Undergraduate Admission

Transfer Admission

We recognize that each transfer student has a unique story and brings a wealth of talent and experience to MICA's creative community.

If you have graduated from high school (or earned your GED) and completed at least 12 or up to 60 credits in post-high school college courses at a regionally accredited two-year community college or four-year college or university, you'll apply to MICA as a transfer student.

We are committed to helping you make a smooth transition as you complete your Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at MICA. You can contact us at admissions@mica.edu. We look forward to working with you!

Transfer students have the ability to finish at MICA in one of these programs as majors as long as they graduate by the end of Fall 2027: Architectural Design, Ceramics, Drawing, Film Video, Game Design, Product Design. Links to these programs can be found here.



NOV 1, 2023

Spring 2024 Regular Decision Application and FAFSA Deadline 

NOV 15, 2023

EXTENDED Spring 2024 Application Deadline

FEB 1, 2024

Fall 2024 Regular Decision  Application deadline**

**While February 1, 2024 is our priority deadline, we are still accepting applications for Fall 2024. You should apply as soon as possible to receive priority consideration for admission and scholarships.

Note: You must submit your application, portfolio, and all required documents by the application deadline in order for your application to be considered complete for review.



It's a good idea to get familiar with the Common App first, before you start your application. Check out this step-by-step guide which gives you an overview of the Common App for Transfer.

When you're ready to start your application, go to Common App and create an account. You can apply for one program –fall or spring–per academic year. The Application fee is $60. 

Note: if you need a fee waiver, please follow the instructions for requesting a fee waiver in the Personal Information section on
Common App.

Make sure to provide copies of your transcripts for all secondary academic work. If you have completed fewer than 24 credits, you will need to submit your high school transcript and college transcript. If you have completed at least 24 credits, only your college transcript is required. Your guidance or college counselor may submit your transcript through the Common App, Parchment, mail, or email to records@mica.edu (We also accept unofficial transcripts!). If you’re attending school in another country, your transcripts must be translated into English by an approved translator. We recommend using World Education Services (WES), but it’s not required.

You’ll need to submit a portfolio of 15-25 pieces of artwork. Your portfolio should be a selection of recent artwork that represents your artistic interests and demonstrates your technical skills and ability. Learn more about putting together a strong portfolio for your MICA application!

Follow instructions provided in the Common App to upload your portfolio submission to the MICA Undergraduate SlideRoom Portal, or go directly to the SlideRoom Portal here.

*Only for International Students

MICA does not require SAT or ACT scores for your application to be considered complete. However, if English is not your first language, you must submit a valid TOEFL, IELTS, PTE, or Duolingo score with your application. MICA requires a minimum TOEFL score of 75 (MyBest scores are accepted), an IELTS score of 6.0, a PTE score of 58, or a Duolingo score of 105. MICA’s institution code is 5399 for TOEFL and IELTS. Self-reported scores are acceptable in order to receive an admission decision.

MICA may waive the required TOEFL, IELTS, PTE, or Duolingo scores if you have official transcripts that demonstrate at least two full years of academic success at a high school or college/university in which English is the language of instruction. Writing samples such as college essays and recommendation letters from college English instructors are encouraged to support your record of English proficiency.

MICA may waive the required TOEFL, IELTS, PTE, or Duolingo scores if you receive a minimum SAT score of 470 or ACT score of 18 in the English section. MICA's institution code for SAT is 5399. Our ACT code is 1710.

A letter of recommendation from a college English instructor is recommended for students whose second language is English, but is not required.

MICA Resources for International Students
International Student Videos
International Student Services
Office of International Education

*Only for International Students

Before an I-20 form can be issued, please submit the following materials:

Indicate your current immigration status and your intentions regarding immigration by completing the Immigration Information Form. Please complete this form even if you do not plan to study under an F-1 student visa.

Submit an Affidavit of Support and/or Certificate of Finance, as well as a notarized bank statement certifying that sufficient funds are available to support your study at the College.

These materials may be submitted upon receipt of admission notification.

Transfer Information

A Guide to Planning Your Transfer

Get all the info you need on planning your transfer to MICA, including how to apply, what credits can transfer, and info on scholarships and financial aid.

Transfer Applicants

Transfer Student FAQs

You have questions, and we have answers! Learn more about the transfer process from these commonly asked questions.

Portfolio Preparation

Portfolio Prep for Transfer Students

Learn everything you need to know about preparing a portfolio of artwork.

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