2022 Pre-College Applications

Certain majors fill up quickly. Admitted students whose applications are postmarked by February 1, 2022, will have a better opportunity of getting the major(s) of their choice and will be given priority consideration for need-based financial aid.

Following the February 1 Priority Deadline, preference will be given to applications received by April 15, 2022, or until the program reaches maximum capacity. Need-based financial aid (in-person Pre-College only) will continue to be awarded as funds remain available.


Pre-College Application Checklist


Complete + submit the application by the priority deadline of Feb. 1, 2022 or by the general deadline of April 15, 2022. Majors fill up quickly. The earlier you apply, the better your chances are for getting your first choice of majors.

2022 Residential Pre-College Application
2022 Online Pre-College Application


Pay the $40 application fee.


Submit a one-page Word Portrait. Please write 250–300 words about one of the following prompts:

Prompt 1: Tell us about a person in your life with whom you have a meaningful relationship. Who is that person? What is your relationship with that person? Why is it a meaningful relationship? What are your interactions with that person like? How do those interactions make you feel? Why?

Prompt 2: You have a free Saturday without any commitments, money, or transportation. Design your day. Tell us who you would invite if anybody. Give the details of what you would do. How do you think you would feel doing it?


Submit a copy of your high school transcript(s). Unofficial transcripts are fine.


Submit a copy of your high school transcript(s). Unofficial transcripts are fine.


Tax forms from your parents/guardians are required to be considered for need-based scholarships.

Supporting materials can be emailed to cstudy@meca.edu or mailed to our office: Maine College of Art & Design, Pre-College, 522 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101

If you have any questions about deadlines, programs or financial aid, please call us directly at 207.699.5061 or email us at cstudy@meca.edu. We are here to help!