Maryland Institute College of Art Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, Graduation Rate & More

Maryland Institute College of Art, MICA
Maryland Institute College of Art, MICA. Elvert Barnes / Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0

Maryland Institute College of Art Admissions Overview:

Since MICA is a specialized art school, admissions are selective and competitive. In 2015, the school had an acceptance rate of 57%. As part of the application process, interested students will need to submit an application, scores from the SAT or ACT, an essay, letters of recommendation, high school transcripts, and a portfolio. For complete requirements and guidelines, be sure to visit MICA's website, or get in touch with the admissions office. Campus visits are not required, but are encouraged for all interested students, so that they may get a sense if the school would be a good match for them.

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Admissions Data (2016):

Maryland Institute College of Art Description:

MICA, the Maryland Institute College of Art, is one of the top-ranked studio art colleges in the country. Founded in 1826, MICA is oldest continuously operating degree-granting college of art in the United States. The school has much to brag about -- it has the most Presidential Scholars in the visual arts of any college, and it produces more Fulbright Scholars than any other college with a specialized mission. Many of MICA's programs are ranked among the best in the nation, and classes are supported by a healthy 10 to 1 student / faculty ratio. MICA students come from 48 states and 52 countries. The school is located in downtown Baltimore, Maryland, midway between Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland at Baltimore.

Enrollment (2016):

  • Total Enrollment: 2,112 (1,730 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 26% Male / 74% Female
  • 96% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $45,400
  • Books: $1,450 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $12,450
  • Other Expenses: $1,500
  • Total Cost: $60,800

Maryland Institute College of Art Financial Aid (2015 - 16):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 95%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 95%
    • Loans: 45%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $16,822
    • Loans: $9,042

Academic Programs:

  • Most Popular Majors: Fiber Arts, Graphic Design, Illustration, Interactive Design and Art, Painting, Photography, Sculpture

Graduation and Retention Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 88%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 68%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 73%

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

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