MCAD Admission Requirements
Chances of getting into Minneapolis College of Art and Design
How hard is it to get into MCAD and can I get accepted? The school has a 59% acceptance rate ranking it #10 in Minnesota for lowest rate of acceptance. 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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MCAD SAT Scores
Applicants Submitting SAT10%
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 25th||570|
|SAT Math 25th||460|
|SAT Composite 25th||1030|
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 75th||720|
|SAT Math 75th||590|
|SAT Composite 75th||1310|
|Average SAT Score||1170|
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. The school ranks #20 in Minnesota for highest average SAT composite score. 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.
|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%|
MCAD ACT Scores
Applicants Submitting ACT91%
|ACT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 25th||20|
|ACT Math 25th||17|
|ACT Composite 25th||20|
|ACT Test||75th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 75th||27|
|ACT Math 75th||25|
|ACT Composite 75th||26|
|Average ACT Score||23|
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. The school ranks #16 in Minnesota for highest average ACT composite score. Scoring well on the ACT is very important as 91 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Minneapolis College of Art and Design.
|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%|
Avg. High School GPA3.13
Typical High School GradesB
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. The school ranks #28 in Minnesota for highest average GPA. 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.
|High School GPA||Freshmen Within Range||Competitiveness|
|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|
|Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield)||32%||37%||33%|
Applications are DueApr 1, 2020
Days left to Apply111
Applicants have 111 days left until the Fall 2020 term applications are due on Apr 1, 2020.
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 14||Mar 27|
|ACT Test Date||Scores Available|
|Dec 14||Dec 24|
|Feb 8||Feb 19|
What are the requirements for admission to Minneapolis College of Art and Design and what considerations affect admission decisions?
|High School GPA||Required|
|High School Class Rank||Neither required nor recommended|
|Completion of College Preparatory Program||Recommended|
|Demonstration of Competencies||Required|
|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.
Frequently Asked Questions
10% of students submit their SAT scores to MCAD. 91% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.
59% of those who apply are granted admission to MCAD. Admission competition is low and the college has challenging admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.
The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1030 and 1310. 10% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.