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MCAD Admission Chances


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Acceptance Chances

Can I get into MCAD? These admission statistics provide an indication how difficult it is to get in and what your chances are. 367 out of 556 applicants or 66% were admitted making MCAD a moderately competitive school to get into with a good chance of acceptance if you meet the requirements. Academically, it has challenging requirements for admission test scores. Minneapolis College of Art and Design typically accepts and attracts B average high school students. Only 40% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Women Men Total
Applied 404 152 556
Accepted 272 95 367
Acceptance Rate 67% 62% 66%
Enrolled 106 39 145
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 39% 41% 40%

Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT and ACT requirements for students to be admitted to Minneapolis College of Art and Design and what score do you need to get in? The tables below describe the SAT and ACT test score percentile profile of the Fall 2015 starting class.

ACT Requirements

Admission data indicates that MCAD regularly accepts students with ACTs of 21 and above. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 18 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 24 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 27 and above have very competitive chances. Scoring well on the ACT is very important as 80 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Minneapolis College of Art and Design.

SAT Requirements (New SAT)

Reporting indicates the school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1020 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 900. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1140 out of 1600. 23 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.

25th Percentile Score 75th Percentile Score
SAT Composite 1020 1260
SAT Reading 520 660
SAT Math 490 570
ACT Composite 21 27
ACT English 21 27
ACT Math 17 26

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by Score

What do these ratings mean?

ACT Score Competitiveness Est. Admission Chances
27 and Above Good >77%
24 to 27 Avg + 66%-77%
21 to 24 Avg - 53%-66%
18 to 21 Reach 40%-53%
Less than 18 Low <40%
SAT Score (NEW 1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1260 and Above Good >77%
1140 to 1260 Avg + 66%-77%
1020 to 1140 Avg - 53%-66%
900 to 1020 Reach 40%-53%
Less than 900 Low <40%

Estimated GPA Requirements

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. If your high school GPA meets these requirements, there is a good chance you will be accepted as MCAD accepts 66% of students who apply.

What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Admission Chances
3.75+ 16% Good
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

Fall 2017 Application Deadline

The application deadline for Fall 2017 has passed. Applications were due on Apr 1, 2017.

Admission Requirements

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

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

Credits Accepted

Does accept high school AP credits or award dual credit towards both a college and high school degree?

AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
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.



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