What's the male/female student ratio?

While it changes each year, the current student body at RMCAD is 64 percent female and 36 percent male.

Where are most of RMCAD’s students originally from?

Approximately 80 percent of our hybrid (on campus) students are from the state of Colorado. Of those enrolled from out of state, the majority hail from Texas and Illinois. On the other hand, when it comes to our online degree programs, the majority of students are based across the US—even internationally—with only about 16 percent living in Colorado. Our out-of-state online students hail from across the country, with the majority attending from California, Texas, and Florida.

What is the student-teacher ratio and what is the average class size?

The student-to-faculty ratio is 9:1, and the average class size is eight students.

How do RMCAD students spend their time outside of class?

When they're not devoting time toward art and design projects, many students work nearby, and most spend their free time enjoying the cultural and recreational opportunities that abound in Denver.

How many students are enrolled in each major?

For the Spring 2015 term, hybrid enrollment was as follows: Animation (69), Art Education (27), Fine Arts (53), Game Art (57), Graphic Design (77), Illustration (113), Interior Design (45), Fashion Design (13), Commercial Photography (29), and non-degree-seeking/undeclared majors (14). Online enrollment was as follows: Animation (43), Game Art (19), Graphic Design (53), Illustration (117), Interior Design (59), Fashion Design (25), Commercial Photography (62), and non-degree-seeking/undeclared majors (2).

How old is the average RMCAD student?

The average hybrid student is 24 years old. Our average online student age is 31.

How many of your students graduate?

The current graduation rate is 48 percent for full-time students.

What is RMCAD's retention rate?

IPEDS defines retention as the percentage of first-time bachelors (or equivalent) degree-seeking undergraduates from the previous fall who are again enrolled in the current fall. The retention rate for the 2011-2012 cohort by this definition is 53 percent.

Where do your students live?

Many of our first-time students live at The Regency, about 10 minutes from campus. The Regency houses RMCAD students as well as those attending classes at Metro, CCD, and CU-Denver. Other students choose to live in a variety of nearby apartments in the greater Denver Metro area.

What if I have a learning disability?

Students that have been admitted to RMCAD may request reasonable academic accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. To request accommodations, students should self-identify to the Student Disability Services Coordinator, Lisken Seader, by phone (303) 753-6046 x22009 or by email: We determine accommodations individually based upon request of the student, supporting documentation showing evidence of current impact, and reasonable accommodations in the post-secondary environment.

Who should I talk to if I have a complaint?

Student Success Advisors are available to answer questions and field concerns. If you feel that your complaint cannot be handled internally, click here for a list of resources in all 50 states.

Enrollment and Orientation Questions

How many students are currently enrolled?

As of Spring 2015, there are 1022 students enrolled at RMCAD (497 on-campus/hybrid, 525 online).

What kind of new student orientation program do you have?

We host on-campus and online orientations at the beginning of each term to help students get to know each other and become familiar with the RMCAD campus and our policies/procedures. For more information, visit our Orientation Page.

What kind of laptop should I buy?

All the hardware and software you need will be included in your Gearbox. Visit the Gearbox page for more information. The price of your Gearbox will be automatically billed to you along with your tuition and other fees.

What measures have been taken to ensure campus safety?

Our staff of professional security guards patrols the campus around the clock to ensure a safe and secure environment. RMCAD also provides security lighting around campus; strategically placed call boxes; and frequent presentations on personal safety. As indicated by our Campus Safety Report (revised 9/2014), we have very little crime here.

How easy is it to change majors?

It’s fairly easy to change majors within your first 30 credits (the typical freshman year course load), so if you find yourself drawn to an area of study beyond your initial major, you’ll have the ability to switch.

Will credits earned at other schools transfer to RMCAD?

Courses taken at a regionally accredited school, such as RMCAD, are far more likely to be accepted as transfer courses than are courses from a school that is not regionally accredited. For further information about transferring, visit our Transfer Overview page, and contact an Admissions Counselor to have your transcripts evaluated. Note that official transcripts from all previously attended institutions must be submitted for admission.

Billing Questions

When is tuition due?

Tuition is due in full at the start of each term. Any tuition or fees not otherwise covered by financial aid, scholarships, or other sources need to be paid or covered through a payment plan. Non-interest payment plans are available, see below for more information on payment plans.

What payment plans does RMCAD offer?

We strongly encourage you to utilize the e-Cashier® payment service powered by Nelnet. It's an online, automatic payment plan that allows you to pay your tuition through a bank account (checking or savings) or as a charge to a credit card in several installments without late fees or interest charges. There is a service charge of $25/term to participate and agreements must be renewed each term. You may set-up up your e-Cashier payment plan through the e-Cashier website. Please read and follow the instructions carefully (note: you'll need your student ID number and the zip code of your billing address to enroll). If you are experiencing any difficulties in setting up a payment plan, please call our Cashier at 303.225.8574 to sign up.

Do I still need to pay if I'm expecting financial aid?

If you've been awarded RMCAD scholarships or grants the amount of that award will be applied to the unpaid balance of your tuition billing statement prior to the statement being produced. Other financial aid such as grants and loans will also be applied as credits to your account, but only if you've completed all of your financial aid paperwork well in advance of when your first bill is issued. If you have not completed your financial aid paperwork at the time tuition is due, your account may be subject to late fees. Please contact your enrollment guide or financial aid counselor on any questions regarding pending financial aid paperwork.

Why am I being charged for health insurance?

