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How to Apply - Undergraduate

Follow these steps to apply.

  1. Complete our application for admissions.

    Click here to apply online. Note, when applying online, you will need to register for the on-line application system, creating a log-in and password.

  2. Write a Statement of Purpose.

  3. Schedule a Portfolio Review.

    Applicants for Spring 2020, and 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, see step 4.

    Applicants 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.

  4. Collaborative Design and Interior Design applicants for Spring 2020 or Summer 2020, complete the Observation Exercise.

    This requirement is only for applicants for the Spring 2020, and Summer 2020 terms. Applicants for Fall 2020 forward will refer to Step 3.

  5. Submit your official transcripts.

    KCAD requires the submission of official transcripts from your high school and any previously attended college or university. If you are a transfer student that has already earned an Associates degree or higher, we will waive the requirement of your high school transcript upon receipt of the official transcript from the degree-granting institution attended. A transcript is considered official if it is mailed to us directly from your high school or college. Please note that faxed transcripts are not accepted as official. If you're a transfer student or if you took college courses during high school, send your college transcripts as well. We've put together some helpful tips on submitting your transcripts. A first-year student applicant must possess a GPA of 2.50 or higher or a GED, or have an ACT composite score of 17 or a SAT combined score of 900.

    A first-year Medical Illustration student applicant must possess a GPA of 3.20 or better, and have an ACT composite score of 22 or a SAT critical reading score of 530 and math score of 510.

  6. Have your ACT or SAT results sent to us.

    Test scores are considered official if they are included on an Official High School transcript that was mailed to us directly from your high school or if they were sent to us directly from ACT or SAT. Please note that faxed scores are not accepted as official. If you've already taken the test, the results may be on your high school transcript. If you haven't taken the test, be sure to include the Ferris/Kendall college code (1983 for the ACT or 1376 for the SAT). A first-year student applicant must possess a GPA of 2.50 or higher or a GED, or have an ACT composite score of 17 or a SAT combined score of 900.

    A first-year Medical Illustration student applicant must possess a GPA of 3.20 or better, and have an ACT composite score of 22 or a SAT critical reading score of 530 and math score of 510.

  7. Submit your application materials to:

    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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