Massachusetts College of Art and Design Admissions

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

Massachusetts College of Art and Design
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Massachusetts College of Art and Design Admissions Overview:

As an art school, Massachusetts College of Art and Design does require applicants to submit a portfolio as part of the admissions process. Students will also need to submit an essay, high school transcripts, letters of recommendation, SAT or ACT scores, and a completed application form. With an acceptance rate of 71%, the school is not highly selective.

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Admissions Data (2016):

Massachusetts College of Art and Design Description:

Massachusetts College of Art and Design is a public visual and applied arts college located in Boston, Massachusetts. It was the first college in the country to grant an art degree and is one of the few publicly funded art schools in the United States. MassArt is a member of the Colleges of the Fenway consortium. The urban campus is surrounded by several nearby colleges as well as many of Boston’s cultural institutions including the Museum of Fine Arts. Academically, MassArt has a student faculty ratio of 10 to 1 and offers a bachelor of fine arts degree in 22 areas.

Popular programs include fashion design, art teacher education, graphic design and painting as well as master’s programs in fine arts, art education and architecture. Students participate in a range of cultural, educational and social activities on campus and throughout the community. MassArt does not sponsor any varsity athletic teams, but students may participate in Emerson College’s athletic program through the Professional Arts Consortium.

Enrollment (2016):

  • Total Enrollment: 1,982 (1,842 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 29% Male / 71% Female
  • 85% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $12,200 (in-state); $32,800 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $2,100 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $13,100
  • Other Expenses: $1,500
  • Total Cost: $28,900 (in-state); $49,500 (out-of-state)

Massachusetts College of Art and Design Financial Aid (2015 - 16):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 90%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 81%
    • Loans: 66%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $9,227
    • Loans: $8,971

Academic Programs:

  • Most Popular Majors: Art Teacher Education, Fashion Design, Graphic Design, Illustration, Painting, Photography

    Graduation and Retention Rates:

    • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 90%
    • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 55%
    • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 72%

    Data Source:

    National Center for Educational Statistics

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