Student Services

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Academic Advising

All students are assigned an advisor to assist them in choosing classes appropriate for their degree programs and personal goals. When special issues or problems arise, the academic advising staff in the MCAD Student Affairs Office can help students stay on track.

Career Services

The MCAD Career Services Office helps students to develop meaningful, satisfying, and sustainable careers using the skills learned in the classroom.

Volunteer and freelance opportunities, competitions, internships, and employment positions are regularly emailed to students as well as posted on the career services website. We also work one-on-one with students to develop professional skills and strategies necessary to establish successful careers. We help with exploring career options, interviewing and networking skills, résumé writing, business plan development, and more.

Individual career-counseling meetings are encouraged. To make an appointment, contact us at 612.874.3796 or

Counseling Services

Students can take advantage of MCAD's professional, confidential counseling service, offered free of charge to current students. MCAD's resource of choice for any psychological issue, the service is provided by a licensed psychologist and is available four days a week when classes are in session.

Learning Center

The Learning Center provides interdisciplinary support for all MCAD students, including face-to-face and online tutoring, an online writing and learning lab (MCAD OWLL), small and large group workshops, and in-class presentations, as well as accommodation services for students with disabilities. The Learning Center works with students to make them better learners and prioritizes equal access and opportunity for all students.

Disability Accommodation

Persons with disabilities have a right to equal opportunity as prescribed by law. MCAD is responsible for and dedicated to creating a barrier-free environment while empowering students to grow toward independence and self-assertion. Take note, though, that it is the individual student’s responsibility to make their needs known and request assistance.

MCAD offers reasonable accommodations to ensure equal access for students who self-disclose a documented disability. Support services for students with disabilities are managed through Disability Services, located within the Learning Center.

International Student Advising

All international students can more easily assimilate to college and American culture with the help International Student Advising. A program coordinator handles all immigration requirements and serves as liaison between students and the United States Department of Homeland Security, as well as MCAD offices.

Peer Mentor Program

The Peer Mentor Program provides first-year MCAD students with a mentor and a small cohort of fellow first-year students to aid in the transition to college and give support in the areas of time management, study skills, technology, financial literacy, and more.

Peer Mentors are current students in good academic and social standing who have experience as successful leaders at MCAD. Through regular meetings and communication, mentors provide new students with a pathway to success at the college and support towards graduation to reach their academic and personal goals.

Public Safety

The Public Safety Office is responsible for the overall safety and security of all faculty, staff, students, and visitors on campus. Public Safety works toward its purpose of protecting life and property, preventing crime, and providing service to all members of the community.