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.
Maryland Institute College of Art Rankings
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- of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.27 responses
- of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.31 responses
- of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.31 responses
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- of students say they don't have Greek life.37 responses
- of students say no one pays attention to varsity sports.45 responses
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- of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.23 responses
Maryland Institute College of Art Reviews
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.
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.