The Baltimore Advantage

Baltimore + Undergraduate Students

If you're an artist, designer, creative thinker, entrepreneur, social justice advocate, or all the above, you'll find Baltimore offers advantages not found in other large urban centers.

MICA students come from all over the country and around the world. Many of them settle in Baltimore after graduation – you'll find MICA alumni working and thriving in every sector of a community that welcomes new and creative ideas.

Ranked fourth among cities with the greatest growth in young-adult populations, Baltimore is affordable, hospitable, and filled with resources. You can find well-lit studio space or incubator spaces if you plan to begin a start-up. Baltimore is also an outstanding launching point for internships, jobs, and freelance opportunities. MICA’s partnerships – with institutions such as Johns Hopkins University or with local corporations like Under Armour – and with art museums and organizations provide exciting real-world opportunities for students and recent graduates.

Top 10

USA Today ranked Baltimore in the top 10 best major metropolitan areas to attend college.


Forbes magazine labeled Baltimore one of America’s 20 “coolest cities” with an art and culture score of 96 out of 100.

Top 5

Baltimore was named among the top 5 cities to attend college by the American Institute of Economic Research.


A recent survey by Baltimore Collegetown Network found that nearly 80% of students would recommend that a friend attend school in Baltimore.

No. 6

Baltimore was ranked No. 6 on the list of Best Cities for Singles by Kiplinger for its wages, low cost of living, & affordable/fun entertainment.