Freshman Undergraduate Application

We give every application comprehensive consideration and seek diverse applicants who demonstrate character, resilience, and problem-solving skills.

For Fall 2021 and beyond, RIT is Test Optional.

Learn more about what this means for your application

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.

Application Timeline

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

If RIT is your first choice school, there are many benefits to applying with one of our Friendly Early Decision plans. They come in a couple of forms and are designed to be flexible. Learn more about Friendly Early Decision Benefits


Early Decision I Early Decision II Regular Decision
Application Deadline November 1st January 1st January 15th
Recommended FAFSA Submission deadline November 1st January 1st January 15th
Decision Notification Mid-December Mid-January Mid-March
$500 Deposit Deadline - Pay Deposit January 15th February 15th May 1st

Early Decision

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Is RIT your 1st choice school?

Consider one of RIT's Friendly Early Decision Plans, so you receive Admissions and Financial Aid decisions earlier than other applicants. Our Friendly Early Decision plans are different than many other schools, offering special benefits to students who know what they want to do and what they need to get there.

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. University Exploration

"I'm not sure what I want to study yet. I want to explore several colleges."

No problem. Apply to our University Exploration program. This will allow you to take classes among different colleges.

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.

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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. 

View degree-specific admissions requirements 

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RIT is Test Optional

You don't have to wait to take the SAT or ACT to apply to RIT! For Fall 2021 and beyond, RIT will be "Test Optional" which means it's your choice whether to submit test scores with your application. 

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Application Checklist

Use the list below 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.

  • Submit a letter of recommendation.

  • Provide official or self-reported test results from the SAT or ACT.
    For Fall 2021 and beyond: RIT is "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.

  • 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

For Fall 2021 and beyond, 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 or 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 & Animation. In the absence test scores, more weight will be placed upon the overall grade performance and other items mentioned above.

*SAT/ACT score results will be required for consideration in the RIT/SUNY Upstate Medical University Accelerated Scholars Program.

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If you have questions regarding your application, we're here to help.

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