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COVID-19 Student FAQ

Updated: April 3, 2020

Please continue to check this webpage as we will be updating it regularly. If you have a question that has not yet been answered below, please reach out to the relevant department: meca.edu/directory.

Update on COVID-19 in Maine as of 3/24/2020

On Tuesday, March 24, Maine Governor Janet Mills issued an Executive Order that implemented new restrictions on “non-essential” businesses, including the closure of public-facing business operations. The City of Portland simultaneously issued an emergency stay at home proclamation beginning Wednesday, March 25 at 5:00PM, directing all residents to shelter in place and effectively shutting down all businesses that do not provide essential goods or services.

According to the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), MECA is an essential business and is part of the essential critical infrastructure workforce, which includes educators supporting public and private K-12 schools, colleges, and universities for purposes of facilitating distance learning or performing other essential functions, if operating under rules for social distancing. Essential businesses are permitted to continue to operate, but are encouraged to have their employees work remotely to the greatest extent possible and to adhere to the rules for social distancing for any on-site operations.

FAQ RE: MARCH 24TH GUIDELINES

Q: Will MECA continue to operate?

A: Yes, MECA will continue to operate. The majority of MECA faculty and staff are already working remotely with plans to continue to do so for the foreseeable future as the College transitions to distance/online learning. A small group of essential personnel will continue to work out of the Porteous Building under the rules for social distancing to ensure the College operations.

Q: I’m still living in the residence halls in Portland. What does this mean for me?

A: According to the Emergency Order, the following restrictions are in place for individuals residing in Portland:

All individuals currently living within the City of Portland are ordered to stay at their place of residence. To the extent individuals are using shared or outdoor spaces, they must at all times as reasonably possible maintain social distancing of at least six (6) feet from any other person with whom they don’t share a household when they are outside their residence. All persons may leave their residences only to access COVID-19 Essential Services or as otherwise expressly provided herein.

All travel including, but not limited to, travel on foot, bicycle, scooter, motorcycle, golf carts, automobile, or public transit, for COVID-19 Essential Services is permitted. Outdoor exercise and/or dog walking is also specifically permitted. All individuals are encouraged to not use or congregate on City playgrounds, and it is recommend that all individuals should seek, to the maximum extent possible, to be at least six (6) feet from any other person with whom they do not share a household with when engaged in any travel or exercise activities on City streets, trails, grounds, fields, tennis or basketball courts or other outdoor areas.

Q: I’m scheduled to move out of the residence halls this week. Can I still do that?

A: Yes. MECA students are still permitted to move out of the residence halls this week. All on-campus students must have their belongings out of the residence halls and be checked out by 7:00 PM on Sunday, March 29th. See below “Residence Life” FAQ for more info.

Q: I need to get essential supplies from my studio before I move out of the residence hall this week. Can I still do that?

A: Yes. MECA students are still permitted to retrieve items out of the Porteous and/or Cumberland buildings during the times indicated in the Dean’s email.

FAQ For Current MECA Students

ACADEMICS

Following the previously announced extended spring break, which runs through Sunday, March 29th, all Maine College of Art students will continue their academics remotely/online for the remainder of the spring semester. All MECA physical facilities are closed until further notice.

Q: When will classes resume, and when does the semester end? 

  • The BFA and MFA semesters will re-start on Monday, March 30, 2020. The end of the BFA and MFA semesters has been moved to May 15, 2020.
  • The MAT program has already restarted and the MAT semester will end on May 7, 2020.
  • Salt students will resume their program on Monday, March 23 and the Salt semester will formally end on May 8, 2020.

Q: How will I find out about moving forward with my courses?

A: Students will hear from each of their faculty directly about how this shift in curriculum delivery will work. Faculty are working with the Dean of the College and other staff to plan to deliver courses remotely/online. Expect to hear from your faculty next week (March 23 – 27).

Q: How am I going to complete my work remotely?

A: Faculty will work with you to finish all the work that can be completed. We realize that students have varying resources and will work with you to ensure you can complete the semester. We are surveying students regarding their access to the resources they need.

