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Graduate Study Common Questions

Applying For Admission

What degree or educational requirements are required to apply to RIT’s graduate programs?

All applicants to RIT’s graduate programs must hold-or currently be completing-a four year baccalaureate degree, or the U.S. equivalent, granted by an accredited college or university.

What is the application fee and how can I make my payment?

The application fee is $60 US dollars. Please pay your application fee online before submitting your final application. If you have already submitted your final application, visit this link to pay your application fee online:

How will I be notified of an admission decision, and when will I be notified?

The Office of Graduate Enrollment Services will contact you to acknowledge receipt of your application. Your Admissions Portal has a checklist that will serve as your primary information resource to update you on what documentation RIT has received. As soon as all of your documentation is received, you will receive an email confirming that your application has been sent to the academic department for review.  When a decision is made you will receive email notification. The length of time to receive a decision will vary by academic department.  Please refer to our programs of study to see typical timelines for your specific program of interest.

Will photocopies of my academic documents, that have been notarized by an authorized official in my home country, be considered official?

No. Academic documents (photocopies or originals) must be attested (bearing an original colored stamp and/or signature) by the granting college or university. Unfortunately, we cannot accept notarized documents.  However, you may upload scanned copies of official documents to your online application and wait to send official hard copy transcripts until after an admissions decision has been made.

Is an international credential evaluation by an authorized agency a requirement for international students and admission to RIT graduate programs?

If you feel that your academic credentials are not the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor's degree, we recommend an academic credential evaluation to determine the exact U.S. degree equivalency.

Generally, no, an international credential evaluation is NOT required for admission to graduate programs at RIT. However, our office will conduct a review of your academic documents when received and if we DO NOT believe that your educational background is the equivalent of a 4 year U.S. bachelor's degree, we may suggest that you have your credentials reviewed by one of the agencies listed below.

International Education Research Foundation Inc.

World Education Services

Academic Credentials Evaluation Institute Inc.

Educational Credentials Evaluators Inc.

What is the application deadline?

For detailed application deadline information about your specific program of interest, please refer to our programs of study page. Many programs accept applications on a rolling basis.

How are admissions decisions made?

Decisions on graduate selection are made by the college offering the program. All applicants will be notified of the admission decision as soon as possible. All credentials are considered in the application decision – transcripts, GPA, official test scores (TOEFL, GMAT, GRE), personal statement, and resume. In addition, some programs require portfolios, writing samples, and letters of recommendation. Work experience is NOT required for most programs.  For detailed admissions requirements for your specific program of interest, please refer to our programs of study page.

What are the qualifications for entrance?

For specific entrance requirements for your particular program of interest, please refer to our programs of study page.

What are my chances of being admitted given my academic background?

As soon as we receive and evaluate your complete application packet we will be able to determine your admissibility to the program. You can contact our office of Graduate Enrollment Services by email, our online chat, or by phone to discuss your application and background. We can provide general information, but not an admission decision.

The program I am considering says that it admits students on a "rolling basis" what does that mean?

Applications for the some of RIT’s program are accepted on a rolling basis, which means applicants are reviewed all year.  RIT is on a semester-based calendar.

What is the minimum TOEFL score?

Minimum TOEFL scores vary by program. Please refer to our programs of study page for specific minimum test score requirements.

What is the minimum GMAT score?

A minimum GMAT score is not the only criterion for admission to the RIT MBA program. In evaluating an application, the graduate admissions committee pays careful attention to each individual's undergraduate academic record, GMAT score, and personal statement. GMAT test scores range from 200-800.

What is the minimum GRE score?

Minimum GRE scores vary by program, and not all graduate programs require the GRE for admission. Please refer to our programs of study page for specific minimum test score requirements.

What if my GRE or GMAT score is lower than the acceptable range for scores of admitted students?

Admissions decisions are not made solely on GRE or GMAT scores. The scores provide us with another measure of your academic ability, and also gives us a way to evaluate undergraduate preparation from schools with which we may not be familiar. The test score is just one of several possible assessments and is not a criterion by which we accept or reject applicants.

