Application Check-List

  • Application for admission
  • $50.00 non-refundable application fee
  • Artists portfolio containing 12-15 samples of recent artwork
  • Official secondary school (High School) transcripts
  • SAT or ACT scores (required for GED recipients and home schooled students)
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • College essay
  • Official college/university transcripts (transfer students only)
  • TOEFL score (if English is not your first language)

Application and Fee
The most efficient process for submitting your application and fee is online. You can also download the paper application form or submit the form included in the college catalog. Send both the application and fee, payable to Montserrat College of Art, to the Admissions Office. High school students may request an application fee waiver by submitting an official fee waiver from the College Board, similar agency or by obtaining a form from your High School Guidance Counselor.

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Office of Admissions
23 Essex Street
Beverly, MA 01915

800.836.0487 x 1153
(within the US and Canada)
978.921.4242 x 1153
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Montserrat ID Codes

The following codes identify Montserrat College of Art to the respective agencies:


Preferred Filing Dates

Fall entry: February 15
Spring entry: December 1

Artist’s Portfolio
An ideal portfolio for Montserrat includes 12-15 pieces of your most recent and strongest work with a minimum of 3 drawings from observation and a self-portrait.

Overall, the portfolio is an essential part of applying to a visual arts college. Your portfolio should reflect your strengths, your skills, and your willingness to experiment. As Montserrat is a place where many styles and methods of art are encouraged, we want to see your ability to succeed in this diverse environment. Your visual arts portfolio should reveal your artistic abilities, experiences, and personal interests. We emphasize: originality, variety and excellence in your preferred medium, technical skills, and passion for creating art.

Your portfolio may be submitted in person during a regular visit to the campus or at any on or off-campus event (such as a National Portfolio Day or an on-campus open house). You can also submit your portfolio online at Please do not mail original artwork.

Official Secondary School (high school transcripts)
You will need to submit official transcripts from all secondary schools (high schools) that you have attended. If you are currently enrolled in high school, please make sure that your transcript includes your senior year first marking period or first quarter grades. If you have already graduated high school but have not yet attended a college or university, please submit an official transcript that includes final evidence of high school graduation in the form of an official seal or signature on the transcript as well as your graduation date.

Home schooled applicants must submit a home school portfolio outlining all course content, textbooks used, examples of work done and grades received.

GED recipients should submit official high school transcripts showing all work completed up until the time they left school in addition to the official GED test scores.

Transfer students who have earned 30 or more academic credits from an accredited college or university are not required to submit high school transcripts but must submit all college/university transcripts and official evidence of high school graduation. Official evidence of high school graduation can be a copy of your diploma, a GED certificate, or a high school transcript including an official signature or seal and a graduation date.

International students must provide official, certified English translations for all secondary school credentials and college/university transcripts not already in English along with the official school records in the original language.

Two Letters of Recommendation
One letter should be submitted by an academic course instructor or guidance counselor who can describe your academic performance. You may ask an art teacher, private instructor, employer or professional artist to write the other. Please do not submit letters from immediate family members.

College Essay
Tell us about yourself! Send us your college essay, or if you prefer, tell us why Montserrat would be a good fit for you in 300-500 words.

SAT/ACT Scores
SAT and ACT scores are optional in most cases; home schooled students and GED recipients with no college level academics are required to submit test scores as part of the visual arts college application. If you currently attend a high school that does not have a standardized grading system, you may also be asked to submit test scores. All applicants are strongly encouraged to submit test scores if available.

Advanced Placement Applicants
If you have earned a grade of four or higher on an advanced placement (AP) exam, you may receive advanced credit. Credit will be awarded for courses in which the content parallels Montserrat’s own program of study. The official AP score report from the College Board should be included with your application – Montserrat is identified with the College Board code 9101.

Disability Services
It is our mission at Montserrat College of Art to create an accessible and inclusive learning and living environment for all students. Under the guidance of section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA), the Disability Services Office at Montserrat is dedicated to providing services, support, and reasonable accommodations to ensure students with disabilities are able to fully participate in the College’s academic, social, and recreational programming.

Applicants with disabilities are encouraged to register with the Disability Services Office and request accommodations upon acceptance.  For additional information regarding disability services or accommodations, please refer to the Disability Services page of this website.

Additional Requirements & Information
Transfer students play an important role in the Montserrat community. Often, students who have attended another college or university will not only have advanced standing in their classroom work, but will also bring in new ideas and experiences, and act as leaders in the community.

