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Maine College of Art: Narrative Description


97 Spring St.
Portland, ME 04101-3987
Tel: (207)775-3052; 800-639-4808; Admissions: (207)775-5157; Fax: (207)772-5069; E-mail: [email protected]; Web Site:

Description: Independent, comprehensive, specialized, coed. Awards bachelor's and master's degrees. Founded 1882. Setting: urban campus with easy access to Boston. Endowment: $2.6 million. Educational spending 2002-03: $8273 per student. Total enrollment: 414. Faculty: 57 (23 full-time, 34 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 10:1. 368 applied, 87% were admitted. 12% from top 10% of their high school class, 27% from top quarter, 71% from top half. Full-time: 342 students, 63% women, 37% men. Part-time: 42 students, 62% women, 38% men. Students come from 29 states and territories, 6 other countries, 35% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 2% Hispanic, 0.3% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 12% 25 or older, 25% live on campus, 12% transferred in. Retention: 69% of 2003 full-time freshmen returned. Academic area with the most degrees conferred: visual/performing arts. Core. Calendar: semesters. Services for LD students, self-designed majors, independent study, double major, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships. Off campus study at Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design Mobility Program. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements: Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early admission, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, 2 recommendations, portfolio, SAT I or ACT. Recommended: minimum 2.0 high school GPA, interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous until 8/31.

Costs Per Year: Application fee: $40. Comprehensive fee: $29,590 includes full-time tuition ($20,614), mandatory fees ($518), and college room and board ($8458). College room only: $5508. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility. Part-time tuition: $859 per credit hour. Part-time tuition varies according to course load.

Collegiate Environment: Orientation program. Student-run newspaper. Most popular organizations: Student Representative Association, outdoor group, The Canvas (student newspaper), Ski and Snowboard Club, Movie Club. Major annual events: Annual Meca Art Auction, Student-Alumni Sale, BFA Show. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, controlled dormitory access. 100 college housing spaces available; all were occupied in 2002-03. Freshmen given priority for college housing. Option: coed housing available. Joanne Waxman Library at the Maine College of Art with 20,797 books, 100 serials, 182 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2002-03: $169,860. 52 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed. Staffed computer lab on campus.

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