Admissions FAQs

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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 this page on our website, and select the student type that best fits you (undergraduate, graduate, international, etc.).

What's an Admissions Counselor?

Our Admissions Counselor are your guides through the application process. Find one.

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 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 scores, and submit your high school records. You'll find more detail here.

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. To be considered for admission to Kendall, you must take one of these tests. Either one is fine. For more information on the ACT or SAT, click here.

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 and/or ACT/SAT scores do I need to get in to KCAD?

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 820. Applicants to the Medical Illustration program, must possess a GPA of 3.2 or higher and have an ACT composite score of 22 or better.

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 616.451.2787 or 800.676.2787.

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?

Send a $150 deposit (nonrefundable) to let us know of your intention and secure your place at KCAD. We'll automatically apply that to your first semester tuition.

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

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