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MCA Admission Requirements


Acceptance Rate

39.2%
Admission Difficulty for Memphis College of Art
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsEasy
Applicant CompetitionHigh

Can I get into MCA? The school has a 39% acceptance rate. Last year, 152 out of 388 applicants were admitted making MCA a highly competitive school to get into with a lesser chance of acceptance for qualifying applicants.  Academically, it has easy requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 66 percent. Memphis College of Art typically accepts and attracts "B" average high school students. Of those applicants who were admitted, 51% enrolled. With over half of admitted students enrolling, acceptance by Memphis College of Art is a prized outcome for many students.

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SAT Requirements

SAT Range
950-1230
Applicants Submitting SAT
10%
SAT Scores for Memphis College of Art
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 500
SAT Math 25th 450
SAT Composite 25th 950
SAT Scores for Memphis College of Art
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 650
SAT Math 75th 580
SAT Composite 75th 1230
SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Memphis College of Art?

Memphis College of Art typically requires applicants to be in the top 69 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 950 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 810. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1090 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

Memphis College of Art admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1230 and Above Good >52%
1090 to 1230 Avg + 39%-52%
950 to 1090 Avg - 27%-39%
810 to 950 Reach 18%-27%
Less than 810 Low <18%

ACT Requirements

ACT Range
18-22 
Applicants Submitting ACT
92%
ACT Scores for Memphis College of Art
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 17
ACT Math 25th 16
ACT Composite 25th 18
ACT Scores for Memphis College of Art
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 25
ACT Math 75th 20
ACT Composite 75th 22
ACT Scores needed to get accepted

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

Admission data indicates that MCA regularly accepts students with ACT's of 18 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 62 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 16 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 20 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 22 and above have very competitive chances. Scoring well on the ACT is very important as 92 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Memphis College of Art.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Memphis College of Art admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
22 and Above Good >52%
20 to 22 Avg + 39%-52%
18 to 20 Avg - 27%-39%
16 to 18 Reach 18%-27%
Less than 16 Low <18%

Estimated GPA Requirements

Avg. High School GPA
3.16
Typical High School Grades
B

You will need about average high school grades to get into Memphis College of Art. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Memphis College of Art was 3.16 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B students are accepted and ultimately attend. Even with a competitive GPA, admission to MCA will be challenging as the school denies more applicants than it admits.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA's for admitted Memphis College of Art students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Admission Chances
3.75+ 22% Good
3.50 to 3.75 13% Good
3.25 to 3.50 29% Avg +
3.00 to 3.25 16% Avg -
2.75 to 3.00 17% Reach
2.50 to 2.75 3% Reach
2.25 to 2.50 N/A% Low
2.00 to 2.25 N/A% Low

Admission Statistics

Memphis College of Art admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 282 106 388
Accepted 115 37 152
Acceptance Rate 41% 35% 39%
Enrolled 54 23 77
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 47% 62% 51%

Fall 2019 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Aug 3, 2019
Days left to Apply
228

Applicants have 228 days left until the Fall 2019 term applications are due on Aug 3, 2019.

Seniors, these are the SAT and ACT test dates you can still sit for a test and send your results to MCA before the Aug 3 application deadline.

SAT Test Date Scores Available
Mar 9 Mar 22
May 4 May 17
Jun 1 Jul 10
ACT Test Date Scores Available
Feb 9 Feb 20
Apr 13 Apr 23
Jun 8 Jun 18
Jul 13 Jul 23

Admission Requirements

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

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

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Memphis College of Art
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences Yes

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=220808 IPEDS survey data for Memphis College of Art.