Maryland Institute College of Art

1300 Mount Royal Ave, Baltimore, MD 21217-4134

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Maryland Institute College of Art is a four-year private school located in Baltimore, Maryland. MICA, founded in 1826, is one of the first and oldest art colleges in the United States. The art and design college was originally named Maryland Institute for the Promotion of the Mechanic Arts. The city's neighborhoods each have their own distinctive culture, architecture, and charm that give the large city the neighborly feel of a town. There are all-night diners, avant-garde theatres, independent film festivals, ethnic restaurants, family-friendly open-air concerts and movies, gritty clubs, and quirky coffeehouses.

Maryland Institute College of Art’s campus is only about 1.5 miles from downtown Baltimore and is located in the Bolton Hill neighborhood of Baltimore on Mount Royal Avenue. The city of Baltimore has tremendous art resources and a thriving art scene, including: Baltimore Museum of Art, Walters Art Museum, underground galleries, and nationally renowned galleries. MICA offers regular, inexpensive bus trips to Washington, D.C., New York City, and Philadelphia.

Maryland Institute College of Art offers certificates of completion, bachelor’s degrees, post baccalaureate certificates, and master’s degrees. Programs of study lead to receiving the bachelor of fine arts (B.F.A.), Master of Arts (M.A.), Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) degrees, and Master of Professional Studies Degrees (M.P.S).

Maryland Institute College of Art has 2,169 students (1,863 undergraduates and 306 graduates) and 307 faculty members, giving the university a 10:1 student-to-faculty ratio. Of all faculty members, 146 teach full-time and 161 teach part-time. About 93% of undergraduate students study full-time and 7% study part-time. Most graduate students (72%) study full-time and 28% study part-time. 

The student body contains 71% female students and 29% male students. About 55% of all students are white with the remaining students being Asian (10%), Hispanic (6%), and black (5%) with the remaining 24% of students being two or more races. About 92% of students are ages 24 and under with 8% of students being ages 25 and above. About 23% of students are from Maryland, 70% are from out-of-state, and 7% are from a foreign country. The retention rate for first-time, full-time students is 85% and the overall graduation rate is 71%.

A variety of programs are available to keep students involved on campus, including more than 40 student clubs and student government.

Students have access to services such as: ROTC (Army), study abroad, remedial tutoring, academic counseling, career counseling, employment services for students, and placement services for completers.

Meyerhoff House opened in 2002 as residential housing for Sophomore, Junior, and Senior students and also includes a student life center, recreational amenities, and the school’s main dining facility. The first official student housing, The Commons, fits about 350 students, and has the largest green space of the entire campus. Housing in The Gateway was built in 2008 and fits 217 student residents, .The Meyerhoff and The Gateway buildings increased MICA student housing 90% between 2002 and 2009, allowing more students to stay on campus. On-campus living is estimated to cost $10,770 per year with $1,400 in additional living expenses. Off-campus living is estimated to cost $8,830 per year with $1,400 in additional living expenses

Tuition costs $37,470 per year for in-state students and books and other supplies are estimated to cost  $1,450 per year. The average tuition for a graduate student is $36,170 per year with $1,300 in fees. Tuition payment plans are offered. The in-state tuition at Maryland Institute College of Art is $37,470, which is 179.6% more expensive than the average for all Maryland Colleges and Universities.

Financial aid is offered in the form of state grants, federal grants, scholarships, and loans. To qualify to receive financial aid, you must complete a FAFSA form and be evaluated to be in financial need. Approximately 80% of those attending Maryland Institute College of Art receive financial aid , 14% receive federal aid, and 65% receive student loans.

Maryland Institute College of Art receives over 3,200 applications per year and accepts about 55% of those students. Statistically, 55% of men and 55% of women who apply will be accepted. The non-refundable undergraduate application fee costs $60.  Students must submit any official transcripts, recommendation, and admission test scores.

Maryland Institute College of Art is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher education. MICA is also a member of the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).




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    Private, not-for-profit, 4-year or above
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    Master's degree
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