Q: How will assignments be graded if we are working remotely?

A: Your faculty members will communicate with you about any revisions to course assignments, as well as the details of how they will be graded and evaluated.

Q: How will I register for classes next year?

A: The Registrar’s Office has created a process for students to register online for next year’s courses. Students will receive detailed instructions via email.

DEGREES, COMMENCEMENT, THESIS

Q: Are we still having Commencement? 

A: As of March 18, 2020, Maine has banned gatherings of more than 10 people until further notice. In order to safeguard the MECA community and the community at large, we are postponing our 2020 Commencement Ceremony. We are planning to have a celebration of our 2020 graduates at the beginning of the Fall semester.

Q: What is happening with the BFA and MFA Thesis shows?

A: The BFA thesis show is postponed; we hope to have a thesis show for seniors at the start of the Fall semester. The MFA Thesis show is also postponed. We will be sharing more information about rescheduling the Thesis shows as soon as possible.

Q: Will I still receive my degree in May, even though the commencement ceremony is postponed to the fall?

A: Yes. Students will receive their diplomas as long as all of their degree requirements are met. The one exception is that seniors do NOT have to participate in Thesis this year in order to graduate. The Commencement ceremony is always optional, though we encourage everyone to attend if they are able.

Q: If we don’t have commencement, how will I get my diploma?

A: Diplomas will be mailed to students once they have completed their degree requirements.

Q: I know participating in the BFA Senior Thesis is a graduation requirement? How am I going to graduate if we are not having the thesis show?

A: The requirement to participate in thesis to graduate is waived this year due to extenuating circumstances. Students will receive their diploma as scheduled as long as all degree requirements are met.

STUDENT LIFE PROGRAMMING & SUPPORT

Q: How can I reach out for help from Student Life?

A: Email studentlife@meca.edu and we will do everything we can to help you!

Q: What social media will Student Life be operating for this semester?

A: Student Life will continue to leverage our @mecastudentlife Instagram account to share updates, interesting and meaningful content, and help us all stay connected throughout the rest of our Spring semester.

Q: Will Student Life still offer programming after classes move online?

A: Student Life is committed to offering opportunities to students where possible. While we won’t be able to offer our traditional style of programs, our hope is to coordinate some virtual ways for students to connect throughout the end of the term.

Q: Will we still be receiving a weekly email from Student Life?

A: The Student Life Update Email will resume Monday, March 30th. While the format may transition away from a weekly model, you can expect Student Life to continue sending regular updates with important information for the community.

Q: Will the Student Life Service Awards be rescheduled?

A: Unfortunately, we will not be holding this ceremony this Spring. We will send all Student Leaders associated with Student Life their service award by mail.

RESIDENCE LIFE

Q: What is the deadline for moving out of my residence hall?

A: All on-campus students must have their belongings out of the residence halls and be checked out by 7:00 PM on Sunday, March 29th. If you cannot do so because of travel restrictions or other concerns, please contact studentlife@meca.edu to let us know; we are happy to work with you to do what is best.

Q: What steps do I need to do in order to complete my move out?

  • Each Resident will receive a personalized key envelope taped to their residence hall door.
    After they have removed their belongings and appropriately cleaned their space, they should put their keys inside the key envelope with their name on it, seal it, and place the key envelope in the designated packet on your RA’s door.*

    • *Given the mixed community at the Ambassador, we are asking that those residents call the RA phone to coordinate the returning of their keys, instead of attempting to leave them at their RA’s door.
  • As soon they’ve turned over their keys, they must fill out this Online Check-Out Form to let us know they are out of their room.

Q: I live far away, do I have to buy a plane ticket just to come back and move out by the 29th?

A: Student Life will certainly work with you when it is safer (and legal for some folks in certain states) to come remove your items. We want only those who are currently in the halls or who can safely come retrieve their items to do so. You can work with their building AD to schedule a time when it is both safe and legal to retrieve their personal belongings.

