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Student Achievement

This central location of student achievement information was designed to meet federal reporting and disclosure requirements of the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) enacted on August 14, 2008.

Postgraduate Activities

(The MCAD Class of 2021 Post-Graduation First Destination Survey was administered in December and May of 2022)

MCAD Undergraduates

60% surveyed responded (68 out of 114 students)

~ 81% of undergraduate alumni respondents reported that they were employed either full time, part time, or self-employed.

~ 1% were participating in graduate study.

Student Persistence: Comparative Retention and Graduation Rates

77% MCAD
66% National

*The retention rate is the percentage of Fall 2021 first-time, full-time freshmen who returned Fall 2022.

66% MCAD
64% National

**The graduation rate is the percentage of Fall 2015 first-time, full-time freshmen who graduated after six-years (through 8/31/2021).

Source: The National Student Clearinghouse for the national average retention rate from 2020 and the national average graduation rate for Fall 2015 first-time, full-time undergraduates.

Additional Six-Year Graduation Rate Information Specific to MCAD

By Gender

  • Male 67%     
  • Female 66%

By Race/Ethnicity

  • Asian 43%    
  • Black 75%    
  • Hispanic 67%    
  • International 50%   
  • Two or more races 63%    
  • Unknown 71%    
  • White 67%

For Pell Grant Recipients 72%