Freshman Applicants

Freshman Applicants

You should apply to RIT as a freshman if you are currently in secondary school or have graduated from secondary school but have not yet attended college.

There really is no typical RIT student in terms of background, beliefs, or interests. RIT has a very diverse student body. However, that is not to say that RIT is for everybody. The most successful RIT students have a positive attitude toward learning, the desire to get involved in campus life, and a significant interest in developing professional potential. All students should have followed a strong college preparatory program in their post secondary education.

If RIT is your 1st choice college, we recommend one of our “friendly” Early Decision Plans.

RIT will be extending the Early Decision 1 deadline from November 1 to November 15th for those students affected by the devastation of the recent hurricanes. Please contact our office if you have any questions at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or 585(475-6631)

Freshman Application Checklist

  • Complete and submit/sign your application
  • Pay the $65 application fee
  • Secondary School Transcripts Request and Midyear Report forms submitted to your school counselor. School counselor recommendation is part of this form.
  • RIT invites students to provide self-reported standardized test scores (ACT, SAT, TOEFL, IELTS).  Students may self-report their scores in the following ways:
    • On their application for admission
    • Via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    • From your school/college counselor via mail or email
      (Admitted  students will be required to submit their official scores once they choose to  enroll at RIT)
  • Request your official standardized test scores be sent to RIT. SAT I (send to college code 2760) or ACT (send to college code 2870)
  • Art Portfolio (required for admission into School of Art and School of Design)