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C+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Value
    C+
  3. Diversity
    B
  4. Campus
    B+
  5. Athletics
    NG
  6. Party Scene
    B-
  7. Professors
    C
  8. Location
    A+
  9. Dorms
    B+
  10. Campus Food
    A-
  11. Student Life
    B+
  12. Safety
    A+
522 Congress St.
Portland, ME 04101
About Maine College of Art...
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From Maine College of Art

At Maine College of Art, you’ll learn the history of art, principles of design, contemporary influences, and current perspectives while exploring literally any art form that interests you. Here, declaring your major starts with claiming your space: setting up your own studio where you can push the boundaries of your work. You’ll receive the individualized attention from faculty and staff to help you grow as an artist.

Maine College of Art delivers a transformative learning experience within an intimate and demanding educational environment by preparing students in the areas of artistic excellence, creative entrepreneurship, and civic engagement.

Located on the southern coast of Maine, Portland is a unique collective of culture, community, outdoor recreation, and great food. Students have access to all the opportunities of a big city while remaining only minutes from beaches, lakes, forests, and an abundance of natural beauty.

Maine College of Art Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
Acceptance Rate
61%
SAT Range
ACT Range
Application Fee
$50
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Accepts Common App
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$31,174/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$17,299/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
100%

Academics

Professors
C
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
8:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
100%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.7 responses
70%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.10 responses
70%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.10 responses

Majors

Animation & Game Art

Animation & Game Art students will study historical and contemporary animation, game art, film, art, and storytelling to gain extensive skills in handmade and digital production methods. Internships and Professional Studio Courses prepare students to competitively enter the professional marketplace.

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
377Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
18
Undergrads Over 25
6%
Pell Grant
39%
Varsity Athletes
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 9 responses
Report
  • Artsy
    78%
  • Individual
    11%
  • Sporty
    11%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
90%
Poll
100%
of students say they don't have Greek life.12 responses
Poll
92%
of students say no one pays attention to varsity sports.12 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 6 responses
Report
  • Hard-working
    33%
  • Unencouraging
    33%
  • Underrated
    17%
  • Very supportive
    17%

    After College

    Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
    $27,700/ year
    National
    $33,028
    Graduation Rate
    51%
    National
    49%
    Employed 2 Years After Graduation
    91%
    National
    83%
    80%
    of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.5 responses

    Maine College of Art Reviews

    159 reviews
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    Once the Maine College of Art switched their classes online, things changed drastically. It was very sudden and rushed but I know that the teachers and staff have done the best that they could. With the little time to prepare for the switch, it's understandable for there to be some complications. As a first-year going onto my second year, there are a few core classes that I missed out on because there was no simple way to integrate it in our home based studying.
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    This school could be a lot better, but this is probably due to the way that they allocate the funding to the various departments. Besides that, faculty is severely understaffed and they are trying to lower their acceptance rate but that is not going to raise the quality of education. Certain faculty have a particular agenda throughout their teaching and the fine art idealism is what dictates a lot of how instructors run the show. If you are coming here to learn real design skills and real world techniques that are relevant today, this school is not for you. Also, as a minority, there is low diversity, and high diversity in LGBTQI, not in race or creed. The school attempts to make up for this but even in things like student life this is underdeveloped and biased.
    At Maine College of Art I am constantly learning and being challenged. In the classes I am always sucking up new information. I'm always being pushed in my academics. I can go to work on projects whenever I want. You as a student at MECA are allowed 24/7 access to the main building Porteous and others to work on projects. This is big especially when your an art student. I also like the dorms at MECA. The dorms are well taken care of and are all in the vicinity of the main MECA building. They are all helpful people with stuff like financial aid and getting information on majors. I have had great experiences at MECA Inside and outside the classroom. One of the great things about MECA the art displayed around the campus. I always feel inspired walking around at MECA. The food and cafe at MECA is very good also. Always plenty of food to go around. At MECA first year students are to participate in a final to review all the work that the student has done all semester.