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  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Value
    C+
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    C
  5. Athletics
    NG
  6. Party Scene
    B-
  7. Professors
    A-
  8. Location
    B
  9. Dorms
    B-
  10. Campus Food
    C+
  11. Student Life
    B-
  12. Safety
    C+
MICA is a private college located in Baltimore, Maryland. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 1,654 undergraduate students. Admissions is fairly competitive as the MICA acceptance rate is 57%. Popular majors include Graphic Design, Illustration, and Painting. Graduating 73% of students, MICA alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $26,900.
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
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

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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
A-
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
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
1,654Undergrads
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 22 responses
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  • 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
97%
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
$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 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.
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Overall, I love this school. The professors are all well trained, and I really like that MICA makes a point to employ professors that are still working artists, it keeps things from getting stale and overly traditional). There's a lot of room to tailor your degree plan to your interests, and to double major, or major and concentrate, in two entirely different fields. They're also committed to teaching students how to be marketable once they graduate (really good track record with interns– we've even got one at NASA right now!). Of course, some of the stereotypical flaws of art schools are present here as well; the humanities and art history departments are very strong but there's little to no math or traditional science classes. There's a class exchange program with 13 other schools in Baltimore that helps with that problem though.
A unique college experience for any aspiring artist. Professors are all friendly and insightful, inspiring their students to do their best and reach to their highest potential. Although classes are much longer than normal college classes it goes by fast as we learn something new every time. My only cons are food and location. Majority of the surrounding food joins are cafes and the closest fast food place is McDonalds. The meals MICA serves are generally okay but it is best to cook for yourself from time to time. It does get sketchy around MICA but on campus nothing is that serious. Just keep eyes open and be observant specially at night. In conclusion, MICA is one of the best art colleges in my opinion that offers tons for those with a creative mind and heart.