B-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B
  2. Value
    C+
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    C
  5. Athletics
    NG
  6. Party Scene
    B
  7. Professors
    C+
  8. Location
    B-
  9. Dorms
    C+
  10. Campus Food
    C+
  11. Student Life
    B-
  12. Safety
    B-
Maryland Institute College of Art is ...
Private not-for-profit
Athletic Division
Athletic Conference
Address
1300 Mount Royal Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21217
Website
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Maryland Institute 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
57%
Application Deadline
SAT Range
1020-1290
ACT Range
22-28
Application Fee
$70
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action

Cost

Net Price
$41,889/ 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
    $30,994/ year
  • $30-48k
    $32,516/ year
  • $49-75k
    $40,363/ year
  • $76-110k
    $39,837/ year
  • $110k+
    $43,033/ year
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Academics

Professors
C+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
9:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
78%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.27 responses
50%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.30 responses
43%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.30 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,654Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
4%
Pell Grant
18%
Varsity Athletes
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 21 responses
Report
  • None stop creativity
    24%
  • Intimidatingly talented
    24%
  • Very artsy individuals who are cliquey
    14%
  • Wouldn't want to be described as typical.
    14%
  • Creative, often dramatic artists.
    10%
  • Affluent, rude, pretentious hipsters
    10%
  • Passionate, caring individuals
    5%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
97%
Poll
97%
of students say they don't have Greek life.36 responses
Poll
95%
of students say no one pays attention to varsity sports.44 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 23 responses
Report
  • Intimidatingly talented
    30%
  • Creatively charged
    22%
  • Vibrantly diverse
    13%
  • Life-changing
    13%
  • Very friendly atmosphere
    9%
  • Home away from home
    4%
  • Awful
    4%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$35,700/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
73%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
90%
National
83%
65%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.23 responses
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MICA has a lot to offer. Every major is very specialized and different. As a sculpture major, I have access to successful artist that commute from NYC. The teachers will challenge your preconceived notions of art. This can be a laborious and emotional process, but it is necessary to understand the current art world. There is a great D-Fab lab that allows students to integrate 3-D printing and lazor cutting into their artistic practice. The only problem is that there is too much to explore in 4 years!

I would recommend new students to carefully pick their academic teachers. Some academic teachers are great and actively publish in their field, and other teachers are a bit boring. Make sure to talk to your advisor before signing up for academic classes to ensure that you avoid the less interesting classes.

Students can also take courses at John Hopkins if they want more rigorous academic courses.
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MICA dorms are apartment-style which is pretty nice, because you get a tiny kitchen and a common area. You also get 3 walls in the dorm that are homasote board that you're allowed to do anything to (at least in freshman housing in Founder's Green). But because the dorms are apartment-style it becomes a lot more of a responsibility for you and your roommates (who are usually random keep in mind). So if you have bad roommates, you will likely have a lot of trouble getting them to do their part for important things like doing the dishes, taking out the trash, general clean up stuff. I had several bad experiences with mold my first semester.... Another thing about freshman housing is that living in Founder's Green means you have no elevators. I live on the fourth floor and it is absolute hell every day walking up those stairs multiple times, usually carrying very heavy art projects. Founder's Green also has outdoor halls, so it's not very social on your floor usually since no one leaves their door open. You might be lucky however, and get assigned to Leake Hall which is a newer building behind Founder's Green, completely enclosed and they have elevators! Leake Hall seems to have better facilities in general and everyone who lives there is friends with each other practically, since they just leave their doors open and stuff. Seems nice!
Although not everyone's experiences may be positive, I have to say that as a first-year student at MICA, I am have found the college wonderful. The professors I have had have been wonderful to work with, although some assignments aren't as interesting as others. Overall, Maryland Institute college is a wonderful college in pursuing a degree in art, even though tho it isn't perfect. But honestly, what college is?