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Information Just for High School Seniors

Your future as an art student begins in your senior year when the college admission process really begins.

Start now by taking the following steps: fill gaps in your portfolio; make slides or digital copies of your artwork; compile letters of recommendation; begin a draft of your application essay; review admission, financial aid, and scholarship deadlines for the colleges you're considering; fill out application forms and submit required application materials.

Download a PDF of our application form and instructions.

The MICA Admission Process - Frequently Asked Questions

How many pieces should I have in my portfolio?

You should submit at least 15 pieces or artwork; this is a minimum, so you can have more than 15.

Can I send my portfolio in CD form?

Yes. Most students submit their work as JPEG files (72 dpi, no larger than 600 pixels in length or width) burned onto a CD. Please make sure that your CD is readable on a Mac Operating System. If you are including time-based work (such as video, film or animation) please refer to the application instructions.

What does MICA look for in a "competitive" portfolio?

We are looking for strong technical skill (color, value, composition, use of medium/media, etc.) AND strong conceptual skill (personal voice, themes, working in series, etc.) We do not have specific requirements or assignments. We are interested in seeing who you are and what is important to you as an artist.

Can I add new work to my portfolio at a later date?

Yes. You can continue to add work to your portfolio until the scholarship postmark deadline of March 16, 2009. Please submit this work on a CD to the Office of Undergraduate Admission.

If my portfolio was already "accepted" why do I have to submit a portfolio with scholarship applications?

If you are applying for scholarships, you are required to submit a portfolio of at least 15 pieces of your best and strongest artwork by the Regular Decision postmark deadline (February 13, 2009).

How can I request that my SAT/ACT scores be sent to MICA?

When you take these standardized tests, you can indicate on the test form which colleges you want the scores sent to; if you indicate that you want the scores to be sent to MICA, the College will receive them electronically. You can also contact the College Board to request that your scores be sent to MICA; however, the process may take up to three weeks and may require a fee.

How many recommendations should I have?

You should have at least one recommendation letter. Most students submit three letters. Generally, we are looking for one from your main art teacher; the other two can be from your guidance counselor and an academic teacher, or an art teacher from a program outside school.

I got a letter in the mail telling me my application is incomplete. Can my counselor still review my application?

No. Even if your application arrives by the deadline, if you are missing key pieces of your application, your application will be considered incomplete and cannot be reviewed until you submit the necessary information. Please respond to these requests as quickly as possible.

How do I apply for governmental financial aid and competitive scholarships?

Applying to MICA is only one part of the admission process. How to finance your education is a crucial step toward attending college. Your Aid Award consists of two parts.

Financial Aid consists of governmental loans, grants, and federal work-study awards. You must be a U.S. Citizen or a permanent resident with a green card to apply for Financial Aid.

Competitive Scholarships are administered by Undergraduate Admission and include awards based on both merit and academics. Unlike Financial Aid, you do not have to be a U.S. Citizen or a permanent resident to apply for Scholarships. Interested students must apply for scholarships.

MICA's scholarship awarding process is unique among our peer institutions. While most colleges offer tuition discounts determined by formula, MICA's merit-based awards are determined by a jury of faculty members and admission counselors. It is a true competition. Your admission counselor spends a great deal of time preparing your materials for this process. If you have any questions, please contact our Office of Undergraduate Admission.

When can I expect my admission decision?

Regular Decision applicants who submitted their applications by the postmark deadline of February 13 will receive their admission decisions by the postmark dates of March 2-13, 2009.

Will I find out my admission decision before I find out my scholarship award?

Yes. Our Scholarship Deadline is March 16. The last postmark date for Regular Decision applicants is March 13. Scholarship awards will be mailed on April 10, 2009.

Do I find out my financial aid amount at the same time as my scholarship award?

Yes, both your financial aid amount and scholarships will be combined in the same award letter, to be mailed on April 10, 2009.

I've been accepted to all the schools I applied to, including MICA. I'm waiting to hear about scholarship awards. When do I have to decide what college I attend in the fall?

May 1 is the nationally recognized date for candidate reply.

You should know that all college members of NACAC (National Association of College Admission Counselors) that request commitments to offers of admission, financial assistance, and/or housing prior to May 1st, must clearly offer you the opportunity to request (in writing) an extension until May 1st. They must grant you this extension and your request may not jeopardize your status for housing and/or financial aid or scholarships.

This policy has been agreed upon so that candidates will be able to consider all offers of admission, scholarship and financial aid before choosing the college they wish to attend. However, if you reach that decision before May 1st, you are encouraged to notify the institution of your decision. This agreement does not apply to candidates accepted under early decision plans.