Aid:$10,500
    • Average Grant Aid:$8,800
    • Average Scholarship and/or Grant Aid Awarded:$17,500
    • Percentage of Students with Need who Receive Financial Aid:100%
    • Average Percentage of Financial Need Met: 75%
    • Percentage of Students Who Had Their Need Fully Met: 12%

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Undergraduate Students949
    • Male Student Percentage40%
    • Female Student Percentage60%
  • Race/Ethnicity
    • Hispanic/Latino14.54%
    • Black or African American6.58%
    • White or Caucasian39.81%
    • American Indian or Alaska Native.53%
    • Asian10.72%
    • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander.64%
    • Two or more races5.52%
    • Unknown or International Student6.16%
  • Other Student Statistics
    • International Breakout15.5% representing 25 other countries
    • Out-of-state Students34% out-of-state student

Campus Life

  • Housing
    • College-owned housing available Yes
    • Housing Requirements Not Reported
    • Housing options Coed housing , Special housing for disabled
    • Percentage of undergraduate students who live in college-owned housing 40%
  • Student Activities
    • Student-run campus newspaper No
    • Drama / theater group Yes
    • Student-run radio station Yes
    • Student-run television station Yes
    • Marching band No
    • Choral groups Yes
  • Student Services
    • Legal services No
    • Health clinic Yes
    • Personal / psychological counseling Yes
    • Women's center No
  • Student Organizations
    • Greek fraternities No
    • Greek sororities No
    • Local fraternities No
    • Local sororities No
    • Other organizations Not Reported
    • Most popular organizations Student Council, FISK - Graphic Arts Club, Soccer Club, Korean Bible Study, Black Student Union
  • Campus Security and Safety
    • 24-hour emergency telephone / alarm services Yes
    • 24-hour patrols by trained officers Yes
    • Students patrols Not Reported
    • Late-night transport / escort services Yes
    • Electronically-operated dormitory entrances Yes
    • Other Not Reported


  • Faculty Breakdown
    • Total Faculty340
    • Full-time Percentage47%
    • Part-time Percentage53%
    • Female Percentage42%
    • Male Percentage58%
    • Student:Faculty Ratio7:1 or 1,412 students to 191 faculty

Location & Contact

24700 McBean Parkway
Valencia, CA 91355-2340

Molly Ryan

Director of Admissions

Phone: 661-255-1050
Fax: 661-253-7710

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