We Can't Wait To Welcome You Into Our Community of Artists

We are so excited that you have decided to call CalArts your new home! We cannot wait for you to be immersed in the creativity and inspiration that radiates from our campus every day. 

You are now ready to begin your next steps as a CalArtian, which includes the New Student Onboarding and Orientation! The links below will provide some beneficial information as you go through this process, but please do not hesitate to reach out if you need additional support.

Welcome CalArtians!


Orientation 2023 - LEVEL UP!

New Student Orientation: September 5–10

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Key Dates

  • New Student Registration Opens
  • Tuition Payment Deadline
  • International On-campus Housing Move-in

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Financial Aid Guide

Financial Aid can be complicated, our Financial Aid Guide will help you understand the processes needed to afford your education at CalArts.

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Parents & Families

Congratulations to your family and welcome to the CalArts community! Parents and family members are honorary CalArtians, and your participation ensures that our community is vibrant and strong. 

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Your Next Steps

To enroll at CalArts, you'll need to take care of a few more things. You may need to log in to your CalArts account in order to complete these items. You can find your temporary CalArts Credentials at, and log in at to reset your temporary password. If you need help logging in, please consult this guide for new students.

If you intend to accept your offer of admission and enroll at CalArts, you will need to submit your non-refundable $400 enrollment deposit and your decision reply form by the deadline stated on your acceptance letter. To do so, log in to the Application Portal. Contact your admission representative for more questions. 

College can be expensive, review our Financial Aid Guide for comprehensive information on understanding the financial aid process at CalArts.

On-Campus Housing

Living on campus can be an important part of the college experience. Housing applications will open on March 13, and they are due before May 12. For more information about on-campus housing options, including instructions and deadlines for applying, visit Residental Life.

Meal Plan

CalArts offers a variety of meal plan options for students. For more information on the different meal plans available at CalArts, and instructions on how to sign up for a meal plan, click here.

Your first step towards attending CalArts is to submit your enrollment deposit and decision reply form at

A few days after you pay the enrollment deposit, you will receive information by email about the student visa application process. For an F-1 visa, you will be required to verify that you have sufficient funds to meet tuition and living expenses while studying in the United States.

You can view the recording below of the International Students Info Session from the Accepted Students Event on April 15. This session covers the I-20 and F-1 status, as well as details about the financial documentation and requirements for a student visa. 

International Students Info Session - April 15th, 2023

The International Office will send out details about the Pre-Arrival webinar in June, and will release pre-orientation modules in August on topics such as on-campus employment and SSN, U.S Healthcare, and U.S. Driver's License. Required in-person orientation will be on September 1.

In-person check-in is required for ALL new international students starting a new program at CalArts for Fall 2023. For most students, this can be done during the required International Student Orientation. For students who wish to check-in early, there will be early check-in times available.

Transfer Credit: The BFA degree at CalArts requires 120 units, overall, including 46 units of Critical Studies coursework, 38 of which may be completed through transfer credit. Any transfer credit not approved by the School for métier credit or not applied to meet Critical Studies requirements will be assessed as a general elective credit and applied toward the overall unit requirement.

Transfer credit may be applied toward completion of the BFA degree only when those credits are completed at a regionally accredited post-secondary institution, or a foreign academic institution recognized by its government, and when a grade of A, B, C, or Pass was received.

Credit by Examination: CalArts grants Critical Studies core credit toward the BFA degree for successful completion of examinations in the Advanced Placement Program of the College Entrance Examination Board, for the International Baccalaureate Diploma, and for British A Levels. Please view our Transfer Credit Policy for more information and AP, IB, and A Level Credit by Exam course by course equivalency guides. 

Transcript Requirements: If you plan to attend CalArts, please submit official final transcripts and/or test scores to the Office of Admissions. 

Click here to learn more how to complete your submission.

In an effort to keep our community healthy, all students are required to have an immunization record on file with the Student Health Center which includes MMR, Tuberculosis, and Meningitis vaccinations. Immunization records are submitted through our HIPAA compliant platform, Medicat, located on your CalArts account. Meningitis proof must be submitted before being allowed to move into campus Residential spaces. For more information, visit our Health Services section.

Click here for more information on health insurance requirements.

Please note that travel insurance does not meet CalArts Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) requirements.

Students can designate one or more individuals, such as a parent or guardian, as a proxy—an authorized party to have access to FERPA- protected information such as financial aid, student accounts and registration information. To learn more and set up Proxy access please click here.

New Student Registration opens in August. To prepare, please complete the Onboarding 2023 course in Canvas.

To gain access to Canvas, you will need to login to the CalArts Single Sign-On (SSO) page. CalArts SSO uses your CalArts credentials.

  1. Go to and log-in with your CalArts credentials.
  2. Click on the Canvas tile to access your dashboard.
  3. Click on “Onboarding 2023” to get started.

Visit the CalArts Store and use this special coupon code for a 20% discount. 

Coupon Code: GOTIN23 
*Code valid through 5/1/23

phone: 800-545-2787
Financial Aid
phone: 661-253-7869 or 800-443-0480
phone: 661-253-7842
Academic Advising
Information Technology
phone: 661-253-7887
phone: 661-253-7847
International Students
phone: 661-291-3418
Student Employment
phone: 661-253-7754
Student Experience
phone: 661-253-7874
Residential Life
phone: 661-253-7897
Health Center
phone: 661-253-7830
Disability Services
phone: 661-388-0665