If you are enrolled in nine or more ground course credits for a semester you will automatically be enrolled in the RMCAD-sponsored health insurance plan unless you have other coverage (e.g., you are covered on your parent's plan or your spouse's plan or have Military Coverage). If you have health insurance coverage, you must submit a waiver form each academic year. Health Insurance can be waived here. If you don't submit a waiver and provide proof of coverage, student health insurance charges will appear on your Fall and Spring bills (coverage is for the entire 12 month academic year when the Fall and Spring charges are paid.)

Are there any lab fees or other fees in addition to my tuition?

There are fees charged for each semester that you are enrolled. They are as follows:
Student Activities Fee (Campus/Hybrid) = $150 per 16 weeks
Facility Fee (Campus/Hybrid) = $100 per 16 weeks
Technology Fee (Campus/Hybrid + Online) = $125 per 16 weeks

Is there a fee to park on campus?

Parking is free in the designated student parking lots. If you park in the wrong location or do not have a parking sticker displayed on your vehicle, however, you may receive a parking ticket and fine. Parking fines left unpaid will eventually be assessed to your student account.

Does tuition cover my books and supplies?

Books are included in the cost of your tuition. Supplies are not included in your tuition charge. You may purchase your supplies from: the RMCAD Supply Store; at a metro area art + supply store; or online.

Can I set up a charge account at the RMCAD Supply Store?

Pre-paid RMCAD Supply Store accounts may be set up with the RMCAD Bursars Office (located in the In the Robinson building). You may open a prepaid Supply Store account or add money to your account at any time throughout the term.

Can I charge Underground Café purchases to my student account?

The Café accepts credit or debit cards and cash. Café punch card ($20 denomination) may be purchased in the RMCAD Spectrum Store.

Health Insurance Questions

Do I need to have health insurance to enroll at RMCAD?

In accordance with the Affordable Care Act, all RMCAD students are required to have health insurance. There are a variety of options for health coverage for you as a student; you can be covered under your parent/guardian’s policy until you are 26 or you can purchase your own plan via the state healthcare marketplace in which you reside. You can begin your healthcare information search at

RMCAD does not require online students to carry health insurance. Likewise, online students are not eligible for the college-sponsored health insurance plan.

What type of insurance plan does the College sponsor?

The College’s health insurance plan for students is a PPO plan, administered by Collegiate Insurance Resources (a division of USI Affinity), with a $100 annual deductible. Students must remain enrolled in nine or more credits (during the fall and spring terms only) to remain eligible for coverage. Students who are insured in the spring term have continued coverage over the summer months.

If I’m enrolled in the college-sponsored plan, when will I receive my ID card?

An ID card will be sent to the mailing address that RMCAD has on file near the start of your first term of enrollment.

What if I lose my insurance card?

It’s a good idea to carry the ID card with you, since you never know when you might have an emergency. If you lose your card, please see Heather Russ in Student Accounts for assistance in acquiring another one.

What if I need to see a doctor?

If you need to see a doctor, make an appointment with any doctor within the Private Healthcare Systems PPO network directly. You can search by zip code throughout the United States. Just present your insurance ID card at the time of treatment and pay your $30 copay directly to the provider. Expect to receive an invoice for 20 percent of the services rendered during the visit, plus the deductible amount of $100 if you have not yet met the deductible that academic year. Please note the $500 maximum benefit for preventative care within the academic year, and note that limitations apply to covered preventative services. Refer to the plan brochure (available for complete coverage details. Heather Russ, Student Accounts, is also available to assist you with finding a doctor in the area.

What if I have a medical emergency?

If you experience a true life- or limb-threatening emergency, go to the emergency room or call for paramedics and get the treatment that you need. Present your insurance ID card, and expect to receive an invoice for 20 percent of the services rendered at the ER, plus the deductible amount of $100 if you have not yet met the deductible that academic year. The nearest hospital to the RMCAD campus is St. Anthony’s, located at 11600 W. 2nd Drive, Lakewood (just off of Union and Alameda).

Am I covered while I am away from school?

Yes, coverage is the same anywhere in the US.

Is dental or vision care covered?

No, but a separate discount plan is available for dental and vision. Students interested in this discount plan must purchase the plan directly from the insurance carrier.

What if I need to see a counselor?

The College offers free counseling services for all students, regardless of insurance. In fact, these on-campus visits with a Licensed Professional Counselor are independent of your insurance plan altogether, so deductibles and copayments do not apply. However, should you need to meet with a mental health provider off campus, you may make an appointment directly with any provider within the Private Healthcare Systems (PHCS) PPO network You can search by zip code throughout the US. Simply present your insurance ID card at the time of service, and expect to receive an invoice for 50 percent of the services rendered during the visit, plus the deductible amount of $100 if you have not yet met the deductible that academic year. Please note the $5,000 maximum benefit for outpatient mental healthcare within the policy year. If you require inpatient mental healthcare, this will be insured in the same manner that hospitalization is covered.

How do I fill a prescription?

Bring your prescription to one of the following major pharmacies: King Soopers, Target, Walgreens, or Wal-Mart (many pharmacies are within walking distance of the campus). Present your insurance ID card and pay the applicable copay to the pharmacy directly. Note that it’s to your advantage to consider generic formulas of most prescription medications. Talk with your doctor or pharmacist about generic options for the medications that you need. Also please note the $3,000 maximum benefit for prescription medications within the policy year; once this cap has been met, the insurance company will no longer cover prescription medications.

Where can I find answers to other health insurance questions?

Contact Heather Russ in Student Accounts for assistance or questions about the plan (303.567.7285).