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Freshman admission information

SCAD undergraduate students master the fundamentals of their field while working toward an individual specialization, honing their personal creative vision in a professional context.

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Getting started at SCAD as a first-year freshman




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Submit your documents

Once you have submitted your online application, you will receive an invitation to log in to MyAdmission. An admission adviser will be assigned to you to help guide you through the remaining steps.

What documents will I need to submit?

Below is a list of materials you will need to submit as a SCAD undergraduate applicant. These documents can be submitted at any time to your adviser via email, standard mail, and in some cases, online.

The application process

SCAD accepts new applications throughout the year. There is no deadline to apply. Admission results typically take between two and four weeks, and applicants should apply at least 30 days before their intended term of entry.

New students may enroll:

  • Fall quarter (begins in September)
  • Winter quarter (begins in January)
  • Spring quarter (begins in March)
  • Summer quarter (begins in June)

Financial aid and scholarships

SCAD assists students who need help paying for college through scholarships, federal and private loans, grants, work-study programs and more.

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Portfolios and auditions are not required for undergraduate admission. However, applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a portfolio if possible to be considered for achievement scholarships.

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Pursue your passion with [email protected]

[email protected] offers incoming freshmen the opportunity to earn undergraduate and graduate degrees in an accelerated and continuous program of study.

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Joint enrollment at SCAD

Explore opportunities to enroll in university-level courses while still in high school. Eligible students may be qualified to earn college credits.

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Incoming college credits

Students who have completed college-level courses at other institutions or who have completed accepted examinations may qualify for advanced standing.

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Advanced placement

Students who have taken Advanced Placement courses while in high school may qualify for college credit.

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Homeschooled applicants

SCAD welcomes homeschooled students to begin making the journey from homeschool to The University for Creative Careers.

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International student admission information

International students from more than 100 countries attend SCAD to learn and create as part of a diverse community of artists and designers.

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Omitting senior year

Applicants are encouraged to complete high school or earn a GED certificate before attending SCAD. However, students with exceptional motivation and ability may be admitted early if they meet certain requirements.

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What's next?

Once you have been accepted to SCAD, you must pay a one-time nonrefundable enrollment fee in order to reserve your space and confirm your intent to enroll at the university. Payments can be submitted online at

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SCAD offers a number of options for prospective students and their families to explore locations, discover programs, and meet faculty and current students.

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Experience SCAD from wherever you are

Our virtual tour guides are eager to show you more about our international locations. Enjoy an inside look into what makes SCAD The University for Creative Careers.

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