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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.

Planning Your Path to MICA

Planning Your Path to MICA

Transfer Fall 2018 Application Deadline Extended to June 1

Admission Application and Financial Aid Documents Due - June 1

Admission Decision and Financial Aid Awards mailed - two weeks after your your application and materials are marked complete. 

Candidate Reply Date: $450 Tuition Deposit (and if living on campus) $550 Housing Deposit due - two weeks after your Admission Decision is received. 


Previous Application Fall 2018 Transfer Deadline Timelines

Transfer Early Action - Fall Enrollment
March 1 - Both Admission and Transfer Scholarship Applications and Financial Aid Documents Due
April 1 - Admission Decision and Early Financial Aid Awards mailed April 1.
May 1 - Candidate Reply Date: Tuition and Housing Deposits due. 


Transfer Regular Decision - Fall Enrollment
April 1 - Both Admission and Transfer Scholarship Application and Financial Aid Documents Due
April 25 - Admission Decision and Financial Aid Awards mailed
May 18 - Candidate Reply Date: Tuition and Housing Deposits due

For more information about transferring to MICA, please contact transferquestions@mica.edu.

Step 1: Application Forms

The MICA Transfer Application for Fall 2018 is available through The Common Application

We will waive the $70 application fee ($60 application fee; $10 portfolio submission fee) for all June 1 applicants. 

If you are unable to use The Common Application 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 the Common App  to upload your portfolio submission to the MICA Undergraduate SlideRoom Portal in Slideroom. 

Step 3: Essay

Choose one of the writing prompts listed on the Common App form and write an essay (250 word minimum).

Step 4: Letter of Recommendation (optional)

The recommendations of teachers, college counselors, or other professionals who can comment on your art and academic experiences may be emailed directly from your recommender to records@mica.edu.

Step 5: Activities & Interests

Compile a list of activities, interests, and honors as explained on the Common App. 

Step 6: Transcripts 

An unofficial transcript may be submitted to complete your application, however, an official transcript must be sent directly from you school to MICA to receive eligible credits.   

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, MICA may 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 June 1 (detailed instructions are included in Step 2 of Admission Procedures and Deadlines for International Students).

Step 8: Course Descriptions

Transfer applicants must submit course descriptions for all courses for which they are requesting transfer credit. Course descriptions should be copied from your college online course catalog and pasted into a Word document. The document should be emailed to records@mica.edu

This page was last updated on 04/20/2018.