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Transfer Students Procedures & Deadlines

Each transfer student brings to the College a different level of artistic capability and academic achievement based on a variety of post-secondary educational experiences. Some students transfer to the College as freshmen, others as sophomores and juniors. A limited number of spaces is available each year within each department, and admission is competitive.

There are various reasons why students attend other colleges for one or two years before transferring to MICA. Some plan to gain additional experience before applying to MICA; some postpone their entry for financial reasons; and some need more time to define their commitment to the visual arts. For more information about transferring to MICA, please contact the Office of Undergraduate Admission at 410.225.2222.

Step 1: Application Forms

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. For transfer students, the portfolio is also used to evaluate your post-secondary art experiences in order to determine equivalency to MICA coursework.

Transfer students should prepare a portfolio of 15-30 pieces of artwork that demonstrates a knowledge of college-level coursework. The portfolio should include items that represent basic skills in drawing, painting, color, and design. If enough coursework has been completed, the portfolio should also reflect experience in a major field of study.

The portfolio allows the review committee to evaluate which studio courses will transfer to MICA and determines class standing in your departmental major. Therefore, your portfolio should represent as much work as possible from all studio courses taken while attending other post-secondary institutions.

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 an MICA admission representative, we would love to meet you 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.

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. At least one letter of recommendation is required for your application.

Please follow the instructions provided in either the Common App or MICA Online Application to submit your recommender 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

A high school diploma or equivalent is required for admission to MICA's undergraduate degree program. Request that an official record of your grades be sent to the Office of Undergraduate Admission from your high school and from all accredited post-secondary institutions attended.

Note: Only courses carrying a grade of C or better will quality for transfer credit. Up to 60 credits required for the BFA degree may be transferred from other accredited colleges. Exceptions will be made in certain cases. Liberal arts courses in which the course content parallels that of courses offered at MICA will be considered for transfer credit. Transfer of studio courses is determined by portfolio review and course equivalency. In some cases, the academic dean will consider waiving course requirements after an evaluation of art achievements gained outside formal school programs.

Step 7: Test Scores

The College Entrance Examination Board Scholastic Achievement Test (SAT) and/or the American College Test (ACT) are not required for transfer admission. However, if English is your second language, you must submit test scores from TOEFL or IELTS exams by March 1 (detailed instructions are included in Step 2 of Admission Procedures and Deadlines for International Students).

Step 8: Enrollment Status Report Form

The Enrollment Status Report Form, detailing a list of courses in which you are currently enrolled, or plan to enroll, must be sent with your application. If you are applying online, you can fax it (410-225-2337) or mail it to the Office of Undergraduate Admission. It should include your name, college/university attending, semester/year, course titles, departments, course numbers, and course descriptions.

Step 9: Course Descriptions

Transfer applicants must submit course descriptions for all courses for which they are requesting transfer credit. These can be faxed (410-225-2337) or mailed.

Admission Dates and Deadlines

Fall Enrollment

  • March 1 Application deadline for transfer students wishing to be considered for priority admission and competitive scholarships; these applicants will be notified of admission decision on April 1
  • April 1 (then rolling) Application deadline for all other transfer students (applications received after April 1 will be considered if space is available); these applicants will be notified by April 30
  • April 18-25 Notification of scholarship recipients
  • May 20 Candidate Reply Date: tuition and housing deposits due

Spring Enrollment

  • November 5 Application deadline (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

  • March 1 Application deadline for priority funding consideration (applications received after this date will be processed until funds are exhausted)
  • April 18-25 Financial aid award notifications mailed to transfer applicants

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