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10 Things to Know About Applying to RIT

Ashley Hennigan on Wednesday, 01 December 2010. Posted in Admissions Process

10 things you may or may not know about applying to RIT.

Number 1:
There are many ways to apply.

RIT offers its own application online and in paper form. RIT is also a member of the Common Application and the Universal College Application. The Admissions Committee has NO preference as to which application you use, so pick which application is most convenient for you!

Number 2:
Deadlines. Early Decision, Regular Decision, Rolling Admission.

Deadlines require all application materials to be postmarked by the following dates:

Early Decision – December 1st
Regular Decision – February 1st

Following these deadlines, RIT will continue to accept applications on a rolling basis as space allows. Transfer applications are also accepted on a rolling basis. 

Number 3:
You can pick up to three majors to be reviewed for.
On the RIT application or the RIT supplemental form you will be asked to identify up to three areas of academic interest to be reviewed for. The Admissions committee will review your application in this list order. Use our Major Finder.

Number 4:
You can be undecided.
There are many options to enter RIT as an undecided student. These programs can also be listed in your academic majors to be reviewed for. Each college at RIT offers undecided options and for those who are torn between a few colleges on the campus RIT offers a University Studies program.

Number 5:
Your application may require a portfolio.
If you are applying to any major in the School of Art, School of Design, or School for American Crafts a portfolio must be submitted along with your other application credentials. If your academic program does not require a portfolio and you have one, you are welcome to submit it. Read my related blog about portfolio reviews.

Number 6:
Application materials DO NOT have to arrive all at once.
As long as your full name and another identifying item (ex. Birth date) is listed on each piece of your application the admissions office can add to your file at anytime. Once your application is complete, it will go into the admissions committee queue for review.

Number 7:
You can check the status of your application online.
Regardless of which application tool you use to apply to RIT, you can always create a Future Student account on the MyFuture@RIT portal. This will allow you to track what the admissions office has received and even see if you have been admitted!

Number 8:
You may qualify for merit-based scholarships.
All applicants are automatically considered for RIT Merit Scholarships. The office of Financial Aid and Scholarships provides a detailed list of these scholarships including the eligibility requirements, and amount you might receive for each. They also list a number of partner scholarships you might also qualify for and the details on how to apply for these.

Number 9:
RIT requires the FAFSA form to be considered for need-based aid.
If you would like to be reviewed for Federal, New York State, and/or RIT need-based financial aid, the only form that needs to be completed is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Number 10:
Decision letters also have deadlines.
The admissions committee is also working on a set of deadlines. As long as you have all of your application materials in by the required application deadline, you can expect your decision letter to be postmarked by the following dates.
Early Decision – January 15th
Regular Decision – March 15th

Transfer applications will take on average four to six weeks for processing.


Number 11: Bonus!
Counselors are available to help.
Both the Undergraduate Admissions Office and the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarship provide individual counselors who are readily available to meet students’ needs, answer questions, and address any concerns about the admissions process, financial aid and scholarship process, or RIT in general.

Comments (7)

  • Jasmine


    20 December 2010 at 20:03 |
    How do we see if we've been admitted online?
  • Ashley Hennigan

    Ashley Hennigan

    21 December 2010 at 07:09 |
    Hello Jasmine! Good question. If you have set up a myFuture@RIT account your admission decision should show up in the upper left-hand corner of your portal.

    However- Admissions decision letters get mailed out first and the online portal is updated on a delay from these letters. The post mail should be the first place you check!
  • Matt


    30 May 2011 at 22:20 |
    How difficult would it be switch majors from Computer Science to engineering?
  • Ernie Diaz

    Ernie Diaz

    13 June 2011 at 03:54 |
    RIT is an ideal study abroad choice for many mainland Chinese students. I wonder if you're using online strategies to recruit them? It's a powerful and cost-effective approach.
  • Ashley Hennigan

    Ashley Hennigan

    13 June 2011 at 18:05 |
    Hello Matt,
    If you want to change majors before entering RIT you can contact the admissions office and have your file reviewed for a different major. If you wan to switch majors after already starting school at RIT you would work with each academic department to complete an internal transfer into another program.
  • Christina Brooks

    Christina Brooks

    06 October 2011 at 23:23 |
    Acceptances come on a rolling basis but you'll definitely know by January! =)
  • Zakariya


    22 February 2015 at 11:08 |
    So I checked my RIT checklist and saw that everything was complete but I'm a bit worried because I know my transcript were received late. 
    Please can you clear things up for me.

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