Location
Baltimore, MD
Undergrads
1,809
Tuition
$39,340
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Reviews 322 total reviews with an average rating of 3.4

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4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: I am one of those students who just don't enjoy drinking so I haven't witnessed a lot of drinking going on. I have never seen drug happening infront of me also.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Financial aid department is organized but I feel like it's hard to deal with through online.

College Freshman

Majors: I am a foundation student so I have not completed an internship yet.

College Freshman

Majors: As a foundation student, I haven't started my major porgrams yet.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: All the faculties are opened to different race but there are some students who does not accept minorities.

2 College Freshman

Academics: There are not really famous alumni that I know of.

2 College Freshman

Nightlife: We do not have school official parties all year except for one: Halloween Party.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Baltimore can be a little frightening but there is campus safety police around the campus most of the time.

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I personally think that our residence is the best. As an art school, we have plenty of space to live on and there are different buildings to live in with different needs.

College Freshman

Athletics: Our school does not have varsity sport teams.

4 College Freshman

Computers: There are plenty of computers on campus but I would not say it's the best since students really don't have a lot of access to them at night. Also many of the computers are Mac and it could be somehow difficult for some students who have been using pc.

College Freshman

Greek Life: There is no Greek Life or frat in our school.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: I'm in a small major, so it's really nice. The professors are great. It's very competitive so the workload can get overwhelming.

1 College Sophomore

Athletics: There are no sports here! There is a nice fitness center for the size of our school and fitness classes, as well as some intramural and club sports. You can also play sports at Hopkins.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: The campus safety officers are great. They do the best they can and truly care about the students. They don't "break up the fun", it's mostly the RA's and residential staff.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I would choose MICA again. It has its problems but the administration is willing to listen and change. The student population is diverse and passionate. The amount of time and effort people put towards their passions here is staggering. It's competitive but nurturing, and the professors are amazing. It's a small school so you feel as though you have a presence and a personality-- you can contribute and grow here.

2 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: They can do so much better, it's ridiculous. MICA really cares about its image, so they won't put in emergency phones. That way, when parents and prospectives tour the campus they won't wonder as to the need for these phones-- even though the need is very real! It's an urban campus, so it's easy for non-students to get on campus. Thefts happen a lot, and campus safety does not notify students.

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: There are only really parties on weekends, and usually just one or two per night that everyone goes to. They're really crowded but they're fun. The local venues in Station North and Mount Vernon have lots of shows with local DJs and bands which are so much better than the house parties. You have to be 18 to get in, but 21 to drink. They're strict about underage drinking in the venues. You have to walk to these places (they're all within 15 minutes anyway) unless you want to take a cab (no one does) or the MICA shuttle (which will result in a house party getting busted). Baltimore is dangerous, so walk with a few other people and be careful about how much you drink.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: It's a very liberal campus, to the point where people openly will make fun of Republican ideas and politics. I wish people were more open to a discussion rather than just bash on the people with other stances. There are a decent amount of minorities on campus, and there isn't a feeling of self-imposed segregation or anything like that. There is a presence of religious groups on campus, but if you don't want to be around that it can be totally outside of your world.

3 College Sophomore

Computers: The computer labs are nice. Printing is so expensive, though. Graphic Design majors can expect to pay $300-500 per semester in printing fees. If you're just printing black and white on regular computer paper, there are places to print for free. Otherwise, it's somewhat expensive. The network has been an issue in the past but they really fixed it this year. I don't have any issue with the network reliability and speed anymore because when I was having problems the campus tech support really helped me out.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: They try. They are easy to talk to and meet with, but the way MICA allocates its funds is really frustrating.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: It doesn't make sense financially. Living off-campus is literally a third the cost monthly. You get kicked out for winter break and summer break twelve hours after your last final. The residence staff (not the RA's, the administration) is totally out-of-touch with what art students are like or what they need. The RA's are nice but poorly treated by the staff so they kind of take it out on their residents sometimes. The dorms themselves are nice compared to other schools, but they are just way too expensive to make sense.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: The public transportation takes you where you need to go: grocery stores, parks, the Inner Harbor, movie theaters, museums, other college campuses, and the airport. Baltimore is not that big, either, so once you get to one location via public transportation, you can easily walk to somewhere else. The issue is that it's dangerous. I never go alone, and that can be draining sometimes, to feel like you always need escorts or organizing a group of friends for a grocery store trip. You don't need a car, but it's nice because driving in Baltimore is easy and parking is available and relatively inexpensive.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: The permit costs are so high... Campus Safety will ticket you if you park without a permit. You can sometimes get out of it, but eventually it'll lead to issues with registering for class. I don't have a car on campus. One of my friends does and although it's convenient, it's not that necessary because there is decent public transportation in Baltimore.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There are a lot of places off-campus. They range from upscale apartment complexes to dingy little studios in converted warehouses, so you can really find something in your price range. There are a lot of students around, but also families and old people so some of the neighborhoods are really nice. Bolton Hill, especially, is really safe. Parking is cheap for Bolton Hill-- it's street parking and you just need to buy a sticker for your car. MICA has a page online where landlords can post available spaces or students can find roommates.

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