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Statement on Ethical and Fair Admissions Practices
The Office of Undergraduate Admissions continues to put students first in the admissions process. We continue to use fair and ethical practices as we recruit, review applications and counsel our prospective students and their families. Our admissions officers support and promote ethical responsibility with our colleagues in the admission profession.

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With an RIT admissions account, you can monitor your application, submit a portfolio (if required), apply for the Performing Arts Scholarship, receive your admissions decision, and more.

If you need to change your submitted application, do not submit a new application. Please email admissions@rit.edu with your request (e.g. change academic program choices, switch to Early Decision, change your term, withdraw application, etc).

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Application Timeline

You may submit your fall application starting on August 1. Spring Semester or Summer Term applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

If RIT is your first choice university, there are many benefits to applying with one of our Friendly Early Decision plans. Learn more about Friendly Early Decision Benefits

Timeline

Early Action Early Decision I Early Decision II Regular Decision
Application Deadline November 1 November 1 January 1 January 15
Priority FAFSA Filing Date November 1 November 1 January 1 January 15
Decision Notification Late-January Mid-December Mid-January Mid-March
$500 Deposit Deadline - Pay Deposit May 1 January 15 February 15 May 1

Applications received after the deadline will be reviewed on a space-available basis.


Early Decision

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Is RIT your 1st choice university?

Consider one of RIT's Friendly Early Decision Plans. You will receive an Admissions decision and Financial Aid offer earlier than other applicants.

Early Decision I Application Deadline: November 1
Early Decision II Application Deadline: January 1

Learn more about Early Decision


Choose Your Path

When applying to RIT, you have several options on how to start your journey—all that can lead to on-time graduation.

 

1. Degree Programs

“I know which major I want to apply to.”

Great! Apply directly to your desired major and start relevant coursework right away. 

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3. Individualized Study

"I have a lot of interests, but they don't fit neatly inside a single degree program or college."

No problem. The School of Individualized Study can help. You may be able to design a major around your interests, goals, and career aspirations.



What We Look For

Admission to RIT is competitive, but our admissions process is personalized. We assess academic strength, standardized test scores (if you choose to submit them), recommendations, portfolio quality (where applicable), as well as extracurricular activities and personal career interests. 

Our students come from a variety of geographic, social, cultural, economic, and ethnic backgrounds. View the academic profile for a review of last year's incoming class, why they chose RIT, and a list first-year admission requirements.

Our Holistic Admissions Review Process

While there's no magic formula, there are a few key ways to strengthen your application. In this video, computer engineering major, Yohermry Kpodo, sits down with Assistant Vice President and Dean of Admissions, Marian Nicoletti, to get an inside look at Rochester Institute of Technology's holistic admissions review process.

Honors Program selection and notification is also part of our holistic review process. There is no application to the program as every student is considered during their review. 

Academic Preparation and Requirements

General Requirements

For all bachelor’s degree programs, a strong performance in a college preparatory program is expected. Generally, this includes:

  • 4 years of English
  • 3 years of social studies and/or history
  • 3-4 years of mathematics 
    • Specific math requirements are detailed by college below
  • 2-3 years of science
    • Specific science requirements are detailed by college below
  • Completion of a High School Diploma or its equivalence

Homeschooled Students
RIT has a history of admitting academically talented students from homeschool settings. In the absence of consistent homeschooling standards nationally and globally, guidelines have been developed for homeschooled students seeking RIT admission.

Degree-Specific Requirements

Academic strengths and requirements vary from one major to another. For example, we would expect students applying to our Computer Science program to have particular strength in mathematics, while students applying to Fine Arts programs would need to show artistic talent through their required portfolios.

Specific requirements are detailed by college below. View degrees by college if you are not sure which college your degree is in.

Programs in the School of Art and in the School of Design

  • All programs require studio art experience and a portfolio of original artwork. View portfolio guidelines
  • Medical Illustration requires biology.

Programs in the School of Film and Animation

  • Film and Animation requires a portfolio of expressive, original work. View portfolio guidelines
  • Motion Picture Science requires 4 years of math which must include algebra, geometry, algebra 2/trigonometry, and pre-calculus. Calculus is preferred. Chemistry or physics is required and both are recommended.

Programs in the School of Photographic Arts and Sciences

  • Photographic Sciences prefers biology.
  • Photographic Sciences requires 3 years of math which must include algebra, geometry, and algebra 2/trigonometry. Pre-calculus is preferred.

All Programs

  • 3 years of math is required and must include algebra, geometry, and algebra 2/trigonometry.
  • Pre-calculus is preferred.

Computing and Information Technologies, Human-Centered Computing, and Web and Mobile Computing

  • 3 years of math is required and must include algebra, geometry, and algebra 2/trigonometry. Pre-calculus is preferred.
  • Chemistry or physics is required; both are preferred.
  • Computing electives are preferred.

