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First-Year Student Orientation


Welcome to California College of the Arts!

This is it -- you are officially in your first year of college!

Review the First Year Program (FYP) to guide you in your course selections and connect you to time-saving resources.

Start connecting with the community.

Your colleagues, faculty, and friends can become a part of your life-long network.

The First Year Program exposes you to inspirational activities and challenges alike that are inherent in your first year at college. We hope that your outcomes will be unique and rewarding.

Use the following checklist to ensure you start orientation on the right foot.

Save the Date: 2020 Spring Orientation

New International Students

  • Tuesday - Thursday, January 14 - 16

New Students (domestic and international)

Steps to a Successful Orientation

Step 1: Review CCA's Undergraduate Enrollment Checklist

  • Review CCA's Undergraduate Enrollment Checklist which contains important deadlines, plus information regarding financial aid, health insurance, and more. It also contains a new student checklist that provides instructions leading up to new student orientation.

Step 2: Get Registered

  • All incoming students are encouraged to participate in Early Registration. Early Registration for fall begins in June. Early Registration for spring begins in December.
  • You will be prompted to participate in Early Registration via Workday after you have submitted your deposit (and first tuition payment, when applicable) and created your CCA account.
  • Those who are unable to participate in Early Registration will be invited to make an advising appointment during New Student Orientation.

Step 3: Determine Writing Course Placement and Submit Additional Portfolios for Review

  • Writing Course Placement
    • Students are placed into writing courses based on the results of their SAT or ACT test scores, Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate exam scores, their transfer credits, and/ or their completion of CCA’s Summer Start program. All undergraduate students are required to be placed in or waived from writing courses prior to starting their first semester at CCA.
  • Submit Additional Portfolios for Review:
    • If you have prior college-level coursework and/or experience in the following areas, you must submit materials (in addition to those submitted upon application) to be considered for any additional transfer credit, course substitutions, or waivers. Submit additional materials as soon as possible and prior to orientation to ensure you are registered appropriately.

Step 4: Read CCA Laptop Initiative & Recommendations

  • The Student Computing Recommendations and Requirements outlines the Educational Technology Services department’s computing recommendations for all incoming students.
  • Students are required to comply with the CCA Laptop Initiative.
  • Retail and discount opportunities are also available online at the CCA Computer Store.

Step 5: Determine Health Insurance Eligibility

  • Health Insurance
    • All students who are registered in 12 or more units per semester (9 units per semester for all graduate students) are considered full-time students. They are, therefore, required to have health insurance coverage.
    • The college has secured a group health insurance policy (an Aetna PPO plan) that provides year-round coverage.
    • Part-time students are ineligible for CCA student health insurance.
  • Online Waiver FAQ
    • You may waive CCA's coverage by submitting an online waiver application before the end of the add/drop period.
    • A student's own health insurance must meet minimum coverage requirement to qualify for an approved waiver.

Step 6: Read the Student Handbook

  • The Student Handbook serves as a guide to the programs, policies, procedures, requirements, and resources of CCA.
  • Students are strongly encouraged to read the entire handbook.

Step 7: Follow Student Council on Facebook and Instagram

  • Orientation leaders are fellow students who play an integral role in helping students transition to college life.
  • Add Student Council to your Facebook page and get connected with other current CCA students.