Students Say

Small, "prestigious" Maryland Institute College of Art specializes in "turning promising talent into undeniable skill." Majors here include an "incredible painting program" and "one of the best" illustration programs in the country. While MICA obviously focuses on art, there's also a respectable array of required liberal arts and art history courses and a thorough foundational curriculum. "The school makes sure everyone has a strong foundation...so that, for example, even a photo major will still be at least decent at drawing." Extensive internship opportunities and a throng of study abroad options are other perks.

Overview

Applicants
2,914
Acceptance Rate
58%

Test Scores

SAT Reading
540 - 670
SAT Math
510 - 630
ACT Composite
-

Deadlines

Early Decision
November 15

Regular
February 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Non-Academic

Talent / Ability
Level of applicant's interest

Overall

Students Say

Small, "prestigious" Maryland Institute College of Art specializes in "turning promising talent into undeniable skill." Majors here include an "incredible painting program" and "one of the best" illustration programs in the country. While MICA obviously focuses on art, there's also a respectable array of required liberal arts and art history courses and a thorough foundational curriculum. "The school makes sure everyone has a strong foundation...so that, for example, even a photo major will still be at least decent at drawing." Extensive internship opportunities and a throng of study abroad options are other perks. Classes are "wonderfully small" and often "very long." "The workload is quite heavy." "It is insanely time-consuming to be a student here." "Everyone works their [butts] off and complains about it," says an illustration major, "but we all really love what we do." The faculty at MICA is largely comprised of "actual artists living and working in the real world." There are "really exceptionally amazing teachers and horrifyingly bad ones." For the most part, though, professors are "dedicated" and "readily available" outside of class. "They challenge students on an individual basis and critique with expert eyes." The administration is "a little disorganized." "They take forever to get back to you on any issue," gripes an exasperated senior.

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
9.5:1
Total Faculty
342
with Terminal Degree
268

178
Women
164
Men
41
Minority

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
2 - 9

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
92%
Graduate in 5 years
98%
Graduate in 6 years
100%


Degrees

Bachelor's
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
No

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
On Campus Interviews
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Jeff Koons
Visual Artist

Donald Bachelor
Visual Artist

Mary Miss
Sculptor

David Jacobs
TV Producer

Nancy Rubins
Sculptor

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
71
Application Deadlines
Feb 15
Notification Date
Apr 5

Required Forms

FAFSA
School

Financial Aid Statistics


Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$39,400
Required Fees
$1,490
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,450

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$1,670
Transportation for Commuters
$775

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants
Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Overall

Students Say

Students here are "passionate," "hardworking, ambitious," "incredibly observant," and usually "very liberal." Many come from "wealthy suburban" enclaves on the East Coast. They are "very fashionable." Many "go to class looking runway-ready." There are "droves of hipsters" who get "most of their clothes at Urban Outfitters and the rest at the thrift store." Beyond that, this population is hard to classify. MICA is full of "oddballs" who "were the misfits at their high school." "The whole campus is basically atypical students." "There are so many atypical students that they become typical." "Strange haircuts" are customary. "There really is no way to stand out by being weird." Socially, MICA is "very cliquey." "You can tell what major kids are just by looking at their clothes," maintains a senior. "Every department has a clique."

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
1,778
Out of State
82%

International
9%
Foreign Countries Represented
62

Demographics

13.51%
Asian
5.84%
African-American
3.99%
Hispanic
59.71%
Caucasian
7.99%
Unknown
9.09%
International

71% female
29% male
82% are out of state
99% are full time
1% are part time

Overview

Students Say

This "tiny, urban campus" boasts "exceptionally nice" dorms. There is "no rah-rah school spirit" and very little in the way of traditional college life. Basically, "people have art on the mind 24/7." "Studio work is very demanding" and takes up huge chunks of time. Students definitely let loose when they have a chance, though. "There's a lot of drinking," and "a lot of house parties with loud music and bad beer." "Hardly a weekend goes by [when] there isn't a sweaty warehouse party with killer dance music." More mellow fare is also abundantly available. "Groups of friends get together at each other's houses a lot." Gallery openings and independent theater and film showings are popular. Trips to New York City and the District of Columbia are fairly common. The surrounding city of Baltimore is "charming for some, terrifying for others." Critics point out that the neighborhood bordering the north of the campus is "a rough place." Devotees of the city insist that it has "unique and interesting restaurants" and "an excellent music scene." "It's an exciting place to live right now," says a sophomore.

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
88%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

Quality of life rating
72
First-Year Students living on campus
88%

Campus Environment
Large Urban
Fire safety rating
90

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
International Student
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
54
Number of Honor Societies
0

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
6

Sports

Athletic Division
Other


Student Services

Health
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Johns Hopkins University

Sustainability

Green Rating
69

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
90

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
30

Average Number of PC's per Lab
18

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
90%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Apple Computers

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Office of Undergraduate Admission

Address
1300 Mount Royal Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21217

Phone
410 225 2222

Email
admissions@mica.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Founders Green, our new dormitory
The Gateway dormitory
The Brown Center, our Digital Arts center
The Meyerhoff House dormitory & dining
Various on-campus galleries/exhibitiions
Cafe Doris and Java Corner, two eateries

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Galleries and museums in New York and Washington
Baltimore's Museums
Local music and dances
Exhibition openings throughout the area
Harbor Place

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Varies
Times: Varies
Average Length: Varies

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
N/A

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Varies

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
College-run shuttle buses, the Pennsylvania Railway Station is four blocks away, Baltimore Washington airport is 1/2 hour away, the Light Rail stop next to campus, city taxis, Zipcars, and public transportation buses (a few are free!).

Driving Instructions to Campus
From the New Jersey Turnpike and Points North: Take Interstate 95 south to exit 64B, bear right onto Interstate 695 west, Towson. Do not bear left to Baltimore via I-95. Continue on 695 west to Exit 23, Interstate 83 south, Baltimore. Take I-83 to exit 6, North Avenue/Mount Royal Avenue. (Exit ramp becomes Mount Royal Avenue.) Stay in right lane of exit ramp, cross North Avenue at light, continue to 1300 Mount Royal. The Main Building is a large, white, Italianate marble building on your right. The Office of Undergraduate Admission is in room 130. From Washington, DC and Points South: Approach Baltimore on Interstate 95 north, follow Baltimore Downtown signs to Interstate 395. Do not take tunnel exit. Take 395 north and follow for about one-half mile to Inner Harbor/Conway Street exit. Bear right onto Conway Street to Charles Street. Turn left on Charles Street and go about two miles to Mount Royal Avenue (you will encounter the Washington Monument in the center of Charles Street after about 1 mile. Go around the monument and continue straight on Charles Street, which resumes on the other side). Turn left on Mount Royal Avenue and proceed to the Main Building, a large, white, Italianate marble building on your left. The Office of Undergraduate Admission is room 130. From Pennsylvania and Points West: Take Interstate 70 east to Interstate 695 west, Towson, to Interstate 83 south, Baltimore. Take I-83 to exit 6, North Avenue/Mount Royal Avenue. (Exit ramp becomes Mount Royal Avenue.) Stay in right lane of exit ramp, cross North Avenue at light; continue to 1300 Mount Royal Avenue. The Main Building is a large, white, Italianate marble building on your right. The Office of Undergraduate Admission is in room 130.

Local Accommodations
Baltimore's Tremont Plaza 222 St. Paul's Place 410-727-2222 800-873-6668 Clarion Hotel 612 Cathedral Street 410-727-7101
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Key Stats

2,914
Applicants
1,778
Size
58%
Acceptance Rate
1180
SAT Scores

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