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Monday 4.12.2021

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California College of the Arts

California College of the Arts
1111 Eighth Street
San Francisco, CA 94107

Official telephone: (415) 703-9500
Toll-free telephone: (800) 447-1ART
Fax number: (415) 703-9539
California College of the Arts
Screen last updated on: December 2019

The admissions information below is valid for the 2018 academic year.

Admissions officer: Shiraz Chavan,
Director of Undergraduate Admissions
Contacting the office: 415 703-9523
800 447-1ART (toll free)
415 703-9539 (fax)

Is there an application deadline for fall? no
Priority filing date for fall: February 1
Freshmen are accepted for terms other than fall: yes
Percent of freshmen who enter in terms other than fall: 5%
Application fee: $70
Can the application fee be waived? yes
Are refunds available on the application fee? no
Is the Common Application form accepted? yes
Supplemental forms required for those using Common Application: yes
Admissions requirements:
Minimum of 2.0 GPA required.
High school graduation is: required, GED is accepted
A general college preparatory program is: recommended
Campus visit is: recommended
Interview is: required of some
Off-campus interview: can be arranged with admissions representative
Standardized test requirements: SAT I or ACT not used, SAT II not used
School's test preference: no preference
Aside from admissions, test scores are used for: placement
Dates test scores should be received: August 1 for SAT I/ACT
Special requirements for admission to specific programs:
  • Portfolio required of art program applicants.
Special programs/policies for applicants not normally admissible: Summer admission for international applicants who need to improve their English skills.
School has formalized early decision program: no
School has early action program: no
School has concurrent enrollment program for high school: no

Academic criteria:
  • secondary school report considered
  • class rank not considered
  • recommendations important
  • standardized test scores considered
  • essay very important
Nonacademic criteria:
  • interview considered
  • extracurricular activities considered
  • particular talent/ability very important
  • character/personal qualities considered
  • alumni/ae relationship considered
  • geographical residence not considered
  • state residency not considered
  • religious affiliation/commitment not considered
  • minority affiliation not considered
  • volunteer work considered
  • work experience considered
Admissions is need blind: yes
Average secondary school GPA: 3.29
Percent of freshmen who submitted GPA: 100%
Average SAT I: 513 verbal, 535 math
Average ACT: 23 English, 22 math, 24 composite
Combined ACT middle 50% range: 20 - 27
Test taken by majority of applicants: SAT I
Percent of accepted applicants who submitted SAT I scores: 45%
Percent of accepted applicants who submitted ACT score: 15%

Notification of admission: on a rolling basis
Acceptance of admission: must accept by May 1 or within 2 weeks if notified thereafter

Number of completed applications received: 2,292
Number of applicants offered admission: 2,021 (88%)
Number of applicants offered admission who enrolled: 293 (14%)
School has a waiting list policy: no
Percent of freshmen who came from out of state: 48%
Tuition deposit amount: $300, nonrefundable
Room deposit amount: $300, partially refundable until May 15.
Admission may be deferred: yes, up to 1 semester

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