Private 4 Year

Minneapolis College of Art and Design

Minneapolis, Minnesota

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Minneapolis College of Art and Design overview
Location Minneapolis, Minnesota
Online mcad.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Large City
Minneapolis College of Art and Design overview
Size Small
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD), established in 1886, is a private institution located in Minneapolis, Minnesota, renowned for fostering originality and creativity in the visual arts. With a campus comprising modern and historic structures, MCAD offers a vibrant atmosphere in proximity to the cultural hub of downtown Minneapolis. The college provides undergraduate and graduate degrees with notable emphasis on disciplines such as Fine Arts, Media Arts, Design, and Entrepreneurial Studies. MCAD maintains a selective admissions process with a focus on portfolio review as a significant component. While the college is not distinguished for athletic programs, it stands out for its commitment to art and design, providing students with access to cutting-edge facilities, exhibition spaces, and opportunities for real-world experiences. Student housing is available, contributing to an integrated educational environment on campus.

In the most recent statistical year 668 prospective students applied, and 380 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 160 enrolled in the school.  727 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 94 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $42,110 plus fees of $450.












MCAD is rated within the top 31% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 7 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated

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Admission Standards

Minneapolis College of Art and Design overview
SAT 1170/1380
ACT 19/27
GPA 3.29

Applications Accepted

Minneapolis College of Art and Design overview
Applications Due Apr 1, 2024
Applicant Competition Average
Application Fee $50

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Annual Cost to Attend


Costs for Minneapolis College of Art and Design
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$3,060
Other Fees$450
Room and Board $7,290
Budget for Other Expenses$2,000
Total One Year Cost$54,910

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$41,500 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

70% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Minneapolis College of Art and Design students
Subject Percent of Class
Visual and Performing Arts 73%
Business 12%
Communications Technology 9%
Precision Production Trades 3%
Communication 3%

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=174127 IPEDS survey data for Minneapolis College of Art and Design.

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