Freshman Admissions

Coronavirus Information:
We are following this situation moment-by-moment and using the best information possible (i.e. CDC, Rochester-based health agencies, location-specific information, etc.) in deciding whether to reschedule admission events for admitted students.

As such, we have made the following changes to our deposit deadline and visitation schedule:

  • The Regular Decision deposit deadline has been extended to June 1.
  • Our Accepted Student Open House will be rescheduled to sometime in May and we will notify you when registration is available.
  • Until further notice, we will not be hosting any admissions visitors on-campus.

We will notify you as soon as possible when visitors may return to campus. Until then, stay informed, safe, and, especially, healthy. The health and safety of our community is paramount and this extends to our many visitors, future students, and families.

If you have any questions, please contact us at 585-475-6631 or

Early Decision II

It's likely you're the kind of person who knows what you want to do. Chances are, you also know what you need to get you there.

If RIT is your first-choice college, our Early Decision II plan is the way to go. Apply by January 1.

Learn more about Early Decision at RIT

We'll provide the gifted faculty, unconventional degree programs, career-focused experiential learning and a vibrant campus life.

You bring you.

Visit and Events

Take a Virtual Tour of Campus

While you are unable to visit campus right now, you can get a good idea of what our campus is like by taking our virtual tour!

Virtual Tour

On-Campus Visit and Events

Nothing beats a campus visit. We encourage you to explore all that RIT has to offer. There is so much to see and do during your visit from taking a campus tour, learning about RIT admissions and getting a closer look at our outstanding facilities.

Schedule your visit online or contact our visit coordinator at (585) 475-6736 or email

Spend the day with us celebrating your acceptance and peeking into your future. You will:

> Deep dive into your major
> Learn why our co-op program is the best idea happening in higher education and how it will help you land a great job after graduation
> Find out about student life including housing, dining, student clubs and activities, athletics, and performing arts
> Get your financial aid questions answered
> ...and so much more.

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This is a perfect first look at RIT for students who are just starting their college search! High school freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and their families can learn more about RIT academics, the admissions and financial aid process, and tour the academic and residential facilities.

Will be rescheduled. Date TBD.

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  • July 17-18, 2020
  • July 31 - August 1, 2020

The 30th Annual College & Careers program at RIT is an amazing opportunity for you to explore career options through interactive academic sessions. These sessions include personal hands-on experience, demonstrations and discussions. Working with our renowned faculty and students you will discover and utilize the state-of-the-art facilities and technology available at RIT. 

This two day career conference is designed to help students, who will be entering their junior or senior year in the fall, gain the experience and knowledge necessary to start making career decisions about their future. 

In addition, College & Careers is a great way to experience life as an RIT college student. You will get to sleep in our residence halls, eat in our student cafeteria and participate in Friday night social activities with other college-bound seniors. 

College & Careers also includes a separate (but optional) program for your parents, which will provide them with information about the college search process, financial aid and more.

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  • Saturday, September 26, 2020
  • Monday, October 12, 2020
  • Saturday, November 14, 2020

Check-in will begin at 8:30 a.m. and activities should conclude by 4 p.m. Advanced registration is highly recommended.

Deep dive into your academic interest, learn about our signature co-op program, tour our vibrant campus and learn more about admissions and financial aid.

Registration will be available in Summer 2020.

Off-Campus Events

Applying for Admission

Admission to RIT is competitive, but our admission process is a personal one. Each application is reviewed holistically for strength of academic preparation, performance on standardized tests, counselor recommendations, and your personal career interests. We seek applicants from a variety of geographic, social, cultural, economic, and ethnic backgrounds.

If RIT is your 1st choice college, we recommend one of our "friendly" Early Decision Plans.

Choose the Best Way to Begin

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

Choose the Best Way to Begin

Apply directly to a major

Start coursework in your desired major right away.

Apply to a college-based Exploration Option

A great fit for students who have a general focus but need a semester or two to learn more about specific majors in a college.

Apply to the University Exploration Option

An exploration option for students with interests across two or more colleges.

Ways to Apply

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.

Manage Application

Whichever method you choose to apply, we invite you to create an RIT Admissions account to monitor your application, track the status of your application credentials, receive your admissions decision, and more.

Freshman Application Checklist

  • 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 guidance office.

  • Submit a letter of recommendation.

  • Provide official or self-reported test results from the SAT or ACT.

    • Scores can be self-reported on your application or sent by email to RIT Admissions. Admitted students will be required to submit official scores once they choose to enroll at RIT.
    • Test Optional Programs: Applicants to programs in the College of Liberal Arts have the option of submitting test scores.
  • 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.

