Below are the important dates and deadlines for incoming students. 

Questions? Contact the Admissions Office by email or call us at 612.874.3760.

Fall 2020: All New Undergraduate Students

December 1Early Action admissions application and Merit Scholarship deadline
December 1Priority FAFSA Deadline*
December 15Login access available for admitted students at
December 15–OngoingCheck your email for updates regarding your online financial aid award
February 15Priority Admissions application and Merit Scholarship deadline
March 28Admitted Student Day (RSVP info will be emailed in January)
April 1All financial aid verification documents and forms due
April 1Regular Decision admissions application and Merit Scholarship deadline
June 1**$300 tuition deposit due
June 1**Housing Application and $350 housing commitment deposit due
June 16–OngoingFall semester invoices and financial information available at
June–OngoingCheck your email for information on accessing MCAD's online financial aid and student account portals
June 30Course registration changes completed and registration closed at end of day
July 1Loan applications for financial aid complete
July 1Required health insurance online waiver and immunization forms due
July 1 Laptop Waiver due
July 16–OngoingUpdated fall semester invoices and financial information available at
August 1Tuition, fees, and housing payment due
August 1Sexual Assault Prevention program complete
August 21New student housing move-in day
August 22-23New student orientation—Required for all new students
August 24Fall classes begin
August 24–28Fall add/drop period

**Due to the ongoing concerns regarding the Covid-19 pandemic and the impact to the admission cycle, the May 1 deadlines have been extended to June 1. 

Fall 2020: New First-Year Students

JuneNew first-year student registration information emailed
June 30Official high school transcript (with graduation date) due
June 30Official AP, IB, and college transcripts (from precollege, PSEO, summer programs) due
July 1Registration confirmation email due


Fall 2020: New Transfer Students

MayNew transfer student registration information emailed
June 1–30Transfer student registration appointments
June 30Official spring semester college transcripts due
June 30Transfer portfolios for studio credit due; portfolios will not be reviewed after this date for transfer credit
June 30Final day for registration appointments and changes


Fall 2020: All New International Students

August 17New international student move-in day
August 18–19New international student orientation

Registration information and forms, immunization forms, release of information forms, and required health insurance information and waiver information will be posted on the Admitted Student pages. Only students who have paid the $300 tuition deposit will receive registration information.

*United States Residents ONLY