Freshman Admissions

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We are following COVID-19 moment-by-moment, acting in accordance with NY state guidelines, and using the best information possible (i.e. CDC, Rochester-based health agencies, location-specific information, etc.) to ensure the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, and visitors. 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

Visit & Events

While we continue to do our part to flatten the curve, you can still experience RIT. We will be offering limited small group on-campus tours. Virtual options provide information about admission, financial aid, student life, and academics from the comfort of home. See below for options and availability.

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Fall Open House

Join us virtually to dive deep into academics, co-op, student life and so much more. Get ready to find out what amazing looks like.

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Explore RIT Virtually

Experience the extraordinary that RIT offers.

Future On-Campus Events

  • Information Sessions
  • Interviews
  • Open Houses for Prospective and Accepted Students

Future Off-Campus Events

  • Hometown Interviews
  • College Fairs
  • School Visits
  • Portfolio Days
  • Information Receptions

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.

    • Spring and Summer 2021: Submitting test scores is optional for applicants to all programs in the College of Liberal Arts.
    • Fall 2021 and beyond: RIT will be "Test Optional" for all undergraduate programs. Applicants may choose whether to report test scores to be considered with their application. SAT/ACT score results will be required for consideration in the RIT/SUNY Upstate Medical University Accelerated Scholars Program.

    RIT reviews its applicant pool using a holistic review process.  Each applicant is reviewed individually taking all classes, rigor of high school coursework, grade point average, rank, final exams, portfolio, extracurricular activities, recommendations, and many other factors into the final decision on admission to their RIT major.  For those not submitting scores, our admissions officers will consider with increased weighting on their “additional information”, looking for important qualities and characteristics along with academic and personal accomplishments. 

  • 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.

We invite you to join us for a Virtual RIT Counselor Information Session. During our presentation, we will discuss RIT’s experiential-based curriculum, cooperative education, personalized attention for students, state-of-the-art facilities, student support services, co-curricular and extracurricular activities, potential match between students and RIT, and application processes for admissions and financial aid.


Contact Undergraduate Admissions

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United States

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Abhirami Somaskanda
Senior Assistant Director
Daniel Haasis
Admissions Counselor

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

Devin Lamb
Senior Assistant Director

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

Ian Mortimer
Vice President Enrollment Mgmt and Associate Provost for Adult and Online Ed

Representative for VT

Karim Yaport
Admissions Counselor

Representative for AZ, CA (Southern), NM, NV, PR, TX

Jessica Garcia
Admissions Counselor
Mariah McLane Giardino
Associate Director

Representative for DC, MD, VA

Marian Nicoletti
Director Undergraduate Admission

Representative for MI

Mark Emblidge
Assistant Director Undergraduate Admissions

Representative for CA (Nothern), OR, WA

Mark Muenzer
Senior Associate Director

Representative for Canada

Michael Navarrete
Admissions Counselor

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

Molly Lane
Assistant Director Undergraduate Admissions

Representative for AK, AR, CO, FL, ID, MT, OK, UT, WY 

Salvatore Mazzara
Admissions Counselor

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

Samantha Tasciotti
Admissions Counselor

Representative for MA, ME, NH

Sarah Burke
Assistant Director

Representative for KY, TN, NC, SC

SueLynn Hauer
Senior Associate Director

Representative for GA, HI, US Territories (except PR), US military Overseas

Sally Douglas
Senior Associate Director

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

Tess Tomanovich
Assistant Director

Representative for NY (Greater Rochester, Finger Lakes, Central NY, Capital Region, Northern NY, Eastern Southern Tier minus Rochester City and Syracuse City)

Tonya Dolezal
Senior Assistant Director

Representative for IA, IL, KS, MN, MO, ND, NE, SD, WI

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