Q: What if I’m in a state that prohibits travel and can’t move out now?

A: Email studentlife@meca.edu and we’ll work with you to arrange a time when it is safe and legal to travel to collect your items before the end of term which is now May 15th.

Q: Can I just leave my stuff in my room for the summer if I am moving back into the same room?

A: Unfortunately, no–the halls are used for other programs over the summer and need to be cleared out in preparation for their use. Please retrieve your items.

Q: How is the College assessing room damages, if we aren’t doing standard room inspection forms during check-out?

A: After allowing three days post-checkout of all residents for safety, Student Life staff will go in and take photos of the room and assess damage charges. The only charges residents may incur for damages are:

  • Excessive Cleaning: You are responsible for cleaning your space upon departure. Wipe down your furniture, clean the bathroom, and ensure minimal cleaning must occur for someone else to move in. You must remove all garbage from your space as well.
  • Excessive Damage: If blatant damage to the space or furnishings has occurred, we will bill you for repair or replacement. Normal wear and tear will be ignored.
  • Abandoned Property: Bikes, extra furniture, household items, clothing, etc. that are found will be removed at your expense. Please be mindful to take home what you brought here.

Students who accrue charges will receive an email from Student Life detailing which damages they are being charged for and what amount they will be charged.

Q: Will my room and board be refunded and how will reimbursements be received by students?

A: Room and board will be prorated and either credited to your account or refunded to you by check. Student Accounts will be in touch shortly with the amount and timeline for this refund. The MECA Business Office is aware of how vital it is to receive this refund and staff are doing their best to expedite the process. This will necessarily happen after room inspection and any assessment for damages.

Q: Will the hall closure now impact Housing Selection for next year?

A: Student Life is moving forward with Housing Selection for the next academic year. The only change is the date. Returning Student Housing Selection will now be held online on Sunday, April 5th starting at 10:00 AM. Students who registered should check their MECA email for information on their specific Report and Selection Times.

COUNSELING & DISABILITY SERVICES

Q: Can I still meet with my counselor?

A: Yes. If you have been utilizing MECA Counseling this semester, a MECA counselor will reach out to you by email prior to March 30 to make arrangements for video sessions (if you wish) via HIPAA-compliant Google Meet. If you have not met with a counselor in 2020 and would like to do so, please email counseling@meca.edu to schedule a session.

Q: How can I arrange for or discuss ADA accommodations?

A: You can email disabilityservices@meca.edu and Joanne Benica, Coordinator of Disability Services, will reach out to you.

Q: What if I didn’t need ADA accommodations for physical classes but I do for distance learning?

A: No problem! Joanne Benica, Coordinator of Disability Services, can help you work with your faculty to get the accommodations you require.

FACILITIES, MAJORS SPACES, LOCKERS, STUDENT EQUIPMENT

Q: I live nearby, can I work in my studio or in a MECA classroom while the College is closed? 

A: No. All MECA facilities will be closed until further notice, including major’s studios and classrooms.

Q: How do I get essential supplies from my studio or locker?

A: Students received an email from the Dean of the College, Ian Anderson, with instructions to arrange for a time to be provided access to the Porteous Building prior to March 29th to remove essential supplies from their studios and/or lockers. Only students will be allowed to access the building — not friends, parents and/or family members.

Q: Do I have to clean out my studio by March 29th?

A: Students will not be required to “move out” of their studio or retrieve any items if they do not wish to do so. The studios will remain safe and locked during the COVID-19 crisis, and when it is deemed safe to fully return you can get your belongings. We cannot give you a definitive date at this point in time as this is dependent on the containment of COVID-19.

Q: What if I have library materials in my studio?

A: Students are encouraged to leave library materials in their studios. Library materials that are taken home will be due back after the end of the semester.

Q: Will student artwork get damaged during the cleaning of the studio spaces?

A: No. At this time we do not envision going into individual studio spaces. The focus of our sanitization efforts are on common spaces, high traffic areas, and high touch surfaces. Our Director of Facilities is very diligent with regard to protecting the sanctity of student artwork.

