Timelines & Requirements

Application Timelines

Applicant StatusEntry TermApplication DeadlinesNotification Dates
Early Decision
Fall Semester

Submit application, test scores and transcript by November 15 (postmarked). 

Early Decision notification mailed by mid-January.
Regular Decision
Fall Semester Submit application, test scores and transcript by January 15* (postmarked). Regular Decision notification mailed by mid-March.
Regular Decision
Fall Semester After January 15*: Applications reviewed on a space-available basis. Notification 4-6 weeks after all documents received.
Freshman Spring Semester or Summer Term Applications received on a rolling basis. Notification 4-6 weeks after all documents received.

Standardized Tests

SAT / ACT Scores
Freshman applicants must submit results from the SAT or ACT. Applicants should have the testing agency send SAT or ACT scores directly to RIT or have scores included on their high school transcript. RIT will accept results from any test date, and ACT or SAT examinations are equally acceptable for admission consideration. The ACT’s optional writing test is recommended but not required for those students who choose the ACT.  (Please note that if you are age 25 or older the SAT/ACT requirement is waived.) SAT / ACT Admission Guidelines PDF (mid 50% range)

Portfolio Requirements

The following undergraduate programs require a portfolio:


  • Fine Arts Studio
  • Illustration
  • Medical Illustration
  • Undeclared Art & Design


  • 3D Digital Design
  • Graphic Design
  • Industrial Design
  • Interior Design
  • New Media Design
  • Undeclared Art & Design

American Crafts

  • Ceramics
  • Furniture Design
  • Glass
  • Metals and Jewelry Design
  • Undeclared Crafts
A portfolio is not required for freshman admission to Photographic Arts & Sciences or Film & Animation. However, the School of Film & Animation recommends students submit a portfolio if one is available.

Portfolio Guidelines

Visit the College of Imaging Arts & Sciences website to view guidelines: http://cias.rit.edu/prospective-students/portfolio-guide/

Portfolio Submission

Portfolios can be submitted through SlideRoom or mailed to the Undergraduate Admissions Office. Please Visit the College of Imaging Arts & Sciences website for submission details: http://cias.rit.edu/prospective-students/portfolio-guide/

Mailing address for Undergraduate Admissions:
Rochester Institute of Technology
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
60 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, New York 14623-5604


Academic Transcripts

If you are applying for freshman admission, you should take The Secondary School Transcript Request Form to your high school guidance office to be completed and returned to RIT with an official copy of your transcript in a sealed school envelope.

Freshman Application Check-List

  • Complete and submit/sign your application
  • Pay the $60 application fee
  • Secondary School Transcripts Request and Midyear Report forms submitted to your school counselor. School counselor recommendation is part of this form.
  • Request your official standardized test scores be sent to RIT (CEEB ID #2760). SAT I or ACT
  • Art Portfolio (required for admission into School of Art and School of Design)