Undergraduate Admission

International Admission Process and Deadlines

MICA believes in tearing down walls, not building more of them. We understand that globalization is not a fad, but the way of the world.

MICA provides various admission plans for International First Year (Freshman) and Transfer students and support services such as international orientation, immigration and academic advising, student connectors, academic tutoring and ESL services. Use the information found here to guide you through the nuances of international application procedures, access resources specific to international students (scroll down) and frequently asked questions (FAQs). If at any point you need to talk to a human being at MICA, the International Undergraduate Admission Office is here to help.

International Admission Process

International First Year Dates and Deadlines

International Transfer Dates and Deadlines


International Admission Process

Step 1: Application Form

Apply using the Common Application. The application fee is $70 total ($60 application fee; $10 portfolio submission fee).

Step 2:  Portfolio of Artwork

The portfolio should be a selection of recent artwork that represents your artistic interests and demonstrates your technical skills and ability. You should include examples of artwork that reflect the full range of your ideas, interests, experience, and abilities in the arts to date. Applicants must submit a portfolio of 12-20 pieces of artwork. Please follow the instructions provided in either the Common Application or MICA Online Application to upload your portfolio submission.

International transfer applicants should follow the instructions under Application Procedures for Transfer Applicants.

Step 3: Essay

Choose one of the writing prompts listed on the Common Application and write an essay (250-word minimum).

Step 4: Letters of Recommendation

The recommendations of teachers, college counselors, or other professionals who can comment on your art and academic experiences are important to your application. At least one letter of recommendation is required for your application. Please follow the instructions provided on the Common Application to submit your recommender requests and allow them to upload their letters of support through the application service you selected.

Step 5: Activities and Interests

Compile a list of activities, interests, and honors as explained on the Common Application.

Step 6: Transcripts

Applicants must provide official transcripts of all secondary academic work. Your counselor may submit your transcript through Common Application (if you have chosen that application option), Parchment, email (records@mica.edu) or mail. Your transcripts must be translated into English by an approved translator. World Education Services (WES) is recommended, but not required.

Step 7: Test Scores

If your native language is not English you must demonstrate proof of English language proficiency to gain full admission. MICA requires a score result on The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL -- MICA School Code is #5399) of at least 80 IBT (internet based test). MICA also accepts a band score of at least 6.5 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). SAT or ACT test scores may also be considered as a test of English proficiency. Your application will not be reviewed for admission without test scores, which must be received by application deadlines: February 1 - April 15 for freshmen, March 15 - April 15 for transfer students. If you have not yet achieved the minimum score requests listed above, you should submit your current scores for review by these deadlines. After evaluation of all your admission materials, you may be admitted on a conditional basis with the requirement that you achieve minimum test score results within a limited amount of time to be granted full admission. For more information about the TOEFL exam, visit their website at www.toefl.org or e-mail toefl@ets.org.

Step 8: Immigration Information

Indicate your current immigration status and your intentions regarding immigration by completing the Immigration Information Form available online. This is required before a Form I-20 can be issued. Please complete this form even if you do not plan to study under an F-1 student visa.

Step 9: Demonstration of Ability to Finance Your Education*

Submit an Affidavit of Support and/or Certificate of Finance available online, as well as a notarized bank statement certifying that sufficient funds are available to support your study at the College. This is required before a Form I-20 can be issued.

*May be submitted upon receipt of admission notification

Review the unique considerations you'll want to make as an international student and to complete the requirements for admission. We are here to help you chart your future clearly and wisely. Questions? Reach out to the Office of Undergraduate Admission at admissions@mica.edu

Considerations

  • International applicants should make realistic financial plans for proposed study in the United States. Certification of funds available to support each year of study at MICA will be required. We will send the certification statement form to you upon receipt of your application. Information regarding financial statements can also be found on the Admission & Financial Aid section of MICA’s Web site under Frequently Asked Questions By International Students.

  • Annual expenses for international students typically run higher than for domestic students, due to travel costs and mandatory health insurance. International students are not eligible to work off campus during the first nine months of their student visa status in the United States.
  • Before an international student leaves his or her home country, the student should have a letter of acceptance from MICA and a Certificate of Eligibility for Non-Immigrant (F-1) Student Status (Form I-20) from the College. Students should make certain that their passport and visa are in order before coming to the United States.

International Admission and Financial Aid Dates and Deadlines - First Year Students

International First Year Regular Decision - Spring 2019

Dates Deadlines + Notifications
November 1, 2018 Admission Application Due
April 1, 2019 Notification of admission decision emailed and mailed.

International First Year - Early Decision

Dates Deadlines + Notifications
November 1 Admission Application Deadline
November 1 Early Decision Financial Aid Online Application and FAFSA deadline to receive an estimated award with the admission decision
December 1 Admission and early estimated Financial Aid package mailed
February 1 Candidate Reply Date: tuition and housing deposits due

Early Action

Early Action is non-binding and enables students with strong interest in attending MICA to learn of their admission decision and aid award earlier than Regular Decision. International students must meet all of the requirements for admission as transfer students. In addition, they must demonstrate sufficient knowledge of English for success in coursework at an American college.

International First Year Early Action I - Fall 2019

Dates Deadlines + Notifications
December 1, 2018 Admission/scholarship and financial aid application deadline-all materials in the packet must be received simultaneously for application to be considered
January 11, 2019 Admission Decision and Financial Aid Awards mailed.
May 1, 2019 Candidate Reply Date

International First Year Early Action II - Fall 2019

Dates Deadlines + Notifications
January 5, 2019 Admission/scholarship and financial aid application deadline-all materials in the packet must be received simultaneously for application to be considered
February 1, 2019 Admission Decision and Financial Aid Awards mailed
May 1, 2019 Candidate Reply Date

International First Year Regular Decision - Fall 2019

Dates Deadlines + Notifications
February 1, 2019 Admission Application Due
April 1, 2019 Notification of Admission decision emailed and mailed.
May 1, 2019 Tuition and housing deposits due

International Admission and Financial Aid Dates and Deadlines - Transfer Students

International Transfer Regular Decision - Spring 2019

Dates Deadlines + Notifications
November 1, 2018 Admission Application Due

Early Action

Early Action is non-binding and enables students with strong interest in attending MICA to learn of their admission decision and aid award earlier than Regular Decision. International students must meet all of the requirements for admission as transfer students. In addition, they must demonstrate sufficient knowledge of English for success in coursework at an American college.

Early Action I - Fall 2019

Dates Deadlines + Notifications
February 15, 2019 Both Admission and Transfer Scholarship Application and Financial Aid Documents Due

Early Action II - Fall 201

Dates Deadlines + Notifications
March 1, 2019 Both Admission and Transfer Scholarship Application and Financial Aid Documents Due

International Transfer Regular Decision - Fall 2019

Dates Deadlines + Notifications
April 1, 2019 Admission Application Due