Admitted Students

Next Steps for Fall 2024

Congratulations! You are now one step closer to joining the MICA community starting Fall 2024.

You've been admitted to one of the nation's leading colleges for innovative art and design!
Now it's time for your next steps in the process of becoming a MICA student.  This list of next steps can help you plan ahead. We are also happy to act as your liaison with other offices. If you have questions, reach out to us in Undergraduate Admission.

Are you a parent or support person of an admitted student? Be sure to check out MICA's Family Portal!

Important Dates:

  • Move-In Day:  August 21, 2024
  • Orientation:  August 21 - 25, 2024
  • First Day of Fall Semester Classes:  August 26, 2024


As soon as you decide to attend MICA, make it official! Complete the Declaration of Intent form to let us know whether or not you plan to attend. If you plan to attend, you will need to submit a tuition deposit of $450. You can submit online via credit card at, wire transfer, or by check. Our priority candidate reply date is May 1, 2024. To learn more about the payment methods accepted, please visit our Billing and Payment page.

For Deferred Students: If you previously paid your tuition deposit and it was held for you or if you received a tuition deposit waiver, you do not need to pay the tuition deposit again. Not sure? Email us at

We'd love to show you around campus, in-person or virtually! Get all the details about MICA programs of study, visit departments, view facilities, and meet informally with faculty and students. You can visit our Events Page for more information.

Merit Scholarships and Financial Aid

The final merit scholarship and financial aid offers will be mailed and available in your student portal the week of April 1, 2024. These offers will confirm any MICA scholarships that you have already been awarded and provide information on the total cost of attendance, as well as any additional merit or need-based aid from other sources for which you may be eligible. 

Click here to complete the FAFSA on


Learn more about how to apply for financial aid, our scholarship policy, and financing options on our Financial Aid page. Questions? You can contact the Financial Aid Office at 410.225.2285 or

*MICA's Housing Application for Fall 2024 is live! Click here to learn more about signing up for housing. 

We are so excited to welcome you to the MICA and help you plan your move to Baltimore! Make sure to complete the Housing Application to be matched with roommates and apartment mates. First Year students are required to live on campus unless granted an exception. 

Transfer students are not required to live on campus. However, there is limited space available if you choose to do so. Transfer students who choose to live on-campus should fill out the Housing Application to be matched with roommates and apartment mates. Learn more about off-campus housing here

Questions about living on (or off) campus? Contact

Click here to access the International Student Handbook in helping you settle in to Baltimore and the MICA campus.

Click here for information on applying for your F-1 Visa, arriving at MICA, and life in the U.S.

Visa Information

As a new incoming student from abroad you will need to return all international student paperwork for your visa. You are required to submit your Immigration Information form to indicate your current immigration status and intentions regarding immigration while studying at MICA.  Click here to learn about the F-1 visa process.

All forms and supporting materials should be uploaded to your student portal or emailed to by June 1, 2024 for the Fall 2024 semester.

The Immigration Information form (download PDF) is required before an I-20 can be issued and it must be completed even if you do not plan to study under an F-1 visa.

If you already hold a valid F-1 Visa from another school and plan to transfer it to MICA you must also complete and submit the I-20 Transfer Release form  (download PDF) along with a PDF photocopy of your current I-20 form.

In addition to the Immigration form, please submit the required financial statement documents:

  • a signed Affidavit of Financial Support form (download PDF)
  • an PDF of an official bank statement
  • a PDF photocopy of your passport

According to U.S. Immigration law, we must receive these documents before we can issue your I-20.

Students admitted for the Spring semester are allowed to defer to the following Fall or following Spring term. Students admitted for the Fall semester are allowed to defer to the following Spring or following Fall term. Students cannot defer their admission beyond one year past the term they were originally admitted for. At that point, they must submit a new application to be considered for admission to the College.

  • If you would like to defer your admission to a future term, you will need to fill out the Declaration of Intent. This will serve as your official request to defer.
  • If you have already paid your tuition deposit, it will be held to serve as the deposit for the term you are deferring to. If you withdraw from your new term before your new candidate reply date, you will be issued a refund of your tuition deposit.
  • If you have not already paid your tuition deposit, you will have until the candidate reply date of your new term to submit your deposit (see below for dates).
  • If you were approved for a tuition deposit fee waiver for your original term, the waiver will still apply to your new term.


  • Spring 2025 - December 15, 2024
  • Fall 2025 - May 1, 2025


Planning to earn transfer credits?

During your deferral, if you are planning on taking college classes at another institution and want to enter MICA as a transfer student, you will need to reapply as a transfer for your new term. You can learn more about the transfer admission process here.

For information about scholarships and financial aid for your new term, please reach out to our Financial Aid Office at 410.225.2285 or

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