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Early action fall admission

first-time college students only: december 1

If MassArt is your first-choice college you may want to consider Early Action. This option is intended for students in good academic standing who have finalized their portfolio by December 1st. Admissions decisions for Early Action applicants are released in early January. To be considered for Early Action, you must:

Please note that if you are not accepted for Early Action, you will not be automatically reviewed for the regular deadline. Furthermore, if you are not accepted under Early Action you must wait a year to reapply. Early Action is not the same as Early Decision, which is binding; you are not required to attend MassArt if accepted Early Action and will have until May 1 (the universal reply deadline) to make your decision as to whether or not you will attend.


Priority fall admission

first-time college students: February 1

MassArt has a priority deadline of February 1 for admission for the Fall 2022 semester. Applications completed by February 1 are given priority consideration for admission, scholarships, and housing. International applicants are strongly encouraged to apply by this deadline to allow ample time to process paperwork in support of the visa application.

The admissions committee begins reviewing completed applications in January. Applications received after February 1 are considered on an ongoing, space-available basis. Complete your application early to receive your decision in a timely fashion.


transfer students: March 1

The priority deadline for Fall 2022 for transfer students is March 1, 2022. Please submit all application requirements by this deadline. 


spring admission

transfer students only: October 15

Transfer applicants who meet specific prerequisites may apply for the spring semester which begins in January. To be considered, students must have completed or be currently enrolled in at least three college-level studio courses including a drawing class and a class comparable to Visual Language (Two-Dimensional Design, Design and Color Theory). Additionally, students should also have completed or be currently enrolled in a 100-level or higher English Composition class as well as a history of art class. Students who do not meet these prerequisites should apply for the fall semester.

Please note enrollment for the spring semester is evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Depending on a student's completed coursework and intended major, some applicants may be reviewed for fall admission instead.

If you have questions about the process, please contact Shannon Gallagher, Transfer Admissions Counselor, at

The application deadline for the Spring 2022 is October 15, 2021. 


Applying for Financial Aid

In order to be eligible for financial aid consideration, students must be enrolled in an undergraduate degree-seeking program or certificate program and must be taking at least six credits per semester. The priority deadline to apply for financial aid is March 1. For details about the FAFSA and to file the FAFSA please visit If you have questions, feel free to contact the Office of Student Financial Assistance.

Please note that international applicants are not applicable and do not need to file the FAFSA.