Approximately 80% of new freshmen each year are from out-of-state applications. They represent 48 states and territories and 52 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 2017). 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 (email@example.com) 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. Homeschool applicants must provide the equivalent of a high school transcript with course or subject titles, duration of study for each title, content of study for each title, and an assessment of performance or "grade". Preferably, the courses completed at home are part of a curriculum developed and evaluated by a nationally recognized diploma granting organization or agency. If not connected with such an organization and an official transcript from a state homeschool association or sponsoring public high school is not available, homeschool applicants must obtain and submit GED, TASC or HiSET exam results as confirmation of completing a generally acceptable secondary school curriculum. Individual homeschool transcripts with date of completion do not suffice as official proof of graduation.
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
- December 1 Application deadline to be considered for Early Action I (Admission notifications mailed January 15.
- January 5 Application deadline to be considered for Early Action II (Admission notifications mailed February 15.
- February 1 Application deadline to be considered for priority admission and competitive scholarships.
Admission notification mailed February 26-March 6.
- February 2 - April 1st Applications accepted on a space available basis. Admission notifications sent on a rolling basis.
- April 1 Notification of competitive scholarship awards and final Financial Aid packages mailed.
- May 1 Candidate Reply Date: tuition and housing deposits due
- 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 with Financial Aid package
- December 15 Candidate Reply Date: tuition and housing deposits due
Financial Aid Dates and Deadlines
A complete Financial Aid file consists of:
- MICA Online Financial Aid Application
- Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
- Other documents may be required.
- December 1 Early Action I deadline for aid applications. Estimated base Financial Aid packages mailed January 15 to students with a complete aid file.
- January 5 Early Action 2 deadline for all aid applications. Estimated base Financial Aid package mailed February 15 to students with a complete aid file.
Note: Early Action - Financial Aid packages may be incomplete if federal and state aid formulas are unavailable at the time of mailing. Important to remember the package will not include any scholarships earned in later competive scholarship but all awards will be included in the complete package on April 1.
- February 15 Application deadline for priority funding consideration (applications received after March 1 will be processed until funds are exhausted)
- April 1 Financial aid award notifications mailed to admitted freshman.
- November 15 Application deadline for priority funding consideration (applications received after this date will be processed until funds are exhausted)
- December 1 Financial aid packages mailed.
This page was last updated on 02/07/2017.