Minneapolis College of Art and Design

Minneapolis, MN

Questions and Answers

Danielle F.
1 month ago
How does Minneapolis College of Art and Design ensure safety for your students?
Emma S.
2 months ago
Where can I find scholarships opportunities that Minneapolis College of Art and Design offers?
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Danielle F.
2 months ago
How far away are the Minneapolis College of Art and Design dorms from the campus?
Minneapolis College of Art and Design
The dorms are on campus - on the East side of the block with the Main Building where most of the facilities are located on the West side of the block. You can see more here: https://intranet.mcad.edu/content/campus-map
Danielle F.
2 months ago
What amenities do Minneapolis College of Art and Design students enjoy most while on campus?
Minneapolis College of Art and Design
There are many amenities. You can research them here: https://www.mcad.edu/student-life
Amara M.
5 months ago
What do Minneapolis College of Art and Design admissions counselors look for in an ideal applicant?
Minneapolis College of Art and Design
A great way to find out is to connect to your admissions counselor personally. https://www.mcad.edu/admissions-aid/schedule-a-meeting Counselors are happy to work with you personally!
Zoie G.
5 months ago
What contents of an applicants portfolio do you typically look at?
Minneapolis College of Art and Design
Check out this helpful recording with information on how to prepare a portfolio for admission: https://vimeo.com/manage/videos/596011386


Offering a transformative education open to all backgrounds, MCAD gets you ready to confidently lead and practice in an ever-evolving world. It’s where students find their personal and professional purpose as creative, cultural leaders. Founded in 1886, MCAD is recognized nationally and internationally for its innovative approaches to art and design education. MCAD is located in the heart of the rich art and design community of the Twin Cities and is home to more than 800 students. A four-year, nonprofit, private college with the highest level of accreditation for a school of its kind, MCAD offers bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees, and continuing education classes for all ages in areas including arts entrepreneurship, design, fine arts, and media arts. MCAD’s four-year graduation rate is among the highest of all art and design colleges. Students are carefully selected for their creative talents and intellectual abilities, and they are some of the most talented artists and designers in the country. Through the four-year core curriculum, students focus on their careers early while learning technical and professional skills and developing their creative, intellectual, and leadership capabilities. Including Emmy-winning directors, Whitney Biennial artists, and Guggenheim fellows, MCAD alumni are successful and make an impact. They set new standards across a broad range of creative careers, from independent artist and corporate designer to starting companies and shaping emerging industries. World-class art and design education begins with world-class educators. Working artists and designers who are respected in their fields, MCAD’s faculty are renowned for their ingenuity, expertise, and commitment as instructors. Each year they inspire new generations of creative thinkers to make the successful transition from students to professional artists and designers. MCAD is a close, supportive, and transformative community that impacts graduates their entire lives.

Academic details

SAT Score Range
Required with application
ACT Score Range
Required with application
Student Faculty Ratio
11 to 1
Less Selective (63% Acceptance Rate)
School type
Non-profit Private 4-year institution

Diversity statistics

63% White
9% Asian
7% Hispanic
6% Black
2% Native
1% Multiracial
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Common Careers

Common Careers and Their Average Annual Salary

Senior Graphic Designer65k
Art Director62k
Motion Graphic Designer62k
Video Producer62k
Graphic Designer45k
Product Designer43k
Graphic Artist / Designer42k
Based on 721 student responses
49.2kAvg. Early Career Pay
84.7kAvg. Mid-Career Pay
41%in High-Meaning careers

Financial Snapshot

Average Financial Breakdown
Average grant for incoming freshmen
Average Pell Grant
Average Federal Loans

Average Institutional Grant
Average Total Loans
Published tuition and fees (Out of state)
$40,396 / year
While we do our best to show up-to-date information, due to COVID-19 and other factors out of our control, it is possible that the data we are showing about test requirements, application deadlines, and more, are inaccurate. Please verify with the college itself via their website to ensure you are aware of all requirements and deadlines.