The following are some Frequently Asked Questions from Parents and Family Members of new MICA students. If you have any questions that are not answered in this section, feel free to get in touch with a Student Activities Staff member. We are happy to assist with any questions.
It is not necessary for you to plan on attending all of Orientation with your student. MICA's Orientation program is designed for students only. As a parent or family member, you can assist your student with move-in on Thursday, August 23rd. During that same day, there is a session designed to address the questions and concerns of parents and family members of incoming students; the Parent and Family Orientation sessions are scheduled for 11:00 am and 1:00 pm in Falvey Hall, located in the Brown Center. You will be asked to say goodbye to your student by 5:30 pm, but you are invited to join us immediately for a Parent & Family Welcome Reception, sponsored by the Parents Council, in the Gateway Residence Hall.
Please see the Transportation & Accommodations section for more comprehensive information. Pay close attention to directions for the day of move-in, Thursday August 23, 2012. Please keep in mind that traffic around MICA will be heavy that day due to student move-in.
Please see the Transportation & Accommodations section for more comprehensive information.
No, at MICA there is no registration necessary for Orientation. If you are a member of the incoming class (foundation year, transfer or international student), it is assumed you will attend Orientation. All new students pay a mandatory one time Orientation fee, which has already been charged to your student account with your tuition. You will NOT need to pay any additional fees related to Orientation upon arrival.
Orientation is mandatory. There is a tremendous amount of information disseminated during this four day period that you will not want to miss.
Orientation at MICA is a mandatory event for all new and transfer incoming students. It is a fun and intensive four day program. Students will participate in a wide variety of activities designed to help them get acclimated to MICA, Baltimore and living on their own. From academic based sessions like "The Art of Critique" to fun social gatherings in the evening, Orientation has something for everyone!
Starting college is a time of challenge, excitement and adjustment. Orientation is the best way for your student to learn his or her way around MICA and the surrounding community. Orientation also provides guidance and resources on academics, involvement and support services on campus.
MICA's Residence Life Office provides a list of recommended items for your student to bring to campus. Download the PDF What to Bring to MICA.
Your student should bring art supplies and tools if he or she has them as this will save some money. We encourage students not to buy new materials until they begin classes. While most work involves basic materials, your student's instructors may require specific supplies and will provide them with a list of materials for their particular course. Most of the supplies will be available in the MICA store, located at 1200 Mount Royal Avenue You can also visit the MICA store online at the MICA College Store website.
For all Housing-related questions, you can visit the Residence Life website. You will find detailed information about living on or off campus at MICA, including a packing list, important dates and deadlines, and helpful contact information for the Residence Life staff.
During the fall and spring semesters, student health services for MICA students are provided at the MICA Student Health Services Office (410-225-7325), located at 1501 Mount Royal Avenue. Every MICA student pays a mandatory health fee in order to access student health services through Mt. Royal Medical, including routine medical examinations and sick visits. As a reminder, all enrolled students are encouraged to contact MICA Student Health Services before visiting the emergency room.
MICA has adopted the following policy that applies to our students. The policy requires all students to maintain insurance coverage that is in place every day of their higher education career.
All students attending MICA must enroll or waive out of the insurance coverage offered by the College. Students who wish to waive out of the coverage must provide proof of comparable private coverage. At this time, a charge of $1294.00, which includes all administration fees, has been placed on your MICA student account. Students are automatically enrolled into the MICA-sponsored health plan, but they can choose to waive or confirm enrollment up to September 30, 2012. Any waivers requested after September 30, 2012 will be assessed a financial penalty. This policy helps to ensure that all students will have access to health care when they need it, and will not forgo obtaining proper medical care for financial reasons alone. If you have any questions about MICA's insurance coverage, please call the Healthcare Advocate at 1-800-398-8441 ext 2.
In early August, you will receive a MICA Parent and Family Guide for the 2012-2013 school year in the mail. This is a great resource for you to refer to when questions arise or to familiarize yourself with MICA before your student even arrives at the college. Of course, all questions cannot be answered with a guide book, therefore, listed below you will find a list of important phone numbers at MICA.
Important MICA Phone Numbers:
• Academic Advising 410-225-2315
• Academic Affairs 410-225-2289
• Alumni & Parent Relations 410-225-2397
• Campus Safety 410-225-2355
• Career Development 410-225-2420
• Continuing Studies 410-225-2219
• Counseling 410-225-2367
• Diversity and Intercultural Development 443-552-1659
• Financial Aid 410-225-2285
• MICA Student Health Services 410-225-7325
• International Affairs 410-225-2243
• Orientation 410-225-2284
• Parent & Family Weekend 410-225-2284
• Parkhurst Dining Services 410-225-7360
• Postal Services 410-225-2202
• President's Office 410-225-2237
• Residence Life & Off-Campus Housing 410-225-2398
• Shuttles (Day) 410-225-2340 (Evening) 410-225-2245
• Student Accounts 410-225-2356
• Student Activities 410-225-2284
• Student Affairs 410-225-2422
• Student Records 410-225-2234
• Writing Studio 410-225-2418
Stay up-to-date on current info at MICA by visiting the MICA website . For information specifically pertaining to parents and family members, visit the MICA Parents website. Additionally, mark your calendars for Parent and Family Weekend 2013, which will take place February 15-18, 2013.