Frequently asked questions about graduate admissions & life at RIT.
Applying For Admission
What degree or educational requirements are required to apply to RIT’s graduate programs?
All applicants to RIT’s graduate programs must hold-or currently be completing-a four year baccalaureate degree, or the U.S. equivalent, granted by an accredited college or university.
What is the application fee and how can I make my payment?
The application fee is $65 US dollars. Please pay your application fee online before submitting your final application. If you have already submitted your final application, pay your application fee online.
How will I be notified of an admission decision, and when will I be notified?
The Office of Graduate Enrollment Services will contact you to acknowledge receipt of your application. Your Admissions Portal has a checklist that will serve as your primary information resource to update you on what documentation RIT has received. As soon as all of your documentation is received, you will receive an email confirming that your application has been sent to the academic department for review. When a decision is made you will receive email notification. The length of time to receive a decision will vary by academic department. Please refer to our programs of study to see typical timelines for your specific program of interest.
Will photocopies of my academic documents, that have been notarized by an authorized official in my home country, be considered official?
No. Academic documents (photocopies or originals) must be attested (bearing an original colored stamp and/or signature) by the granting college or university. Unfortunately, we cannot accept notarized documents. However, you may upload scanned copies of official documents to your online application and wait to send official hard copy transcripts until after an admissions decision has been made.
Is an international credential evaluation by an authorized agency a requirement for international students and admission to RIT graduate programs?
If you feel that your academic credentials are not the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor's degree, we recommend an academic credential evaluation to determine the exact U.S. degree equivalency.
Generally, no, an international credential evaluation is NOT required for admission to graduate programs at RIT. However, our office will conduct a review of your academic documents when received and if we DO NOT believe that your educational background is the equivalent of a 4 year U.S. bachelor's degree, we may suggest that you have your credentials reviewed by one of the agencies listed below.
International Education Research Foundation Inc.
World Education Services
Academic Credentials Evaluation Institute Inc.
Educational Credentials Evaluators Inc.
What is the application deadline?
For detailed application deadline information about your specific program of interest, please refer to our programs of study page. Many programs accept applications on a rolling basis.
How are admissions decisions made?
Decisions on graduate selection are made by the college offering the program. All applicants will be notified of the admission decision as soon as possible. All credentials are considered in the application decision – transcripts, GPA, official test scores (TOEFL, GMAT, GRE), personal statement, and resume. In addition, some programs require portfolios, writing samples, and letters of recommendation. Work experience is NOT required for most programs. For detailed admissions requirements for your specific program of interest, please refer to our programs of study page.
What are the qualifications for entrance?
For specific entrance requirements for your particular program of interest, please refer to our programs of study page.
What are my chances of being admitted given my academic background?
As soon as we receive and evaluate your complete application packet we will be able to determine your admissibility to the program. You can contact our office of Graduate Enrollment Services by email, our online chat, or by phone to discuss your application and background. We can provide general information, but not an admission decision.
The program I am considering says that it admits students on a "rolling basis": what does that mean?
Applications for the some of RIT's program are accepted on a rolling basis, which means applicants are reviewed all year. RIT is on a semester-based calendar.
What is the minimum TOEFL score?
What is the minimum GMAT score?
A minimum GMAT score is not the only criterion for admission to the RIT MBA program. In evaluating an application, the graduate admissions committee pays careful attention to each individual's undergraduate academic record, GMAT score, and personal statement. GMAT test scores range from 200-800.
What is the minimum GRE score?
What if my GRE or GMAT score is lower than the acceptable range for scores of admitted students?
Admissions decisions are not made solely on GRE or GMAT scores. The scores provide us with another measure of your academic ability, and also gives us a way to evaluate undergraduate preparation from schools with which we may not be familiar. The test score is just one of several possible assessments and is not a criterion by which we accept or reject applicants.
What is RIT’s institute code for submission of test scores?
RIT’s institution/college code is 2760.
Can I apply to two RIT graduate programs at the same time?
