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 get an application?

Visit our Admissions page and select the student type that best fits you (undergraduate, graduate, international, etc.).

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?

No, it's all the same. Like everyone else, you'll need to complete an application, send in your ACT or SAT scores, and submit your high school records. Visit our Undergraduate Admissions page for more information, 

What is an ACT/SAT? Which one does KCAD require?

The ACT and SAT are national college admission exams that test your skills and knowledge in English, mathematics, reading, and science. However, KCAD recognizes that research often suggests that standardized testing provides an incomplete picture of some students' ability to succeed in college.

Under Ferris State University's Test Optional Admissions Consideration Program, you may opt to be considered for admission without test scores. If you've already submitted your application and would like to be in the Test-Optional Admission Consideration Program, please email us at [email protected] to discuss the option.

NOTE: while ACT/SAT test scores will NOT be required for admissions consideration for applicants, 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 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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