Moore College of Art and Design Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid & More

Wilson Hall at the Moore College of Art and Design
Wilson Hall at the Moore College of Art and Design. Daderot / Wikimedia Commons

Moore College of Art and Design Admissions Overview:

MCAD has an acceptance rate of 57%, making it generally accessible to those who apply. Interested students will need to submit an application, along with high school transcripts and (optional) SAT or ACT scores. Students will also need to submit a portfolio--complete instructions and information can be found at the school's website.

Admissions Data (2016):

  • Moore College of Art and Design Acceptance Rate: 57%

Moore College of Art and Design Description:

Moore College of Art and Design is a small private women's art school located in the Parkway Museums District of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The college has remained true to its mission of educating women in design fields since its founding in 1848. Moore women can choose from ten areas of study that lead to a bachelors of fine arts degree: art education, art history, curatorial studies, fashion design, fine arts, graphic design, illustration, interactive & motion arts, interior design, and photography & digital arts. Moore also offers three masters-level programs. The college takes pride in its high level of job placement for students in their areas of study, and Moore students and graduates receive life-long support from the Locks Career Center to aid them in their professional endeavors.

All more students complete a paid internship. Moore's urban campus features an art shop for selling student and alumnae work, five professional galleries and a student-run gallery, a creative writing center, and numerous opportunities for community service and leadership development. Admission to Moore is test optional (no SAT or ACT scores required), but all applicants need to submit a portfolio of 12 to 20 pieces of original artwork.

Enrollment (2016):

  • Total Enrollment: 401 (368 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 0% Male / 100% Female
  • 99% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $38,301
  • Books: $2,400 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $14,389
  • Other Expenses: $2,000
  • Total Cost: $57,090

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

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 100%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 100%
    • Loans: 88%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $18,862
    • Loans: $8,879

Academic Programs:

  • Most Popular Majors: Fashion Design, Fine Arts, Graphic Design, Illustration

Graduation and Retention Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 73%
  • Transfer-out Rate: 24%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 50%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 55%

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

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