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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
    B-
  8. Location
    B+
  9. Dorms
    B-
  10. Campus Food
    B-
  11. Student Life
    B
  12. Safety
    B-
MICA is a private college located in Baltimore, Maryland. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 1,673 undergraduate students. Admissions is somewhat competitive as the MICA acceptance rate is 62%. Popular majors include Graphic Design, Illustration, and Painting. Graduating 72% of students, MICA alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $26,100.
About Maryland Institute College of Art...
Athletic Division
Athletic Conference
Address
1300 Mount Royal Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21217
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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
62%
Application Deadline
SAT Range
1060-1290
ACT Range
24-29
Application Fee
$70
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action

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Cost

Net Price
$41,386/ 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
$18,939/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
95%

Academics

Professors
B-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
8:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
78%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.27 responses
52%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.31 responses
42%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.31 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,673Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
76
Undergrads Over 25
4%
Pell Grant
19%
Varsity Athletes
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 22 responses
Report
  • Intimidatingly talented
    23%
  • None stop creativity
    23%
  • Very artsy individuals who are cliquey
    18%
  • Wouldn't want to be described as typical.
    14%
  • Affluent, rude, pretentious hipsters
    9%
  • Creative, often dramatic artists.
    9%
  • Passionate, caring individuals
    5%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
95%
Poll
97%
of students say they don't have Greek life.37 responses
Poll
96%
of students say no one pays attention to varsity sports.45 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 24 responses
Report
  • Intimidatingly talented
    29%
  • Creatively charged
    25%
  • Life-changing
    13%
  • Vibrantly diverse
    13%
  • Very friendly atmosphere
    8%
  • Awful
    4%
  • Home away from home
    4%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$37,300/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
72%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
91%
National
83%
65%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.23 responses
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Maryland Institute College of Art Reviews

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Everyone is incredibly hard-working and passionate, it's nice to be surrounded by individuals who have the same level of passion. There is some of the cliche art-school angst in the undergrad. However, regardless, my professors are incredible! They truly care and are incredibly passionate about what they are teaching! There is some of the cliche art-school angst in the undergrad. The party scene sucks, but that was expected considering MICA's reputation and rigorous world-class education.
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It must be said: if you'll go into more than $10k in debt for the degree, don't. And honestly? The insane art school workload isn't worth the degree either. Anyway...

Academics: Some programs are strong, some are mediocre. Professors have been uniformly interested in my success as a student.

Area: Baltimore sucks, with all the disadvantages of a city (crime, noise, filth) and almost none of the advantages (small for a city, everything closes early, nobody on streets [around MICA] after 9 PM, poor transit).

Dorms: Founder's: typical dorms, the green for frosh social interactions. Hoff: nicest dorms, lots of space. Gateway: looks nice, cramped/no privacy/HVAC issues.

Food: Hoff is OK. It's college food, don't expect much. Doris is good.

Social: Lots of weebs. Lots of stereotypical art students — "eat the rich... but not my mom, because she pays my rent at the Copycat." Once saw a callout post for a security guard that started with "isn't nonbinary." Parties uniformly suck.
MICA has competent teachers (for the most part), interesting classes, and exceptional art-making facilities and equipment. The foundational courses everyone is required to complete during Freshman year are less popular, but they are taught with the assumption that everyone has fairly good technical skills. In other words, the intro part of the intro classes is mainly getting you comfortable with new materials, equipment, and conceptual thinking. You won't be paying to relearn the basics. The food and dorms are nothing special, but they are overpriced. Students here are either reclusive or in tight nit groups that yammer on about inclusiveness but are totally hypocritical and judgemental. If you look hard enough, you'll be able to find nice people. But be warned, most people here are pretentious assholes who think they're saints, and if you're a member of any majority group (male, Caucasian, etc.) prepare to be aggressively shamed.