What is RIT’s institute code for submission of test scores?

RIT’s institution/college code is 2760. 

Can I apply to two RIT graduate programs at the same time?

When using our new online application portal, you may select up to three program choices in order of preference. You will be reviewed for your first choice. If admitted, you will not be reviewed for additional program choices except by request. If not admitted to your first choice, you will be contacted by our office to confirm that you will be reviewed for additional program choices noted in your application.  Please note that you may not be enrolled in and pursuing classes for more than one program at a time.

If I am not accepted in my first program choice, can I apply to another program?

Yes. You may designate up to three program choices at the point of application. If you are not accepted to your first program choice, you will be contacted by our office to confirm that you will be reviewed for additional program choices noted on your application.

How can I submit recommendation letters in support of my application?

Recommendation letters should be submitted directly to RIT from the referee/person writing the letter for you. The preferred method for the submission of recommendation letters is to use the functionality within the online application. You will be able to enter information for your referees and submit an email request for letters through the online application. This is the preferred submission method by RIT Admission’s Committees. A letter which is sent directly to RIT and not viewed or sent to RIT by the applicant will be deemed to be more valid and trustworthy. Letters may also be emailed directly by referees to or sent by postal mail to the Office of Graduate Enrollment Services by the referees.

Two or three letters of recommendation are required for admission to all RIT graduate programs except those offered by the College of Business. Recommendations should come from members of the academic community and/or workplace professionals who know your qualifications for graduate study.  Please do not send more than three letters of recommendation.

Why do I see the number 09/09/9999 as a due date in my application checklist?

The due date (09/09/9999) is an arbitrary date set by the system. Due dates for applications and application related documents vary by program. Our website states application deadline dates for specific programs.  Please refer to your program of interest for specific application deadlines. The application deadlines stated are priority deadlines—hence, you may still be able to apply after the stated date as long as space is still available.  Please contact or call our office at (585) 475-2229 to inquire.

Where can I find my student ID number?

Nine digit student ID numbers are emailed to applicants two days after submitting the application. 

What if I sent my documents and the application checklist is not updated to reflect receipt of those documents.

When sending your supporting documents as attachments to the online application, the checklists are not automatically updated. All documents must first be verified by our office and then logged on our system manually. During our peak periods, we receive hundreds of application documents each day, so it takes us a bit longer to update checklists. Please be patient and feel free to check with us by phone or chat for an update.

Costs and Financial Aid

Can I afford RIT?

We feel strongly that no qualified student should refuse to consider RIT because of cost. We offer a full range of traditional financial aid programs and a number of innovative financing plans. In 2014-2015, RIT provided over $18 million in merit scholarships and graduate tuition remission to approximately 2,200 graduate students.  For more information regarding financial support for graduate students please refer to the Graduate Costs & Financial Aid page.

How much does graduate tuition cost?

$40,158 /year
$1,673/credit hour

Are there scholarships for graduate students? How much?

Graduate scholarships and assistantships are awarded to graduate students in most academic departments. Awards are based on academic excellence. The amount of the award varies by student and department. Both undergrad and grad students may also apply to work part-time on campus once they arrive at RIT. Most students work 10-20 hours per week, and earn minimum wage.

Is there a separate application form or procedure for applying for scholarships or assistantships?

No, there are no any separate forms for applying for assistantships or scholarships.

Living on campus

What's the weather like?

Rochester enjoys the beauty of the four seasons. It is usually warm and sunny from June through September, and snowy from November through March. Spring and fall are moderate in temperature. For more information on living in Rochester, visit

Is housing available?

Varied accommodation is available for approximately 6,400 students (including undergraduates). Visit the RIT Housing website.

Am I guaranteed housing on campus?

RIT’s campus housing offers many living options to meet the diverse needs, interests, and backgrounds of RIT students. Matriculated students MUST submit their admission deposit before they can apply for RIT housing.

Can I bring a car to campus?

