Admissions and Aid



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 geographical, social, cultural, economic, and ethnic backgrounds. For more information on undergraduate and graduate admission please contact RIT’s Undergraduate or Graduate Admissions Offices.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

RIT's Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships assists you and your family in identifying sources of financial aid to help meet the cost of a quality education. 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.


For complete financial aid information please visit the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships website.

Office of Financial Aid
and Scholarships

Portfolio Requirements

The BFA and MFA programs in the Schools of American Crafts, Art, Design, and Film and Animation, as well as the School of Art’s MST program, require a portfolio. There are various ways for prospective students to receive an evaluation of their artistic skills. Faculty in the College of Art and Design meet one-on-one with students to review portfolios at RIT’s Fall Open Houses. In addition, our faculty travel the country each year to dozens of cities as part of National Portfolio Day (NPD) events. At NPD events, students can meet with top art and design schools. What sets RIT apart from our competitors — many of whom send Admissions staff — is that our faculty review and accept portfolios. Prospective students interested in RIT’s College of Art and Design have the opportunity to meet directly with faculty who are nationally-renowned artists, photographers, designers and filmmakers.

View list of our portfolio requirements

Open Houses

Prospective students and their families are invited to experience RIT during Open House events. You will be able to meet faculty and learn about curriculum requirements, student support services, facilities, residence halls, financial aid, academic departments and more. 

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Daily Tours

We offer comprehensive tours of our schools to provide an in-depth view of an environment in which creativity and innovation flourish. All tours include a close look at our sprawling, world-class facilities, detailed information about our programs and the careers they lead to along with the wide array of resources available to students.

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