Transfer Admission

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Transfer students may still apply for admission and scholarships for Fall semester.

At RIT, you’re on to an experience unlike any other.
Each year, 800 new transfer students who are motivated by the thrill of discovery and determined to move the world forward choose to enroll at RIT.  

Applying for Admission

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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.

Ways to Apply

Ways to Apply

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

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.

Transfer Application Checklist

  • Complete the Common Application or RIT Application

  • Pay the $65 application fee

  • Request official academic transcripts from all colleges you have attended (even if only one class)

  • If you have completed fewer than 30 semester hours (45 quarter hours) at the time of your application, high school transcripts and SAT/ ACT* scores are required

  • 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. (A portfolio is not required for admission to our School of Photographic Arts and Sciences unless an applicant is seeking transfer credit for completed coursework in photography.)

Recommended Academic Preparation

School of Art, School of Design

Majors and Options

School of Art
Illustration, Medical Illustration, Studio Arts
School of Design
3D Digital Design, Graphic Design, Industrial Design, Interior Design, New Media Design

Transfer Course Recommendations without Associate Degree

Courses in studio art, art history, and liberal arts. A portfolio of original artwork is required to determine admissions, studio art credit, and year level in the program.

Appropriate Associate Degree Programs for Transfer

Related programs or studio art experience in desired disciplines. A portfolio of original artwork is required to determine admissions, studio art credit, and year level in the program.
Summer courses can lead to third-year status in most programs.

School of Film and Animation

Majors and Options

Film and Animation

Transfer Course Recommendations without Associate Degree

Courses in liberal arts, science, design, drawing, and film, video, or animation.

Appropriate Associate Degree Programs for Transfer

Transfer as a third-year student is uncommon, as comparable programs are not generally available at other colleges.

Majors and Options
Motion Picture Science

Transfer Course Recommendations without Associate Degree

Courses in calculus or higher mathematics, college chemistry, calculus-based physics, and liberal arts.

Appropriate Associate Degree Programs for Transfer

Transfer as a third-year student is uncommon, as comparable programs are not generally available at other colleges.

School of Photographic Arts and Sciences

Majors and Options

Photographic and Imaging Arts
Advertising Photography Option
Fine Art Photography Option
Photojournalism Option
Visual Media Option

Transfer Course Recommendations without Associate Degree

Courses in liberal arts, photography, design, and art history. Portfolio required for photo credit.

Appropriate Associate Degree Programs for Transfer

Applied Photography. Portfolio required for photo credit.

Majors and Options
Photographic and Imaging Technologies
Biomedical Photographic
Communications Option

Transfer Course Recommendations without Associate Degree

Courses in biology, photography, and liberal arts. Portfolio required for photo credit.

Appropriate Associate Degree Programs for Transfer

No common program available

Majors and Options
Imaging and Photographic
Technology Option

Transfer Course Recommendations without Associate Degree

Courses in college physics, mathematics, photography, and liberal arts. Portfolio required for photo credit.

Appropriate Associate Degree Programs for Transfer

No common program available
Majors and Options
Accounting

Transfer Course Recommendations without Associate Degree

Courses in economics, accounting, liberal arts, science, and mathematics.

Appropriate Associate Degree Programs for Transfer

AS degree in Accounting or Business Administration.

Majors and Options
Finance, International Business, Management, Marketing, New Media Marketing, Supply Chain Management

Transfer Course Recommendations without Associate Degree

Courses in economics, liberal arts, science, and mathematics.

Appropriate Associate Degree Programs for Transfer

AS degree in Business Administration or Liberal Arts.

Majors and Options
Management Information Systems

Transfer Course Recommendations without Associate Degree

Courses in liberal arts, math, science, economics, and computer science.

Appropriate Associate Degree Programs for Transfer

AS degree in Data Processing/Management Information Systems or in Business Administration.

Majors and Options
Hospitality and Tourism Management

Transfer Course Recommendations without Associate Degree

Courses in business and economics, foreign language, math, science, and liberal arts.

Appropriate Associate Degree Programs for Transfer

Dietetics or Nutrition, Food Service Management, Hotel/Resort Management, Restaurant Management, Travel/Tourism Management, Agriculture and Technology, Business, or Liberal Arts
Computer Science Department

Majors and Options

Computer Science

Transfer Course Recommendations without Associate Degree

Courses in computer science, calculus, liberal arts, calculus-based physics, chemistry, or biology.

Appropriate Associate Degree Programs for Transfer

AS degree in computer science, engineering science, or liberal arts.

