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Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some Frequently Asked Questions amongst new graduate students to MICA. If you have any questions that are not answered in this section, please feel free to get in touch with a Graduate Studies Staff member at 410-225-5274 or For current Orientation news and updates visit

We hope the answers below will help ease your transition to Baltimore and keep you on track for your arrival at Graduate Orientation.

Though we've had beautiful weather for Orientation the last few years, Baltimore weather can get pretty muggy in late August. Be prepared to take part in activities that will have you walking around campus. Wear comfortable shoes and bring a water bottle.

If you have any questions that are not answered in this section, contact the Graduate Studies Office at (410) 225-5274 or

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

Graduate Orientation is mandatory. There is a tremendous amount of information provided to you at each session including the chance to ask questions and meet key staff. If you are unable to attend any of the scheduled Orientation sessions, notify the Office of Graduate Studies, (410) 225-5274 as soon as possible.

Should I attend the Interntational Graduate Orientation, Thursday August 28th? 

All MFA, MA, and Post-Baccalaureate F1-Visa students must attend the Thursday sessions from 11:30am - 4pm in addition to Graduate Orienation programming on August 26th and 27th. If you have questions about your participation in the International Graduate Orientation program please contact the Graduate Studies Office at (410) 225-5274 or

How do I get to MICA?

See Visit MICA for driving directions and local transit, as well accommodations and restaurant options in near MICA’s campus. Be mindful that parking around the Fred Lazaruz IV Center for Graduate Studies is limited to city street, metered parking. If driving to campus for Orientation, we recommend parking in either MICA’s Station Lot or in the Bolton Hill or Station North communities.

What is Graduate Convocation, August 26th?

Graduate Convocation, is an annual event to welcome new students to MICA and Baltimore, celebrate graduate community, alumni achievements and kick-off another wonderful year. This year's speakers include incoming President Sammy Hoi, Vice Provost for Research and Graduate Studies, Gwynne Keathley, Baltimore Museum of Art Director, Doreen Bolger, and among others.

How do I sign up to be a Graduate Teaching Intern?

Stacey Salazar, Program Coordinator, will present as session during Graduate Orienation for students to learn more about the Graduate Teaching Internship program; placement and assessment procedures, typical work schedule and expectations. The session will also cover the requirements by which MFA students can earn The Certificate in College Teaching of Art. All incoming Graduate Students will be given the opportunity to sign up for available Fall 2014 Graduate Teaching Internships as a group the week of Graduate Orientation.

When do I register for classes? Who can I talk with questions about registration?

Copies of Registration Guides have ben sent to all incoming students at their MICA e-mail address - customized by program and including your registration time. These guides contain degree plans as well as required and elective course recommendations. You are also welcome to contact your graduate director for advice or direction regarding course selection. A registration hold has been placed on all incoming student accounts until their registration appointment time. The Office of Graduate Studies is available to assist you during the enrollment process.

Students can choose from dozens of liberal arts graduate or undergraduate courses offered through MICA. View the full Fall 2014 schedule of courses at

Students may also take liberal arts courses offered through Johns Hopkins University or other surrounding schools through the Baltimore Student Exchange Program. Professional internships may also be substituted for liberal arts elective credit with permission from your program director.

Contact Erin Jakowski, Associate Dean for Graduate Studies, at with any questions regarding enrollment or eligible liberal arts courses.

Enrollment in Elective Courses:
Enrollment procedures are different for graduate and undergraduate courses. Graduate students can enroll directly for graduate courses via MICA’s online enrollment system. Undergraduate courses that have prerequisites are enrolled through the Office of Graduate Studies. Check to see if the course you want has open seats. If so, email the course instructor to request permission. Forward the approval to Erin Jakowski, at, to complete your enrollment.

Should my Spouse or Family plan on attending Orientation with me?

Unfortunately, Graduate Orientation sessions and activities are not recommended for families or spouses. However, spouses and families are welcome to join you at any of the optional events including DuckPin Bowling Night, Friday, August 29th!

