Transfer Students - Maine College of Art

Maine College of Art welcomes the diversity and range of experience that transfer students bring to our community, and we are committed to transferring as many of your previously earned credits as possible. Members of our Admissions staff are available to meet with you to review your transcripts and determine how your previously earned credits will apply to MECA’s curricular requirements. Call us at 800.699.1509 to make an appointment to talk about transferring into MECA.

Transfer Application Deadlines

Fall Entry Priority Deadline: March 1

We will accept rolling admissions after these dates as space permits. Fall Semester begins late August and Spring Semester begins in mid-January.

Transfer Day at Maine College of Art
Saturday, December 1, 10:30am–3pm

Thinking about transferring to Maine College of Art? Our Transfer Day is designed to show you what MECA has to offer to students with previous college experience. You can even get a transfer evaluation done while you’re on campus to see where your credits fall in our graduation plan!

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Over the course of the afternoon, you can:
+ Take a tour of our studios and res halls
+ Learn how a MECA education will prepare you for a career in the arts
+ Get your admissions, financial aid, and credit transfer questions answered
+ Understand how your credits will transfer into MECA
+ Explore the vibrant art scene in downtown Portland, Maine
+ Receive an admissions decision on the spot!*

*In order to offer a decision, students must submit their application, essay, and recommendations at least a week in advance of the Transfer Day AND must either submit transcripts and portfolio in advance as well or bring official transcripts and portfolio to MECA for review.

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Credit Placement

We use the following guidelines to transfer your existing credits into our curriculum:

  • A “C” or higher must be earned.
  • Courses must be 100 level or higher (no remedial courses).
  • Official Transcripts must be submitted. Faxed or unofficial copies are not accepted as proof of credit.
  • The college or university must be regionally accredited.
  • Courses must be worth 3 credits (or 5 quarter hours).

Transfer Scholarships

MECA has merit-based scholarship funds designated specifically for transfer students. Admitted students are considered for merit scholarships ranging from $8,000–$14,500 per year, with particular attention to the strengths of previous GPA and the portfolio submitted for admission. These scholarships are renewable each semester of enrollment provided the student maintains good academic standing. Applicants must complete all admission requirements in order to be eligible for admission, scholarships, and financial aid.

Application Requirements

In addition to the application requirements for the Bachelor of Fine Arts outlined here, transfer students (anyone who has previously matriculated at another college or university) must submit all transcripts for previous college or university attendance. This requirement includes colleges where you earned less than 3 credits or no credit at all (for example, you withdrew before completing coursework). Your application will also need to include your final high school transcript with your printed graduation date.

Please send transcripts to the following address:

Maine College of Art
Attn: Undergraduate Admissions
522 Congress Street
Portland, ME 04101

Transfer from a Community College

We can help you map out a clear path from a community college to MECA. Transfer evaluations are done on a case-by-case basis and it is best to begin a conversation with an admissions counselor as soon as possible to plan a course of study at a community college that will easily transfer to MECA’s BFA requirements.

MECA has existing articulation agreements with the following schools:

  • Southern Maine Community College, Portland ME
  • NHTI, Concord’s Community College, Concord NH
  • Great Bay Community College, Portsmouth NH
  • Hudson Valley Community College, Troy NY
  • Greenfield Community College, Greenfield MA
  • Memphis College of Art, Memphis TN

These articulation agreements allow for qualifying students at the schools above to seamlessly enter into MECA’s four-year BFA program in the junior year. We are also pleased to work with students from other community colleges to facilitate transfer of coursework and credits.

If you are interested in transferring to MECA, please be in touch with Admissions as soon as possible. We want to make sure you are making the most of your community college experience, and sometimes that means transferring before earning your associates degree. Call us at 800.699.1509 today to talk about the best path for you.