Timelines & Requirements

Application Timelines

Applicant StatusEntry TermApplication DeadlinesNotification Dates
Early Decision
Fall Semester

Submit application, test scores and transcript by November 15 (postmarked). 

Early Decision notification mailed by mid-January.
Regular Decision
Fall Semester Submit application, test scores and transcript by January 15* (postmarked). Regular Decision notification mailed by mid-March.
Regular Decision
Fall Semester After January 15*: Applications reviewed on a space-available basis. Notification 4-6 weeks after all documents received.
Freshman Spring Semester or Summer Term Applications received on a rolling basis. Notification 4-6 weeks after all documents received.

Standardized Tests

SAT / ACT Scores
Freshman applicants must submit results from the SAT or ACT. Applicants should have the testing agency send SAT or ACT scores directly to RIT or have scores included on their high school transcript. RIT will accept results from any test date, and ACT or SAT examinations are equally acceptable for admission consideration. (Please note that if you are age 25 or older the SAT/ACT requirement is waived.) SAT / ACT Admission Guidelines PDF (mid 50% range)

Portfolio Requirements

The following undergraduate programs require a portfolio:


  • Illustration
  • Medical Illustration
  • Studio Arts
  • Studio Arts - Ceramics
  • Studio Arts - Expanded Forms
  • Studio Arts - Furniture Design
  • Studio Arts - Glass
  • Studio Arts - Metals and Jewelry Design
  • Studio Arts - Non-Toxic Printmaking
  • Studio Arts - Painting
  • Studio Arts - Sculpture
  • Undeclared Art & Design


  • 3D Digital Design
  • Graphic Design
  • Industrial Design
  • Interior Design
  • New Media Design
  • Undeclared Art & Design

Film and Animation

  • Film & Animation - Animation Option
  • Film & Animation - Production Option
  • Film & Animation - Exploration Option
A portfolio is not required for freshman admission to the School of Photographic Arts and Sciences.

Portfolio Guidelines

Visit the College of Art and Design (formerly College of Imaging Arts and Sciences) website to view guidelines: http://rit.edu/artdesign/prospective-students/portfolio-guide/

Portfolio Submission

Portfolios can be submitted through SlideRoom or mailed to the Undergraduate Admissions Office. Please Visit the College of Art and Design website for submission details: http://rit.edu/artdesign/prospective-students/portfolio-guide/

Mailing address for Undergraduate Admissions:
Rochester Institute of Technology
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
60 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, New York 14623-5604


Academic Transcripts

If you are applying for freshman admission, you should take The Secondary School Transcript Request Form to your high school guidance office to be completed and returned to RIT with an official copy of your transcript in a sealed school envelope.