Massachusetts College of Art: Narrative Description

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621 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA 02115-5882
Tel: (617)879-7000
Admissions: (617)879-7225
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State-supported, comprehensive, coed. Part of Massachusetts Public Higher Education System. Awards bachelor's and master's degrees. Founded 1873. Setting: 5-acre urban campus. Endowment: $3.1 million. Total enrollment: 2,049. Faculty: 216 (74 full-time, 142 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 13:1. 1,021 applied, 56% were admitted. 20% from top 10% of their high school class, 41% from top quarter, 85% from top half. Full-time: 1,347 students, 63% women, 37% men. Part-time: 570 students, 65% women, 35% men. Students come from 23 states and territories, 48 other countries, 24% from out-of-state, 0.1% Native American, 4% Hispanic, 3% black, 4% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 4% international, 15% 25 or older, 26% live on campus, 9% transferred in. Retention: 90% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: visual/performing arts; education. Core. Calendar: semesters. Self-designed majors, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, external degree program, internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at members of the Pro Arts Consortium, Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design, CAPS, Colleges of the Fenway. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: electronic application, early admission, early action, deferred admission. Required: essay, high school transcript, minimum 3.0 high school GPA, recommendations, portfolio, SAT or ACT. Entrance: very difficult. Application deadlines: 2/15, 12/1 for early decision, 12/1 for early action. Notification: 4/15, 1/1 for early decision. Preference given to state residents.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $30. State resident tuition: $6400 full-time. Nonresident tuition: $17,700 full-time. College room and board: $9737. Room and board charges vary according to housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 30 open to all. Most popular organizations: International Students' Club, Design Research Unit, Spectrum, film society, Event Works. Major annual events: All School Show, Annual Holiday Sale, Service Learning Day. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, security lighting, self-defense workshops. 367 undergraduates lived in college housing during 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. Option: coed housing available. Morton R. Godine Library with 231,586 books, 8,700 microform titles, 757 serials, and 125,000 audiovisual materials. 250 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from off-campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

See Boston University.

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