Computing Security Department, Information Sciences and Technologies Department, School of Interactive Games and Media

Majors and Options

Computing Security Department
Computing Security
Information Sciences and Technologies Department
Computing and Information Technologies, Human-Centered Computing, Web and Mobile Computing
School of Interactive Games and Media
Game Design and Development, New Media Interactive Development

Transfer Course Recommendations without Associate Degree

Courses in programming, computer applications, calculus, lab sciences, liberal arts.

Appropriate Associate Degree Programs for Transfer

AS degree in Computer Applications, Computer Science, Information Technology, or Liberal Arts.

Software Engineering Department

Majors and Options

Software Engineering

Transfer Course Recommendations without Associate Degree

Courses in computer science, calculus, liberal arts, calculus-based physics, chemistry, or biology.

Appropriate Associate Degree Programs for Transfer

AS degree in Computer Science, Engineering Science, or Liberal Arts.
Majors and Options
Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Microelectronic Engineering

Transfer Course Recommendations without Associate Degree

Pre-engineering courses such as calculus, calculus-based physics, chemistry, and liberal arts. Computer science courses for computer engineering applicants.

Appropriate Associate Degree Programs for Transfer

AS degree in Engineering Science (plus computer science electives for computer engineering applicants).
Department of Civil Engineering Technology, Environmental Management and Safety

Majors and Options

Civil Engineering Technology

Transfer Course Recommendations without Associate Degree

Courses in mathematics, science, engineering science, and engineering technology.

Appropriate Associate Degree Programs for Transfer

Civil, Construction, Environmental, Architectural, Transportation, or Surveying Technology; Engineering Science.

Majors and Options
Environmental Sustainability, Health and Safety

Transfer Course Recommendations without Associate Degree

Math through Calculus I, micro and macro economics, introductory courses in biology, chemistry, and physics.

Appropriate Associate Degree Programs for Transfer

Biology, Chemistry, or Environmental Sciences; Business or Public Administration; Liberal Arts with math/science.

Department of Electrical, Computer and Telecommunications Engineering Technology

Majors and Options

Computer Engineering Technology

Transfer Course Recommendations without Associate Degree

Courses in computer science, math, science, engineering science, and engineering technology.

Appropriate Associate Degree Programs for Transfer

Computer Technology, Electrical or Electronic Technology, or Computer Science.

Majors and Options
Electrical Engineering Technology

Transfer Course Recommendations without Associate Degree

Courses in mathematics, science, engineering science, and engineering technology.

Appropriate Associate Degree Programs for Transfer

Electrical Technology, Electronic Technology, Engineering Science.

Department of Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Technology

Majors and Options

Electrical Mechanical Engineering Technology

Transfer Course Recommendations without Associate Degree

Courses in mathematics, science, engineering science, and engineering technology.

Appropriate Associate Degree Programs for Transfer

Electrical or Mechanical Technology, Electronic Technology, Engineering Science.

Majors and Options
Manufacturing Engineering Technology

Transfer Course Recommendations without Associate Degree

Courses in mathematics, science, engineering science, and engineering technology.

Appropriate Associate Degree Programs for Transfer

Manufacturing, Mechanical, Drafting and Design, Robotics, or Electromechanical Technology; Engineering Science.

Majors and Options
Mechanical Engineering Technology

Transfer Course Recommendations without Associate Degree

Courses in mathematics, science, engineering science, and engineering technology.

Appropriate Associate Degree Programs for Transfer

Mechanical, Design and Drafting, Air Conditioning, or Electromechanical Technology; Engineering Science.

Department of Packaging Science

Majors and Options

Packaging Science

Transfer Course Recommendations without Associate Degree

Courses in business, mathematics, science, liberal arts, statistics, or computer science.

Appropriate Associate Degree Programs for Transfer

Business Administration, Marketing, Management, Graphic Arts, Engineering Science, Liberal Arts with math/science.

School of Media Sciences

Majors and Options

Media Arts and Technology

Transfer Course Recommendations without Associate Degree

Courses in liberal arts, college math, physics and chemistry, business.

Appropriate Associate Degree Programs for Transfer

Transfer from associate degree programs considered on an individual basis.
Majors and Options
Biomedical Sciences

Transfer Course Recommendations without Associate Degree

Courses in liberal arts, science, and math.

Appropriate Associate Degree Programs for Transfer

AS degree in Biology or Liberal Arts with biology option.

Majors and Options
Computer Engineering Technology

Transfer Course Recommendations without Associate Degree

Courses in computer science, math, science, engineering science, and engineering technology.

Appropriate Associate Degree Programs for Transfer

Computer Technology, Electrical or Electronic Technology, or Computer Science.

Majors and Options
Diagnostic Medical Sonography (Ultrasound)

Transfer Course Recommendations without Associate Degree

Courses in liberal arts, science, and math.

Appropriate Associate Degree Programs for Transfer

AS degree in Liberal Arts with science option; Allied Health; Radiologic Technology.

