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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 transferquestions@mica.edu.

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 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. 

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 www.portfolioday.net. 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 the Common App form 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 email this form to records@mica.edu. 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. 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

Admission Dates and Timeline for Academic Year 2017-18

There are two Transfer 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 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.

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

This page was last updated on 07/24/2017.