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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
Screen last updated on: December 2019
Total undergraduates: 1,468
Full-time undergraduates: 1,406
Part-time undergraduates: 62
Total graduate students: 413
Full-time graduate students: 380
Part-time graduate students: 33
Average age of full-time undergraduates: 21
U.S. region where majority of students come from: West
Percent of full-time U.S. undergraduates from out of state: 38%
First-year student enrollment breakdown:
0.8% American Indian or Alaskan Native
15.2% Asian, non-Hispanic/Latino
3.8% Black or African American, non-Hispanic/Latino
16.0% Hispanic/Latino
0.4% Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic/Latino
23.2% White, non-Hispanic/Latino
36.9% Nonresident Alien
3.8% Race and/or Ethnicity unknown
Degree seeking undergraduate student breakdown:
0.3% American Indian or Alaskan Native
15.2% Asian, non-Hispanic/Latino
4.5% Black or African American, non-Hispanic/Latino
13.8% Hispanic/Latino
0.5% Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic/Latino
20.4% White, non-Hispanic/Latino
41.4% Nonresident Alien
3.8% Race and/or Ethnicity unknown

California College of the Arts
Campus size: 7 acres
City or town school is located in: San Francisco
Population of city/town: 884,363
Online campus map:

Institution offers housing: yes
Campus housing available to all unmarried students regardless of year: yes
Housing types (% in housing type, if given):
  • coed dorms (81%)
  • single-student apartments (19%)
  • special housing for disabled students
Percent of freshmen who live in school housing: 76%
Percent of students who live in school housing: 33%
Percent of students who live off campus: 67%
Student conduct policies:
class attendance mandatory, hazing prohibited
Alcohol is permitted on campus to students of legal age: yes

Every student is required to lease or own a computer: yes
Every student is required to take a computer course: yes
Computer equipment is provided in: residence halls, library, computer center/lab(s), student center
Total number of microcomputers available to students: 400
Other computer facilities/services: Wireless network.
Internet access provided to all students: yes
E-mail services/accounts provided to all students: yes
School has a library on campus: yes
Additional library facilities/collections:
Materials Library. Hamaguchi Print. Artist's Book. CCA/C College, Small Press Traffic, Capp Street Project, and VAULT Digital archives. Sinel, Games, Object, and Science Equipment collections.
Museums and other special academic buildings/equipment on campus:
Wattis Institute.

Additional services offered:
nonremedial tutoring, placement service, health insurance
Counseling services:
minority student, older student, career, personal, academic, psychological
Career placement services:
co-op education, internships, career/job search classes, interest inventory, on-campus job interviews, resumé assistance, alumni services, interview training
Services for students with disabilities:
note-taking services, tape recorders, tutors, reader services, interpreters for hearing-impaired, adaptive equipment, braille services
Amount of campus that is accessible to physically handicapped: 95%

Number of social fraternities on campus: 1
Percent of men who join fraternities: 1%
Number of social sororities on campus: 1
Percent of women who join sororities: 1%
Student activities:
student government, literary magazine
Total number of registered organizations: 22
Minority student organizations:
Black Art Student Society, Manos Abiertas Latinx Student Group, NOMAS (Minority Architecture Students), Students of Color Coalition, Trans-a-Genda
International student organizations:
CCA India, International Student Alliance, MyChina
Other student organizations, musical groups, activities, and committees:
24 Frames, Architecture Student Council, Cossutius Chapter of Alpha Rho Chi, Graduate Student Alliance, Chimera Council, Shakti, Survivor - Bay Area, Student Association of Illustration, FEM.Design, Sophomore Advisory Group, Campus Activity Board, Orientation Leaders; sustainability and robotics clubs

School has an athletic program: no
Athletic department's mailing address: DON'T SEND ATHLETIC QUESTIONNAIRE
School mascot: Chimera
Intramural/Recreational sports:
disc golf, soccer, yoga

Public transportation serves campus: yes
Nearest international airport: San Francisco (10 miles)
Nearest other airport: Oakland, CA (15 miles)
Nearest passenger train service: San Francisco
Nearest passenger bus service: San Francisco

Institutional employment is available: yes
Off-campus employment opportunities for undergraduates are: good
Freshmen are discouraged from working for first term: no

Percent of graduates who pursue further study: 4% immediately, 6% within one year of graduation
List of graduate schools most often selected by recent graduates:
California College of the Arts, San Francisco State University, San Jose University, University of California--Berkeley, University of California--Los Angeles.
Percent of graduates who enter job market in field related to major: 66% within six months of graduation, 85% within one year of graduation, 90% within two years of graduation
List of firms that most frequently hire graduates:
California College of the Arts, Exploratorium, Goodby, Levi Strauss and CO, Silverstein and Partners, University of California Press.
List of most prominent alumni/ae:
  • Michael Vanderbyl, multidisciplinary designer and design educator
  • Barbara Kasten, artist
  • Hank Willis Thomas, artist.

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