Memphis College of Art (MCA)

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Memphis College of Art can be found in Memphis, TN, a nonprofit private college which focuses on only a select few programs offered. The smaller size of enrollment, which is around 490 students, provides smaller class sizes for enrolled students.

An ACT or SAT exam may be required before applying to this school. Scores within the range of 910 (25th percentile) - 1150 (75th percentile) for the SAT exam and within the range of 19 (25th percentile) - 25 (75th percentile) for the ACT exam is typical among applicants admitted to MCA. By applying sampled GPA data from over 150 schools, we are able to estimate that the MCA average GPA ranges from 2.98 to 3.33 for accepted students. MCA has an acceptance rate of around 40% with 36% of applicants deciding to enroll.

Overall MCA Acceptance Rate - Fall 2013


The overall acceptance rate for Memphis College of Art was reported as 39.8% in Fall 2013 with over 983 college applications submitted to Memphis College of Art. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • MCA ACT Scores: 19 - 25
  • MCA Average GPA: 2.98 - 3.33

How Hard Is It to Get into Memphis College of Art?

Applicant Selectivity: Medium

The applicant selectivity of MCA is about average, as determined by collecting standardized test scores e.g. ACT/SAT and high school average GPA ranges of students who were granted admissions from previous years.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2021 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2021-2022 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for Memphis College of Art has been staying about the same from year to year.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2009-2010: 46.7%
  • 2010-2011: 37.9%
  • 2011-2012: 45.4%
  • 2012-2013: 50.2%
  • 2013-2014: 39.8%
  • Projected MCA Acceptance Rate 2021-2022: 43.8%

How Does MCA Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for Memphis College of Art is thirty-nine percent lower than the national average of all colleges which is around 55.5%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
Rust College13.9%
Williams Baptist College68.0%
Lyon College59.0%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Required
  • School Records are Required
  • Submit Recommendation Letters are Recommended
  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT,ACT,...) are Required
  • TOEFL Exam (Foreign Language Students) are Required

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2013)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to MCA (Fall 2013)

ACT®Score Range
English19 - 26
Math16 - 23
Composite Score19 - 25
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