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The Minneapolis College of Art and Design

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Your Chances at MCAD
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Men
Women
# Applicants
135
271
# Admitted
71
187
% Admitted
52.6%
69.0%
% Overall
63.5%

Students who got into MCAD:

Tips mention: Interview (0), ACT/SAT (2), Grades (3), Sports/Extracurriculars (0), College Essay (1)
Students will need a portfolio of at least 20Aug 17 2007Fine Arts - Painting/Sculpture/Photography/etc
Students will need a portfolio of at least 20 pieces. These works must show a great thirst to experiment and try new things, and the majority of them need to be drawn from observation. They will also need to take the ACT or the SAT, and need a GPA from highschool of at least a 2.8
ACT: 29 Female
All I did to get into MCAD was fulfillNov 01 2006Art & Design Department
All I did to get into MCAD was fulfill the application and portfolio requirements, which wasn't very hard. I got in after one try. Said requirements should be easy to find through their brochure or website.

Just do the best job you can on your application. It's not a really exclusive school, so you'll probably get accepted if you follow instructions. However, be mindful that the curriculum is not for lightweights. Half of all freshmen drop out, as do half of all sophomores. Only 20% of freshmen, on average, make it to graduation. At least, those were the numbers floating around the rumor mill last I checked.

Oh, also, like all art schools, MCAD is very expensive, so go out of your way to get as many grants and scholarships as you can. The school offers some free money, but do not be afraid to seek other sources. Tuition may seem like a daunting amount to cover, but every little bit helps. Don't make my mistake. No college grad should have as much debt as I do.
ACT: 31 SAT: 1340 Female

A diverse portfolio that shows many aspects of yourDec 17 2004Art & Design Department
a diverse portfolio that shows many aspects of your abilities. You need to show you have the abilities to develop rather then maintain. Its really not that hard to get in but it weed out the people who can't handle it in the first 2 years
ACT: 31 Male
I recieved a large, half-tuition scholarship becuase my portfolioOct 16 2004Art & Design Department
I recieved a large, half-tuition scholarship becuase my portfolio consisted of drawings and paintings from direct observation. Do NOT draw from photographs. Have a sense of humor, enjoy what you're doing, and try to raise questions and learn about the world and yourself. Just don't be arrogant.
ACT: 29 Female

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