Admitted Students

Next Steps for First-Year Students

You are now one step closer to joining the MICA community.

Now that you've been admitted to one of the nation's leading colleges for innovative art and design, it's time for the next steps in the process of becoming a MICA student and join our geographically and culturally diverse group of students from 48 states and 52 countries.

This list of next steps can help you plan ahead. We are also happy to act as your liaison with other offices. If questions arise, do not hesitate to contact your admission counselor.

Visit Campus

Even if you have already been here, visiting again, now that you have been admitted will give you and your family an even better sense of what life and study at MICA is really like. Weekend and weekday opportunities are available. Check out your options here.

Connect with Other Admitted Students

Join other admitted MICA students on a closed Facebook page set up just for you. Get to know other students who are admitted and also current MICA students. Click here to join.

Check Your Mail

Final scholarship and financial aid awards are mailed on April 1st and will include the results of the merit-based Competitive Scholarship program and all need-based funding for which you are eligible.

Apply for On-Campus Housing and Select Your Meal Plan

Complete the housing application, the housing agreement, as well as the meal plan enrollment form online by the Candidate Reply Deadline, May 1st, 2019. Please note that single/double room-type requests are considered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Notify MICA of Your Decision/Make Your Tuition and Housing Deposits

As soon as you know you have decided to attend MICA, make it official! Return the Declaration of Intent form (found in your admission packet or click HERE to download a PDF). Your tuition deposit ($450) and housing deposit ($550) are due on or before May 1st, 2019 Candidate Reply Deadline.

Payment of deposits can be made at, sent by check, or by wire transfer at

Scholarship offers and financial aid awards must also be accepted and forms signed and postmarked no later than May 1st, 2019.

Make Your Travel Plans


Freshman On-Campus Move-In Date is August 21, 2019
Freshman Orientation Week is August 21 to 25, 2019


Transfer On-Campus Move-In Date is August 23, 2019
Transfer On-Campus Orientation is August 24, 2019


First Day of Classes is Monday, August 26, 2019

Advanced Standing in Freshmen Classes

In early May, the Admission Committee will nominate students for Advanced Standing in first year drawing and/or painting classes. If you are selected for advanced standing after faculty review of your admission portfolio, you will be notified and your freshman schedules will reflect your placement.

If you have been enrolled in College Board AP courses in liberal arts or studio arts and have taken the AP exams, please send your scores to the admission office for review to receive advanced standing and/or credit.

Registration for Classes

Beginning in mid-March, freshmen who have paid their tuition deposit will be sent a course selection survey. After May 1st and over the summer, your admission counselor will be working with the first year faculty and the academic advising team to customize your schedule based upon your interests, strengths and abilities. During Orientation there will be a meeting with the freshman advising team at which time you will be given your class schedules.

Transfer students who have paid their tuition deposit will be contacted by the Academic Advisor for Transferring Students beginning April 3rd regarding scheduling procedures. Advising and registration will occur online or by telephone May 1st to May 25th. (Priority will be given to students who have deposited earliest.)

Activate Your Email Account

After June 1st, instructions for setting up your MICA email will be sent to your personal email address currently on file. Once your account is activated, all official college correspondence will go directly to your email address.

Buy Some MICA Swag

Show your pride in selecting MICA. Buy Swag here

Stay in Touch!

You are always welcome to reach out to your admission counselor. If you have any questions they can't answer, they will help you get to the right person. Also, remember that there is more information to come, so be sure to check this site and your email for regular updates and announcements. In the meantime, if you need to know anything that hasn't been covered here or in your admit pack, just call us as (410) 225-2222.

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