Q: When will I be able to access my studio?

A: We will re-open the studios as soon as it is deemed safe for students to work in those facilities. We are currently exploring ways to have students, including our seniors, return this summer to work in the studios.

FINANCES AND INSURANCE

Q: Will I be refunded for my room and board?

A: Room and board will be prorated and either credited to your account or refunded to you by check. Student Accounts will be in touch shortly with the amount and timeline for this refund. The MECA Business Office is aware of how vital it is to receive this refund and staff are doing their best to expedite the process. This will necessarily happen after room inspection and any assessment for damages.

Q: Can I apply the room and board refund to next year’s bill?

A: On a case-by-case basis. If the current year’s housing charges were paid with Title IV funding, federal regulations prohibit us from holding a credit balance from one academic year to the next. If that is the case, we encourage you to reduce your debt by asking the Financial Aid Office to return the credit balance to your student loans (if applicable). Funds should first be returned to a Parent PLUS loan or private student loan, then your Unsubsidized Loan, and lastly your Subsidized Loan. You can request the loan reduction by using this form.

Q: Will my tuition for spring term be refunded?

A: Maine College of Art is continuing all spring semester academic programs remotely/online and ensuring that students have the resources necessary to meet graduation requirements. Tuition is not refundable.

Q. Will my lab fees be refunded?

A: We are in the process of examining which courses have unused lab fees. Students enrolled in those courses will receive partial lab fee refunds which will be posted to their accounts.

Q: Do I have to make my monthly tuition payment?

A: Yes. Payments should be paid up to date, including your payment for March. Once you are notified by the Billing Office that your statement has been adjusted, you can then adjust your TMS payment plan budget to make your last payment in April.

Q: What if I’m having trouble making my monthly tuition payment?

A: We have made accommodations in our policy for students to extend their payment plan. If this is something you are interested in, please contact Tammy Jackson, Student Accounts Manager, at billing@meca.edu.

Q: When will I see a prorated adjustment to my student account for room and board charges?

A: Student account balances will be adjusted for room and board following move-out and assessment of any damages.

Q: Will my financial aid be affected?

A: No, your financial aid will not be impacted by any adjustments to your student account.

Q: Is my MECA health insurance still valid?

A: For those of you who are enrolled in the school insurance, you have access to the MECA Health Insurance until September 1, 2020.

LIBRARY/LOANED ITEMS

Q: Can I access items in the library while MECA is closed?

A: All MECA facilities will be closed until further notice, including the library, so you cannot physically access library materials. If a student has an urgent need for a text, the library will work with students on potential purchase and delivery of eBooks or physical texts. Requests will be reviewed by library staff and processed based on a number of factors, including the availability of various resources.

Students can also access a wealth of online resources on the library website. Any questions about remote authentication should be directed to library@meca.edu. Students can continue to place requests for articles by using this form. Note: turnaround times on these requests may well be impacted by staffing reductions or closures at other libraries.

Q: I signed out a drawing tablet from the library until April. How and when do I return it?

A: At this time, you may keep it till the end of the semester and then return it either by physical return or postal mail. If you want to return it before you depart campus, the front desk can help you before March 30th.

Q: How can I get help with reference or research services?

A. Students can contact the library with any questions about research or access to library materials using the following three methods:

  1. Email library@meca.edu
  2. Send a text message to 207.613.6063
  3. Call 207.775.5153

Students can request to video chat (via Google Hangouts) or speak by phone if desired.

Q: I have books checked out from the library and/or other libraries. Will I incur fines?

A: Students should not worry about incurring overdue fines for any books they have checked out: all fines will be waived as long as all materials are eventually returned, either by physical return or postal mail.

WRITING/TUTORING

Q: How can I access Writing & Tutoring?

A: Writing & Tutoring: students can arrange for remote tutoring and writing assistance by emailing hharvey@meca.edu or by booking an appointment here. Students can choose from either meeting with a tutor via Google video call or requesting that a tutor read their assignment and return it with comments and suggestions.

