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Applying for Admission

Applying for Admission

SentinelThe Sentinel is a 73-foot-high steel and bronze work of art created by renowned sculptor Albert Paley. The sculpture is a campus focal point, symbolizing RIT’s blend of art and technology, and is the largest sculpture found on any college campus in the United States. Paley holds the Charlotte Fredericks Mowris Endowed Chair in RIT’s School for American Crafts.

Each year, entering students bring a broad range of academic, career, and personal interests to our campus. We encourage applicants from a variety of geographic, social, cultural, economic, and ethnic backgrounds.

Admission to RIT is competitive, but our admission process is a personal one. We are interested in learning about your interests, abilities, and goals in order to provide the best information and guidance we can as you select the college that is right for you.

Admission factors

Factors considered in our admission decisions include, but are not limited to, past academic performance (particularly in required academic subjects), admission test scores, competitiveness of high school, and academic major selected. Recommendations from those familiar with your academic performance and interviews with an admissions counselor are often influential.

Students applying for freshman admission in the fall (September) may apply through the Early Decision or Regular Decision Plans. The Early Decision Plan is designed for students who consider RIT their first-choice college and wish to make an early commitment regarding admission. Regular Decision applicants who have provided all required application materials by January 15 will receive admission notification by mid-March.

Applications received after January 15 will be reviewed on a space-available basis, with notification letters mailed four to six weeks after the application is received. Students interested in being considered for merit-based (academic and extracurricular) scholarships or the RIT Honors program must apply by January 15.

November 15 Early Decision deadline

Mid-January Early Decision applicants receive admission notification

January 15 Regular Decision deadline for mid-March notification

All applications for transfer admission are reviewed as they are received, and notification letters are mailed four to six weeks after the application is received.

Choice of major

Most students applying to RIT choose a specific major as part of the admission process. Given the variety of academic majors, admissions requirements may differ from one major to another. For example, a computer science applicant would present particular strength in mathematics,
while a student applying for a fine arts major would need to show artistic talent through a required portfolio.

We encourage applicants to indicate a second and third choice of major when applying for admission. If RIT is unable to offer you admission to your first-choice major, you may be qualified for admission to one of your alternative choices.

Undeclared options

Students may also enroll in one of the many “undeclared options” offered across the university. If you have interests that span two or more colleges within RIT, the University Studies option provides students a year to explore and focus their academic and career interests.

If your primary interests fall within a specific college, but you are unsure of your specific major, most of our colleges offer Undeclared Options. These college-based options help you discover more about your specific interests within the majors offered by the college. The following undeclared options are available:

  • Undeclared Art and Design
  • Undeclared Business
  • Computing Exploration (Undeclared Computing)
  • Undeclared Crafts
  • Engineering Exploration (Undeclared Engineering)
  • Undeclared Engineering Technology
  • Informatics Exploration (Undeclared Informatics)
  • Liberal Arts Exploration (Undeclared Liberal Arts)
  • Undeclared Photography
  • General Science Exploration (Undeclared Science)

International Admission

We invite you to apply and join the approximately 2,500 international students currently enrolled at our Rochester campus. In addition to the standard admissions requirements, students whose native language is not English should submit results from the TOEFL or IELTS exam.

International applications are reviewed as they are received (rolling admission). We encourage you to complete your application and submit all required documents as soon as possible to receive the best consideration for admission and scholarships. Applications received after January 15 will be considered on a space available basis.

International students seeking freshman admission must also demonstrate that they have the financial resources to meet the cost of attendance. Students with strong academic performance may be considered for partial scholarships from RIT. Students who are awarded partial merit- or need-based scholarships may use scholarships awarded as part of the documentation of financial support.

Advanced Placement (AP)

Advanced Placement credit is awarded if a student has taken a course at his or her high school, and attained a satisfactory grade on the advanced placement exam. In order to receive credit for the courses, official test scores must be submitted to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions from the College Board Testing Center ( An exam score of 3 or higher is necessary to be considered for credit. In many cases, however, a minimum score of 4 is required to obtain credit for specific college courses (e.g., University Physics). Each department will determine the specific amount of credit to be awarded.

International Baccalaureate (IB)

RIT recognizes IB level work. Credit may be awarded for higher level examinations completed with a grade of 5 or better. Credit is awarded on a course-by-course basis and in the context of the student’s intended program at RIT. Each department will determine the specific amount of credit to be awarded. Students are requested to forward IB transcripts to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

Transfer credit

Transfer credit will be considered for relevant course work where a grade of C or better was earned at a regionally accredited college or university. Official transcripts must be submitted and will be reviewed on a course-by-course basis. RIT also reviews work performed in courses and training programs evaluated by the American Council on Education (e.g., CLEP, DANTES, etc.). Minimum acceptable scores vary by course and major.

Higher Education Opportunity Program

RIT and New York state co-sponsor the Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP). This program is open only to New York state residents with academic deficiencies related to financial or educational disadvantages. HEOP students are provided with a variety of support services, including financial assistance, counseling, tutoring, and a pre­-freshman summer program to assist in the transition to college. For more information, please contact our HEOP Office at 585-475-2221, or go to

NTID and NTID-supported applicants

Deaf and hard-of-hearing students may apply for admission to programs offered at RIT’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf or to any other college at RIT. Deaf and hard-of-hearing applicants may qualify for educational access and support services (which typically include sign language interpreting, FM systems, real-time captioning, and notetaking services) as well as NTID’s federally supported tuition rate. Qualified students pay the reduced NTID tuition rate when enrolled in NTID majors or BS/BFA majors in other colleges of RIT.

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