Transfer Regular Decision - Fall

Fall Transfer Regular Decision Admission and Financial Aid Dates and Deadlines

  Fall 2020 - Regular Decision I
April 1, 2020 Applications for  Admission and Merit Scholarship as well as Financial Aid Applications are due.
April 20, 2020 Admission Decision and Financial Aid Awards mailed
May 1, 2020 Candidate Reply Date for Priority On-Campus Housing
May 15, 2020 Candidate Reply Date for students not living on campus. 


  Fall 2020 - Regular Decision II
June 1, 2020 Applications for  Admission and Merit Scholarship as well as Financial Aid Applications are due.
one week after complete application received Admission Decision and Financial Aid Awards mailed and emailed
one week after admission decision received Candidate Reply Date: Tuition Deposit due

Transfer Regular Decision Application Process:


Starting September 1, 2019 MICA's Transfer Application for Spring 2020 and Fall 2020 will be available through the Common Application: Choose - Apply for Transfer.

You’ll use the same Personal Information, Academic History and Supporting Information to apply to multiple college programs. 

In the Add Program tab, choose the MICA application program you are applying for:

  • MICA BFA Spring 2020 Regular Decision
  • MICA BFA Fall 2020 Early Action I
  • MICA BFA Fall 2020 Early Action II
  • MICA BFA Fall 2020 Regular Decision 

Note: you can only apply to one (1) program per academic year. 

Application Fees 
The Common App for Transfer: $60. 
Fee waivers apply to the $60 fee only. Request a fee waiver in the Profile tab of the Personal Information section. 
Portfolio Submission through integrated link to Slideroom: $15 additional. 

Test Scores
The College Entrance Examination Board Scholastic Achievement Test (SAT) and/or the American College Test (ACT) are NOT required for transfer admission. 
However, if English is your second language, you will need to take the TOEFL or IELTS. 
TOEFL or IELTS scores should be from the last two years. You cannot submit your scores directly; you must request official scores from TOEFL or IELTS. 

The scores must arrive on or before your program deadline.

Please request that TOEFL or IELTS email your official test scores electronically to  
You can also request that TOEFL or IELTS mail your hard copy test scores to Records Coordinator, MICA Undergraduate Admission, 1300 W. Mount Royal Avenue, Baltimore MD 21217. 

The first three are common sections that will apply to every college you are applying to: 

Add a preferred name and choose your preferred pronoun. Add your permanent address, email, phone and cell.
Request a fee waiver.

Request official transcripts through Common App for each college you attended after graduating from high school. An official transcript is required to receive eligible credits. It can take time to process a transcript request. Please make arrangements for your transcript to arrive before your program deadline. 

There are three ways to submit an official transcript: 

  1. Use the request form in Common App for Transfer, in the Academic History section.
  2. Request your college registrar to email your transcript directly to
  3. Request your college registrar to mail your transcript directly to Records Coordinator, MICA Undergraduate Admission, 1300 W. Mount Royal Avenue, Baltimore MD 21217. 

Note: Only courses carrying a grade of C or better will qualify for transfer credit. Up to 60 credits required for the BFA degree may be transferred from other accredited colleges. Liberal arts courses in which the course content parallels that of courses offered at MICA will be considered for transfer credit. Transfer of studio courses is determined by course equivalency, final grade and portfolio review, if needed . In some cases, MICA may consider waiving course requirements after an evaluation of art achievements gained outside formal school programs.

EXPERIENCES TAB (optional) and ACHIEVEMENTS TAB (optional)
DOCUMENTS TAB 1 (optional)
 Note: There is a second “Documents” tab in the MICA Program Materials section, where you will upload your catalog course descriptions, your essay and your high school transcript (proof of graduation).

  • CV/Resume: International Students only: If you have supporting documentation, like waivers, scans of your passport bio page, scans of your current F1 Visa or scans of your current I-20 form upload it to the CV/Resume section here. For students wishing to submit a CV/Resume, please do so in the Program Materials Documents tab.
  • If you have a Green Card/Permanent Resident card you can upload it here.

Agree to these questions in order to proceed with your application. 

SECTION 4: PROGRAM MATERIALS specific to MICA’s requirements

DOCUMENTS TAB 2: This is the second Documents tab, and the more important of the two.  

You’ll upload the following:  

  1. Catalog Course Descriptions (required)
    Submit course descriptions for all courses for which you are requesting transfer credit. Course descriptions should be copied from your college online course catalog, pasted into a Word document or PDF and upload it as a Word document or PDF in the Documents section of your Common App application. Note: Only include the courses you have taken. Do NOT upload the whole online course catalog.
  2. Personal Statement - Essay  (required)
    Choose one of the two writing prompts listed in Common App, write an essay (250-word minimum), and upload it as a Word document or PDF in the Documents section of your Common App application.
  3. High School Transcript (Required)
    A scan of your final high school transcript with final grades serves as proof of high school graduation. Alternatively you can scan a copy of your high school diploma or an official score report for the GED or other high school equivalency test. 
  4. Writing Sample (Optional)
    Show your fluency and skill in writing by submitting an essay, article or short report written for an academic class.
    Note: the writing sample is not the admission essay. You'll find the admission essay prompts in the Program Materials section.
  5. CV/Resume (Optional)
    Submit a curriculum vitae (CV) or resume to support your application.
  6. Recommendations (Optional)
    Follow the instructions to request recommendations directly through Common App. Your recommenders will be emailed a direct link to use to submit their letter. While recommendations are optional for transfer students, teachers, you can ask college counselors, mentors, and associates to comment on your art and academic experience and provide insights into your personality and ambition, adding quality to your application. 

QUESTIONS TAB: Many of these questions are required. Please pay attention to the instructions.

PORTFOLIO TAB: Upload your images through Slideroom
Please follow the instructions provided in the Common Application to upload your portfolio submission to the MICA Undergraduate SlideRoom Portal in Slideroom.

You may submit your application prior to submitting your portfolio, but your application will not be reviewed until you have submitted your portfolio. Please pay attention to the deadline of the program you are applying to: your application will not be considered complete and will not be reviewed for admission until your portfolio is submitted.  Transfer students should prepare a portfolio of 15-30 digital  images of college-level artwork completed within the last two years that demonstrate technical skill and personal voice/direction. The Portfolio Submission fee is $15, separate from the $60 Application Fee in Slideroom.

For more tips visit: Portfolio Preparation for Transfer Students

Learn what file formats are accepted by Slideroom:  

In the Label Media section for each image please fill in: title, year, medium, size. You can also include additional details about the image if needed. You can only make changes to your portfolio before you submit it; once submitted, you cannot make edits.

Pay attention to the order of your images--the review committee will evaluate your images in the order you have determined. You can edit a portfolio, and add or remove images only before you submit your portfolio. Once submitted, the portfolio cannot be changed. 

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