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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

Step 1: Application Forms

The MICA Transfer Application for Spring 2018 and Fall 2018 will be available August 1, 2017 through The Common Application

The application fee is $70 total ($60 application fee; $10 portfolio submission fee).

If you are unable to use The Common Application please contact the Office of Undergraduate Admission at 410-225-2222 or

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. 

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 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 Timeline for Academic Year 2017-18

Aid Applications
MICA requires the FAFSA as well as our own MICA Financial Aid Application.  A complete Financial Aid File consists of a valid FAFSA as well as a MICA Financial Aid Application and any other individual documents as required.  You will have a personal aid counselor to help you from start to finish.

Early 2017-18 FAFSA Available October 1 - You may be aware that the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) will become available for completion earlier than in past years.  The 2017-18 FAFSA will be available October 1, 2016.  All colleges will require the FAFSA as the basis for determining eligibility for most sources of need-based aid.  We encourage all new students to file the FAFSA as soon as possible after October 1, 2016.  The sooner you begin the process, the sooner MICA can begin to search for funds for you.

Online FAFSA Submission and the IRS Data Retrieval Tool
Complete the FAFSA at MICA's school code is 002080.  You and your parents (unless you are independent) should use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) within the FAFSA application to transfer 2015 federal income tax data from the IRS onto the FAFSA automatically.  Due to the new availability date of the FAFSA application for 2017-2018 is the reason you must use 2015 information.  Using DRT results in fewer errors and less paperwork and forms required by the federal government.  Be sure to use the exact address (including abbreviations) as it appeared on the 2015 federal income tax return to transfer the data successfully.

Scholarship Applications
Fall Enrollment
All prospective transfer students are encouraged to complete Financial Aid applications as well as Admission Transfer Scholarship applications.  Scholarships have always been a significant part of MICA financial aid packages.  Completing these applications will give you the best opportunity to understand all financial resources available to you.

There are two applicaton options: Early Action and Regular Decision

Early Action is non-binding and enables students with strong interest in attending MICA to learn of their admission decision and aid award earlier than Regular Decision.  Students admitted through Early Action have until May 1 to make their enrollment decision and make their deposits.

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

Transfer Regular Decision - Spring Enrollment
November 1 - Both Admission and Transfer Scholarship Applications and Financial Aid Documents Due
December 1 - Admissions decisions mailed
December 15 - Candidate Reply Date: Tuition and Housing Deposits due.

Special Circumstances
With the arrival of the new early FAFSA and income data now being assessed for 2017-18 on 2015 federal tax return data, some families may have significant changes in income from 2015 to 2016 income data.  MICA will give families the opportunity to explain significant drops in income or other special circumstances from 2015 to 2016 and as appropriate will consider the use of 2016 income information.  Please use the section provided on the MICA Financial Aid Application to explain any significant changes from 2015 to 2016 income.

Information Important To Consider In Making Your College Selection.
Financial decisions are only one important factor in deciding which college to attend.  Value is another important factor.  Be a wise consumer.  Make sure you assess and compare value factors for each college you are considering.  Value factors include Retention Rates, Graduation Rates, Student Loan Default Rates, Employed or in Graduate School one year after graduation.  MICA's Value is evident in the following current statistics:
Rentention Rate - 87%
Graduation Rate - 73%
Default Rate - 3.8%
Working or in Graduate School One Year after Graduation - 95%

This page was last updated on 07/10/2017.