Admitted Students

Next Steps for International Students

You are now one step closer to joining the MICA community.

Now that you've been admitted to one of the nation's leading colleges for innovative art and design, it's time for the next steps in the process of becoming a MICA student and join our geographically and culturally diverse group of students from 48 states and 52 countries.

This list of next steps can help you plan ahead. We are also happy to act as your liaison with other offices. If questions arise, do not hesitate to contact your admission counselor.

Make Your Tuition and Housing Deposits

As soon as you know you have decided to attend MICA, make it official! Return the Declaration of Intent form (found in your admission packet or click HERE to download a PDF). Your tuition deposit ($450) and housing deposit ($550) are due on or before the May 1st, 2020 Candidate Reply Deadline.

Payment of deposits can be made online at To send a deposit by check or wire transfer, please find billing and payment information here. 

Scholarship offers and financial aid awards must also be accepted and forms signed and postmarked no later than May 1st, 2020.

Visit Campus

Even if you have already been here, visiting again, now that you have been admitted will give you and your family an even better sense of what life and study at MICA is really like. Weekend and weekday opportunities are available. Check out your options here.

Connect with Other Admitted Students

Join other admitted MICA students on a closed Facebook page set up just for you. Get to know other students who are admitted and also current MICA students. The group will be coming soon!

Check Your Mail

Final scholarship and financial aid awards are mailed on April 1st and will include the results of the merit-based Competitive Scholarship program and all need-based funding for which you are eligible.

Complete Your On-Campus Housing Survey

Complete the Housing Application here. Please note that single/double room-type requests are considered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Move-In Dates and Orientation


Freshman On-Campus Move-In Date is August 26, 2020
Freshman Orientation Week is August 26 to 30, 2020


Transfer On-Campus Move-In Date is August 29, 2020
Transfer On-Campus Orientation is August 30, 2020


First Day of Classes is Monday, August 31, 2020

International Student Orientation

Orientation is an inclusive experience for all new freshmen and transfer students including social activities, tours of Baltimore, registration for classes and an opportunity to meet faculty and your academic advisors. Aspects of orientation that will be of special interest to international students include:

Shopping Shuttles (purchase bed linens and supplies for your dorm room)

Resource Tables (featuring cell phone and bank companies)

F-1 Visa Information (learn what you need to know)

Advanced Standing in Freshman Classes

In early May, the Admission Committee will nominate students for Advanced Standing in first year drawing and/or painting classes. If you are selected for advanced standing after faculty review of your admission portfolio, you will be notified and your freshman schedules will reflect your placement.

If you have been enrolled in College Board AP courses in liberal arts or studio arts and have taken the AP exams, please send your scores to the admission office for review to potentially receive advanced standing and/or credit.

Registration for Classes

You will receive a course selection survey to choose your preferred classes. Your course schedule will be available to you during Orientation.

Transfer students who have paid their tuition deposit will be contacted by the Academic Advisor for Transferring Students beginning April 3rd regarding scheduling procedures. Advising and registration will occur online or by telephone May 1st to May 25th. (Priority will be given to students who have deposited earliest.)

Activate Your Email Account

After June 1st, instructions for setting up your MICA email will be sent to your personal email address currently on file. Once your account is activated, all official college correspondence will go directly to your email address.

Buy Some MICA Swag

Show your pride in selecting MICA. Buy Swag here

Stay in Touch!

If you have any questions or concerns, you are always welcome to reach out to your admission counselor at +1 (410) 225-2222

Follow MICA on Social Media 


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. 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 to MICA you must also complete and return the I-20 Transfer Release form (download PDF) along with a photocopy of your current I-20 form.

In addition to the Immigration form, please submit the required financial statement documents; official bank statement and a signed Affidavit of Financial Support form (download PDF). You will also need to submit a copy of your passport. According to U.S. Immigration law, we must have this documentation before we can issue your I-20.