International Applicants


RIT welcomes students from more than 100 countries to create a vibrant community teeming with students working together and collaborating with experts in their field of study. RIT's nine colleges offer more than 90 career-oriented undergraduate programs, 83 minors, numerous possibilities for double majors and accelerated bachelor's/master's degree combinations, RIT is a hub for innovation and creativity. As home to the National Technical Institute of the Deaf, RIT is a leader in providing access services for deaf and hard-of-hearing students.

Experiential education is integrated into many programs through cooperative education, internships, and undergraduate research.  With over 100 years of commitment to cooperative education and experiential learning, RIT ranks among the most prominent and largest co-op programs in the world with 4,100 students participating and earning over $36 million last year.  As you can see, RIT is a perfect environment for talented students to pursue their passion and prepare for promising careers. 


International Requirements

You should apply as an international student if you need a visa in order to study or live in the United States.  If you are a US citizen, dual US citizen, or permanent resident of the US, you are not considered an international applicant.

International students may apply online, download a paper application form, or use the Common Application. Students whose native language is not English must submit results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or PTE Academic examination.  RIT offers a comprehensive English Language Center should you need English Language study before you begin your academic studies.

Applications are reviewed on a "rolling" basis, with admissions notification four to six weeks after all materials are received by RIT.  However, the priority application date for fall term is January 15.  International applicants who are deaf should check the appropriate box in the Applicant Status section of the application and submit an audiological record in order to qualify for educational access and support services provided through NTID.

General Information

  • Differential Admissions

    Students applying to RIT choose a specific academic program as part of the admission process. This is important because we offer a variety of academic programs, and  requirements differ from one program to another.

  • Undecided Students

    It's natural to be uncertain of your future. Like many prospective college students, you may have several different personal interests and career aspirations right now.
  • Applying To More Than One Major

    We also encourage applicants to indicate a second and third program choice when applying for admission. If RIT is unable to offer you admission to your first choice program, you may be qualified for admission to one of your alternative choices.