Timelines & Requirements

Application Timelines

 Early Decision IEarly Decision IIRegular Decision
Application Deadline November 1st

January 1st

January 15th
Recommended FAFSA submission deadline November 1st January 1st January 15th
Decision Notification Mid-December Mid-January Mid-March
$300 Deposit Deadline January 15th February 15th May 1st


For Spring Semester or Summer Term, applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Notifications will go out 4-6 weeks after all documents are received.

Standardized Tests

SAT/ACT Scores
Freshman applicants must submit test results from the SAT or ACT.  RIT invites students to provide self-reported standardized test scores (ACT, SAT, TOEFL).  Students may self-report their scores in the following ways:

    • On their application for admission
    • Via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    • From your school/college counselor via mail or email

Admitted students will be required to submit their official scores once they choose to enroll at RIT. 

RIT will accept results from any test date, and ACT or SAT examinations are equally acceptable for admission consideration. (Please note that if you are age 25 or older the SAT/ACT requirement is waived.) SAT / ACT Admission Guidelines PDF (mid 50% range)

International Baccalaureate (IB)
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.

Portfolio Requirements

The following undergraduate programs require a portfolio:


  • Illustration
  • Medical Illustration
  • Studio Arts
  • Studio Arts - Ceramics
  • Studio Arts - Expanded Forms
  • Studio Arts - Furniture Design
  • Studio Arts - Glass
  • Studio Arts - Metals and Jewelry Design
  • Studio Arts - Non-Toxic Printmaking
  • Studio Arts - Painting
  • Studio Arts - Sculpture
  • Undeclared Art & Design


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

Film and Animation

  • Film & Animation - Animation Option
  • Film & Animation - Production Option
  • Film & Animation - Exploration Option
A portfolio is not required for freshman admission to the School of Photographic Arts and Sciences.

Portfolio Guidelines

Visit the College of Art and Design (formerly College of Imaging Arts and Sciences) website to view guidelines: http://rit.edu/artdesign/prospective-students/portfolio-guide/

Portfolio Submission

Portfolios can be submitted through SlideRoom or mailed to the Undergraduate Admissions Office. Please Visit the College of Art and Design website for submission details: http://rit.edu/artdesign/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

All applicants must submit an official high school transcript. Contact your high school guidance office, and ask them to send an official high school transcript to RIT. Transcripts may be mailed, faxed, or electronically through the Common Application.

Mailing Address:

  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Office of undergraduate Admissions
  • 60 Lomb Memorial Drive
  • Rochester, NY 14623

Fax number: 585-475-7424 (Must include a cover sheet that clearly shows that it came directly from the high school)