Our undergraduate, graduate, and Pre-College programs require an application. Our continuing and professional studies courses simply require registration.

MECA’s community is as diverse and unique as each individual artist within it and each new student adds immeasurably to the vibrancy of our community. Applications are evaluated individually, with consideration given to the strength of the portfolio and academic achievement.

Any student graduating from high school or earning the equivalency may apply for admission to our Bachelor of Fine Arts program. If you are currently enrolled at another college, are not presently in school or are working full-time, you are welcome to apply to join our thriving community. We invite applications from students who will contribute to the diversity of our student body, including traditional high school applicants, transfers, non-traditional and international students and veterans. Applicants not seeking a BFA degree may apply for non-degree student status.

We welcome students to apply by the priority application deadline stated for each program. Each applicant is considered for merit based scholarships upon acceptance into the College.

Application Deadline: Rolling admissions after March 1. We are still accepting applications for Fall 2018!

You can apply through Common App or here, through our institutional application on the website, but please only complete one or the other (They are exactly the same).  To apply for admission as a full or part-time Bachelor of Fine Arts degree-seeking student, the following items must be submitted:

  • Non-refundable $50 application fee ($60 for international applicants).
    Payable by credit card on the application or by mailing in a check.
  • Personal statement: Why art, why MECA?.
    Please write a minimum of 500 words answering these questions or follow the essay prompts of the Common App.
  • A portfolio of 15-20 pieces of recent artwork, 3 of these pieces should be drawings from observation.
    • These pieces can be any medium and should have been created within the last 18 months. They can be done in or outside the classroom, and you can use your pieces show us a range of mediums or focus on a particular subject or medium. At least three of these pieces need to represent your skills for drawing from direct observation. These drawings can be in charcoal, graphite, conte, colored pencil, etc, and we are looking to find out how you translate three dimensional objects onto a two dimensional plane. You can find out more about our portfolio requirement by downloading our portfolio brochure.
    • Portfolios can be submitted in person by a review with your artwork during campus visits, Open Houses, portfolio days and high school visits. Portfolios can also be submitted digitally. Work can be submitted on disk as high quality jpegs, at least 800 x 600 pixels but no larger than 1024 x 768 pixels. Work can also be submitted electronically through SlideRoom or on a photo sharing site such as flickr or tumblr. We ask that if you use a free photo sharing site that you make a specific page or folder for your MECA application portfolio.
  • Official high school transcripts or official scored report of the General Equivalency Diploma (GED).
    Transcripts will be considered official if they arrive to MECA in an envelope that is stamped and sealed by the issuing institution. The applicant can deliver transcripts in an unopened enveloped stamped and sealed by the issuing institution.
  • Official transcripts from each college or university attended.
    Transcripts will be considered official if they arrive to MECA in an envelope that is stamped and sealed by the issuing institution. The applicant can deliver transcripts in an unopened enveloped stamped and sealed by the issuing institution. We need transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, even if credit was not earned, in order to award you financial aid.
  • Two letters of recommendation.
    Our preference is to receive these letters from two of the following: art teacher, guidance counselor, current academic teacher, and/or employer.
  • SAT/ACT scores.
    Test scores are optional.

Financial aid and merit-based scholarships are available, and over 90% of our students receive financial assistance. If you plan to apply for need-based aid, you must complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), if you have not already done so. The application is available online here.

If you have questions about applying for financial aid, please see this page or contact the Office of Financial Aid by email at: finaid@meca.edu; or by phone at: (800) 639-4808.  Maine College of Art’s FAFSA code is 011673.

Each year a small group of students are identified as Select Scholars based on academic and artistic criteria. Acceptance into the College as a Select Scholar qualifies you for a renewable merit scholarship between $10,000 and $16,500 per year. Select Scholar application requirements include the online application, high school transcript and portfolio of 15–20 pieces. Your admissions counselor will be in touch to let you know if we need anything else to complete your application. If you have any additional questions, please contact the MECA Admissions Office at admissions@meca.edu or 800.699.1509.