Transfer applicants should submit all of the same application materials as first-time students with the addition being that you must submit official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended.

You may transfer studio and liberal arts credits for courses in which the content parallels Montserrat’s own program of study. Only courses carrying a grade of C or better from other accredited colleges or universities are eligible for transfer. A maximum of 30 studio art credits and 30 liberal art credits earned may be transferred. Montserrat reserves the right to decline credit for coursework that is more than ten years old.

For the art college transfer student, the review of transfer credits for studio coursework requires you to submit a portfolio including examples that demonstrate the accomplishment of college level coursework. You may also be asked to submit detailed course descriptions for clarity on course content.

Articulation Agreements
Montserrat College of Art has established articulation agreements with Hudson Valley Community College in Troy, NY, Northern Essex Community College in Haverill, MA, Quinebaug Valley Community College in Danielson, CT and Niigata College of Art and Design in Niigata City, Japan. Students who attend either Hudson Valley, NECC or Niigata and take a prescribed course of study may be able to transfer up to 60 credits of parallel studio and liberal art credits in what is known as a 2 + 2 policy agreement. Students participating in a 2 + 2 program may be considered for entry into junior (300) level courses to complete the requirements for the Montserrat BFA or Diploma program in 2 years.

In addition to the colleges listed above, many of our students transfer to Montserrat from area colleges such as:

  • Bunker Hill Community College, Boston, MA
  • Berkshire Community College, Pittsfield, MA
  • Bucks County Community College, Newtown, PA
  • Cape Cod Community College, West Barnstable, MA
  • Community College of Rhode Island, Warwick, RI
  • Greenfield Community College, Greenfield, MA
  • Holyoke Community College, Holyoke, MA
  • Massasoit Community College, Canton, MA
  • Middlesex Community College, Lowell, MA
  • Mount Wachusett Community College, Gardner, MA
  • North Shore Community College, Lynn, MA
  • Norwalk Community College, Norwalk, CT

If you have questions about transferring to Montserrat from a liberal arts college or as an art college transfer student, please contact the Admissions Office.

Additional Requirements & Information
Students, faculty, and staff from other countries contribute greatly to the diversity of community at Montserrat and provide our domestic students the opportunity to see art influenced and shaped by other cultures and value systems.

If you are not a US citizen or permanent resident then you should submit all of the same application materials as first-time students with the addition being that you must provide proof of English language proficiency (if English is not your first language) and submit official English translations for all documentation not in English

Proof of English Language Proficiency (TOEFL)
The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required of all international applicants whose native language is not English.

Minimum scores must be achieved for admission to the college and are listed below:

Written TOEFL Test: Minimum test score of 520 is required

Computer TOEFL Test: Minimum test score of 190 is required

Internet TOEFL Test: Minimum test score of 79 is required

If this is your first time studying in the US, we encourage you to contact us for information about opportunities to study English during the summer prior to enrolling at Montserrat.

Once enrolled, international students can enhance their English language skills in Montserrat’s English Language Program (ELP). ELP courses develop art-related vocabulary and conversation, writing, and reading skills.

The ELP course is strongly encouraged of all international students who have not achieved a minimum TOELF score or who may be recommended to the course following the English diagnostic exam administered in English Composition I.

Official English Translations
All documents submitted to Montserrat must be in English, therefore, official translations are required. The original copy of the transcript (or a certified copy of the original) must be submitted along with the translation. If original transcripts or academic certificates are not available, certified copies must be presented. Photocopies are not accepted.

The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required of international applicants when English is not their first language as indicated above, a minimum score of 520 on the paper Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), 190 on the computer-based exam or 68 on the internet-based exam, must be achieved for admission to the college.

Montserrat is identified for the TOEFL with the code 3575. The TOEFL may be waived for international students who have completed university level English Composition I with a grade of C or better at an institution where English is the language of instruction.

International Baccalaureate Applicants
Montserrat recognizes your International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma. Higher Level examination scores of 5 or higher will be evaluated for credit upon receipt of official documentation. The same criteria described above for transfer applicants will be applied.

How to get an I-20 Form
In order to qualify for the I-20 Form, you must be accepted to Montserrat. Upon acceptance, international students must submit supporting documents demonstrating that funding is available to support one year (nine months) of study in the US.

Once you have been issued the I-20 Form, you must then use it to apply for a student visa through a US Consulate or Embassy. Although the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) requires proof of funds for only one year of study, at a time, Montserrat encourages international students to plan funding for each year of study.

