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Campus Enrollment Is Largest in College’s History

MICA Continues to See Increased Interest in Applications, Largely Due to Growing Reputation and Baltimore Location

Posted 09.13.10 by MICA Communications

MICA Orientation 2010

BALTIMORE--This fall MICA welcomes an entering class of bright, talented and accomplished artists and designers from across the nation and around the world as the College's reputation continues to grow and total campus enrollment is the largest ever with 1,985 students: 1,747 undergraduate and 238 graduate. The College will have 435 freshmen, 75 undergraduate transfers and 131 new graduate students. Applications came from all 50 states and 40 foreign countries.

Many of the incoming freshmen are well-rounded artists, student leaders, athletes, musicians, thespians and writers. Among those enrolled students: Gates Millennium Scholarship winner Aurelia Javier, from Miami, will enter MICA's freshman class, pursuing a dual degree of a B.F.A. in painting and an M.A. in Teaching. In addition to her participation in many extracurricular activities, she worked with the youth organization Voices United for three years, raising cultural and social awareness through the arts, and she was praised by the nonprofit's director for "being the pivotal figure in the program's success."

Graduate students coming to MICA are accomplished artists and designers with well-established exhibition or entrepreneurial experience, and credentials from leading colleges and universities in a variety of areas of study. One star example is Abdulmari Imao, a Fulbright Fellow from the Philippines, who is entering the College's Rinehart School of Sculpture. Imao has been commissioned to create major monuments, shrines and landmarks--many of which pay homage to Filipino heroes or historical events.

Incoming freshmen have indicated once again through surveys, that Baltimore, as a lively, college-friendly city, was a main draw for MICA. Other top reasons to select the College were academic reputation, range of curricular offerings in the visual arts as well as the emphasis on liberal arts, professional and career development, campus facilities and residential life, and study abroad options. Graduate students indicated that they chose MICA because of its academic and faculty reputations; Baltimore as an affordable city that supports the arts and is in close proximity to the art centers in New York, Philadelphia and Washington; graduate studio space; and facilities and technology offerings.

MICA's growing reputation is evident in its record attendance at on-campus events, such as Visit Days, Portfolio Day and Open House, and its rise in applications. The College reached capacity crowds as prospective students and parents traveled to MICA from all across the United States and from abroad. Applications have increased overall by 7 percent this year, and 32 percent over the past three years.

Geographically, the largest growth in undergraduate students was from Maryland, yet a significant number of students continue to come from the Northeast as well as Florida, Texas, California and Ohio. This year there has also been an increase in international students from Europe.

At the graduate level, the largest increase of students geographically comes from the West Coast, especially from California and Washington. Also, this is the first year that graduate students from Israel, Russia and Spain are attending MICA.

Founded in 1826, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) is the oldest continuously degree-granting college of art and design in the nation. The College enrolls nearly 3,500 undergraduate, graduate and continuing studies students from 49 states and 52 countries in fine arts, design, electronic media, art education, liberal arts, and professional studies degree and non-credit programs. With art and design programs ranked in the top ten by U.S. News and World Report, MICA is pioneering interdisciplinary approaches to innovation, research, and community and social engagement. Alumni and programming reach around the globe, even as MICA remains a cultural cornerstone in the Baltimore/Washington region, hosting hundreds of exhibitions and events annually by students, faculty and other established artists.