Majors and Options
Physician Assistant (Fall Entry Only)

Transfer Course Recommendations without Associate Degree

Courses in liberal arts, science, and math.

Appropriate Associate Degree Programs for Transfer

AS degree in Liberal Arts with science option; Allied Health areas.

Wegman’s School of Health and Nutrition

Majors and Options

Dietetics and Nutrition, Nutritional Sciences

Transfer Course Recommendations without Associate Degree

Courses in liberal arts, science, and math. Science courses are required for Nutrition Management major.

Appropriate Associate Degree Programs for Transfer

Dietetics or Nutrition, Foodservice Management, or Liberal Arts.

Majors and Options
Exercise Science

Transfer Course Recommendations without Associate Degree

Courses in liberal arts, science, and math.

Appropriate Associate Degree Programs for Transfer

AS degree in Liberal Arts with science option; Allied Health areas.
Majors and Options
Digital Humanities and Social Sciences

Transfer Course Recommendations without Associate Degree

Courses in liberal arts, math, science, and computer science.

Appropriate Associate Degree Programs for Transfer

Liberal Arts with emphasis in communication and a technical field such as business, photography, or computer science.
School of Communication

Majors and Options

Advertising and Public Relations

Transfer Course Recommendations without Associate Degree

Courses in advertising, marketing, communications, liberal arts, and science.

Appropriate Associate Degree Programs for Transfer

Advertising, Business/Marketing, Communications, Public Relations, or Liberal Arts.

Majors and Options
Communication

Transfer Course Recommendations without Associate Degree

Courses in liberal arts, math, science, and computer science.

Appropriate Associate Degree Programs for Transfer

Liberal Arts with emphasis in communication and a technical field such as business, photography, or computer science.

Majors and Options
Journalism

Transfer Course Recommendations without Associate Degree

Courses in liberal arts, math, science, and computer science.

Appropriate Associate Degree Programs for Transfer

Liberal Arts with emphasis in communication and a technical field such as business, photography, or computer science.

Department of Criminal Justice

Majors and Options

Criminal Justice

Transfer Course Recommendations without Associate Degree

Courses in criminal justice or related areas, liberal arts, math, and science.

Appropriate Associate Degree Programs for Transfer

Criminal Justice, Human Services, or Liberal Arts.

Department of Economics

Majors and Options

Economics

Transfer Course Recommendations without Associate Degree

Courses in business, liberal arts, math, science, and computer science.

Appropriate Associate Degree Programs for Transfer

AS degree in Business Administration or Liberal Arts.

Department of Performing Arts and Visual Culture
Majors and Options
Museum Studies

Transfer Course Recommendations without Associate Degree

Courses in liberal arts, art history, studio arts, photography, business, and chemistry.

Appropriate Associate Degree Programs for Transfer

Fine Arts, Liberal Arts, or Business/Marketing.

Department of Philosophy
Majors and Options
Philosophy

Transfer Course Recommendations without Associate Degree

Courses in liberal arts, math, science, philosophy, and ethics.

Appropriate Associate Degree Programs for Transfer

Liberal Arts.

Department of Political Science, Department of Sociology and Anthropology
Majors and Options
Department of Political Science
Political Science
Department of Sociology and Anthropology
International and Global Studies

Transfer Course Recommendations without Associate Degree

Courses in liberal arts, science, foreign language, and history.

Appropriate Associate Degree Programs for Transfer

Liberal Arts with social sciences, science, or languages.

Department of Psychology

Majors and Options

Psychology

Transfer Course Recommendations without Associate Degree

Courses in liberal arts, sciences, social sciences.

Appropriate Associate Degree Programs for Transfer

Liberal Arts with science or social science.

Department of Public Policy, Department of Sociology and Anthropology
Majors and Options
Department of Public Policy
Public Policy
Department of Sociology and Anthropology
Sociology and Anthropology

Transfer Course Recommendations without Associate Degree

Courses in liberal arts, sciences, and math.

Appropriate Associate Degree Programs for Transfer

Liberal Arts, Environmental Studies, Economics, Government, Science.
Majors and Options
3D Graphics Technology, Accounting Technology, Administrative Support Technology, Applied Computer Technology, Applied Liberal Arts, Applied Mechanical Technology, ASL-English Interpretation, Business, Business Technology, Civil Technology, Computer Aided Drafting Technology, Computer Integrated Machining Technology, Design and Imaging Technology, General Science, Hospitality and Service Management, Laboratory Science Technology, Mobile Application Development, Pre-baccalaureate Studies

Transfer Course Recommendations without Associate Degree

Transfer requirements vary by program.

