The Minneapolis College of Art and Design is registered as a private institution with the Minnesota Office of Higher Education pursuant to sections 136A.61 to 136A.71. Registration is not an endorsement of the institution. Credits earned at the institution may not transfer to all other institutions.


The Minneapolis College of Art and Design is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design and the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. We also belong to two organizations that are noteworthy for the academic excellence of their members: the Minnesota Private College Council and the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design.

Disability Services

Please work with the MCAD Student Affairs Office to make arrangements for facilities and services for students with disabilities.

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

A student’s right with respect to his or her educational records is protected under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974. The FERPA policy can be found in the student handbook.

Student Right-to-Know Act Graduation Rate Report

The college's most recent completion and graduation report can be accessed at nces.ed.gov/ipeds/cool.

Campus Security Act (Clery Act)

Statistical reporting of campus crime can be accessed at Campus Security Act.

Drug and Alcohol Abuse

As part of its ongoing educational effort to prevent and eliminate substance abuse, the Minneapolis College of Art and Design will provide students, staff, and faculty with information on health risks associated with the abuse of drugs and alcohol. A brochure describing these health risks will be distributed annually and will be available in the Library. The counseling staff offers wellness classes to students and employees throughout each semester. Counseling is also available through the Student Affairs Office. The counseling consists of an initial assessment of the potential drug or alcohol problem and referral to the appropriate agencies or treatment facilities in the community. Chemical health care for alcoholism, chemical dependency, and drug addiction is also available through the employee health plan currently offered by MCAD.

Nondiscrimination Policy

The Minneapolis College of Art and Design admits students of any race, color, national or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, scholarship and loan programs, and other school-administered programs.

Equal Employment Opportunity

It is the policy of the Minneapolis College of Art and Design to provide equal employment opportunity. The College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, genetic information, status with regard to receipt of public assistance, membership or activity in a local commission, or any other characteristic protected by law.