California Institute of the Arts

Private, Four-years School Located in Valencia, CA

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How much is the CalArts tuition? For the academic year 2023-2024, CalArts's tuition & fees is $56,724.
With indirect costs not billed by school, such as room & boards and personal living expenses, the total cost of attendance for one academic year is $80,378 when a student lives on-campus.

CalArts Tuition & Expenses

2022-2023 Rate
Tuition & Fees$56,724
Books & Supplies Costs$2,500
On-campus Room & Board$12,446
On-campus Expenses$8,708
Off-campus Room & Board$17,600
Off-campus Expenses$8,708
2023-2024 Projection
Tuition & Fees$54,440

How Much Does it Cost to Go to CalArts for 4 Years?

For the class of 2027, who entering colleges in 2023, the 4 years tuition & fees is $244,610 at CalArts. The estimated tuition rate is based on the changes over last 5 years. With room & board, books, and other personal expenses, the estimated 4 years costs of attendance is $342,647. After receiving financial aid including grants, scholarships, and/or student loans, the 4 years COA is down to $252,948.
The following table computes the 4 years tuition and COA by class of year.
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2023-24)$58,443$80,861$59,430
Sophomore (2024-25)$60,213$83,971$61,891
Junior (2025-26)$62,037$87,215$64,466
Senior (2026-27)$63,917$90,600$67,161
4 Years Total$244,610$342,647$252,948
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2024-25)$60,213$83,971$61,891
Sophomore (2025-26)$62,037$87,215$64,466
Junior (2026-27)$63,917$90,600$67,161
Senior (2027-28)$65,853$94,131$69,982
4 Years Total$252,021$355,918$263,500
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2025-26)$62,037$87,215$64,466
Sophomore (2026-27)$63,917$90,600$67,161
Junior (2027-28)$65,853$94,131$69,982
Senior (2028-29)$67,848$97,816$72,936
4 Years Total$259,656$369,762$274,545
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2026-27)$63,917$90,600$67,161
Sophomore (2027-28)$65,853$94,131$69,982
Junior (2028-29)$67,848$97,816$72,936
Senior (2029-30)$69,904$101,663$76,029
4 Years Total$267,523$384,210$286,108
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2027-28)$65,853$94,131$69,982
Sophomore (2028-29)$67,848$97,816$72,936
Junior (2029-30)$69,904$101,663$76,029
Senior (2030-31)$72,022$105,679$79,268
4 Years Total$275,628$399,289$298,215

Average Tuition By School Type and Comparison

Compared to four-years schools nationwide, CalArts' tuition is much higher than the average tuition of $20,937. Compared to private, four-years colleges in California, its tuition is much higher than the average tuition of $23,111.
In-StateOut-of-State
California Institute of the Arts$56,724
U.S. Four-years Colleges$18,675
Public Schools$7,198$12,965
Private Schools$20,937
California Four-years Colleges$20,867
Public Schools$4,034$13,259
Private Schools$23,111

Compare Similar School's Tuition

The next table compares the tuition & fees between CalArts and similar schools. The similar colleges are selected by school type & level (private, four-years), ranking, and comparison frequency by our users. The comparison is based on 2022-2023 tuition rate.
LocationUndergraduateGraduate
California Institute of the ArtsValencia, CA$56,724$41,790
Dominican University of CaliforniaSan Rafael, CA$50,666$20,553
La Sierra UniversityRiverside, CA$35,910$15,997
Mills College at Northeastern UniversityOakland, CA$30,950$36,443
Notre Dame de Namur UniversityBelmont, CA$15,792$15,300
Hope International UniversityFullerton, CA$36,250$17,650
Pacific Oaks CollegePasadena, CA$33,360$22,000
William Jessup UniversityRocklin, CA$37,150$13,440
Vanguard University of Southern CaliforniaCosta Mesa, CA$39,950$12,718
Los Angeles Pacific UniversitySan Dimas, CA$11,976$11,880
DeVry University-CaliforniaOntario, CA$17,488$17,552

Financial Aid and COA

At California Institute of the Arts, 531 students (55%) received grant or scholarship from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources. The average amount of grant/scholarship received is $20,801.
After receiving financial aid, the cost of attendance (COA) at CalArts is $59,577 for students living on-campus and $64,731 for students living off-campus.
For beginning students (i.e. first-time freshmen), 109 students received any type of financial aid including grants/scholarship and student loans. The average amount of grant/scholarship for the first-time students is $20,474 and the average amount of student loans is $9,981.
The financial aid data is based on 2021-2022 statistics from IPEDS.
COA (on-campus)$80,378
COA (off-campus)$85,532
Tuition & Fees$56,724
Indirect Costs (on-campus)$23,654
Indirect Costs (off-campus)$28,808
COA (on-campus) after Receiving Aid$59,577
COA (off-campus) after Receiving Aid$64,731
Average Financial Aid$20,801
Type of AidNumber Receiving AidPercent Receiving AidAverage Amount of Aid Received
Grant or Scholarship53155%$20,801
Pell Grants20721%$5,404
Federal Student Loan34035%$7,078
Type of AidNumber Receiving AidPercent Receiving AidAverage Amount of Aid Received
Any Financial Aid10959%-
Grants or Scholarships10959%$20,474
Federal Grants4826%$5,321
Pell Grants3117%$5,547
Other Federal Grants2514%$3,337
State/Local Grants158%$8,715
Institutional Grants10959%$16,932
Student Loan Aid5932%$9,981
Federal Student Loans5932%$5,409
Other Student Loans74%$38,540

Admission Stats and Requirements to Apply

CalArts's acceptance rate is 28.98%. A total of 2,364 applicants applied to and 685 students were accepted. Of the admitted students, 203 enrolled finally, and the yield (i.e. enrollment rate) is 29.64%.
To apply to CalArts, 4 items are required - Secondary school record, Recommendations, Formal demonstration of competencies and TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language).
TotalMenWomen
Applicants2,364872$1,492
Admitted685256$429
Enrolled20374$129
Acceptance Rate28.98%29.36%28.75%
Yield (Enrollment Rate)29.64%28.91%30.07%
Secondary school GPAConsidered But Not Required
Secondary school rankConsidered But Not Required
Secondary school recordRequired
Completion of college-preparatory programConsidered But Not Required
RecommendationsRequired
Formal demonstration of competenciesRequired
Admission test scoresNeither Required Nor Recommended
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)Required
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)Neither Required Nor Recommended

Student Population

California Institute of the Arts has a total of 1,440 students including 940 undergraduate and 500 graduate students. By gender, there are 579 male students and 865 female students attending CalArts.
TotalMaleFemale
Total1,444 579865
Undergraduate965 401564
Graduate479 178301

Directory & Academic Information

Directory Information
Address24700 W McBean Pky, Valencia, CA
Phone661-255-1050
WEBwww.calarts.edu
Degree & Programs
DegreeUndergraduate, Graduate
Program Offered34 Programs
Graduate Program Offered19 Graduate Programs
Academic Stats
Acceptance Rate24.76%
Yield36.00%
Student Population1,440
Graduation Rate64%
Transfer-out Rate19%
Retention Rate85%
Students to Faculty Ratio Rate7 to 1
Faculty & Staffs
Number of Faculties154 (Full-time), 80 (Part-time)
Number of Staffs367 (Full-time), 101 (Part-time)
Average Faculty Salary$86,037
Average Staff Salary$73,109