California Institute of the Arts: Narrative Description

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24700 McBean Parkway
Valencia, CA 91355-2340
Tel: (661)255-1050; 800-545-2787; Admissions: (661)255-1050; E-mail: [email protected]; Web Site:

Description: Independent, comprehensive, specialized, coed. Awards bachelor's and master's degrees. Founded 1961. Setting: 60-acre suburban campus with easy access to Los Angeles. Endowment: $66.3 million. Educational spending 2002-03: $19,368 per student. Total enrollment: 1,222. Faculty: 270 (134 full-time, 136 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 7:1. 2,838 applied, 36% were admitted. Full-time: 753 students, 43% women, 57% men. Students come from 51 states and territories, 40 other countries, 55% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 10% Hispanic, 7% black, 11% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 8% international, 18% 25 or older, 40% live on campus, 7% transferred in. Retention: 76% of 2003 full-time freshmen returned. Academic area with the most degrees conferred: visual/performing arts. Core. Calendar: semesters. Services for LD students, advanced placement, self-designed majors, independent study, internships, graduate courses open to under-grads. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements: Option: deferred admission. Required: essay, high school transcript, 2 recommendations, portfolio or audition. Required for some: interview. Entrance: very difficult. Application deadline: 1/5. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year: Application fee: $60. Comprehensive fee: $31,805 includes full-time tuition ($23,920), mandatory fees ($765), and college room and board ($7120). College room only: $3700. Room and board charges vary according to board plan, housing facility, and location.

Collegiate Environment: Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run radio station. Major annual events: President's Picnic, Halloween Party, Graduation. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 343 college housing spaces available; all were occupied in 2002-03. Freshmen given priority for college housing. Option: coed housing available. Main library plus 1 other with 95,973 books, 5,235 microform titles, 613 serials, 20,611 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2002-03: $1.3 million. 87 computers available on campus for general student use. A campus-wide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment: Valencia is located on the Golden State Freeway (Interstate 5) 35 miles north of Los Angeles, and historically has been devoted to agriculture and cattle ranching. The area, encompassing the towns of Newhall, Saugus, Valencia and Castaic, is surrounded by the Tehachapi Mountains to the North, the San Gabriel to the east and the Santa Susana to the west. In the last 10 years light industry and numerous housing developments have contributed to the city's growth.

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