California Institute of the Arts (CalArts)

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California Institute of the Arts can be found in Valencia, CA, a nonprofit private college which focuses on only a select few programs offered. California Institute of the Arts has an enrollment of nearly 1,600 students.

The competition to get accepted at this school runs high, given that only 30% of students who applied are accepted to the school. You can get more information from the admissions office website at

Overall CalArts Acceptance Rate - Fall 2020


The overall acceptance rate for California Institute of the Arts was reported as 25.3% in Fall 2020 with over 2,270 applications submitted to California Institute of the Arts. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2023 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2023-2024 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for California Institute of the Arts has been slowly getting higher over the past years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2016-2017: 23.7%
  • 2017-2018: 23.9%
  • 2018-2019: 23.0%
  • 2019-2020: 25.3%
  • Projected CalArts Acceptance Rate 2023-2024: 22.5%

How Does CalArts Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for California Institute of the Arts is more than 100% lower than the national average of all colleges which is around 56.7%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
The Master's College and Seminary67.1%
Woodbury University66.3%
California Lutheran University71.4%
Mount St. Mary's College89.7%
Art Center College of Design70.8%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • School Records are Required
  • Submit Recommendation Letters are Required
  • TOEFL Exam (Foreign Language Students) are Required

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2020)

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