Minneapolis College of Art and Design

Minneapolis, MN, USA
3.79 Average Rating

With campus sharing a block with the Minneapolis Institute of Art, the Minneapolis College of Art and Design is a private 4-year art school. MCAD confers undergraduate degrees in 14 art and design-related majors and is one of the few art institutions in the nation to offer a major in Comic Art. In addition to classroom space, MCAD is home to a 3D shop and printmaking studio. Furthermore, MCAD oversees Gallery 148, a student-run art gallery that provides real world experience in curating and installing a show.

Admissions

Key Admissions Stats

Institution Type
Private
  • Not for Profit
  • Coed

Need Blind

This school does not consider an applicant’s financial situation when deciding admission

Level of Institution
4 Year
Campus Setting
Major city

0
100
59%
Acceptance Rate

Admissions Requirements

SAT
Yes
ACT
Yes
Transcript
Yes

Important Deadlines

Application Type Application Deadline Reply Deadline
Early Decision Acceptance is binding so student must attend college if accepted. February 15, 2019
Early Action Acceptance is not binding, but student will receive admissions decision earlier. December 1, 2019
Fall Regular Decision May 1, 2020
Spring Regular Decision December 1, 2018

Admitted Student Stats

In-State Students
47%
Out-Of-State Students
47%
91%
Submitting ACT
10%
Submitting SAT
Average ACT Composite: 24
0
36
Average SAT Composite: 1141
0
1600
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Academics

Key Academic Stats

Highest Degree Offered
Master's
Total Number of Students
774
Total Number of Undergrads
688
Academic Calendar

Semester

Classroom Sizes

2-19 Students
86%
20-39 Students
12%
0
100
57%
Graduate in 4 Years US National: 28%
0
100
60%
Graduate in 6 Years US National: 52%
Student:Faculty Ratio
10:1
US National: 21:1
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Tuition, Cost & Aid

Key Financial Stats

Average Net Price
$26,763
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Tuition
In-State Tuition In-state tuition is the tuition charged by institutions to those students who meet the state's or institution's residency requirements. In-district tuition is the tuition charged by the institution to those students residing in the locality in which they attend school and may be a lower rate than in-state tuition if offered by the institution.
$39,120
Out-of-State Tuition Out-of-state tuition is the tuition charged by institutions to those students who do not meet the state’s or institution’s residency requirements. Out-of-district tuition is the tuition charged by the institution to those students not residing in the locality in which they attend school.
$39,120
Additional Costs
Room and Board The weighted average for room and board and other expenses is generated as follows:
  • (amount for on-campus room, board and other expenses * # of students living on-campus.
  • + amount for off-campus (with family) room, board and other expenses * # of students living off-campus with family
  • + amount for off-campus (not with family) room, board and other expenses * # of students living off-campus not with family)
divided by the total # of students. Students whose living arrangements are unknown are excluded from the calculation. For some institutions the # of students by living arrangement will be known, but dollar amounts will not be known. In this case the # of students with no corresponding dollar amount will be excluded from the denominator.
$7,986
Books and Supplies
$2982

Aid & Grants

0
100
68%
Need Met
Students Receiving Gift Aid Percent of undergraduate students awarded federal gift aid. Federal gift aid includes any grant or scholarship aid awarded, from the federal government, a state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.
42%
Average Aid Per Year
$20,621
Students Receiving Grants Percent of undergraduate students awarded grant aid. Grant aid includes any grant or scholarship aid awarded, from the federal government, a state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.
42%
Average Federal Grant Aid Per Year
$4,639
Average Institution Grant Aid Per Year
$17,586

Student Loans

Students Borrowing Loans Loans to students - Any monies that must be repaid to the lending institution for which the student is the designated borrower. Includes all Title IV subsidized and unsubsidized loans and all institutionally- and privately-sponsored loans. Does not include PLUS and other loans made directly to parents.
94%
Average Loan Amount Per Year
$7,943
Average Debt at Graduation The median federal debt of undergraduate borrowers who graduated. This figure includes only federal loans; it excludes private student loans and Parent PLUS loans.
$19,750
Median Monthly Loan Payment The median monthly loan payment for student borrowers who completed, if it were repaid over 10 years at a 5.05% interest rate.
$274
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Campus Life

Key Campus Stats

Student Gender
Male
Female
31%
69%
Student Organizations
30
Size of Town
Major city
LGBTQIA Student Resource Groups
Yes
On Campus Women's Center
No

Housing

0
100
38%
Undergrads Living on Campus
On-campus living required of freshman
No

Athletics

Varsity Athletics Conference Primary
Not applicable

Campus Safety

24-HR security patrol
Yes
Campus emergency phones
Yes
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After Graduation

Post Grad Stats

Top 5 Cities
Minneapolis
New York
Los Angeles
San Francisco
Chicago
Average Salary
6 years after graduation
$43,200
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What Students Are Saying

3.79 Average Rating
The atmosphere is just really huge. People are going out and making art even outside of class, and you're being pushed harder than ever before, and it's just this amazing environment that pushes you to do your best. It's transformed me already.
Aurora from Portland, OR
MCAD has an excellent selection of degrees and programs to choose from.

It is a great way of making connections for internships and careers.

It is one of the best art schools in the region.
I from MN
mcad has a nice environment and friendly staff and students. it encourages students to work hard and pushes them to their best to produce great work. it's certainly for people who are serious about their work.
Krystina from Dover, DE
MCAD is home to a wonderful, tight-knit community of passionate artistic-minded individuals. Every day at MCAD, I feel accepted-- a part of a larger group-- and pushed to my fullest potential as an artist. MCAD will help you become the greatest artist, learner, and person that you can possibly be.
Maddi from Mission, TX
MCAD is a well known private art college.
People that attend MCAD love art and love what they do.
If you're not one of these people then MCAD isn't for you.
Kaitlyn from Somerset, WI
It's a great school to get exposure in the real world while in school. There are a lot of opportunities. You also make a lot of friends and get a lot of networking as well.
J from Minneapolis, MN
mcad has absolutely amazing facilities for students to use for their benefit and great connections to clients. their instructors have knowledge about the courses they are teaching and are always available to talk with outside of class.
Miah from Minneapolis, MN
I have only been at MCAD for one semester but I have learned so much already! You have to work very hard to keep up with all the projects but it's worth it. You will improve in your artwork!
Jaclyn