Maryland Institute College of Art

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1300 Mount Royal Avenue

Baltimore, MD 21217-4134

Phone: (410) 669-9200
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
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Feb. 1
application deadline

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Maryland Institute College of Art is a private institution that was founded in 1826. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,827, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 16 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Its tuition and fees are $40,890 (2013-14).

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

Because we believe in the vital role of art in society, we at Maryland Institute College of Art are dedicated to the education of professional artists and designers, and to the development of a collegiate environment conducive to the evolution of art and design. The College's primary focus is on the delivery of degree programs - Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), Master of Arts (MA), Master of Fine Arts (MFA), Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT), Master of Professional Studies (MPS), and the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate. MICA also offers programs in continuing education - from individual courses for adults and youth to an online Master's in the Business of Art & Design. The programs of the Division of Continuing Studies are designed both for working artists and designers, and for others who would benefit from professional-level instruction in art and design.

All of the College's programs reflect our philosophy that students learn best when developing thinking, questioning, and doing skills simultaneously. Our curriculum is well structured, based on a strong foundation program that provides the vocabulary and technical skills necessary for further and more specialized study. Our program integrates writing, a liberal arts education, and studio skills, so that students become literate and knowledgeable of our cultural background. By the end of their studies at MICA, students are expected to be able to work independently in their chosen medium.

The College faculty is made up of professors in the liberal arts and professional artists, all of whom are committed to teaching. It is important to the College that the faculty continue active careers creating, exhibiting, or publishing their own work and that most faculty teach students at all levels - freshmen as well as advanced students. The College is dedicated to having a faculty that is diverse racially, culturally, and in terms of aesthetic direction. While our permanent faculty provide the essence of the learning experience at the College, the visiting artist program further enriches the education of MICA students by bringing other nationally recognized artists to campus for residencies, critiques, and lectures. Among the faculty are individuals who are employed full-time in their profession and teach one or two courses at the College, bringing an important real-world perspective to the classroom.

Our students come from multicultural and varied economic backgrounds. Intellectual curiosity, creativity, motivation, and self-discipline are among the attributes we look for in prospective students. Through a course of study at the College, students develop a body of work that reflects their potential for professional achievement. The experience at Maryland Institute College of Art, by including internship programs, as well as other co-curricular opportunities, offers students a firm base upon which to launch and build a career.

The co-curricular programs of the College - including programming in residence life, student affairs, student activities, community-based art and design, and career development - support the College's primary goal, which is to nurture the professional, intellectual, and personal growth of emerging artists and designers. We recognize and understand the needs of our students so that we can offer them the resources they need for success in the intense studio and academic environment of one of the nation's top colleges of art and design.

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School type private, coed college
Year founded 1826
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting urban
2012 Endowment $62,963,648


When applying to Maryland Institute College of Art, it's important to note the application deadline is February 1, and the early decision deadline is November 29. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due February 1. The application fee at Maryland Institute College of Art is $60. It has an an acceptance rate of 51.8 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 51.8%
Application deadline February 1
SAT/ACT scores must be received by February 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Maryland Institute College of Art is 9:1, and the school has 80.6 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Maryland Institute College of Art include: Illustration; Graphic Design; Painting; Sculpture; and Fiber, Textile and Weaving Arts. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 85 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 9:1
4-year graduation rate 63%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Illustration 17%
Graphic Design 16%
Painting 14%
Sculpture 10%
Fiber, Textile and Weaving Arts 9%

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Student Life

Maryland Institute College of Art has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,827, with a gender distribution of 29.1 percent male students and 70.9 percent female students. At this school, 88 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 12 percent of students live off campus.

Total enrollment 2,168
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

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

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

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Tuition and fees $40,890 (2013-14)
Room and board $11,260 (2013-14)
Financial aid statistics N/A

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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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