All Other Programs

  • 4 years of math is required and must include algebra, geometry, algebra 2/trigonometry, and pre-calculus. Calculus is preferred.
  • Chemistry or physics is required; both are preferred.
  • Computing electives are preferred.

All Programs

  • 4 years of math is required and must include algebra, geometry, algebra 2/trigonometry, and pre-calculus. Calculus is preferred.
  • Chemistry and physics are required.
  • Biomedical Engineering requires biology.

All Programs

  • 3 years of math is required and must include algebra, geometry, and algebra 2/trigonometry. Pre-calculus is preferred.
  • Chemistry or physics is required and biology is recommended.
  • Technology electives are preferred.

All Programs

  • 3 years of math is required and must include algebra, geometry, and algebra 2/trigonometry. 
  • Pre-calculus is preferred for all programs.
  • Biology is required for all programs.
  • Chemistry is required for all programs except Diagnostic Medical Sonography, where it is preferred.
  • Physics is preferred for Diagnostic Medical Sonography.

All Programs

  • 3 years of math is required and must include algebra, geometry, and algebra 2/trigonometry.
  • Strong performance in English and Social Studies is expected.

Applied Mathematics, Applied Statistics and Data Analytics, Computational Mathematics, and Imaging Science

  • 4 years of math is required and must include algebra, geometry, algebra 2/trigonometry, and pre-calculus. Calculus is preferred.
  • Chemistry or physics is required and both are recommended.

Physics

  • 4 years of math is required and must include algebra, geometry, algebra 2/trigonometry, and pre-calculus. Calculus is preferred.
  • 3 years of science; physics is required.

All Other Programs

  • 3 years of math is required and must include algebra, geometry, and algebra 2/trigonometry. Pre-calculus is recommended.
  • Biology is required for Biochemistry, Biology, Biotechnology and Molecular Bioscience, Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, Environmental Science, and Neuroscience. It is recommended for Chemistry.
  • Chemistry is required for all programs.

Deaf and hard-of-hearing students seeking admission to bachelor’s degree programs in the other colleges of RIT should refer to the information for the appropriate college and apply for NTID support and access services during the application process.

A Pre-baccalaureate Studies Option is also available for students who may need additional preparation before entering a bachelor’s degree program in engineering, liberal arts, science and mathematics, or visual communications.

The following requirements are for Bachelor's degrees offered by NTID. For requirements for all other NTID degrees, visit How to Apply to NTID.

American Sign Language-English Interpretation

  • Strong performance in English is expected.
  • Must demonstrate competency to begin at ASL II.

Community Development and Inclusive Leadership

  • Strong performance in English and social sciences is expected.
  • ASL fluency is required for hearing students applying to the Deaf Leadership track.

All Programs

  • 3 years of math is required and must include algebra, geometry, and algebra 2/trigonometry.
  • Strong performance in English and Social Studies is expected.

Application Checklist

Use this list to make sure you don't miss a step!

  • Complete the Common Application or RIT Application

  • Pay the $65 application fee

  • Submit an official high school transcript. Transcripts may be sent electronically or mailed/emailed to RIT Admissions from your high school. 
    Homeschooled Students - review guidelines developed for homeschooled students in our FAQ section.

  • Submit a letter of recommendation.
    A school counselor recommendation is preferred, teacher recommendations are welcome, and any additional recommendation letters will be considered (minimum of 1 recommendation letter required, suggested maximum of 3-5). Recommenders are welcome to email their letters to admissions@rit.edu.

  • Provide official or self-reported test results from the SAT or ACT.
    RIT is "Test Optional" for all undergraduate programs. Applicants may choose whether to report test scores to be considered with their application. 

  • International Applicants Only - Students whose native language is not English must submit results of the TOEFL, IELTS or PTE Academic examination. Testing can be self-reported. Frequently Asked Questions for International Applicants

  • An Art Portfolio is required for admission to the School of Art, School of Design and School of Film and Animation.

Test Optional Information

RIT is "Test Optional". This means submitting SAT or ACT scores as part of your application is not required. You can choose whether or not you'd like to submit them. It's entirely up to you! On the Common App or RIT Application, you'll have the option to include test scores. If you do not include them as part of your application, RIT will not see your scores (even if you've taken a test). 

Wondering how RIT will make admissions decisions without requiring test scores?

RIT will continue to review applications with a holistic approach, taking all of the applicant’s credentials into account. For applicants requesting to be reviewed without test scores, the admissions committee will continue to look at all factors of a student's application including grades earned in academic coursework; performance in honors, IB/AP courses; regents coursework and exams (for NYS residents), essay/personal statement; letters of recommendation, involvement in activities; and other achievements, along with a portfolio for those students applying to one of RIT’s BFA degrees in the Schools of Art, Design, and Film and Animation. In the absence of test scores, more weight will be placed upon the overall grade performance and other items mentioned above.


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