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How to Apply - Undergraduate

Follow these steps to apply.

Note: The Admissions Team is working remotely as the building is closed related to Coronavirus precautions. Whenever possible, email us at [email protected]. We are available for you.

  1. Complete the Free Online Application

    Click here to apply. You'll need to create a login and password.

  2. Write a Statement of Purpose.

    Copy and paste the questions into a new document and write a 1-2 paragraph response for each one. Note that if you have applied as "Test Optional" (see #5 below), your Statement of Purpose will hold a higher weight in the review of your application.

  3. Submit Your Portfolio

    If you're applying for Fall 2020 and beyond:

    The majority of KCAD programs require a portfolio review (except for those entering Art History with an Academic Focus). Visit Portfolio Review for details.

    If you're applying for Summer 2020:

    The majority of KCAD programs require a portfolio review (except for those entering Art History with an Academic Focus, Furniture Design, Collaborative Design and Interior Design). Visit Portfolio Review for details. If you are applying to either Collaborative Design or Interior Design, you'll submit an Observation Exercise.

  4. Submit Your Official Transcripts

    If this is your first time at a college:
    -Ask your high school to send your official transcripts to KCAD
    -You’ll need to have at least a 2.5 GPA or a GED
    -Students with a lower GPA are still encouraged to apply
    -Medical Illustration students need a 3.20 GPA or better
    -If you’ve taken Dual Enrollment classes send those transcripts as well

    If you’ve previously attended a college:
    -Ask your college send your official transcripts to KCAD
    -Ask your high school send your official transcripts to KCAD (unless you’ve completed an Associates degree or higher).

    Receipt of transcripts – We realize that schools are closed in Coronavirus affected areas. All students are strongly encouraged to pull unofficial transcripts via their grade/course management system if they have access and to send documents via email to [email protected] as soon as possible. If your school is managing electronic requests, please continue to make that request as well.

  5. Submit Your Test Scores

    -Have the ACT or SAT send your test scores to KCAD (unless they’re already on your high school transcripts).
    -You’ll need to have an ACT Composite score of 17 or an SAT Combined Score of 900
    -Medical Illustration students need an ACT of 22 or an SAT critical reading score of 530 and a math score of 510.

    When taking the test you can use the Ferris/Kendall college code to send your scores to us (1983 for the ACT and 1376 for the SAT).

    Test-Optional Admission Consideration Pilot Program
    Under this program, you may opt to be considered for admission without test scores.

    KCAD recognizes that research often suggests that standardized testing provides an incomplete picture of some students' ability to succeed in college.

    If you've already submitted your application and would like to be in the Test-Optional Admission Consideration Pilot Program, please email us to discuss the option.

  6. Submit your application materials to:

    Note: The Admissions Team is working remotely as the building is closed related to Coronavirus precautions. Whenever possible, email us at [email protected].

    Admissions Office
    Kendall College of Art and Design
    17 Fountain Street NW
    Grand Rapids, MI 49503-3002

Technology Requirements

Required laptop specifications, software packages, and other peripherals will vary by program and will be significantly discounted.

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