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MCAD Admission Requirements


Acceptance Rate

58.5%
Admission Difficulty for Minneapolis College of Art and Design
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsChallenging
Applicant CompetitionAverage

Can I get into MCAD? The school has a 59% acceptance rate. Last year, 405 out of 692 applicants were admitted making MCAD a more competitive school to get into with a good chance of acceptance for qualifying applicants.  Academically, it has challenging requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 52 percent. Minneapolis College of Art and Design typically accepts and attracts "B" average high school students. Only 33% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

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SAT Requirements

SAT Range
1030-1310
Applicants Submitting SAT
10%
SAT Scores for Minneapolis College of Art and Design
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 570
SAT Math 25th 460
SAT Composite 25th 1030
SAT Scores for Minneapolis College of Art and Design
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 720
SAT Math 75th 590
SAT Composite 75th 1310
SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Minneapolis College of Art and Design?

Minneapolis College of Art and Design typically requires applicants to be in the top 55 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1030 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 890. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1170 out of 1600. 10 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Minneapolis College of Art and Design admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1310 and Above Good >71%
1170 to 1310 Avg + 59%-71%
1030 to 1170 Avg - 46%-59%
890 to 1030 Reach 33%-46%
Less than 890 Low <33%

ACT Requirements

ACT Range
20-26 
Applicants Submitting ACT
91%
ACT Scores for Minneapolis College of Art and Design
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 20
ACT Math 25th 17
ACT Composite 25th 20
ACT Scores for Minneapolis College of Art and Design
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 27
ACT Math 75th 25
ACT Composite 75th 26
ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into MCAD?

Admission data indicates that MCAD regularly accepts students with ACT's of 20 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 49 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 17 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 23 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 26 and above have very competitive chances. Scoring well on the ACT is very important as 91 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Minneapolis College of Art and Design.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Minneapolis College of Art and Design admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
26 and Above Good >71%
23 to 26 Avg + 59%-71%
20 to 23 Avg - 46%-59%
17 to 20 Reach 33%-46%
Less than 17 Low <33%

Estimated GPA Requirements

Avg. High School GPA
3.13
Typical High School Grades
B

You will need about average high school grades to get into Minneapolis College of Art and Design. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Minneapolis College of Art and Design was 3.13 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B students are accepted and ultimately attend. If your high school GPA meets these requirements, there is a good chance you will be accepted as MCAD accepts 59% of students who apply.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA's for admitted Minneapolis College of Art and Design students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Admission Chances
3.75+ 16% Good
3.50 to 3.75 20% Good
3.25 to 3.50 12% Avg +
3.00 to 3.25 17% Avg +
2.75 to 3.00 24% Avg -
2.50 to 2.75 9% Reach
2.25 to 2.50 1% Reach
2.00 to 2.25 1% Reach

Admission Statistics

Minneapolis College of Art and Design admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 487 205 692
Accepted 301 104 405
Acceptance Rate 62% 51% 59%
Enrolled 95 38 133
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 32% 37% 33%

Fall 2019 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Apr 1, 2019
Days left to Apply
40

Applicants have 40 days left until the Fall 2019 term applications are due on Apr 1, 2019.

Seniors, these are the SAT and ACT test dates you can still sit for a test and send your results to MCAD before the Apr 1 application deadline.

SAT Test Date Scores Available
Mar 9 Mar 22

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Minneapolis College of Art and Design and what considerations affect admission decisions?

Minneapolis College of Art and Design Admission Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Neither required nor recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Recommended
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Required

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Minneapolis College of Art and Design
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

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.