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Frequently Asked Questions

As follows are some Frequently Asked Questions for new and transfer students to MICA. If you have any questions that are not answered in this section, please contact the Student Activities Office at 410-225-2284 or email us at

Below are some Frequently Asked Questions for new and transfer students to MICA. If you have any questions that are not answered in this section, please contact the Student Activities Office at 410-225-2284 or email us at

How do I get to MICA?

Please see the Transportation & Accommodations section for comprehensive information. Pay close attention to directions (these will be mailed out later in the summer) for the day of move-in, Thursday, August 29, 2013. Please keep in mind that traffic around MICA will be heavy that day due to student move-in.

Do I need to register and/or pay a fee to attend Orientation?

No, at MICA there is no registration necessary for Orientation. If you are a member of the incoming class (foundation, 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 period that you will not want to miss.

What is Orientation like and why is it important?

For Foundation students, Orientation at MICA is a fun and intensive four day program. You will participate in a wide variety of activities designed to help you get acclimated to MICA, Baltimore, and living on your own. From academic based sessions like “Great Crit, Great Classes” to fun social gatherings in the evening, Orientation has something for everyone!

For upperclass transfer students, Orientation is critical to making your transition to MICA a success. Not only will you have an opportunity to meet fellow transfer students, you will also have the chance to meet with your academic advisor, current students, and other key individuals at MICA.

College can be a time of challenge, excitement, and adjustment. Orientation is the best way to learn your way around MICA and your new surrounding community. Orientation also provides guidance and resources on academics, involvement, and support services on campus.

What if I am unable to attend all of the Orientation sessions?

If you are unable to attend an Orientation session, notify your assigned Orientation Leader when you arrive to MICA. When you receive your full schedule at check-in, take a look at it right away and let your Orientation Leaders know if you have a conflict. It would helpful for you not to plan any major events or outings beginning Thursday, August 29th through Sunday, September 1st. Keep in mind that the first day of class at MICA is Tuesday, September 3rd.

What should I bring to college and do I need to stock up on art supplies now?

MICA’s Residence Life Office provides a list of recommended items to bring to campus with you. Download the PDF What to Bring to MICA. You should bring art supplies and tools if you have them since this will save you some money. Do not buy new materials until you begin your classes. While most work involves basic materials, your instructors may require specific supplies and will provide you 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.

What if I have questions about my housing situation?

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.

Will I be fed during Orientation?

If you have purchased a college meal plan, you will be able to utilize that during Orientation. If you have not purchased a meal plan, you can pay-per-meal at the dining facilities or pack your own meals, whatever is most comfortable. There are a few meals that are provided free of charge for MICA students attending Orientation, which you can read about in the detailed Orientation schedule you receive at check-in.

Should my Parents and/or Family plan on attending Orientation with me?

During the first day of Orientation, Thursday, August 29, 2013, there are several sessions specifically designed for Parents and Family members of incoming MICA students:

  • 8 am - 2 pm:   On-Campus Housing & Orientation Check-in......................Founders Green
  • 9 am - 4 pm:  Campus Resource and Vendor Tables...................................Brown Center
  • 11 am - 2 pm:  *Lunch .................................................................................Founders Green Tent
  • 1 pm - 4 pm: Off-Campus/Commuter Student Orientation Check-in........Brown Center
  • 2 pm - 3 pm:  Diversity & Intercultural Development Welcome................Brown Center 320
  • 3 pm - 5:30 pm:  *Dinner, Family Time & Saying Goodbye.........................On Your Own
  • 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm: Parent & Family Orientation Session..........................Brown CenterFalvey Hall
  • 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm: Parent & Family Welcome Reception...........................Leake Hall

* Breakfast, lunch, and dinner can be purchased using a student's meal plan or can be paid for with cash at the meal location ($10).

We ask that your parents and family members please goodbye by 5:30 pm on Thursday, August 29th in order for you to attend the Orientation Kick-Off.

What is a MICARD and how do I get one?

MICARD is the name of the official student identification card at MICA. Every student, faculty, and staff member at the college is issued a MICARD and must carry it at all times while on-campus. You will receive your MICARD when you arrive for Orientation.

When will I find out my classes?

Meeting your academic advisor and receiving your class schedule will take place during Orientation and is one of the most critical aspects of the process. Academic Registration will take place on Saturday, August  31st this year. More specific information about this will be available when you arrive for Orientation.

How do I stay involved at MICA after Orientation?

The Student Activities Office hosts Orientation and would love to see all students continue to be involved in the college community far after Orientation ends. Here are a few events happening at the beginning of fall semester to put on your calendar in order to stay involved:

  • September 6th, Trip to Six Flags!
  • September 15th, Coffeehouse: Show off your dancing, poetry, singing, comedy, etc. skills at this exciting open mic night event! Coffeehouse is a tradition at MICA!
  • September 20th, Student Organization Fair: This fair is a great way to learn about the diverse clubs and organizations at MICA. You might even end up joining one.