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Minneapolis College of Art and Design Overview

Located in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Minneapolis College of Art and Design is a private not-for-profit institution. 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?

130 Undergraduate Awards
$35,238 Avg Cost After Aid
55% 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 9 to 1.
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the master's degree is the highest award a student can attain at MCAD.
  • In 2017-2018, 25% of the faculty were full-time.
  • It takes the average MCAD student 4.2 years to graduate. This is pretty good when compared to the national rate of 4.4 years.

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Minneapolis College of Art and Design Rankings

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at MCAD.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#2 Most Popular Design & Applied Arts Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#5 Most Popular General Visual & Performing Arts Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#38 Most Popular Fine & Studio Arts Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Where Is 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

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 recommended
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into MCAD?

55% Acceptance Rate
72% Of Accepted Are Women
MCAD has an acceptance rate of 55%, 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 28% of accepted students are men and 72% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 54%, and the acceptance rate for women is 55%.

Can I Afford Minneapolis College of Art and Design?

$35,238 Net Price
97% Take Out Loans
5.6% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of MCAD is $35,238. 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

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At MCAD, approximately 97% of students took out student loans averaging $6,862 a year. That adds up to $27,448 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at MCAD is 5.6%. 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

644 Full-Time Undergraduates
70% Women
32% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 670 undergraduate students at MCAD, with 644 being full-time and 26 being part-time.


There are also 90 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 644 full-time undergraduates at MCAD, 30% are male and 70% are female.


Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 61
Black or African American 47
Hispanic or Latino 64
White 412
International Students 14
Other Races/Ethnicities 46

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

68 Took All Classes Online
176 Took At Least One Class Online
17.1% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2019-2020, 176 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 2019-2020.

Online Affordability Rankings of MCAD

The following table shows how MCAD is ranked for affordability for both in-state and out-of-state students among colleges and universities that are not mostly online.

Major Tuition for In-State Students Tuition for Out-of-State Students
General Visual & Performing Arts #4 #4
Design & Applied Arts #7 #7
Visual & Performing Arts #61 #61

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 17.1%. This is the #1,144 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at MCAD regardless of major.

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
General Visual & Performing Arts #7
Design & Applied Arts #55
Visual & Performing Arts #96

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 Undergraduate Concentrations

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

Major Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s TOTAL
Design & Applied Arts 57 8 6 71
Fine & Studio Arts 20 0 19 39
Graphic Communications 27 0 0 27
General Visual & Performing Arts 0 0 15 15
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 12 0 0 12
Entrepreneurial Studies 7 0 0 7
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 4 0 0 4
Woodworking 3 0 0 3
TOTAL 130 8 40 178


*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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