Signing up for student clubs

Students sign up for clubs during the annual Back-to-School Club Fair and BBQ.


Everyone has a different story. Everyone gets the same MCAD.

MCAD welcomes you into our community as an individual, regardless of your race, color, creed, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, or marital status. We pride ourselves on our inclusive community, and we take great care to ensure you feel comfortable just being you.

In fact, the MCAD community sees diversity on campus as a necessary way to develop creative thinking. Diversity allows us to view things—whether that be homework assignments or social justice issues—from the perspectives of others. Critiques would be a lot less interesting and educational if everyone involved had the same opinions and background.

"There's no weird at MCAD. Even if you were the super weird one back in high school, you'll find someone here who was also the weird one in high school." –Jaafar Alnabi ’16

It is MCAD's official policy to provide equal opportunity in educational programs, employment, and campus life. We do not tolerate discrimination or harassment of any kind.

Additional questions about any of the information on this page may be directed to MCAD Student Affairs.

Student Body Stats

The following tables show the makeup* of the roughly 750 students in MCAD’s degree- and certificate-granting programs.

Black/African American5%
American Indian/Alaska Native2%
American Asian7%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander>1%
Two or more races>1%
Non-resident alien4%



*As self-reported by students. Categories come from the National Center for Education Statistics.

Sampling of Student Clubs

Disability Accommodations

If you are seeking disability accommodations please contact the Learning Center.

Bathroom Policy and All-Gender Bathrooms

MCAD believes in creating a safe restroom experience for all members and guests in the community. Our buildings provide men- and women-specific bathrooms as well as all-gender restrooms that can be found on the third floor of the Main Building, near the library in the Morrison Building, and in the MFA Studios and Gallery. MCAD encourages everyone to use the restroom most comfortable for them. 

MCAD Housing Gender Policy

MCAD strives to provide safe living spaces for all students and to be inclusive of all genders, gender identities, and gender expressions. While all MCAD residence buildings are mixed-gender, it is the college’s standard procedure to provide students with same-sex housing assignments within each apartment.

The college recognizes, however, the need to consider requests for exceptions to this procedure to accommodate gender-diverse students. Students have the opportunity to disclose their gender identity on their housing application; those who identify as gender-diverse may indicate their preference of the gender of their roommates. All disclosed information is kept confidential except for those who need such information for housing assignments.

Students may request specific individuals as roommates. Gender-diverse students who do not specify roommates will be assigned with students who identify as a GLBTQ ally.

The Twin Cities Community

MCAD is fortunate to be located in the heart of the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul—a vibrant, multicultural, accepting community. No matter what culture or subculture you associate with, you are sure to find and connect with people with similar interests and values here. Every summer, the popular Twin Cities Pride Festival celebrates the LGBT community.