EMPLOYMENT AND UNEMPLOYMENT RESOURCES

Q: I have an on-campus work-study job. Will I still get paid?

A: Yes. It is MECA’s goal to continue providing you with work assignments to fill your regular number of scheduled hours. We are working behind the scenes with supervisors to identify if they might benefit from your knowledge, skills, and abilities by having you complete tasks remotely.

In the interim, paychecks will continue for work-study students even if you are not actively working. It is our hope the majority of you will be working again soon. Some will start back up sooner than others, the timing will depend on the bandwidth of supervisors to support your return. Please do not be concerned if no one has reached out to you yet.

If for any reason you are not interested in remote work or are unable to work remotely, please send an email to HR Director Tanya Guay at tguay@meca.edu.

Q: I have a job off-campus. Am I eligible for unemployment benefits?

A: Under the new federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program, the usual requirements for benefits have been expanded. The program is now open to college students who work part-time and/or do freelance work. Here is more information on the old vs. new criteria:

Old criteria:

  1. Have earned a regular paycheck for 18 months.
  2. Have earnings of at least $5,140.74 and two of the four quarters must have earnings of at least $1,713.58.
  3. Were not self-employed.

New Criteria:

  1. Open to college students with part-time work, freelancers, independent contractors.

Q: Can I apply for the pandemic unemployment relief funds now?

A: Not yet in Maine. The program is not up and running as of April 3, 2020. However, once it is up, it will issue benefits retroactively.

Unless you meet those three criteria for the original benefits, any claim you put forth now will be denied.

Q: Where do I apply for benefits?

A: If you were working in Maine, you apply with the Maine Department of Labor. Maine Department of Labor website: maine.gov/unemployment.

Q: How much money will I get?

A: Benefit amounts will be calculated based on previous income, using a formula from the Disaster Unemployment Assistance program.

Q: I had a job and then my employer reduced my hours or has not asked me to come back. Does that qualify?

A: Yes.

Q: Any tips about applying?

A: Have documentation of past employment readily available.

When the federal program is open on the Maine website and you can create an account, do so on a computer. It is not a mobile-friendly site.

When you create your account, be sure to write down your password as the system will lock you out after two failed attempts. Then, to unlock it, you need a state employee. As there is a large volume of requests, that will delay your claim.

Q: What about the federal stimulus check for $1,200 I keep hearing about. Will students get those?

A: Students qualify for the stimulus check only if your parents do not claim you as a dependent on their taxes. For more information, please visit irs.gov/newsroom/economic-impact-payments-what-you-need-to-know.

If your mailing address has changed since you filed your 2019 federal income tax return, file IRS Form 8822 (Change of Address) to provide the IRS with your new address

The recovery rebate will be transferred by direct deposit if you previously provided the IRS with a bank routing number and account number for depositing an income tax refund.

The stimulus checks will be based on an estimate of your eligibility. You do not need to return the money if the estimate was too high.

“People who typically do not file a tax return will need to file a simple tax return to receive an economic impact payment,” the I.R.S. announced on its website on March 30.

Q: What if I still have questions?

A: If you have additional questions about unemployment, contact Jessica Tomlinson, Director of Artists at Work, at jtomlinson@meca.edu.

Program-Specific Questions

BFA

Q: How can I access updated information about my courses, such as revised syllabi, updated assignments, and new deadlines?

A: Each spring semester course has been adjusted so the objectives can be accomplished remotely. Every course now has a “Front Door” document that contains all the basic information students will need about their classes. Students were provided links to the “Front Doors” for their spring courses and should email their faculty members with any questions.

Q: What is the grading policy for Spring 2020?

A: MECA has implemented a Pass/Fail Grade Policy for Spring 2020 undergraduate courses. This emergency grading policy recognizes the extraordinary circumstances of the Spring 2020 semester due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This policy only applies to undergraduate students enrolled in the Spring 2020 term.