Yes, you can.

What clubs and organizations are there at RIT?

We currently have 205 active clubs, 11 major student organizations and 30 greek organizations on campus. RIT welcomes and embraces all of its unique, student operated clubs and organizations. Have a look at the list of clubs and organizations.

Cooperative Education and Career Placement

Will I be able to get a good job after RIT?

RIT graduates find that their employment prospects are bright because career-related work experience is built into their academic programs. Work experience is gained through cooperative education, internships, and field experience. RIT attracts over 1,300 co-op employers nationwide and serves more than 2,600 RIT students each year. Learn more about the Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education.

Am I guaranteed an internship, co-op or practical training work experience during my study?

No, however, RIT’s Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education provides job search assistance for all RIT students.

General Questions about RIT

What is RIT’s ranking?

RIT continues to be ranked among the top universities by the most notable ranking agencies and organizations. For more detail, go to our Rankings Summary page.

How big is RIT?

The main campus is about 1,300 acres, and includes 238 buildings spread over 5.3 million sq. ft. It is a coeducational, privately endowed Institute, enrolling more than 18,500 full- and part-time undergraduate and graduate students preparing for technical and professional careers.

Fall 2015
Enrollment 18,606
Undergraduate 15,401
Graduate 3,205
Male 12,460
Female 6,146

Is RIT an accredited institution?

Yes, RIT is chartered by the legislature of the State of New York and accredited by the Commission on Higher Education, Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and NY State Education Department, Office of College and University Education.

What's the student-to-faculty ratio?

The student/ faculty ratio is 13:1, and 91 percent of the classes have fewer than 40 students.

What is the difference between a state and a private school?

A state college is public and is primarily funded by the government therefore the cost to the student is lower. On the other hand a private college is funded privately.

What about student diversity?

The RIT student body consists of 2,635 international students from 102 different countries. RIT students come from all backgrounds-Whites, Hispanics, Asians, Pacific Islanders, African Americans and others. RIT is also home to the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, the world's first and largest technological college for deaf and hard-of-hearing students. The presence of more than 1,150 deaf and hard-of-hearing students on campus adds a social dynamic not found at other colleges.

What is the ratio of female/male students?

The fall 2015 total included 12,460 male students and 6,146 female students.

How old is RIT?

Founded in 1829 as the Rochester Athenaeum, Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) has been a pioneer in career-oriented education and a leader in cooperative education since 1912.

Can I take classes at RIT without being officially admitted to a degree program?

Yes. To take a class at the graduate level on a non-matric status usually requires permission from the dept. To take a class at the undergraduate level on a non-matric status usually requires completion of any pre-requisite OR a professor's approval. In both cases you must wait for the matriculated students to register for classes and then it is open registration for any non-matriculated students. Please contact the office of the Registrar.  *This does NOT apply to international students who would require a visa.  To obtain a visa, the applicant must already be admitted and enrolled in a full time degree program.*

What are my communication options for learning more about RIT programs?

You may email us questions for information about graduate programs to You may email us questions for information about undergraduate part-time programs to You can LIVE CHAT (instant messaging) with us during business hours. Go to and click on the "LIVE CHAT" button in the lower left hand corner of our web page. You will be connected to our office staff immediately - just like making a phone call, but FREE! You can call us at 585-475-2229 or Toll Free at 866-260-3950. You can also connect with us on our Facebook page at:

What are immunization requirements for students?

All students registered for 4 or more credit hours and born after January 1, 1957 need to comply with New York State and RIT immunization requirements.

New York State law requires proof of immunity to measles, mumps and rubella through either 2 MMR shots or positive blood titers for each disease. New York State also requires all students, regardless of age, to sign a meningococcal awareness form.

RIT requires students age 26 and under to have the meningitis shot.

Required immunizations need to be submitted no more than 30 days prior to the start of classes in order to avoid a delay in registration or interruption of classes for which you are enrolled. Contact the Student Health Center at (585) 475-2255 with questions. Additional information and forms are available at