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Maryland Institute College of Art Overview

Located in Baltimore, Maryland, Maryland Institute College of Art is a private not-for-profit institution. Baltimore is a great location for students who prefer city over country life.

What Is Maryland Institute College of Art Known For?

396 Undergraduate Awards
$46,922 Avg Cost After Aid
62% Acceptance Rate
  • MICA has an impressive student to faculty ratio of 8 to 1.
  • Students at MICA have an easier time paying back their loans. The school's student loan default rate is only 4%, compared to the national rate of 10.1%.
  • The master's degree is the highest award offered at MICA.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 100% of the faculty were full-time.
  • It takes the average MICA student 4.1 years to graduate. This is pretty good when compared to the national rate of 4.4 years.

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards MICA has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#4 Best Colleges for Visual & Performing Arts College Factual
#7 Best Visual & Performing Arts Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#9 Best Colleges for Design & Applied Arts College Factual
#21 Best Design & Applied Arts Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#37 Best Colleges for Fine & Studio Arts College Factual

Where Is Maryland Institute College of Art?

Location of Maryland Institute College of Art

Contact details for MICA are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1300 Mount Royal Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21217-4134
Phone: 410-669-9200

How Do I Get Into MICA?

You can apply to MICA online at:

Admission Requirements for MICA

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program recommended
Recommendations required
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into MICA?

62% Acceptance Rate
77% Of Accepted Are Women
61% Submit SAT Scores
MICA has an acceptance rate of 62%, which means it is fairly selective. Take that into account when you are working on your application and gathering requested materials. Do what you can to stand out among other applicants.

Approximately 23% of accepted students are men and 77% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 62%, and the acceptance rate for women is 62%.

Average Test Scores

About 61% of students accepted to MICA submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 540 and 660. Math scores were between 520 and 630.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Maryland Institute College of Art  ( 540 to 660 )

SAT Math Scores for Maryland Institute College of Art  ( 520 to 630 )
MICA received ACT scores from 26% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 23 and 30. Math scores were between 23 and 28. Composite scores were between 24 and 29.

ACT English Scores for Maryland Institute College of Art  ( 23 to 30 )
ACT Math Scores for Maryland Institute College of Art  ( 23 to 28 )
ACT Composite Scores for Maryland Institute College of Art  ( 24 to 29 )

Can I Afford Maryland Institute College of Art?

$46,922 Net Price
43% Take Out Loans
4.2% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of MICA is $46,922. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At MICA, approximately 43% of students took out student loans averaging $8,638 a year. That adds up to $34,552 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at MICA is 4.2%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Maryland Institute College of Art Undergraduate Student Diversity

1,689 Full-Time Undergraduates
75% Women
35% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 1,782 undergraduate students at MICA, with 1,689 being full-time and 93 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  MICA

There are also 396 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 1,689 full-time undergraduates at MICA, 25% are male and 75% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  MICA

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Maryland Institute College of Art students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of MICA Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 182
Black or African American 128
Hispanic or Latino 169
White 622
International Students 454
Other Races/Ethnicities 134

Geographic Diversity

Maryland students aren't the only ones who study at Maryland Institute College of Art. At this time, 32 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 41 countries are represented at MICA. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, South Korea, and India.

Online Learning at Maryland Institute College of Art

53 Took All Classes Online
53 Took At Least One Class Online
21.5% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 53 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at MICA has changed over the last few years.


This school is the 38th most popular in Maryland for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of MICA

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Maryland Institute College of Art was 21.5%. This is the #849 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at MICA regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of MICA majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Design & Applied Arts 10%
Visual & Performing Arts 4%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at MICA ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at MICA.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Design & Applied Arts #15
Visual & Performing Arts #26
Business Administration & Management #235
Business, Management & Marketing #297

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Maryland Institute College of Art Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s TOTAL
Design & Applied Arts 173 0 94 267
Fine & Studio Arts 149 2 37 188
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 34 0 29 63
General Visual & Performing Arts 31 0 0 31
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 0 28 28
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 0 10 10
Environmental Design 9 0 0 9
Arts & Media Management 0 0 9 9
Business Administration & Management 0 0 6 6
Cultural Studies & Analysis 0 0 0 0
Crafts, Folk Art & Artisanry 0 0 0 0
Other Visual Art 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 396 2 213 611


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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