Maine College of Art

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522 Congress Street

Portland, ME 04101

Phone: (207) 775-3052
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Maine College of Art is a private institution that was founded in 1882. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 369, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 1 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Its tuition and fees are $30,940 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Maine College of Art is an independent college of art and design located in the center of the thriving arts district of Portland, Maine. Established in 1882, the College currently enrolls approximately 400 degree students. In addition, about 1500 students take classes through MECA's Continuing Studies program annually. MECA's Joanne Waxman Library is an important public resource of art- and design-oriented books and periodicals for the region. The Institute of Contemporary Art at MECA is a vibrant site for the exhibition of contemporary art.

MECA is characterized by its intimate learning community, its interdisciplinary nature, and the breadth and depth of its programs. It confers the degrees of Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art, and offers a graduate-level program in Art Education. MECA employs approximately 100 faculty and staff. The College's BFA program offers eleven majors and three minors. MECA's MFA is an innovative two-year low-residency program with approximately thirty students. Our goal at MECA is to teach each student how to transform aspirations and values into a creative practice that serves as the foundation for a lifelong pursuit of personal and professional goals.

MECA is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, and is a member of the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design.

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School type private, coed college
Year founded 1882
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting city
2012 Endowment $4,474,400


When applying to Maine College of Art, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling, and the early action deadline is December 1. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 31. The application fee at Maine College of Art is $40. It has an an acceptance rate of 89.1 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity N/A
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 89.1%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by August 31

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Maine College of Art is 10:1, and the school has 81 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Maine College of Art include: Graphic Design; Illustration; Printmaking; Metal and Jewelry Arts; and Photography. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 76.5 percent.

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Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 10:1
4-year graduation rate N/A
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Graphic Design 17%
Illustration 15%
Printmaking 15%
Metal and Jewelry Arts 12%
Photography 11%

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Student Life

Maine College of Art has a total undergraduate enrollment of 369, with a gender distribution of 29.5 percent male students and 70.5 percent female students. At this school, 38 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 62 percent of students live off campus.

Total enrollment 403
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity N/A
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority N/A
Collegiate athletic association N/A

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Campus Info & Services

Maine College of Art offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, health service, and health insurance. Maine College of Art also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Maine College of Art.

Students who have cars on campus N/A
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Maine College of Art, 85.3 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid.

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Tuition and fees $30,940 (2013-14)
Room and board $10,300 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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