The Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD) is a four-year, nonprofit private college committed to educating individuals to become professional artists and designers, effective critical thinkers, and creative leaders. Founded in 1886, MCAD has the highest level of accreditation for a school of its kind. MCAD offers bachelor's and master's degrees and professional certificates in media, communications, design and fine arts. Students learn technical and professional skills, both traditional and cutting-edge, and develop the creative, intellectual, and leadership abilities to get noticed and become successful. The MCAD experience is transformative and impacts graduates throughout their entire lives.
Minneapolis College of Art and Design at a glance
- Undergraduate: 671
- Graduate and Professional: 111
Undergraduate student distribution
- 74% White, 10% Asian, 9% Hispanic, 4% Black, 2% American Indian/Alaska Native, excludes race/ethnicity unknown
- Student/faculty ratio: 13:1
- Average class size: 17
- Number undergraduate majors: 14
First-year student profile
- Average ACT score: The middle 50% of enrolled students had ACT composite scores of 23; 80% of students presented the ACT as part of their applications.
- Average SAT score: The middle 50% ranges were 500 for math, 590 for reading and 550 for writing; 20% of students submitted the SAT as part of their applications.
- High school GPA: 3.26
- Percentage from Minnesota: 53%
- Percentage who live on campus: 78%
- 2015-16 undergraduate tuition and fees: $35,326
- Room and board: $7,240
- Percentage first-time undergraduates receiving financial aid: 97%