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C+
Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    C+
  2. Value
    C+
  3. Diversity
    B
  4. Campus
    A-
  5. Athletics
    NG
  6. Party Scene
    B-
  7. Professors
    C+
  8. Location
    A+
  9. Dorms
    A-
  10. Campus Food
    A
  11. Student Life
    B+
  12. Safety
    A
MECA is a private college located in Portland, Maine. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 431 undergraduate students. The MECA acceptance rate is 86%. Popular majors include Graphic Design, Ceramics, and Printmaking. Graduating 57% of students, MECA alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $19,800.
About Maine College of Art...
Athletic Division
Athletic Conference
Address
522 Congress St.
Portland, ME 04101
Website
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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

Acceptance Rate
86%
Application Deadline
SAT Range
ACT Range
Application Fee
$50
SAT/ACT
Recommended
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action

Cost

Net Price
$29,923/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $27,043/ year
  • $30-48k
    $25,291/ year
  • $49-75k
    $28,580/ year
  • $76-110k
    $31,143/ year
  • $110k+
    $31,826/ year
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Academics

Professors
C+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
10:1
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
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
431Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
7%
Pell Grant
37%
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
94%
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
$24,300/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
57%
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
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Maine College of Art Reviews

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Being a student at the Maine College of Art means knowing you must be invested in your work, in its entirety, to be a better artist, showing every step of your creative process; from the small sketches on a napkin to the final draft of a glove. If you are truly ready to dedicate much of your time to the fine arts, then MECA is a good fit for you.
The Campus, on 522 Congress Street, is nicely placed within the heart of Portland with notable locations like the Old Port and the Portland Museum of Art to stop by and be inspired. A slew of artistic opportunities and chances to exercise your creative mind are here, but all you need is to be invested.
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For a small, unique college Maine College of Art really stands out to me. Each department does its best to serve every student with experience, knowledge, and support. Each year I climb I am always anticipating things to become more stressful, but I seem to be proving myself otherwise. I can only see positive changes within my education at Maine College of Art! As I look back, I am so grateful that my first three years of college were as helpful as they were, and I can certainly say that I learn something new everyday.
Being a Freshmen it was a busy year. You do all of your foundations classes for the first two years before actually doing anything for your intended major. Classwork is reasonable, depends on the Professor. For dorm living you are about 50/50. Sometimes you and your roommate(s) could get along or they could ask you to move out then proceed to try to push you out of your room. Heading into the second semester is looking bright. Your grades depend on how you participate in class and whether or not you care about your grades and classes.