Massachusetts College of Art and Design
Boston, MA, USA


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Key Admission Stats

Institution Type
  • Coed

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Level of Institution
4 Year
Campus Setting
Major city
Acceptance Rate
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Transfer Acceptance Rate
Transfer Students Admitted

Admissions Requirements

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Dual Enrollment
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Important Deadlines

Application TypeApplication DeadlineReply Deadline
Early Action Acceptance is not binding, but student will receive admissions decision earlier.December 1May 1
Fall Regular DecisionFebruary 15June 1
Rolling Admissions

The college has rolling admissions, which means applications are accepted any time throughout the year.

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Application Fee
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Admitted Student Stats

In-State Students
Out-Of-State Students
US States Represented
Countries Represented
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Average ACT Composite: 24
Average SAT Composite: 1086
SAT Percentiles

Average GPA
Students Enrolled By GPA

3.50 - 3.74
3.25 - 3.49
3.00 - 3.24
2.50 - 2.99
Students Enrolled By Household Income

< $30k
$30k - $48k
$48k - $75k
$75k - $110k

Admissions Resources

Admissions: visit page
Admissions Email: [email protected]
Admissions Telephone: 617-879-7222
For International Student Services: visit page
For Students with Disabilities: visit page
For Veteran Services: visit page

What Students Are Saying

Tips for MassArt:
1) If a class choice comes down to a teacher, ask older students for opinions on teachers before selecting the class, this way you will find a teacher that is right for you and you will have more fun and learn more in the class!
2) I have found that the cheapest way to get art supplies is to shop buy the product at either Blick or Utrecht. Buy products based on which of those 2 stores has a better deal on it. A combo of both stores is the best way to go! Use coupons!
3) Watch your meal plan amount! Be careful not to run out before the end of the semester! You can watch it by asking the cafeteria cashiers to swipe your card and find the amount that is left on it!
4) Only stay up really late if you need to, don't be tempted by the dorm life. If you have an early class, go to bed early!! Sleep is important to your health!
5) Don't buy ANYTHING at the school store because it is VERY OVERPRICED!
6) When you first get to Boston always travel/explore/use the T with a friend because you will get lost on your own!
7) Try to get along with your roommates as much as possible but if it doesn’t work than you can switch at anytime, just get someone who also wants to switch! SWITCHING IS A MUST BECAUSE YOUR EXPERIENCE WILL BE MORE POSITIVE if you are with people who enjoy your company.
8) Most teachers verbally assign projects, so if you are confused about an assignment, ask the teacher to clarify it for you. don’t pretend to understand something that you don’t because it will make the assignment extremely difficult!
9) If you decide to party, always bring a friend (a group is better) and DO NOT GO BACK TO THE DORM UNLESS YOU ARE POSITIVE YOU CAN ACT SOBER IN FRONT OF THE GAURDS. Walk around and sober up before you go back to the dorm!! Or if you know the person you is hosting the party VERY WELL, sleep over!
10) If you get in trouble in any way, DO NOT TALK ABOUT IT WITH YOUR PEERS, because people in charge will hear you talking and will te...
Deanna from Newington, CT
Be happy with what you got. You are young, don't try to grow up too fast. Enjoy your time, and keep things at a steady pace. Smooth and easy, simple and good.- REMEMBER THAT

Don't make friends for the sake of having friends. You will eventually attract people with likes and interests and things will grow from there.

You will also meet people whom you will naturally repel, no sweat, just treat them the same way you want to be treated( with love) ; and success is the best revenge.

Be true to yourself and your beliefs. you are, what you believe in... Ahem! And eat. And think. And those who you keep company with.

(take advantage of Cross Registration [ sophmore and up])
(take advantage of classes out of your major [for fun])
(have a clear state of mind)
(STAY FOCUSED! there is no such thing as EQUAL multitasking;
do one task at a time and do it good!)
(be the best that you can be without self compromise and
a deprived life; you only live once)
John from Mass.
I am a transfer student coming from a liberal arts college, and this transfer was the best decision of my life! I was worried about locking myself into an art career, but there is such a vast difference between art school and liberal arts school, that if you're unhappy at a liberal arts college and happen to be a visual learner who is interested in an art career but scared to take the plunge, STOP WORRYING! MassArt is also great because it is part of the Colleges of the Fenway (COF) which allows students to take courses from other colleges in the area (including Simmons, MCPHS, Berkley)!
More tips:
-meet as many people as you can during orientation!
-be sure to check out before choosing classes
-if you have access to a kitchen, and/or are a picky eater, GO WITH THE HALF MEAL PLAN
-don't spend your money on the student discount yearly pass for the T, unless you have good reason to believe you will be going into town a lot (for instance if you have an on-campus job)- in my experience, it isn't used as much as originally expected
-take advantage of school shows and activities as much as possible
-join clubs
-enjoy Boston!
Samantha from Edgecomb, ME
Even though it is an art school, incoming students must not forget that they will need to work hard at improving their technical skills as well as conceptual skills. Also, keep an open mind when entering into a larger crowd of much more art culture than what would normally be involved in.
Dana from Uxbridge, MA