application procedures

To complete your application for admission, please submit the following:
+ Application for admission
+ $50.00 non-refundable application fee (make the payment below)
+ 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 application form here, downloadable PDF, 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.

Pay the $50 application fee below:


Artist’s Portfolio
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, 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.

You will find detailed information about what to include in your portfolio and how to format your slides or digital files at Preparing Your Portfolio.

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.

Applicants with Special Needs
The Montserrat community makes every effort to accommodate the needs of students with documented learning or physical differences. The college complies with the regulations set forth by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and its own policy on non-discrimination.

Applicants with special needs who require accommodation are not required to provide documentation of their disability until they have officially enrolled. For additional information regarding accommodations for students with special needs, please refer to the Disability Services page of this web site.


Mailing Address:
Office of Admissions
23 Essex Street
Beverly, MA 01915

41 Essex Street
Beverly, MA 01915

800.836.0487 x 1153
(within the US and Canada)
978.921.4242 x 1153
978.921.4241 Fax



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Fall entry: February 15
Spring entry: December 1