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Minneapolis College of Art and Design - MCAD Campus Life

Campus Size

Small Campus
Total Undergrads
Including 17 Part-time
Degree-Seeking Freshmen
Including 1 Part-time

Gender Breakdown:

59% Women
41% Men


Total Varsity Sports


Athletics Details
Sport Varsity Men Varsity Women Club Intramural
Soccer - - - Yes
Volleyball - - - Yes


Student Total
American Indian/Alaskan Native 1.4%
Asian/Pacific Islander 4.7%
Black/non-Hispanic 2.4%
Hispanic 5.0%
Non-resident alien 0.0%
Race/Ethnicity unknown 15.3%
Two or more races 0.0%
White/non-Hispanic 71.2%
Percent of students with disability 3% or less

Services & Housing

Services Offered
  • Remedial services for students with learning disabilities
  • Academic/Career counseling
  • Employment services for current students to find part-time positions
  • Job placement for graduates to find full-time employment
  • Library on campus
  • On-Campus Housing
  • No Meal Plan

Clubs & Organizations

Performance Arts
  • Musical Theater
  • Student Film Society
Journalism & Publications
  • Radio Station
  • Student Government

Safety Statistics

Arrests On Campus
Illegal Weapons Possession 0
Drug Law Violation 0
Liquor Law Violation 0
Criminal Offenses On Campus
Personal Crime 0
Property Crime 0

Notable Alumni

  • Mary Grand Pre - Harry Potter Illustrator
  • Dan Jurgens - Comic Artist (Superman)
  • Stephen Rivkin - Filmmaker
  • Mike Perry - Designer
  • Samantha French - Painter
  • Aaron Draplin - Designer
  • Ta-Coumba Aiken - Artist, Educator, and Community Activist
  • Julia Vickerman - Yo Gabba Gabba Animator
  • Christy Oates - Furniture Designer
  • Mike Jakab - Interactive Designer
Reviews Dorm Life
  • Aurora from Portland, OR
  • 5
  • The people are all really awesome, and the dorms are basically apartments. There's a kitchen, living room, dining room, bathroom, and bedrooms, just in your dorm (laundry facilities are downstairs).…

  • Aug-30-2012 Read More
  • Krystina from Dover, DE
  • 4
  • personally, i've loved the dorm life at mcad. the dorms themselves are nice, come furnished and unfurnished, and are a comfortable size. they're basically small apartments. the ras have been…

  • Mar-03-2012 Read More
  • I from MN
  • 4
  • There are apartment buildings on campus that are seconds away from class. You can literary spend an entire break in your dorm and not be late to class because it's…

  • Jul-12-2014 Read More
  • Ash from Chicago, IL
  • 3
  • The dorms are nice. My building 2540 aka the pizza hut building has really spacious living rooms, which is great when for when friends are over. And my furnished apartment…

  • Jun-11-2015 Read More


Student Responses to Review Topic: Food And Dining
  • 4
  • Lydia from Minneapolis, MN
  • Dec-29-2015 I am a current student here

    The cafeteria food is really nice, and a reasonable price. If that isn't your fancy, hit up eat street which we are right on.

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  • 3
  • Ash from Chicago, IL
  • Jun-11-2015 I am a current student here

    The bistro has some decent options and the lunch combos are good. They serve you a big portion so the $7 is worth it, but don't eat at it everyday, you'll be spending way too much money. Luckily all the apartments have kitchens with a full range, so cooking actual meals is better, cheaper, and healthier. I love having my own kitchen I cook and bake all the time. Oh during finals/the last week of the semester the bistro does $1 for combo meals, this is great when you're busy studying for your tests and don't have time to cook.

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  • 2
  • Amber
  • Dec-22-2014 I am a current student here

    The Bistro's good, but that's it. There really is not a meal plan and there is van trips that take you to a center that has a Target, Michael's, Cub Foods (which is the major grocery store chain in the twin cities) and Home Depot. Food shopping at Target becomes way too expensive, and things could still be cheaper at Cub. If you NEED to do a ton of shopping, it's best to get a car and go out to the Walmart that is in Roseville. Roseville is a really nice suburb with the best Walmart.

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  • 3
  • I from MN
  • Jul-12-2014 I am accepted here and planning to attend soon

    They have a sizable cafeteria. MCAD is a few blocks away from Nicolette Ave. (Aka Eat Street) with a wealth of food options from all around the world.

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  • 3
  • Darcy from Chaska, MN
  • May-18-2014 I am a current student here

    The MCAD bistro is provides good quality food. The cost ranges from $2-8, depending if you get a full meal or just a snack. It's not the cheapest, and it is usually better to buy your own groceries (you have a kitchen, so why not?).

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  • 4
  • Jaclyn
  • Dec-27-2013 I am a current student here

    There is a little bistro in the Main Building, a lot of people go there between classes. If you live on campus you pretty much provide your own food-the apartments have a small kitchen with a stove, oven, fridge, sink, etc. So factoring expenses for food is very important if you're considering this school. If you don't want to cook Eat Street is walking distance from campus, giving one a variety of foods to choose from. There is a really nice local coffee shop, The Nicollet, which has great sandwiches and coffee.

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  • 4
  • Maddi from Mission, TX
  • Jun-13-2013 I am a current student here

    If cooking in your dorm isn't for you, there is a nice cafeteria on-campus. It can get a little pricey, but you can buy a meal card ahead of time to help you out (plus, you always get a ticket that eventually gives you a free meal). The meal options aren't bad! There are also lots of local restaurants that are amazing. I recommend going to pho noodle soup restaurants in the winter.

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  • 3
  • Aurora from Portland, OR
  • Aug-30-2012 I am a current student here

    The food isn't bad. There is no food. Well, there's a cafe kinda place, but it's just like a normal cafe, with normal prices. You can't eat there every day any more than you could go out to the pizza parlor every day. But you do have your own kitchen, and there are stores, and if you really need it a couple blocks down is Eat Street.

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  • 5
  • Kaitlyn from Somerset, WI
  • Aug-11-2012 I am a current student here

    Within less than two blocks from campus you can come across a range of restaurants. From The Bad Waitress Coffee Shop to Pho Hoe Vietnamese Restaurant and Christos Greek Restaurant to A Slice Of New York. And along with food there's coffee at the Spyhouse Coffee Shop.

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Greek Life
  • 0
  • Jaclyn
  • Dec-27-2013 I am a current student here

    There unfortunately is no Greek Life at MCAD.

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  • 0
  • Aurora from Portland, OR
  • Aug-30-2012 I am a current student here

    Doesn't exist. There's no sports or anything either, but I'm actually glad about that -- more focus is put on the arts and school that way, and if you really need it there are sports gigs out in town.

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