accepted students

Congratulations on your acceptance to CalArts!

We're excited to have you join the CalArts community! We’ve gathered some of the most important information accepted students are looking for on this page.

The Office of Admissions is always here to help if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at 800-545-2787 or

We know you're probably wondering what's next as an accepted student. We've included important events and dates below to help you plan your next steps in the enrollment process.

March 14, 2018: National School Walkout

CalArts President Ravi Rajan is encouraging our students to participate in the National School Walkout on March 14th.

As an institute that values student expression and aims to create citizen artists who will affect change in the world, CalArts Admissions greatly values our applicants and students rights' to call for change by exercising their First Amendment rights. Any disciplinary action that our applicants face from peaceful participation in a protest will in no way affect their admission decision.

Read the full statement from President Rajan.

Apply for Financial Aid

All accepted students are automatically considered for merit-based scholarships.

If you are a domestic student and plan on applying for federal financial aid, please complete your 2018/2019 FAFSA as soon as possible. February 15 is our priority financial aid deadline.

If you have already applied for federal financial aid and been awarded, make sure you follow all of the steps to accept or reject your aid.

If you have any questions about your financial aid award, please contact the Financial Aid Office at 800-443-0480 or

Apply for Financial Aid

Visit CalArts

If you're not able to attend the on-campus Accepted Student Event, we invite you to visit campus during the Spring semester! Contact us at 800-545-2787 or to schedule a visit and be sure to tell us you're an accepted student so we can connect you with your admissions counselor.

Visit CalArts

Confirm Your Enrollment

Both the Statement of Intention to Register (SIR) and tuition deposit are required to confirm your enrollment at CalArts for Fall 2018 and may be submitted online. Simply log back into the online application and access your decision letter. Within the letter is a link to the SIR form. Complete the form and follow the links to pay your deposit online.

Confirm Your Enrollment

Key Dates

Housing Application  Available Now
MFA, MA and DMA Students - SIR and Deposit Deadline Sunday, April 15
BFA Students - SIR and Deposit Deadline Monday, May 1 
Housing Application Deadline (BFA/MFA/MA/DMA Students) Friday, May 4
Tuition Bills Available Early July
Start of New Student Online Class Registration Tuesday, August 14
Tuition Payment Deadline TBD
New Student Advising Day (optional)
CalArts Experience LA Gateway
Aug. 25 - Sept. 1
On Campus Housing Move-In Sunday, Sept. 2
New Student Orientation Sept. 2 - 9
Course Advising Day Thursday, Sept. 6
Classes Begin Monday, Sept. 10