Undergraduate FAQs

Visiting RIT

Take a virtual tour here.

Schedule a phone interview with an admission or financial aid counselor here.

We will share additional opportunities to connect virtually as they become available.

Application Process

Yes, for most majors, we are still accepting applications for first year and transfer students and scholarships and aid are still available. 

RIT is test optional for College of Liberal Arts applicants and College of Art & Design Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) applicants (except Medical Illustration). We will post and send out future updates as they become available.

The Admissions Committee will be understanding of the academic disruption for winter and spring 2020 and applicants will not be disadvantaged by “Pass” grades on transcripts or cancelled Regents Exams.

Enrolling at RIT

If you will not be taking college courses during your deferral year, then your scholarship award will remain the same.  A FAFSA submission is required again for need-based financial aid consideration, but if your financial situation remains similar, you can expect a similar financial aid award next year.  

If you are enrolling at another college for a year, this is not considered a deferral and you will need to be reconsidered for admission, scholarship and financial aid as a transfer student.

Please pay the $500 deposit by June 1 and we will make it refundable for you should you decide not to attend RIT after you visit.

Your academic advisor will be registering you for classes in early August.

Your housing contract needs to be submitted by June 1 at mylife.rit.edu.  Full information can be found here.

You will need to complete student health forms and send us your final high school transcript over the summer.  You can find complete information about next steps here.

The Math Placement Exam (MPE) is used to place BS (Bachelor of Science) students in the appropriate initial mathematics and/or statistics course(s).  The MPE will open online on May 15 and you can find more information here.

RIT is now offering Directed Self Placement (DSP).   Students can take a survey over the summer or on the first day of class to see if they want to take UWRT 150 (Writing Seminar) or UWRT 100 (Critical Reading and Writing).   More information can be found here.

High School Courses and Standardized Tests (Including AP/IB)

If Regents Exams are cancelled or offered on a Pass/Fail basis, you will not be at risk of losing your offer of admission (as long as you graduate successfully from high school by August 2020).

We anticipate that the AP Policy at RIT will remain the same regardless if the exam is offered online or in person.  See here for more information about transfer eligibility.

The IB exam results are not required to retain your offer of admission.  Typically, Higher Level courses with a 5, 6 or 7 result are required for transfer credit consideration.   With IB examinations being cancelled for May 2020, it is still being determined how transfer credit requests will be handled.

Let’s schedule a phone conversation to talk about your individual situation.  You may be able to take the GED as an alternative to demonstrate high school equivalency or earn your high school diploma in August.  If neither of those options are possible, we can talk about other pathways to becoming an RIT student (i.e. deferring, transferring, non-matriculated while finishing hs equivalency, etc)

All P grades will be considered successful completion.   F grades will be subjected to review by the Admissions Committee and may result in the admission offer being rescinded.

College Courses

In consideration of the alternate grading options being offered at many institutions of higher education in response to the COVID-19 global health crisis, the Rochester Institute of Technology will award transfer credit for any coursework taken in Spring 2020 that is graded with a C or higher, Pass, or Satisfactory (or its equivalent) grade from other regionally accredited colleges or universities and specific armed services course work. RIT will award credit for all Pass and Satisfactory grades regardless of the external schools determination of equivalent letter grades

Financial Aid and Scholarships

You are welcome to appeal your financial aid award to see if RIT can offer additional funding. 

RIT offers a payment plan where a semester bill can be spread out over a four month period (1st payment due by August 15 and 4th payment due by November 15). There is a $42 fee for this service and you can find more information here.

While we hope that the fall semester will be offered with on-campus instruction, we are planning for the scenario where all or part of the fall semester may be offered online.   Should we need to offer fall semester coursework online, we will provide more information about the tuition and fee costs at that time.