In Spring 2020 Maine College of Art (MECA) undergraduate students may elect to take any or all of their courses as Pass/Fail (P/F). Pass is defined as performance at the level of a D- or above as a final course grade. Fail is defined as performance at the level of F as a final course grade.

Students must notify the Registrar’s Office of each class they would like to take for P/F no later than April 27, 2020. A student designates a course as Pass/Fail by emailing the Registrar, Anne Dennison. The email must include the course(s) in which the student is exercising the Pass/Fail option, and the email must be received before 5:00 PM on Monday, April 27, 2020.

Courses covered by this emergency policy will satisfy all graduation requirements, including major and minor requirements and Foundation requirements. In certain circumstances, and for various reasons, faculty mentors, staff advisors, and other university officials may recommend that students do not take the Pass/Fail option. Students on academic probation should consult with the Registrar’s Office before making any decisions about Pass/Fail. The choice to designate any course Pass/Fail, and the responsibility for doing so, resides with the individual student.

Important details regarding this policy:

  • The decision to switch to Pass/Fail is not reversible.
  • The P carries no grade points and is not computed into a student’s semester or cumulative grade point average (GPA).
  • A grade of F is recorded normally and is computed into a student’s GPA.
  • This emergency policy applies only to undergraduate courses taken in the Spring 2020 semester.
  • The college reserves the right to make exceptions to this policy.

Direct all questions regarding this policy to Anne Dennison, College Registrar.

MFA

Q: Will Full Residency TA positions continue for this term?

A: The MFA Office is working with the Dean’s office to determine how to continue these positions. We will be in touch with more information as soon as we have it.

Q: Will the summer intensive still happen as scheduled?

A: At this time, we are proceeding with the published start date and will update everyone if this changes.

Q: If I am located near my Studio Advisor can I meet with them in person?

A: No. In order to help contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus and reduce public health risks, we are asking all teaching and learning to be conducted remotely.

Q: How will one-on-one critiques be conducted?

A: There are many options, including video conferencing and email. Faculty will discuss how they will shape individualized feedback.

Q: In the Full Residency track, how will we conduct group critiques?

A: Faculty are working to determine the best platforms for conducting critique online and will share that information with you.

Q: How should I complete projects that require shop space and equipment?

A: Faculty will modify expectations to accommodate remote learning, and students will need to adapt in inventive and productive ways. Faculty will discuss how assignments should be completed, including those normally requiring shop access.

MAT

Q: How will the change to distance learning affect MAT students’ certification?

A: MAT program administrators have been in touch with the Maine Department of Education and confirmed that this change will not impact students’ eligibility for certification.

Q: What do MAT requirements look like outside of what individual school districts are planning for this time?

A: The expectations of the MAT program are not changing. Assignments are being modified given the move to distance learning.

Q: What if MAT students’ school districts are only giving optional work? Should MAT students still prepare remote lesson plans/ideas even if they won’t be utilized by their mentor teacher or school?

A: MAT students should continue to do research and come up with ideas and prompts that students would enjoy because mentor teachers, as well as the DOE, can always benefit from our feedback. MAT students should also continue developing online lesson plans.

SALT

Q: What is the plan for the rest of the semester?

A: On March 23rd, the Salt program will transition to remote learning mode. Classes will convene during their normally scheduled time blocks and will connect through a mixture of Google Hangouts, Slack discussion threads, Google docs, and email. Office hour protocols will also be adapted. While we are going to miss collaborating in close proximity to one another, the Salt team is committed to shaping an exciting last third of the Salt program experience.

Q: How will this impact our projects?

A: For the remainder of the semester, we will no longer be doing physical, in-person interviews for our audio projects. We will shift to phone, online, and other distanced-recording techniques to complete our stories. We’ll discuss approaches to this — practical, ethical, technological — in class.

Q: What technology will I need to be able to complete my semester remotely?

A: You will need access to Pro Tools and Slack, as well as your Google account. If you are in Portland and would like to use your desktop computer from the Salt classroom, this can be arranged. Please reach out to Program Chair Colin Cheney for more information.