The I-20 visa process alone can take a considerable amount of time; sometimes up to three months. It is to your advantage to submit your application for admission early, but not more than one year in advance of the semester you wish to enter in order to allow time for slower mail delivery and complete I-20 processing.

Scholarships for International Students
International students applying for admission are considered for Montserrat’s Academic Achievement and Portfolio Scholarships as part of the application process. Financial assistance based on need is not available for international students. For additional information on scholarships please visit the Financial Aid/Scholarships section of this web site.

Important Visa Information
You will need an I-20 Form from Montserrat in order to apply for an F-1 Student Visa at a US Consulate or Embassy. Please read the following steps carefully!

Requirements to get an I-20 Form
1. Acceptance
You must be fully accepted and have paid your $250 tuition deposit.

2. Financial Documentation
All documentation must be in English.

You must provide proof of financial support for a nine-month period of study in the US.

Documentation should include the following:

+ Montserrat I-20 Request Form which is provided after you have been fully accepted to the college and have paid your tuition deposit.

+ Bank statement from you, a parent or sponsor showing proof of funds (in US dollars) to cover your expenses for a nine-month period of study.

+ Letter of support from any parents or sponsors who will be supporting you and have submitted bank statements.

+ You will need to provide proof of support for all sources of funding (if you are receiving support from your government or a private sponsor, please include a copy of your award letter).

+ All sources of funding should be listed on your Statement of Financial Responsibility Form, which is enclosed in the acceptance packet.

3. Tuition Deposit.
You must submit the required $250.00 tuition deposit.

You will not receive billing or registration information until this deposit/fee has been paid.

The tuition deposit is refundable and transferable as long as the college is notified by the May 1 deadline (for the fall semester) or November 1 deadline (for the spring semester).

To avoid delays please send the required financial documentation by the following deadlines:

  • Fall (September) entry – July 1
  • Spring (January) entry – December 1

Please be aware:
It takes three to six weeks for an I-20 Form to be processed and delivered to most countries. Please submit your documentation early if mail delivery is slow in your country.
Faxed documentation is processed along with our regular mail. All mail is processed in the order it is received.
I-20 Forms cannot be faxed or emailed!

Student Visas
You may apply for an F-1 Student Visa at the nearest US Embassy or Consulate in your country. Make sure to bring the following:
1. Letter of Acceptance to Montserrat College of Art
2. I-20 Form from Montserrat College of Art
3. Documentation showing sources of funding
4. Valid passport (valid for at least six months beyond the date of your travel)
5. Proof that you intend to return to your own country after completing your studies

You will be interviewed during this process in order to confirm your ability to speak and understand English and to confirm your intentions to study at Montserrat College of Art. If you are approved by the Embassy or Consulate, you will receive a stamp in your passport. This stamp is your student visa.


Estimate of Expenses
See the Tuition and Fees area of this web site for an up-to-date estimate for attending Montserrat College of Art. Please note that the amounts listed do not include the cost of transportation to and from the US or vacation related travel. The following factors may also increase your expected expenses:

Married Students
If you are married and your spouse is coming with you to the US add $5,800 per academic year to your living expenses total. If you have children, add $3,800 per year, per child. Spouses and children cannot live in the residence halls.

Summer Vacation
If you are staying in the US during summer vacation and you are not attending school, add $3,500 to your living expenses total. This figure includes estimated costs of rent, utilities, and food for a three-month period. If you are planning to stay during the summer accompanied by a spouse or children this figure will increase.

Health Insurance
Because the US does not have a National Health Care System, medical costs can be very expensive. Massachusetts State Law requires all students to be covered by health insurance. With your bill for tuition and fees, you receive information about Montserrats’ student health insurance plan. It is important that you read this information very carefully. If you are already covered by an insurance plan that provides coverage in the US, you may be able to waive this fee upon proof of coverage.

Employment Regulations
It is illegal for international students to work in the US while on a Student Visa. In order to receive an I-20 Form, you must prove that you have funds available to finance your studies and living expenses while at Montserrat. Since proof of funds is given, it is assumed you will not need to work while you are studying in the US.

There is no off-campus employment available to international students. On-campus employment may be possible and students can apply for these positions once school has started through the Human Resources Office.

Funds earned through student employment cannot be used to pay for tuition as you must be paid in full prior to beginning your classes at Montserrat.

Information for Re-Admission
Montserrat students who have discontinued their enrollment for more than two consecutive semesters or have left the school without a formal leave of absence must submit a returning student application to the Registrar’s Office.

