California Institute of the Arts offers more than 70 undergraduate and graduate degree programs through six Schools: Art, Critical Studies, Dance, Film/Video, Music and Theater.


Student Population

Fall Semester 2016

Total Enrollment: 1,459

  • Undergraduate students: 951 (65.2%)
    BFA, Certificate
    Average age: 21
  • Graduate students: 496 (34%)
    MFA, MA, DMA, Adv. Certificate
    Average age: 28
  • Non-degree students: 12 (0.8%)

Distribution by School

  • Art: 21.9%
  • Dance: 5.4%
  • Film/Video: 27%
  • Music: 19%
  • Theater: 23.6%
  • Critical Studies: 3%

Gender

  • Female: 58%
  • Male: 42%

Geographic Representation

  • U.S. students from 46 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico: 1,161 (79.6%)
  • International students, from 48 countries: 298 (20.4%)

U.S. Ethnic Diversity

  • American Indian or Alaska Native: 0.6%
  • Asian: 12.3%
  • African American: 7.1%
  • Hispanic or Latino: 15.1%
  • Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander: 0.2%
  • White: 51.2%
  • Two or more races: 4%
  • Undeclared: 9.6%

Faculty Population

Fall Semester 2016

  • Total faculty: 366
  • Full-time faculty: 158
  • Part-time faculty: 208

Student/Faculty Ratio

Fall Semester 2016

  • 6.6 / 1 Student / Faculty

Class Sizes

(Excluding individual lessons and independent studies)

Fall Semester 2016

  • Classes with 2-20 students: 600 (81.6%)
  • Classes with 20+ students: 135 (18.4%)

Admissions

  • Applications: 4,225 for Fall semester 2016
  • Acceptance rate: 28% for Fall semester 2016
  • Undergraduate retention from first to second year: 89% for 2015-2016

Budget, Tuition, Fees

  • Annual operating budget: $62 million (for fiscal year 2016-17)
  • Endowment: $135.9 million (June 30, 2016)
  • Full-time tuition: $45,030 (for academic year 2016–17)
  • Health insurance fee: $1,995 – waived with proof of insurance
  • Student activity, energy and technology fees: $600
    Lab fees may be required for some courses
  • On-campus housing: $6,280–$9,150 / year
  • On-campus meal plans: $740–$2,763 / semester

Financial Aid

Fall Semester 2016

  • Students with financial need: 78%
  • Total students receiving CalArts gift aid: 83%
  • Undergraduate students: 74%
  • Graduate students: 87%

Residence Life

Fall Semester 2016

  • Total students residing on campus: 409 (28% of all students)
  • Undergraduate residents: 347 (36.4% of all undergraduates)
  • Graduate residents: 62 (12.5% of all graduate students)

Alumni Population

Spring Semester 2017

  • Total alumni: 17,378 (including Chouinard, L.A. Conservatory)