Undergraduate FAQs

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Visiting RIT

RIT Is currently hosting individual on campus tours with one of our student ambassadors.

For options on how to connect with admissions, please visit here.

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 beginning Fall 2021.  Students interested in being reviewed without test scores, should indicate this on the application for admission.

Students applying for Spring 2021 will still be required to submit test scores for admissions consideration.

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.

Log into your admissions portal (which you created when you applied for admission) at join.rit.edu/status to check on your status.

Yes, for more details please refer to our Friendly Early Decision policy at https://www.rit.edu/admissions/freshman/early-decision.

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.

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

Students beginning in the spring semester should complete their residence hall contract no later than January 2nd.  For Fall 2021, timelines can be found here: mylife.rit.edu.

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).  Spring enrollees will be contacted by your academic advisor.  For Fall 2021, you can find more information here.

You will be contacted by your academic advisor.  More information can be found here.

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

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.

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.

All P grades will be considered successful completion of the course.

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 4 month period. There is a $42 fee for this service and you can find more information here.

Yes. RIT will continue to review all students for merit scholarships regardless if they have submitted test scores.