CONTINUING STUDIES

Q: Will the remaining Winter/Spring classes be rescheduled?

A: Maine College of Art has always done its best to reschedule and create makeup classes. However, we are unable to do so during this time.

Q: What if I registered for a Winter/Spring workshop that has not happened yet?

A: Students will be refunded for Winter/Spring workshops that have not begun.

Q: When can I pick up my artwork and or supplies?

A: Mon. through Fri. Mar. 23 through Mar. 27–9am to 5pm and Sat. and Sun. Mar. 27 and 28–10AM to 4PM. Please enter the Porteous building on Congress Street, the Free Street entrance will be locked. The above hours also apply to 380 Cumberland Ave.

Q: When can I sign up for Summer Classes?

A: Summer Youth Camps are open for registration online here. Summer Adult Classes will be open for registration on April 1st at 9:00AM here.

PRE-COLLEGE

Q: Will Pre-College still begin on July 5th?

A: At this time, we are proceeding with planned program dates of July 5th-25th.

FAQ For Admitted Students

ADMITTED STUDENTS

Q: Will I be able to meet with my Admissions Counselor. How will I know who my Admissions Counselor is?

A: Absolutely – all of our Admissions Counselors are dedicated to helping you with your college selection decision. We know how challenging it must be to make this choice, particularly if you have not yet had a chance to visit our campus. Here is a list with the Admissions Counselors state territories: meca.edu/admissions/meet-the-staff.

Q: When can I plan a visit to MECA?

A: As soon as we know it is safe to welcome visitors on-campus, we will be in touch with a variety of dates and events for you to choose from. We are committed to keeping you informed about MECA’s reopening and welcome you to connect with us virtually in the meantime.

Q. Will MECA be hosting a virtual Accepted Student Day? If so, when is it?

A: We are hosting a virtual Accepted Student Day on April 10, 2020. During this event, you will hear from President Laura Freid, Dean of the College and Vice President of Academic Affairs Ian Anderson, and many others from the MECA community. You will meet the Program Chairs as well as current MECA students, and have ample opportunity to ask questions of our faculty and students.

Q. Is there a way to connect with other newly accepted MECA students?

A: Yes! We are launching a new Instagram account just for you! This will be active very shortly, and we will let you know when you can begin to follow it. The account will be called @accepted_at_meca (stay tuned for more info soon)!

Q: When is the Enrollment Fee due?

A: We have adjusted the Enrollment Fee deadline back to June 1, 2020 as we recognize it is challenging for you to make this commitment if you have not yet had a chance to visit MECA.

Q: How do I pay the Enrollment Fee, once I have made the decision to join MECA as a new student?

A: The link to our payment instructions can be found here: meca.edu/admissions/enrollment-deposit.

Q: How can I get to know the professors or current or new students?

A: In addition to the Instagram account, @accepted_at_meca, the Admissions Staff is facilitating remote/virtual meetings with your future professors. Please connect with us and learn more about our exceptionally dedicated community.

FAQ For Prospective Students

PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS

Q: Will Admissions Counselors be visiting my school in the Fall? How will I know who my Admissions Counselor is?

A: Our Admissions Counselors are dedicated to helping you with your college search, regardless of whether they are able to make in-person visits in the fall. Here is a list with the Admissions Counselors state territories: meca.edu/admissions/meet-the-staff.

Q: When can I plan a visit to MECA?

A: As soon as we know it is safe to welcome visitors on-campus, we will be in touch with a variety of dates and events for you to choose from. We are committed to keeping you informed about MECA’s reopening and welcome you to connect with us virtually in the meantime.

Q: Can I get my portfolio reviewed during the Spring and Summer, and if so how?

A: MECA’s Admissions Counselors would appreciate the opportunity to provide you with feedback on your work through a virtual portfolio review. Please reach out to schedule this here: meca.edu/admissions/visit-meca.

Q: Can I request that more information about MECA to be sent to me (a viewbook)?

A: Yes! We are happy to send you an actual viewbook (BFA or Graduate), and we will also send you the link to a digital copy.