Appropriate Associate Degree Programs for Transfer

Transfer requirements vary by program. Please contact NTID Office of Admissions, 585-475-6700, toll free in the U.S. and Canada at 866-644-6843, or by videophone at 585-743-1366.
Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science

Majors and Options

Imaging Science

Transfer Course Recommendations without Associate Degree

Courses in math, computer science, and liberal arts.

Appropriate Associate Degree Programs for Transfer

AS degree in Liberal Arts with math/science option, Computer Science, Engineering Science, Science.

Thomas H. Gosnell School of Life Sciences

Majors and Options

Biology

Transfer Course Recommendations without Associate Degree

Courses in liberal arts, sciences, and math.

Appropriate Associate Degree Programs for Transfer

AS degree in Biology or Liberal Arts with biology option.

Majors and Options
Bioinformatics, Biotechnology and Molecular Bioscience

Transfer Course Recommendations without Associate Degree

Courses in liberal arts, sciences, math, and computing.

Appropriate Associate Degree Programs for Transfer

AS degree in Biotechnology or Liberal Arts with biology.

Majors and Options
Environmental Science

Transfer Course Recommendations without Associate Degree

Courses in liberal arts, sciences, and math.

Appropriate Associate Degree Programs for Transfer

AS degree in Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Liberal Arts with science option.

School of Mathematical Sciences

Majors and Options

Applied Mathematics, Applied Statistics, Computational Mathematics

Transfer Course Recommendations without Associate Degree

Courses in liberal arts, physics, math, and chemistry.

Appropriate Associate Degree Programs for Transfer

AS degree in Liberal Arts with math/science option.

School of Chemistry and Materials Science

Majors and Options

Biochemistry, Chemistry

Transfer Course Recommendations without Associate Degree

Courses in liberal arts, chemistry, math, and physics.

Appropriate Associate Degree Programs for Transfer

AS degree in Liberal Arts with chemistry option; Chemical Technology, Laboratory Technology.

School of Physics and Astronomy

Majors and Options

Physics

Transfer Course Recommendations without Associate Degree

Courses in calculus or higher mathematics, college chemistry, calculus-based physics, and liberal arts.

Appropriate Associate Degree Programs for Transfer

No common program available..

Majors and Options

Applied Arts and Sciences

Appropriate Associate Degree Programs for Transfer

The applied arts and sciences program is particularly appropriate for individuals who have prior college-level learning, are interested in changing majors, have unique ideas about how they want to design their academic areas of study, or want to prepare themselves for a career that requires skills and expertise from several disciplines.

Transferring Credits to RIT

A transfer credit evaluation is completed as part of the application process. Credit is granted by the academic departments for coursework that is related to your intended program, if it is taken at a regionally accredited college or university. Usually a grade of "C" or better is required for transfer credit to be awarded.

There is no limit on the number of credit hours that can be awarded, however, a recipient of a two-year associate's degree from another accredited university cannot receive more than 60 semester credits for that degree. A minimum of 30 semester credit hours needs to be completed at RIT in the college granting the degree for Associate and Baccalaureate degree candidates. A matriculated undergraduate student's year level is determined by the number of credit hours the student has earned according to the scale below. (This does not include course work in progress).

YEAR LEVEL 1-4-YEAR PROGRAMS 5-YEAR PROGRAMS
1 0-26 0-26
2 27-55 27-55
3 56-84 56-75
4 85-above 76-95
5   96-above

Visit and Events

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Personal Campus Visit

Schedule a Tour, Info Session, or Interview

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Transfer Days

Wednesday, June 26, 2019
Thursday, July 11, 2019

On Campus Events

During Transfer Days you will be able to explore RIT academics, tour facilities, and meet with admissions representatives. If you would like to attend a Transfer Day, advanced registration is highly recommended.

Register Now

Students who have been accepted for Fall 2019 are invited to spend a day on the RIT campus. During an Accepted Student Open House visitors are able to meet faculty, tour campus, residence halls and academic departments, eat lunch in the student cafeteria and listen to a financial aid presentation.

Note: You will be prompted to log into your admissions portal account to register for the Open House. To register for the event without logging in, please email admiss08@rit.edu or call 585-475-6631.

Registration has concluded. Please check back soon for the 2020 schedule.

  • Saturday, September 28, 2019
  • Monday, October 14, 2019
  • Saturday, November 9, 2019

All prospective students and their families are invited to spend a day on the RIT campus. During an Open House visitors are able to meet faculty, tour campus, residence halls and academic departments, eat lunch in the student cafeteria and listen to a financial aid presentation.

Registration will be available August 2019

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 2,500 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.

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Associate Director Admissions
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Assistant Director Undergraduate Admissions
585-475-2612
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Admissions Counselor
585-475-2345
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