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Your chances of getting into Minneapolis College of Art and Design

Admission Rate & Difficulty

Percent Admitted 

65.5%
Admission Difficulty for Minneapolis College of Art and Design
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Unavailable 
Applicant Competition Low 

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at MCAD is 65.5%.  Its admission rate is the 8th lowest in Minnesota.

Admission Selectivity

How hard is it to get into MCAD and can you get accepted?

MCAD is a moderately competitive school to get into. You have a strong chance of acceptance if you meet the criteria. Last year, 418 out of the 638 who applied were admitted.

Minneapolis College of Art and Design typically accepts and attracts "B" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.29. 39% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Can you get into MCAD?

66% are accepted, can you get in? Use the admission calculator to see if you have the grades and test scores needed to get in. See your admission chances based on your extracurriculars, intended major, background, and more.

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Admission Requirements in Brief

To have the best chance of getting into to Minneapolis College of Art and Design you should:

  • Have a high school GPA of 3.29 or better
  • Earn B grades in high school
  • Submit letters of recommendation from your teachers

MCAD GPA

GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 

3.29

Typical High School Grades 

B

What GPA do you need to get into Minneapolis College of Art and Design?

GPA Requirements

The GPA requirements for getting into MCAD are to have around a 3.29 high school GPA. You are required to have above average high school grades.

If your high school GPA meets these requirements, there is a good chance you will be accepted as MCAD accepts 66% of students who apply.

Average GPA

The average unweighted GPA at MCAD is 3.29 on the 4.0 scale. To achieve the average GPA for admission, you need to earn B letter grades and regularly score around 83-86 percent on tests and assignments in high school.  The school ranks #25 in Minnesota for highest average GPA.

Importance of GPA

Since MCAD is a test optional college, extra focus will be placed on your GPA when the school considers your application. As a result, it is very important that you meet the GPA requirements.

See additional colleges accepting applicants in the 3.3 GPA range.

Competitiveness by GPA Ranges

The table below outlines the number of admitted freshmen by GPA range as well as how competitive your GPA will be as compared with other applicants.

High School GPA's for admitted Minneapolis College of Art and Design students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 5.0% Good
3.75 to 3.99 14.0% Good
3.50 to 3.74 28.0% Avg +
3.25 to 3.49 13.0% Avg -
3.00 to 3.24 18.0% Avg -
2.50 to 2.99 15.0% Reach
2.00 to 2.49 6.0% Reach
1.00 to 1.99 1.0% Low
less than 1.00 0% Low

 What do these chances mean?

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2022

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MCAD SAT Scores

Test Optional

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is recommended but not required for admission to Minneapolis College of Art and Design. If you submit test scores, they will be considered with your application.

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 

Not Reported

Applicants Submitting SAT 

18%
SAT Scores for Minneapolis College of Art and Design
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile N/A
Math 25th Percentile N/A
Composite 25th Percentile N/A
SAT Scores for Minneapolis College of Art and Design
SAT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile N/A
Math 75th Percentile N/A
Composite 75th Percentile N/A
Average SAT Score N/A
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

MCAD ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 

Not Reported

Applicants Submitting ACT 

82%
ACT Scores for Minneapolis College of Art and Design
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile N/A
Math 25th Percentile N/A
Composite 25th Percentile N/A
ACT Scores for Minneapolis College of Art and Design
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile N/A
Math 75th Percentile N/A
Composite 75th Percentile N/A
Average ACT Score N/A
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Applying

Admission Statistics

Admission and enrollment rates by gender are detailed the the table below.

Minneapolis College of Art and Design admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 458 180 638
Accepted 306 112 418
Acceptance Rate 67% 62% 66%
Enrolled 116 47 163
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 38% 42% 39%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Fall 2024 Application Deadline

Applications Due

Apr 1, 2024

Days left to Apply

37

Applicants have 37 days left until the Fall 2024 term applications are due on Apr 1, 2024.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Minneapolis College of Art and Design is $50.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Minneapolis College of Art and Design and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Minneapolis College of Art and Design Application Requirements
Test Scores Recommended
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

Other Colleges to Apply To 

Students applying to Minneapolis College of Art and Design often consider these colleges

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.

FAQs

Does Minneapolis College of Art and Design prefer SAT or ACT?

18% of students submit their SAT scores to MCAD. 82% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Minneapolis College of Art and Design?

66% of those who apply are granted admission to MCAD. Admission competition is low and the college has unavailable admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.