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Fall 2019 New Student Information

Welcome to MIAD!


On behalf of the faculty and staff at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, we look forward to welcoming you on-campus. This page is exclusively for new students who have decided to attend MIAD in the upcoming fall.


Tuition Deposit

To secure a space in our Fall 2019 Class, students are required to submit a Tuition Deposit. This payment informs MIAD that you intend to enroll for the upcoming semester.

To Submit a Tuition Deposit:


New Move-In date & Parent Orientation for Wisconsin Residents

From Tony Nowak, Dean of Students:

MIAD is experiencing unprecedented enrollment growth which is causing us to re-design many of our campus functions and events. One of the changes we have to make is to split 252 move-in into two days and run two separate parent orientation programs so we have space for everyone on campus.

Move-in and parent orientation date for Wisconsin students is Tuesday, August 20th. You will be sent a move-in time later in the summer. Optional programs for both students and parents begin at 1:00 and the parent program begins at 2:00 with a gallery reception followed by presentations. The parent program ends 5:00 on the 20th with new student orientation continuing the rest of the week. The orientation schedule with specific times & events to follow. Note the change in date as you were previously notified that parent orientation is the following day. 

Stay tuned for more information as the summer progresses. We are all excited about your arrival in August and will be busily preparing for that event until you do.

What Happens Next?

You have questions, we have answers. Download the What Happens Next? PDF for information about class registration, new student orientation, housing and much more.

Important Dates

Move-in & Parent Orientation: WISCONSIN STUDENTS
Tuesday, August 20th, 2019
Details to be determined

Move-in & Parent Orientation: ALL OUT-OF-STATE STUDENTS
Wednesday, August 21, 2019
Details to be determined

New Student Orientation
August 22nd – 23rd, 2019
Details to be determined


First Day of Class:
August 26th, 2019


Fall Break:
October 7 – 8


Thanksgiving Break:
November 27 – 29


Last Day of Class:
December 13



New Student Registration (added June 17)

New Student Registration is now open.

  • First-time Freshmen: Download the Registration Materials.
  • Transfer Students: Most transfer students register in person. Contact your admissions counselor for details.
Laptop Purchase Guide

All MIAD students are required to bring a laptop to classes. Thinking about buying a new laptop? The Laptop Purchase Q&A PDF answers many questions to help you make the best decision, and gives recommendations based on your major and interests. 

MIAD Housing Process

The housing process at Two50Two, MIAD’s housing has two steps:

Both steps are now open for new students.  Traditional students who live outside of a 45-mile radius from MIAD are required to live on-campus for their freshman and sophomore years.

Email Accounts

Students will receive their official MIAD email account starting May 8.  Activation instructions have been sent to students’ personal email address. If you are deposited and have not received your activation instructions, contact Mark Fetherston.