A student who did not participate in semester reviews before discontinuing may be asked to present a portfolio of work from the last enrolled semester for faculty review. Transcripts from colleges or universities attended during the student’s absence along with a corresponding portfolio should also be submitted.

A student who was not in good academic standing during his or her last semester at Montserrat must demonstrate renewed commitment to his or her education and submit a portfolio of work executed during the period of absence.

Diploma Graduates Returning to Montserrat to Complete the BFA
Students awarded a Diploma from Montserrat College of Art, who later decide to pursue a BFA (Bachelor Of Fine Arts) must do so within five years of graduation; petitions for exceptions must be made in writing to the Dean of Faculty and Academic Affairs.

Diploma graduates seeking the BFA (Bachelor Of Fine Arts) must submit a returning student application to the Registrar’s Office and complete a degree audit.

Approval to resume studies to complete the requirements for the BFA is not guaranteed.

Applications will be assessed on a case by case basis.

Transfer credits will be accepted from other institutions at the discretion of the Registrar and the Academic Dean and are limited to a maximum of 30 liberal arts credits and 30 studio credits.

This limit includes any credits previously transferred in as an undergraduate in the diploma program.

Diploma graduates returning to complete the BFA (Bachelor Of Fine Arts) are guided by current degree requirements.

Returning students must complete their final three credits in-residence at Montserrat.

Petitions for exceptions must be made in writing to the Dean of Faculty and Academic Affairs.

Tours and Portfolio Reviews
We encourage you to come and visit us on Boston’s North Shore in historic Beverly, Massachusetts. Plan to visit during one of our open houses or schedule a tour and portfolio review (see below). While you’re here you can tour the Montserrat campus with one of our current students, have your portfolio reviewed and have our admissions staff answer any questions about admissions and financial aid. Tours last approximately one hour and depart from the Admissions Office located at 41 Essex Street.

Summer Tours and Portfolio Reviews Available (by appointment)
Monday – Friday, 11 a.m. Reviews are conducted after the tour.

Welcome Art Teachers and Your Students
Montserrat College of Art welcomes art educators and guidance counselors for campus visits. If you would like to schedule a field trip with interested art students, please contact Jeffrey Newell, director of admissions, at [email protected] or 800.836.0487 x 1152.

Montserrat College of Art can accommodate small school groups interested in New England art schools. A visit to campus will include a campus tour, gallery talk, admissions information session and portfolio reviews. We look forward to seeing you on campus!

Holiday Closings
Art college campus tours and portfolio reviews are not available when the college is closed. Please plan your visit accordingly.

Columbus Day, Monday, Oct. 10
Veteran’s Day, Friday, Nov. 11
Thanksgiving Thursday and Friday, Nov. 24-25
Holiday Break, Dec. 24-Jan. 1
Martin Luther King Day, Monday, Jan. 16
President’s Day, Monday, Feb. 20
Patriot’s Day, Monday, April 17
Memorial Day, Monday, May 29
Independence Day, Tuesday, July 4

Visit Montserrat
We invite you to visit Montserrat College of Art during one of our on-campus admission events. During the fall, the Admissions Office hosts two open houses for high school juniors and seniors, as well as students looking to transfer to Montserrat. Each open house includes a schedule of campus tours, one-on-one portfolio reviews, an admissions process overview, presentations on academics and student life and the opportunity to experience Montserrat firsthand.

Completion Days and Second Saturday Events
In addition to our open houses, Montserrat offers a series of Completion Days and Second Saturday events throughout the winter and spring. Completion Days include a campus tour, portfolio review with an admissions counselor and the opportunity to drop off any outstanding materials to complete your application for admission consideration.

If the application is completed during a Completion Day or Second Saturday event, we will issue an admissions decision with merit scholarship consideration postmarked within a week of the program.  Completion Days and Second Saturdays will be held on the following dates:

  • December 5, 2015
  • January 9, 2016
  • February 13, 2016
  • March 12, 2016
  • May 14, 2016

To register for a Completion Day or Second Saturday event, please call the Office of Admissions at 978.921.4242 ext. 1153

Admissions representatives from Montserrat College of Art are on the road, traveling to places where emerging artists like you are looking for the right school. You’ll find us at national and regional portfolio day events, performing and visual arts college fairs and national and regional college fairs. We hope to meet and talk with you, review your portfolio and help you learn about Montserrat. Please check the schedule below to find out when we will be in a city close to you. Please be aware that dates, times and locations are subject to change.

