Below are some Frequently Asked Questions for new and transfer students to MICA. If you have any questions that are not answered in this section, please contact the Student Activities Office at 410-225-2284 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please see the Transportation & Accommodations section for comprehensive information. Pay close attention to directions (these will be mailed out later in the summer) for the day of move-in, Thursday, August 23, 2012. Please keep in mind that traffic around MICA will be heavy that day due to student move-in.
No, at MICA there is no registration necessary for Orientation. If you are a member of the incoming class (foundation, transfer or international student), it is assumed you will attend Orientation. All new students pay a mandatory one time Orientation fee, which has already been charged to your student account with your tuition. You will NOT need to pay any additional fees related to Orientation upon arrival.
Orientation is mandatory. There is a tremendous amount of information disseminated during this period that you will not want to miss.
For Foundation students, Orientation at MICA is a fun and intensive four day program. You will participate in a wide variety of activities designed to help you get acclimated to MICA, Baltimore, and living on your own. From academic based sessions like “Great Crit, Great Classes” to fun social gatherings in the evening, Orientation has something for everyone!
For upperclass transfer students, Orientation is critical to making your transition to MICA a success. Not only will you have an opportunity to meet fellow transfer students, you will also have the chance to meet with your academic advisor and other key individuals at MICA.
College can be a time of challenge, excitement, and adjustment. Orientation is the best way to learn your way around MICA and your new surrounding community. Orientation also provides guidance and resources on academics, involvement, and support services on campus.
If you are unable to attend an Orientation session you can discuss that with your assigned Orientation Leader when you arrive to MICA. When you receive your full schedule at check-in, take a look at it right away and let your Orientation Leaders know if you have a conflict. It would helpful for you not to plan any major events or outings beginning Thursday, August 23rd through Sunday, August 26th. Keep in mind that the first day of class at MICA is Monday, August 27th.
MICA’s Residence Life Office provides a list of recommended items to bring to campus with you. Download the PDF What to Bring to MICA. You should bring art supplies and tools if you have them since this will save you some money. Do not buy new materials until you begin your classes. While most work involves basic materials, your instructors may require specific supplies and will provide you with a list of materials for their particular course. Most of the supplies will be available in the MICA store, located at 1200 Mount Royal Avenue. You can also visit the MICA store online at the MICA College Store website.
For all housing related questions, you can visit the Residence Life website. You will find detailed information about living on or off campus at MICA, including a packing list, important dates and deadlines, and helpful contact information for the Residence Life staff.
If you have purchased a college meal plan, you will be able to utilize that during Orientation. If you have not purchased a meal plan, you can pay-per-meal at the dining facilities or pack your own meals, whatever is most comfortable. There are a few meals that are provided free of charge for MICA students attending Orientation, which you can read about in the detailed Orientation schedule you receive at check-in.
During the first day of Orientation, Thursday, August 23, 2012, there are several sessions specifically designed for Parents and Family members of incoming MICA students:
- 8am–12pm: On-Campus Housing & Orientation Check-in, Commons, Meyerhoff House and Gateway
- 9am–4pm: Campus Resource and Vendor Tables, Brown Center
- 11am–12pm: Parent and Family Orientation Session*, Brown Center, Falvey Hall
- 11am–1pm: Lunch* (tickets will be on sale for $10/person), Commons Tent
- 1pm–2pm: Parent and Family Orientation Session*, Brown Center, Falvey Hall
- 1pm–2pm: Diversity and Intercultural Development Welcome, Brown Center 320
- 2pm–3pm: Understanding Physical and Mental Health Services at MICA, Brown Center 320
- 3pm–3:30pm: Home Away from Home: Residential Living at MICA, Brown Center 320
- 3:30pm–5:30pm: Family Time and Saying Goodbye, On Your Own
- 5:30pm–7pm: Parent and Family Welcome Reception, Gateway Building, First Floor
*Due to space limitations, we cannot accommodate all parents and families into one session.
We ask that your parents and family members please goodbye by 5:30 pm on Thursday, August 23rd in order for you to attend the Orientation Kick-Off.
MICARD is the name of the official student identification card at MICA. Every student, faculty, and staff member at the college is issued a MICARD and must carry it at all times while on-campus. You will receive your MICARD when you arrive for Orientation.
Meeting your academic advisor and receiving your class schedule will take place during Orientation and is one of the most critical aspects of the process. Academic Registration will take place on Saturday, August 25th this year. More specific information about this will be available when you arrive for Orientation.
The Student Activities Office hosts Orientation and would love to see all students continue to be involved in the college community far after Orientation ends. Here are a few events happening at the beginning of fall semester to put on your calendar in order to stay involved:
- Friday, August 31st, Trip to the Maryland State Fair!
- Monday, September 3rd (Labor Day=No classes), Trip to Six Flags and FREE Movie Screening!
- Friday, September 7th, Community Involvement Fair: This fair will help you connect with the greater Baltimore community. Getting outside the MICA bubble is easy and can provide some amazing opportunities.
- Saturday, September 8th, Coffeehouse: Show off your dancing, poetry, singing, comedy, etc. skills at this exciting open mic night event! Coffeehouse is a tradition at MICA!
- Friday, September 16th, Student Organization Fair: This fair is a great way to learn about the diverse clubs and organizations at MICA. You might even end up joining one.