Admissions FAQs

When should I apply to KCAD?

Applying early is always a good idea. We recommend you apply as soon as you know you're interested. But you must apply at least one month before the beginning of the semester you plan to enroll. If you're an international student, you should apply at least six months in advance.

How do I apply to KCAD?

Visit our Apply page and select the student type that best fits you for a step-by-step walkthrough of the application process. 

What's an Admissions Counselor?

Meet our Admissions Counselors, your guides through the application process.

How do I know if KCAD is right for me?

Choosing the right college is an important decision. That's why we encourage you to visit KCAD and find out what it feels like to be a student here. Come alone, or bring a friend or parent. Let us know you're coming and we'll set some time aside to show you around.

Do I have to visit KCAD before applying?

A visit is helpful but you don't have come to KCAD before you apply.

I was home schooled. Is the application process different?

Not at all! You'll follow the same undergraduate application steps as anyone else. 

Does KCAD require ACT or SAT scores?

Ferris State University is piloting a Test-Optional Admissions Consideration Program. This means that ACT/SAT test scores are NOT currently required for admissions consideration to KCAD. However, some Woodbridge N Ferris Scholarship levels may require test scores be submitted to be awarded at certain levels.

What is a GPA? How is it calculated?

Your grade point average (GPA) is the average of all grades you earned in a semester or an academic term. You can calculate your GPA by dividing your grade points (4.0 for an "A", 3.0 for a "B", and so on) by the number of credits you attempted. If you have questions about your high school GPA, talk to an academic advisor at your school.

What GPA do I need to get into KCAD?

A first-year student applicant must possess a GPA of 2.50 or higher or a GED. Applicants to the Life Sciences and Pre-Medical Illustration program must possess a GPA of 3.2 or higher, 

Do credits earned at other colleges count at KCAD?

Credits earned at other colleges may count toward your degree at KCAD. For more information about applying as a transfer student and transferring credits from another school, visit the Transfer Students page. Or call us at 616.259.1118.

How will I know if I'm accepted at KCAD?

We'll send you an email confirmation of your acceptance as well as a letter of acceptance in the mail.

What do I do once I'm accepted?

This is the perfect time to learn about KCAD's housing options and technology requirements.

Contact Admissions

Phone: 616.259.1118

Email: [email protected]

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