Academic Preparation and Requirements

Most students applying to RIT choose a specific major as part of the admission process. In addition, all colleges offer undeclared options, and the University Exploration program is available to applicants with interests in two or more colleges. Admission to the Honors Program Given the variety of majors, admission requirements and entrance exam score ranges will vary from one major to another. We would expect, for example, that a student applying for admission to our computer science program would present a strong academic record with particular strength in mathematics, while a student applying for a fine arts major would need to show artistic talent through a required portfolio.

Degree Specific Admissions Requirements (including SAT and ACT mid 50% range)

College credits earned in high school

RIT is pleased to review your AP coursework for possible transfer credit. In order to receive credit for the courses, official AP test scores must be submitted to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions from the College Board. 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. Each department will determine the specific amount of credit to be awarded.

RIT recognizes IB level work. Credit may be awarded for higher level examinations completed with a score of 5 or higher. 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 will be considered for relevant coursework 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.). Each department will determine the specific amount of credit to be awarded.

Costs and Financial Aid

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We’re here to help make RIT financially within reach

We realize that you are taking an important step in your life-one that is exciting, yet challenging. Since you have many other things to consider as you prepare for college, we want to help make your financial aid experience as smooth as possible. Currently, more than 13,000 RIT undergraduate and graduate students receive over $291 million dollars in financial assistance from federal, state, and institutional resources, in the form of scholarships, grants, loans, and part-time employment.

Estimated Cost of Attendance 

Financial Aid and Scholarships 

International Students

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RIT attracts students from every state and more than 100 countries

RIT hosts more than 2,600 international students on the main Rochester, New York campus. The variety of backgrounds and perspectives represented in the RIT community enriches the living and learning experience for all. As students interact on team-based projects, in campus housing and in day-to-day activities, they become enriched and better prepared for the opportunities and challenges of global interdependence.

International Student Information 

International Applicant FAQs

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Accepted Students

You've been accepted, now it's time to be on to something amazing. Your next steps are just a click, swipe, or tap away.

  • Pay your deposit
  • Connect with us
  • Review your enrollment checklist
  • Understand your financial aid
  • For international students, find your comprehensive arrival guide
  • and much more...

Resources for accepted students

Information for School Counselors

Thank you for your interest in RIT. We realize that as a school counselor understanding all that colleges and universities have to offer can sometimes be overwhelming. The following events are designed to help you assist your students in making college choices that are right for them.

This annual program provides an excellent opportunity to learn more about some of the distinctive majors offered and what makes RIT an exciting option for college bound students. Last year's Counselor Enrichment Program was held on Wednesday, May 29th, 2019. The 2020 Counselor Enrichment program will be announced soon.

Please join us for a school counselor breakfast and information session at a local hotel in your area. Our admissions team will come to you with information on RIT's unique academic programs, experiential learning opportunities, student life, support services, potential match between students and RIT, and application processes for admissions and financial aid. These events take place in the fall only. 

View Upcoming Locations and Register

The colleges and universities in Western New York are pleased to invite you to participate in the Colleges of Rochester Tour (CORT) Program. Join us during our fall season as we host you at some of the state’s finest colleges and universities in the Northeast.

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Abhirami Somaskanda
Senior Assistant Director

Representative for AZ, ID, MO, UT

Daniel Haasis
Admissions Counselor

Representative for IN, OH, OK, NY(Greater Buffalo Niagara), PA (Western), WV

Devin Lamb
Senior Assistant Director

Representative for CT, ND, NY (Rockland County, Westchester County, Lower Hudson Valley), RI, SD

Ian Mortimer
Vice President for Enrollment Management

Representative for VT

Karim Yaport
Admissions Counselor

Representative for CA, NV, TX

Jessica Garcia
Admissions Counselor

Representative for AL, LA, MS, NY (NYC and Long Island)

Mariah McLane Giardino
Associate Director

Representative for DC, MD, MT, VA, WY

Marian Nicoletti
Director Undergraduate Admission

Representative for MI

Mark Emblidge
Assistant Director Undergraduate Admissions

Representative for OR, WA

Mark Muenzer
Senior Associate Director

Representative for Canada

Michael Navarrete
Admissions Counselor

Representative for NM, FL, GA

Molly Lane
Assistant Director Undergraduate Admissions

Representative for AR, CO, IA

Salvatore Mazzara
Admissions Counselor

Representative for DE, NJ, PA (Central and Eastern)

Samantha Tasciotti
Admissions Counselor

Representative for MA, ME, NE, NH

Sarah Burke
Assistant Director

Representative for KY, TN, NC, SC

SueLynn Hauer
Senior Associate Director

Representative for AK, HI

Sally Douglas
Senior Associate Director

Representative for NY (Rochester City, Buffalo City, Syracuse City)

Tess Tomanovich
Assistant Director

Representative for KS, NY (Greater Rochester, Finger Lakes, Central NY, Capital Region, Northern NY, Southern Tier)

Tonya Dolezal
Senior Assistant Director

Representative for IL, MN, WI

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