Undergraduate / Applicant Types

Are you confused about what type of applicant you are? The definitions below should clarify things for you.

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First-time Freshman

If you have not had any formal education beyond high school, you are considered a first-time freshman applicant, even if you have been out of high school for several years. Review application requirements.

Transfer Student

A transfer applicant is anyone who has earned college credit after receiving a high school diploma or GED. Typically, these students have either acquired or were pursuing degrees from four-year liberal arts colleges, universities, two-year community colleges or other colleges of art or design. 

A limited number of spaces in select areas are available for transfer students in the spring semester. The priority deadline for spring admission is October 15th; however, we continue to accept applications after this date on a space-available basis. Please review spring guidelines if this is of interest.

Review transfer application requirements.

International Student

Any applicant who is not a citizen or lawful permanent resident of the United States is considered an international applicant. Students must fulfill special requirements

Visiting Student

Students enrolled in an undergraduate program in a member college of the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD) who are applying to attend MassArt as a visiting student should refer to information on AICAD Mobility Programs available from the registrar or advising office at their home institutions.

All other students should complete the undergraduate transfer application requirements. The required essay should specifically address your reasons for applying as a visiting student. Please note that visiting students can enroll for up to two semesters.

Only U.S. citizens and permanent residents may apply to MassArt as a visiting student.

Readmission Candidate

Students who withdrew from MassArt and want to return should call the Admissions Office at 617 879 7222 for more information.

In many instances, a student will need to reapply to the College and follow the same application requirements and procedures as transfer students. When reapplying, your statement should address your reasons for leaving MassArt, your activities while you were not enrolled, and your reasons for seeking readmission at this time.

Please note that you do not need to submit a high school transcript, SAT/ACT scores, or MassArt transcript.

Special Student

Students with undergraduate degrees who want to enroll in a one- or two-semester program of advanced study in one concentration may apply for special student status in the undergraduate program. Students most often choose this option to help them develop a portfolio that will strengthen a graduate school application. The number of spaces for special students is extremely limited. No financial aid is available for special students.

Special student applicants should complete the undergraduate transfer requirements. The portfolio should demonstrate advanced conceptual and technical skills. The required essay should specifically address why you are applying as a special student and your goals within a specified department.

Only U.S. citizens and permanent residents may apply to MassArt as a special student.

Early Admissions Applicant

Candidates of exceptional merit can be considered for admission after completion of their junior year of high school prior to graduation.

This should not be confused with Early Action, the optional early deadline for first-time freshmen and select transfer students. Students actually graduating at the end of their junior year should follow regular application procedures.

Early Admission candidates must be able to meet all high school requirements and obtain their high school diplomas after completing the foundation program at MassArt. Only highly motivated and mature students who have excellent high school records and exceptional art ability should consider this option.

Certificate Program Applicant

MassArt‘s certificate programs are for working adults seeking rigorous programs which combine theory and practice. Students who seek expertise in a particular area but do not want to pursue a full degree may choose to enroll in one of four certificate programs. Certificate courses are taught by MassArt faculty and provide students with the solid professional skills required to enter the workforce as a practicing designer.

Programs are offered in the areas of Fashion Design, Graphic Design, Industrial Design, and Furniture Design. Please visit the certificate programs section for more information about coursework and the application process.



December 1
Early Action
Transfer students must have fewer than 15 studio art credits.

February 1 Priority


October 15
Select transfer students only.
Learn more.


March 1

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