What is a MICARD and how do I get one?

The MICARD is a single card used for student identification, access to campus buildings, meal plans, and to make purchases on campus at the College Store, vending machines, Decker Library, post office and print lab, or to purchase food at any campus dining location.

To receive your ID Card promptly at Graduate Orientation:
Submit a digital photo by Saturday, August 2nd to Using a digital camera, take a color photo of yourself against a solid background. Send the photo as a jpeg attachment, along with your name, your student classification (graduate student), where you will be living (Mt. Royal Apartments, Off-Campus) and your date of birth. Students who submit a digital image by the deadline, August 2nd, will be entered in a drawing to win a $50 gift certificate to the MICA College Store.


How to create a MICARD Flex Account?

Visit to sign up and add funds to your MICARD. It is a great tool to help you with fast and easy reviews of flex and meal balances remaining, adding funds, and even with the reporting and deactivation of lost cards.

Meal Plan Options:
Our meal plans are designed specifically to match the lifestyle of artists. They're also your best buy for eating on campus-you always get more for your dollar when you use a block meal rather than purchasing the same items à la carte. Meal service at MICA is provided by Parkhurst Dining Services, including vegetarian and vegan options, fresh side dishes, soups, salads and homemade desserts. 

Breakfast is served both à la carte and "all-you-care-to-eat." A la carte and block meal selections are available in both the Meyerhoff House Dining Room and at Café Doris, located in the Fox Building. Lunch and dinner in the Meyerhoff House Dining Room during the week and all weekend meals (brunch and dinner on Saturday and Sunday) are "all-you-care-to-eat." 

In addition to the block meals, meal plans include "dining dollars." These provide the greatest value when used for a cup of coffee or a snack between classes. Dining dollars are exclusively for food at Meyerhoff House Dining Room, Café Doris, Java Corner, and SNAC at Café Nancy (in the Lazarus Center) and may be redeemed without using a block meal.  

200 Meal Plan @ $1,720 / semester
14 meals / week
(with $75 Dining Dollars)

150 Meal Plan @ $1,450 / semester
10 meals / week
(with $125 Dining Dollars)

100 Meal Plan @ $1,170 / semester
7 meals / week
(with $135 Dining Dollars)

75 Meal Plan @ $895 / semester
5 meals / week
(with $80 Dining Dollars)

When can I move into my program's studio or workspace?

You will receive instructions for studio or workspace move-in prior to Orienation from your program director and your graduate program assistant. 

What if I have questions about my housing situation?

As a reminder, you've all been invited to the Office of Graduate Admission Google Group for incoming and current grad students looking for roommates and housing off-campus. For questions about the group please e-mail Students looking for off-campus housing resources and options can also visit MICA's Office of Residence Life and Off-Campus Housing website.

Can I bring my pet onto campus?

Before bringing your pet to campus, you must register by presenting the following forms, which will be kept on file. Please bring them in person along with your pet to the EHS office in the Firehouse. A photo will be taken of your pet for MICA records.

  • Veterinarian Verification Form as proof that your pet is up-to-date on all inoculations
  • Current rabies certificate, which must be kept on file and updated as needed
  • Signed pet waiver

Once the registration process is complete, a MICA Pet ID tag will be assigned to your pet and must be displayed on the pet at all times while on campus. No pet will be allowed on campus without an ID tag.

My neighborhood has permitted parking, how do I obtain a permit?

Students who live off-campus may obtain a Resident Parking Permit through the Baltimore City Office of Parking Permits. To be eligible for a Baltimore City parking permit you must reside within the boundaries of that particular area. You must have a valid ID, proof of residence (a lease, notarized letter from your landlord, utility bill, etc.), your driver's license, car registration, and tag number. Participation in the program is limited to residents only. For more information about Residential Parking Permits, contact the Baltimore City Office of Parking Permits, 443-573-2800.