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Minneapolis College of Art and Design Overview

Minneapolis College of Art and Design is a private not-for-profit institution located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The location of the school is great for students who enjoy the amenities of city life.

What Is Minneapolis College of Art and Design Known For?

668 Full-Time Undergraduates
$27,376 Avg Cost After Aid
59% Acceptance Rate
  • Students who want to work more closely with their professors have an easier time at MCAD since the student to facuty ratio is 10 to 1.
  • The student loan default rate at MCAD is 4%, which is significantly lower than the national rate of 10.1%. That's great news for students who are worrying about paying off their student loans.
  • The highest degree offered at MCAD is the master's degree.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 27% of the faculty were full-time.
  • It takes the average MCAD student 4.1 years to graduate. This is pretty good when compared to the national rate of 4.4 years.

Minneapolis College of Art and Design Rankings

MCAD is ranked #535 out of 1,715 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2021 Best Colleges list. It is also ranked #18 out of 37 schools in Minnesota.

The following table lists the notable rankings from College Factual that MCAD has received.

Notable Undergraduate Rankings for MCAD

Ranking Type Rank
Best Colleges 535
Best Colleges for International Students 547
Best Colleges for the Money 587
Best Colleges for Diversity 1,058
Best Colleges for Veterans 1,905

Where Is Minneapolis College of Art and Design?

Location of Minneapolis College of Art and Design

Contact details for MCAD are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 2501 Stevens Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404
Phone: 612-874-3737
Website: MCAD.EDU

How Do I Get Into MCAD?

You can apply to MCAD online at:

Admission Requirements for MCAD

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank neither required nor 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 MCAD?

59% Acceptance Rate
74% Of Accepted Are Women
10% Submit SAT Scores
With an acceptance rate of 59%, MCAD does not let just anybody through their doors! Make sure you spend enough time polishing up your application so you will make a great impression.

Approximately 26% of accepted students are men and 74% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 51%, and the acceptance rate for women is 62%.

Average Test Scores

About 10% of students accepted to MCAD submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 530 and 680. Math scores were between 420 and 570.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Minneapolis College of Art and Design  ( 530 to 680 )

SAT Math Scores for Minneapolis College of Art and Design  ( 420 to 570 )
MCAD received ACT scores from 91% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 20 and 27. Math scores were between 17 and 25. Composite scores were between 20 and 26.

ACT English Scores for Minneapolis College of Art and Design  ( 20 to 27 )
ACT Math Scores for Minneapolis College of Art and Design  ( 17 to 25 )
ACT Composite Scores for Minneapolis College of Art and Design  ( 20 to 26 )

Can I Afford Minneapolis College of Art and Design?

$27,376 Net Price
98% Take Out Loans
4.0% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of MCAD is $27,376. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for MCAD

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$23,067 $23,520 $24,249 $29,143 $33,469

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 MCAD, approximately 98% of students took out student loans averaging $6,750 a year. That adds up to $27,000 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at MCAD is 4.0%. 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.

Minneapolis College of Art and Design Undergraduate Student Diversity

668 Full-Time Undergraduates
69% Women
24% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 688 undergraduate students at MCAD, with 668 being full-time and 20 being part-time.

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

There are also 86 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 668 full-time undergraduates at MCAD, 31% are male and 69% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  MCAD

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Minneapolis College of Art and Design students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of MCAD Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 51
Black or African American 37
Hispanic or Latino 47
White 445
International Students 16
Other Races/Ethnicities 72

Geographic Diversity

Minnesota students aren't the only ones who study at Minneapolis College of Art and Design. At this time, 27 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 17 countries are represented at MCAD. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, Italy, and United Kingdom.

Online Learning at Minneapolis College of Art and Design

67 Took All Classes Online
179 Took At Least One Class Online
10.8% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 179 students took at least one online class at the school.

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


This school is the 51st most popular in Minnesota for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of MCAD

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Minneapolis College of Art and Design was 10.8%. This is the #1,280 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at MCAD regardless of major.

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

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Design & Applied Arts 18%
Visual & Performing Arts 23%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at MCAD 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 MCAD.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Design & Applied Arts #24
Visual & Performing Arts #48
Business Administration & Management #421

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%.

Minneapolis College of Art and Design Majors

In 2017-2018, Minneapolis College of Art and Design awarded 308 undergraduate degrees and 72 graduate degrees. The table below shows the number of awards for each major.

Major Associate’s Bachelor’s Master’s Doctor’s
Design & Applied Arts 0 66 7 0
Entrepreneurial Studies 0 8 0 0
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 0 18 0 0
Fine & Studio Arts 0 23 11 0
General Visual & Performing Arts 0 0 18 0
Graphic Communications 0 24 0 0
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 0 9 0 0
Woodworking 0 6 0 0
Total 0 308 72 0


*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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