The community at Maine College of Art is as diverse and unique as each individual artist within it — each student adds immeasurably to the vibrancy of the College. 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.

Any student graduating from high school or earning the equivalency may apply for admission to MECA’s 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. Applicants not seeking a BFA degree may apply for non-degree student status.

Applications are evaluated individually, with special consideration given to the strength of the portfolio and academic achievement. Every applicant is considered for merit-based scholarships upon acceptance into the College.

Undergraduate Application Deadlines for Fall Entry

Early Action Deadline: December 1
Full-Tuition Scholarship Competition Deadline: February 1
Priority Deadline: March 1

If you would like to apply for Spring entry — either as a first-time freshman or as a transfer student — please aim to submit your materials and complete your application no later than November 15. Fall Semester begins late August and Spring Semester begins in mid-January.

Undergraduate Application Requirements

To apply for admission as a full- or part-time Bachelor of Fine Arts degree-seeking student, the following items must be submitted:

☐ Completed Application Form

We accept applications online through Common App or through MECA’s institutional application. Please complete one or the other.

Common Application
+ MECA on Common App

MECA’s Institutional Application
+ Start a new application
+ Log in to complete an application

☐ Application Fee: $50 application fee ($60 for international applicants)

The application fee is $50 for applicants based in the United States and $60 for international applicants.

Application fees are payable by credit card on the application or by mailing in a check. They are are non-refundable.

If you are mailing a check, please make it out to Maine College of Art. Be sure to clearly write your name, the program, year and semester you are applying for (i.e. BFA Fall 2019) in the memo line, and send to:
Maine College of Art
Attn: Undergraduate Admissions
522 Congress Street
Portland, Maine 04101

☐ Personal Statement

Please write 500 words answering the questions Why art, why MECA? or follow the essay prompts on the Common App. Your essay can be uploaded directly to the Common App or to MECA’s institutional application.

☐ Portfolio of 15–20 Works

What we are looking for:
Your portfolio should consist of 15–20 pieces of recent artwork in any medium, created within the last 18 months. Three of these pieces should be observational — that is, drawn or created from direct observation, not from photographs or your imagination.

The work in your portfolio can be done in or outside the classroom, and you can use your portfolio to either show us a range of mediums or to focus on a particular subject or medium.

At least three (3) of these pieces need to represent your skills drawing from direct observation, like self-portraits, landscapes or cityscapes, still lives, or portraits of friends, family members, or pets. These drawings can be in charcoal, graphite, conté, colored pencil, digital paintings — the sky’s the limit! We’re looking to find out how you translate three-dimensional objects onto a two-dimensional plane. You can find out more about our portfolio requirements by downloading our portfolio brochure.

How to submit your portfolio:
+ In person with a review of your artwork during campus visits, Open Houses, portfolio days, and high school visits. You can schedule an on-campus review here or you can check out when we’ll be visiting your area.

+ Digitally via SlideRoom, your own website, a slide presentation (like Google Slides or PowerPoint), or on a thumbdrive. Please note that we can no longer accept CDs or disks. If you submit your work digitally, we highly recommend including the following information for each piece: date, dimensions, medium(s), description of concept or inspiration, and, for drawings (physical or digital), the time spent on each drawing — it’s helpful to know if a drawing is a quick two-minute sketch or done over several three-hour sessions.

If you are mailing in a thumbdrive, please clearly write your name, the program, year and semester you are applying for (i.e. BFA Fall 2019), and send to:
Maine College of Art
Attn: Undergraduate Admissions
522 Congress Street
Portland, Maine 04101

☐ Official High School Transcripts or equivalent

Applicants can request transcripts to be sent to the Admissions Office through their guidance counselors or other offical representative. Transcripts will be considered official if they arrive to MECA in an envelope that is stamped and sealed by the issuing institution. Applicants may also hand-deliver transcripts as long as they are in an unopened envelope stamped and sealed by the issuing institution.

Applicants may also opt to send an official scored report of the General Equivalency Diploma (GED) or High School Equivalency Test (HiSET).

Official transcripts and/or equivalent documentation can be mailed to:
Maine College of Art
Attn: Undergraduate Admissions
522 Congress Street
Portland, Maine 04101

We will also accept official transcripts sent by the issuing institution through the Common App, Parchment, or the National Student Clearinghouse Transcript Service.

☐ Official College Transcripts (transfer students only)

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 envelope stamped and sealed by the issuing institution.

We require transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, even if credit was not earned, in order to award you financial aid.

Official transcripts can be mailed to:
Maine College of Art
Attn: Undergraduate Admissions
522 Congress Street
Portland, Maine 04101

We will also accept official transcripts sent by the issuing institution through the Common App, Parchment, or the National Student Clearinghouse Transcript Service.

Please note that if you have earned 60 credits or fewer, we will require an official copy of your high school transcripts in addition to any and all college transcripts.

☐ 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. Letters from family members are not accepted. Recommendations will be considered official when they arrive in an unopened envelope directly from the recommender or uploaded directly by the recommender to the application.

If recommenders are mailing their letters, they can be sent to:
Maine College of Art
Attn: Undergraduate Admissions
522 Congress Street
Portland, Maine 04101

We will also accept official recommendations through the Common App, MECA’s institutional application, or Parchment.

☐ SAT/ACT scores (optional)

Test scores are optional. You can have scores sent directly to MECA on the SAT and ACT websites.

Early Action for High School Students

We encourage high school students applying as first time BFA students to complete their applications by December 1st. All application requirements need to be fulfilled, including letters of recommendation and your high school transcripts. If you complete your application by December 1st, we’ll send you a decision and your scholarship award (if applicable) before the new year (or we’ll be in touch before December 15th to ask for any supplemental materials we might need in order to render a decision). This decision is non-binding, and MECA typically begins sending out financial aid packages in late February.

International Students

Maine College of Art welcomes applications from international students. For more information on additional requirements and things to know, see here.

Transfer Students

For information on how to transfer, credit evaluation and placement, scholarships, and additional application requirements, see here.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Financial aid and merit-based scholarships are available, and 100% of our students receive financial assistance in the form of federal and/or state aid, grants, and/or scholarships. 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 and opens annually on October 1 for the following academic year.

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 207.699.5073 or 207.699.5074. Maine College of Art’s FAFSA code is 011673.

 

If you have any additional questions, please contact the MECA Admissions Office at admissions@meca.edu or 800.699.1509.