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Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some answers for Frequently asked Questions we hear from all of our incoming students. If you have any questions that are not answered in this section, please don't hesitate to contact the Student Activities Office at 410-225-2284 or email us at

How do I get to MICA?

Please see the Visit MICA page for comprehensive information. Pay close attention to directions (these will be mailed out later in the summer) for the day of move-in (For Foundation Students, Wednesday, August 24, 2016; For Transfer Students, Friday. August 26th, 2016) Please keep in mind that traffic around MICA will be heavy that day due to student move-in.

Do I need to register and/or pay a fee to attend Orientation?

No, at MICA there is no registration necessary for Orientation. If you are a member of the incoming class (foundation, transfer or international student), it is assumed you will attend Orientation. All new students pay a mandatory one time Orientation fee, which has already been charged to your student account with your tuition. You will NOT need to pay any additional fees related to Orientation upon arrival.

 There is a tremendous amount of information and materials disseminated during Orientation that you cannot afford to miss.

What is Orientation like and why is it important?

For Foundation students, Orientation at MICA is a fun and intensive four day program. You will participate in a wide variety of activities designed to help you get acclimated to MICA, Baltimore, and living on your own. From academic based sessions like “Great Crit, Great Classes” to fun social gatherings in the evening, Orientation has something for everyone!

For upperclass transfer students, Orientation is critical to making your transition to MICA a success. Not only will you have an opportunity to meet fellow transfer students, you will also have the chance to meet with your academic advisor, current students, and other key individuals at MICA.

College can be a time of challenge, excitement, and adjustment. Orientation is the best way to learn your way around MICA and your new surrounding community. Orientation also provides guidance and resources on academics, involvement, and support services on campus.

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

If you are unable to attend an Orientation session, notify your assigned Orientation Leader when you arrive to MICA. When you receive your full schedule at check-in, take a look at it right away and let your Orientation Leaders know if you have a conflict. It would helpful for you not to plan any major events, work shifts, or outings beginning Wednesday, August 24th through your first day of classes.

What should I bring to college and do I need to stock up on art supplies now?

MICA’s Residence Life Office provides a list of recommended items to bring to campus with you. Download the PDF What to Bring to MICA. You should bring art supplies and tools if you have them since this will save you some money. Do not buy new materials until you begin your classes. While most work involves basic materials, your instructors may require specific supplies and will provide you with a list of materials for their particular course. Most of the supplies will be available in the MICA store, located at 1200 Mount Royal Avenue. You can also visit the MICA store online at the MICA College Store website.

What if I have questions about my housing situation?

For all housing related questions, you can visit the Residence Life website. You will find detailed information about living on or off campus at MICA, including a packing list, important dates and deadlines, and helpful contact information for the Residence Life staff.

Will I be fed during Orientation?

If you have purchased a college meal plan, you will be able to utilize that starting the first dinner of Orientation. If you have not purchased a meal plan, you can pay-per-meal at the dining facilities or pack your own meals, whatever is most comfortable. There are a few meals that are provided free of charge for MICA students attending Orientation, which you can read about in the detailed Orientation schedule you receive at check-in.

Should my Parents and/or Family plan on attending Orientation with me?

During the first day of Foundation Orientation, Wednesday, August 24th, 2016, there are several sessions specifically designed for Parents and Family members of incoming MICA students. The Parent Schedule is available within the  Schedule At-A-Glance Section of our Website.

We ask that your parents and family members say their farewells during dinner on Wednesday in order for you to start acclaimating with your peers and to fully take part of the Orientation experience.

What is a MICARD and how do I get one?

MICARD is the name of the official student identification card at MICA. Every student, faculty, and staff member at the college is issued a MICARD and must carry it at all times while on-campus. Your MICARD is also how you gain access to buildings on campus, implement your meal plan, and receive discounts locally from insitutions that provide student discounts.  You will receive your MICARD during Orientation. Your Orientation Leader is a great point of contact on the specifics of receiving your MICARD.

When will I find out my classes?

Meeting your academic advisor and receiving your class schedule will take place during Orientation and is one of the most critical aspects of the process. Academic Registration will take place on Friday, August 26th, 2016 . More specific information about this will be available when you arrive for Orientation.

How do I stay involved at MICA after Orientation?

The Student Activities Office hosts Orientation and would love to see all students continue to be involved in the college community far after Orientation ends. For more information about Student Organizations, Major Upcoming Events, How to get involved in our Community Art and Service Program, and much much more - be sure to visit the Student Activities Office  Page, or visit our office, located right when you walk in to the Meyerhoff House!

This page was last updated on 07/19/2016.