Massachusetts College of Art & Design

434 reviews
  1. Boston, MA
  2. 4 Year
B
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    B
  2. Value
    B-
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    B-
  5. Athletics
    NG
  6. Party Scene
    B
  7. Professors
    B
  8. Location
    A+
  9. Dorms
    B-
  10. Campus Food
    C-
  11. Student Life
    A-
  12. Safety
    B
Massachusetts College of Art & Design is ...
Public
Athletic Division
Data not available
Athletic Conference
Data not available
Address
621 Huntington Ave
Boston, MA 02115

Massachusetts College of Art & Design Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
73%
SAT Range
950-1190
ACT Range
22-27
Application Fee
$50
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required

Cost

Net Price
$21,798/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $17,383/ year
  • $30-48k
    $18,437/ year
  • $49-75k
    $22,285/ year
  • $76-110k
    $24,567/ year
  • $110k+
    $24,995/ year

Academics

Professors
B
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
9:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
83%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.30 responses
50%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.30 responses
43%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.30 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,628Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
7%
Pell Grant
23%
Varsity Athletes
Data not available
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 16 responses
Report
  • Creative
    56%
  • Open-minded
    31%
  • Distinct
    13%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Data not available
Poll
96%
of students say they don't have Greek life.26 responses
Poll
87%
of students say no one pays attention to varsity sports.47 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 18 responses
Report
  • Creative
    67%
  • Inspiring
    22%
  • Friendly
    6%
  • Thorough
    6%

After Massachusetts College of Art & Design

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$34,000/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
70%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
91%
National
83%
61%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.18 responses

Reviews

434 reviews
  • Excellent
    48
  • Very Good
    173
  • Average
    152
  • Poor
    36
  • Terrible
    25
Profs Help You Prepare for the &quot;Real World&quot; of Design – I'm a graphic design major and the professors are EXCELLENT! Nearly all of them are still working in the design world so they really know how to prepare us by teaching us better presentation skills, working in groups, critiquing skills, work ethic, expanding conceptual thinking and process work, how to treat clients, and so on. Each studio class (Graphic Design, Typography, Information Architecture, Design Research) is 5 hours and includes critiques (individual or group), working in class, breaks (of course!), and an explanation of next class's assignment. Internships aren't guaranteed for everyone we're highly encouraged to get one and receive emails about new internship/job opportunities and we have them all listed on the college site so they're easily accessible to us. The workload is heavy but completely worth it. At the end of each semester we display ALL of our work and present it (juniors &amp; seniors) for the professors to do one final critique. We call it &quot;Reviews&quot;. Sophomores also have Reviews but they don't have to present their work, they just leave and the professors look at it alone. We're graded on craft, concept, process, and presentation.
  • College Junior
  • Sep 11 2012
If You Can Avoid the Offices, It's an a – Be smart and learn the ins and outs to get more for your money. The tuition is cheaper as it is a state school and some of the buildings are run down but they're working on them. My older review was fueled with rage against the offices which are just as frustrating at any college but these people really make you want to scream.
The professors are great, so much so that I wonder why they're sticking around here getting paid so little.
If you're a first generation student, learn all you can because you'll pretty much be doing the jobs of the offices on your own and be swindled before you know what's going on.
Other than that, it's a good school where you'll earn your BFA, not just a BA. It's an old school with a big reputation as well which looks good on your resume. They also teach you thoroughly so you'll know everything you need to know for your field. The first year is a studio foundation year required for everyone including transfer students as it gets the basics down as well as gives you a taste of each major offered with a plus of being able to network with everyone on the same field until everyone goes off into their own major. Connections are important!
The dorms are really nice, fairly spacious compared to other bigger universities. The artist's residence is apartment style with a kitchen and bathroom. Very clean and the maintenance workers are very chill. The front desk guards you'll have a few that are great, two that are fine and one or two that stick to the rules even when the rules don't really apply to a situation...they'll also conveniently forget who you are if something happens to your ID but there's a constant rotation of the guard shifts so you won't see those two too much.
  • College Junior
  • Oct 26 2012
Who: People and real sense of community in our school. It's small but people care about where you go and what you do with your work, projects, and progress.
What: Every major under the sun practically in the area of art and design. Pick one! All departments are very helpful.
When: Runs summer, winter programs, evening programs including standard day programs.
Where: Close to 6+ colleges in the area, great facilities for design and amazing print labs with knowledgeable people running them.
Why: For all the reasons stated above.
  • College Junior
  • Dec 30 2012