Art Academy of Cincinnati National Portfolio Day:
Saturday, October 3, 2015

12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Cincinnati National Portfolio Day
1212 Jackson Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

Cleveland Institute of Art National Portfolio Day:
Sunday, October 4, 2015

1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Cleveland National Portfolio Day
11610 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44106

School of Visual Arts National Portfolio Day:
Saturday, October 10, 2015

11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Austin National Portfolio Day
1900 University Avenue
Austin, Texas 78705

Minneapolis College of Art and Design National Portfolio Day:
Sunday, October 11, 2015

12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Minneapolis National Portfolio Day
2501 Stevens Avenue
Minneapolis, Minnesota  55404

School of Visual Arts National Portfolio Day:
Sunday, October 11, 2015

12 p.m.  – 4 p.m.
Dallas National Portfolio Day
2201 N Stemmons Freeway
Dallas, Texas 75207

Memphis College of Art National Portfolio Day
Saturday, October 17, 2015

12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Memphis National Portfolio Day
1930 Poplar Avenue
Memphis, Tennessee 38104

Watkins College of Art, Design and Film
Sunday, October 18, 2015

12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Nashville National Portfolio Day
2298 Rosa L Parks Boulevard
Nashville, Tennessee 37228

Kansas City Art Institute National Portfolio Day
Saturday October 24, 2015

12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Kansas City National Portfolio Day
4415 Warwick Boulevard
Kansas City, Missouri 64111

University of Michigan Stamps School of Art & Design National Portfolio Day
Sunday, October 25, 2015

12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Ann Arbor National Portfolio Day
2000 Bonisteel Boulevard
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109

Washington University National Portfolio Day:
Sunday, October 25, 2015

12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
St. Louis National Portfolio Day
Bixby Hall and Steinberg Hall
Corner of Skinker Blvd and Forsyth Blvd
St. Louis, Missouri 63130

Hartford Art School National Portfolio Day:
Saturday, October 31, 2015

12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Hartford National Portfolio Day
200 Bloomfield Avenue
West Hartford, Connecticut 06117

Virginia Commonwealth University National Portfolio Day:
Saturday, October 31, 2015

1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Richmond National Portfolio Day
VCU Fine Arts Building
1000 West Broad Street
Richmond, Virginia 23284

School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston National Portfolio Day:
Sunday, November 1, 2015

12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Boston National Portfolio Day
Hynes Convention Center
900 Boylston Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02115

The University of the Arts National Portfolio Day:
Sunday, November 8, 2015

12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Philadelphia National Portfolio Day
Pennsylvania Convention Center
Hall F
1101 Arch Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Rochester Institute of Technology National Portfolio Day:
Sunday, November 8, 2015

12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Rochester National Portfolio Day
Bevier Gallery
73 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, New York 14623

Fashion Institute of Technology National Portfolio Day:
Sunday, November 15, 2015
12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
New York National Portfolio Day
Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
Hall 1A
655 West 34th Street
New York, New York 10001

Corcoran College of Art and Design National Portfolio Day:
Saturday, November 21, 2015

10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Washington DC National Portfolio Day
George Washington University
Marvin Center
800 21st Street NW
Washington, DC 20052

Maryland Institute College of Art:
Sunday, November 22, 2015

1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Baltimore National Portfolio Day
1300 W Mt Royal Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21217

Memphis College of Art National Portfolio Day:
Sunday, November 22, 2015

11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Charlotte National Portfolio Day
Hilton Charlotte Executive Park
5624 Westpark Drive
Charlotte, North Carolina 28217

Montserrat’s Admissions Office is here to help you navigate your way through the college application process. Whether you have questions about visiting the college, the portfolio review process or financial aid, we are happy to assist you. Please feel free to reach out to the admissions staff through email, phone or chat function. We look forward to meeting you.

Jeffrey Newell
Director of Admissions
[email protected]
978.921.4242 x 1152


Leslie Condon
Associate Director of Admissions
[email protected]
978.921.4242 x1150


Michela Davola
Assistant Director of Admissions
[email protected]
978.921.4242 x 1153


Jon Bolles
Admissions Counselor
[email protected]
978.921.4242 x 1149


Valerie Rafferty
Admissions Counselor
[email protected]
978.921.4242 x 1156


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Montserrat College of Art offers generous merit-based scholarships and need-based financial aid awards. There is no separate scholarship application, though there are some important dates to know when filing for need-based financial aid. For full details, please visit Student Financial Services:

Student Financial Services
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41 Essex Street
Beverly, MA 01915
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23 Essex Street
Beverly, MA 01915
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800.836.0487 x 1153
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