International Admission

International First Year Early Decision

If MICA is your first choice for college study, you may want to consider our Early Decision Plan. The plan is designed to let you know of our admission decision early in your senior year and is intended for talented students with strong academic records.
Dates Deadlines + Notifications
November 1 Admission Application Deadline
November 1 Early Decision Financial Aid Online Application and FAFSA deadline to receive an estimated award with the admission decision
December 1 Admission and early estimated Financial Aid package mailed
February 1 Candidate Reply Date: tuition and housing deposits due

Early Decision Application Process:

Step 1: Application Form

Apply using the Common Application. Please select one option to complete your application process. The application fee is $70 total ($60 application fee; $10 portfolio submission fee). If you are unable to use the Common Application please contact the Office of Undergraduate Admission at 410-225-2222 or

Step 2: Portfolio of Artwork

Submit a portfolio of 12-20 pieces of artwork. (Detailed instructions are available Undergraduate Regular Admission Process.)

Step 3: Essay

Choose one of the writing prompts listed on the Common Application and write an essay (250-word minimum).

Step 4: Letters of Recommendation

The recommendations of teachers, college counselors or other professionals who can comment on your art and academic experiences are important to your application. Please follow the instructions provided in the Common Application to submit your recommender requests and allow them to upload their letters of support through the application service you selected.

Step 5: Activities and Interests

Compile a list of activities, interests, and honors as explained on the Common Application.

Step 6: Transcripts

Applicants must provide official transcripts of all secondary academic work. Your counselor may submit your transcript through Common Application (if you have chosen that application option), Parchment, email ( or mail. If you are attending school in another country, your transcripts must be translated into English by an approved translator. World Education Services (WES) is recommended, but not required. Homeschool applicants must provide the equivalent of a high school transcript with course or subject titles, duration of study for each title, the content of study for each title, and an assessment of performance or "grade". Preferably, the courses completed at home are part of a curriculum developed and evaluated by a nationally recognized diploma-granting organization or agency. If not connected with such an organization and an official transcript from a state homeschool association or sponsoring public high school is not available, homeschool applicants must obtain and submit GED, TASC or HiSET exam results as confirmation of completing a generally acceptable secondary school curriculum. Individual home-school transcripts with date of completion do not suffice as official proof of graduation.

Step 7: Test Scores

In addition to the general application requirements, all applicants whose primary language is not English must demonstrate proficiency in both written and spoken English.  English proficiency must be proven before an official admission decision can be made.  Applicants may choose one option from among the following to demonstrate English language proficiency:

  • TOEFL Test: A minimum overall band score of 75 on the IBT Test of English Language as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required.  Candidate may submit their scores digitally or as an official document in hardcopy.  MICA’s institution code is 5399.
  • IELTS Test:  A minimum score of 6.0 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is required.  IELTS scores may be submitted digitally or as an official document in hardcopy. MICA’s institution code is 5399.
  • Academic Transcripts: Official transcripts that demonstrate at least two full years of academic success at a high school or college/university in which English is the language of instruction is required.
  • SAT Test:  A minimum score of 470 on the SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing section is required.  MICA’s institution code is 5399. 
PLEASE NOTE: The average test score among admitted students for fall 2018 was 90 IBT, 6.5 IELTS, 608 SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing.

If test scores are not available by the Early Decision deadline, they must be sent by February 1 or any offer of admission may be revoked.

Early Decision Plan Considerations

  • Students accepted under the Early Decision Plan have the option of receiving an early financial aid estimate.
  • A student considered under the Early Decision Plan agrees to enroll at Maryland Institute College of Art if admitted.
  • You may apply to other colleges with the understanding that you will withdraw those applications if admitted to MICA.
  • To be considered for the Early Decision Plan, you must submit all of the materials described below by November 1.

Early Decision Financial Planning

If you wish to receive an estimate of your financial aid package along with your admission decision you should complete the MICA Early Decision Financial Aid Online Application or print and return it to the Financial Aid Office by November 1. You will be contacted if additional information is required to complete your estimated financial aid award. Notification of admission will be sent to Early Decision candidates on December 1, along with a tentative financial aid package, if all required information has been received by the deadline.

If you are accepted under the Early Decision Plan, you will be required to submit a non-refundable tuition deposit of $450 and a housing deposit of $550 by the Early Decision Candidate Reply Date, February 1. The tuition deposit is an initial payment of the first semester’s tuition.

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