Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD)

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Minneapolis College of Art and Design can be found in Minneapolis, MN, a nonprofit private college which focuses on only a select few programs offered. MCAD has only around 800 enrolled students, which allows them to offer higher teacher to student ratios.

A SAT or ACT exam may be required before applying to this college. Scores within the range of 1020 (25th percentile) to 1240 (75th percentile) on the SAT and in the range of 20 (25th percentile) to 25 (75th percentile) on the ACT is common among applicants that get into MCAD. We were able to estimate the MCAD average GPA (3.06 - 3.33) of admitted students by applying sampled GPA data on over 150 schools. MCAD has an acceptance rate of 59% with 41% of applicants choosing to enroll. You can get more information from the admissions office website at mcad.edu.

Overall MCAD Acceptance Rate - Fall 2020


The overall acceptance rate for Minneapolis College of Art and Design was reported as 58.5% in Fall 2020 with over 747 college applications submitted to Minneapolis College of Art and Design. 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

  • MCAD ACT Scores: 20 - 25
  • MCAD Average GPA: 3.06 - 3.33

How Hard Is It to Get into Minneapolis College of Art and Design?

Applicant Selectivity: Medium

The applicant selectivity of Minneapolis College of Art and Design 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 2024 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2024-2025 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for Minneapolis College of Art and Design has been getting lower when compared to averages from previous years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2016-2017: 65.3%
  • 2017-2018: 58.5%
  • 2018-2019: 62.6%
  • 2019-2020: 58.5%
  • Projected MCAD Acceptance Rate 2024-2025: 56.3%

How Does MCAD Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for MCAD is three percent higher than the national average of all colleges which is around 56.7%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
Bethany Lutheran College72.6%
Martin Luther College83.8%
University of Minnesota-Rochester60.1%
Northland College66.5%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

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

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2020)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to MCAD (Fall 2020)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading550 - 650
Math470 - 590
Total Score1020 - 1240
ACT®Score Range
English19 - 27
Math17 - 25
Composite Score20 - 25
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