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Freshman

Regular Decision

The Regular Decision Plan is MICA's traditional application option. We employ the same standards for admission in this plan, which allows students more time to submit their application materials.

Approximately 80% of new freshmen each year are from out-of-state applications. They represent 49 states and territories and 65 foreign countries. Nearly 100% of incoming freshmen are traditional college age and attend MICA full-time.

Step 1: Application Form

You may apply using either the MICA Online Application or the Common Application (for Fall 2016). Please select one option to complete your application process. The application fee is $70 total ($60 application fee; $10 portfolio submission fee).

If you are unable to use either of these applications, please contact the Office of Undergraduate Admission at 410-225-2222 or admissions@mica.edu.

Step 2: Portfolio of Artwork

The portfolio should be a selection of recent artwork that represents your artistic interests and demonstrates your technical skills and ability. You should include examples of artwork that reflect the full range of your ideas, interests, experience and abilities in the arts to date.

Applicants must submit a portfolio of 12-20 pieces of artwork. Please follow the instructions provided in either the Common App or MICA Online Application to upload your portfolio submission.

If you would like a personal review of your original portfolio by a MICA admission representative, you may present it at a National Portfolio Day,* during a visit to your school, or when you schedule an interview and portfolio review as part of your visit to MICA's campus.

*Portfolio Days are hosted by MICA and other members of the National Portfolio Day Association. For information regarding dates, times, and locations, visit the NPDA Web site at www.portfolioday.net. You can also call MICA's Office of Undergraduate Admission for information about National Portfolio Days.

Please note: Freshman applicants who receive an "acceptable" review of an original portfolio by a MICA admission representative must still submit a portfolio with their application materials.

Step 3: Essay

Choose one of the writing prompts listed on both the Common App and MICA Online Application forms and write an essay (250 word minimum).

Step 4: Letters of Recommendation

The recommendations of teachers, college counselors, or other professionals who can comment on your art and academic experiences are important to your application.

Please follow the instructions provided in either the Common App or MICA Online Application to submit your recommendor requests and allow them to upload their letters of support through the application service you selected.

Step 5: Activities & Interests

Compile a list of activities, interests, and honors as explained on both the Common App and MICA Online Application forms.

Step 6: Transcripts

Applicants must provide official transcripts of all secondary academic work. Your counselor may submit your transcript through Common App (if you have chosen that application option), Parchment, email (records@mica.edu) or mail. If you are attending school in another country, your transcripts must be translated into English by an approved translator. World Education Services (WES) is recommended, but not required.

Step 7: Test Scores

Scholastic Achievement Test (SAT) and/or American College Test (ACT) results are required for all first-time freshmen. The ACT Writing Test is recommended, but not required. MICA's CEEB Code for the SAT is #5399; our ACT Code is #1710. Test results are evaluated in relation to your other academic materials as well as your portfolio of artwork on file.

If English is not your first language, it is strongly recommended that you submit TOEFL or IELTS test scores with your application. MICA requires a minimum TOEFL score of 80 or IELTS score of 6.5. Your application will not be reviewed for admission without at least one test score on file (TOEFL, IELTS, ACT, SAT).

Step 8: Campus Visit

As an applicant you are encouraged to visit the College. Student-guided tours of the classrooms, studios, and residential housing, and discussions about portfolio preparation, programs of study, student life, and financial assistance will be provided. To schedule an appointment, please call the Office of Undergraduate Admission at 410.225.2222. The office is open Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 4:30 pm. Learn more about visiting MICA.

Admission Dates and Deadlines

Fall Enrollment

  • December 15 Application deadline to be considered for Early Action (Admission notifications mailed January 15).
  • January 15 Application deadline to be considered for Early Action II (Admission notifications mailed February 16).
  • February 1  Application deadline to be considered for priority admission and competitive scholarships (applications received after this date will be considered until April 1 if space is available)
  • February 29-March 4 Admission notification mailed to February 1 applicants.
  • March 7-April 15 Admission notification mailed to for applications received between February 2 and April 1.
  • April 6 Notification of scholarship recipients
  • May 1 Candidate Reply Date: tuition and housing deposits due

Spring Enrollment

  • November 5 Admission and financial aid application deadline—all materials in the packet must be received simultaneously for application to be considered (applications received after this date will be considered if space is available)
  • December 1 Admission notifications mailed
  • December 15 Candidate Reply Date: tuition and housing deposits due

Financial Aid Dates and Deadlines

Required documents:

  1. MICA Online Financial Aid Application
  2. Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  3. Parent and student federal tax returns and W-2 statements

Fall Enrollment

  • February 15 Application deadline for priority funding consideration (applications received after March 1 will be processed until funds are exhausted)
  • April 6 Financial aid award notifications mailed to freshman applicant.

Spring Enrollment

  • November 5 Application deadline for priority funding consideration (applications received after this date will be processed until funds are exhausted)
  • December 1 Financial aid award notifications mailed