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MICA Welcomes Largest Freshmen Class in Art and Design College's History

Class of 2013 Includes Four Presidential Scholars in the Arts, NAACP ACT-SO Gold Medalist, National Winner of Latino Art Beat Hispanic Heritage Scholarship

Posted 09.11.09 by MICA Media Relations

Members of the class of 2013 participate in MICA's orientation.


BALTIMORE--MICA, bucking a nationwide recession-driven admissions trend for private colleges, begins the 2009-10 academic year with the largest freshmen class in its history: 464. In addition, the College welcomes 61 transfer students and 123 graduate students to the MICA community. Total campus enrollment is 1,714 undergraduate and 218 graduate students from 48 states and 52 foreign countries.

Among those enrolled students are four of the nation's finest student-artists, Presidential Scholars in the Arts winners Holden Brown of Mandeville, La. (cinematic arts category); Peter Ferguson of Fairfield, Pa. (visual arts category); Meagan Jenigen of Richmond, Va. (visual arts category); and Annie Wentzell of Ocean Springs, Miss. (photography category).

The class of 2013 also includes a 2009 Gold Medalist for the NAACP's Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO), Morel Doucet of Miami (sculpture), and the national winner of the Latino Art Beat Hispanic Heritage Scholarship, Katherine Ordonez of Miami.

MICA's national reputation as a top art and design college has attracted growing attention and interest. The College saw record attendance at on-campus events such as Visit Days, Portfolio Day and Open House. Attendance at off-campus events also reached new levels. Undergraduate applications from prospective freshmen and transfer students were up 7 percent.

Graduate applications increased 40 percent. Among MICA's new graduate students is Mary Catherine Pasco Sta. Ana, a Fulbright Fellow from the Philippines who has enrolled in MICA's groundbreaking MA in Community Arts program.

Applications from international students increased at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. New MICA students are citizens of Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Ecuador, Ghana, Hong Kong, Ireland, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, Philippines, South Africa, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Vietnam and Venezuela.

"In past years we could always count on families' willingness to pay for the high quality of an education at MICA," said Theresa Bedoya, vice president for admission and financial aid. "This year we understood that it was not a question of willingness, but ability, to pay. Concerned that students would be forced to turn to less expensive options, MICA, like many top private colleges across the country, increased financial aid while honing our messaging and positioning points to focus on the value of a MICA degree."

Geographically, the College saw the largest growth in new students from California and Texas. But it also saw more students from Maryland, Virginia and New York than usual, possibly due to the recession. This year, the College has an unusually large number of Maryland students who elected to commute from home rather than live in on-campus housing as a way to save on costs.

In addition to the largest freshmen class ever, MICA also had a record year for retention of returning students.

Image caption: Members of the class of 2013 participate in MICA's orientation.

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.

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