When using our new online application portal, you may select up to three program choices in order of preference. You will be reviewed for your first choice. If admitted, you will not be reviewed for additional program choices except by request. If not admitted to your first choice, you will be contacted by our office to confirm that you will be reviewed for additional program choices noted in your application. Please note that you may not be enrolled in and pursuing classes for more than one program at a time.
If I am not accepted in my first program choice, can I apply to another program?
Yes. You may designate up to three program choices at the point of application. If you are not accepted to your first program choice, you will be contacted by our office to confirm that you will be reviewed for additional program choices noted on your application.
How can I submit recommendation letters in support of my application?
Two or three letters of recommendation are required for admission to all RIT graduate programs except those offered by the College of Business. Recommendations should come from members of the academic community and/or workplace professionals who know your qualifications for graduate study. Please do not send more than three letters of recommendation.
Where can I find my student ID number?
Nine digit student ID numbers are emailed to applicants two days after submitting the application.
What if I sent my documents and the application checklist is not updated to reflect receipt of those documents?
Costs and Financial Aid
Can I afford RIT?
We feel strongly that no qualified student should refuse to consider RIT because of cost. We offer a full range of traditional financial aid programs and a number of innovative financing plans. In 2014-2015, RIT provided over $18 million in merit scholarships and graduate tuition remission to approximately 2,200 graduate students. For more information regarding financial support for graduate students please refer to the Graduate Costs & Financial Aid page.
How much does tuition cost?
Are there scholarships for graduate students? How much?
Is there a separate application form or procedure for applying for scholarships or assistantships?
Living On Campus
What's the weather like?
Rochester enjoys the beauty of the four seasons. It is usually warm and sunny from June through September, and snowy from November through March. Spring and fall are moderate in temperature. For more information on living in Rochester, visit http://www.visitrochester.com/.
Is housing available?
Varied accommodation is available for approximately 6,400 students (including undergraduates). Visit the RIT Housing website.
Am I guaranteed housing on campus?
RIT’s campus housing offers many living options to meet the diverse needs, interests, and backgrounds of RIT students. Matriculated students MUST submit their admission deposit before they can apply for RIT housing.
Can I bring a car to campus?
Yes, you can.
What clubs and organizations are there at RIT?
We currently have 205 active clubs, 11 major student organizations and 30 greek organizations on campus. RIT welcomes and embraces all of its unique, student operated clubs and organizations. Have a look at the list of clubs and organizations.
Cooperative Education and Career Placement
Will I be able to get a good job after RIT?
Am I guaranteed an internship, co-op or practical training work experience during my study?
General Questions About RIT
What is RIT's ranking?
How big is RIT?
The main campus is about 1,300 acres, and includes 238 buildings spread over 5.3 million sq. ft. It is a coeducational, privately endowed Institute, enrolling more than 18,500 full- and part-time undergraduate and graduate students preparing for technical and professional careers.
Is RIT an accredited institution?
Yes, RIT is chartered by the legislature of the State of New York and accredited by the Commission on Higher Education, Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and NY State Education Department, Office of College and University Education.
What's the student-to-faculty ratio?
The student/faculty ratio is 13:1, and 91 percent of the classes have fewer than 40 students.
What is the difference between a state and a private school?
A state college is public and is primarily funded by the government therefore the cost to the student is lower. On the other hand a private college is funded privately.
What about student diversity?
The RIT student body consists of 2,635 international students from 102 different countries. RIT students come from all backgrounds-Whites, Hispanics, Asians, Pacific Islanders, African Americans and others. RIT is also home to the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, the world's first and largest technological college for deaf and hard-of-hearing students. The presence of more than 1,150 deaf and hard-of-hearing students on campus adds a social dynamic not found at other colleges.
What is the ratio of female/male students?
The fall 2015 total included 12,460 male students and 6,146 female students.
How old is RIT?
Founded in 1829 as the Rochester Athenaeum, Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) has been a pioneer in career-oriented education and a leader in cooperative education since 1912.
Can I take classes at RIT without being officially admitted to a degree program?
Yes. To take a class at the graduate level on a non-matric status usually requires permission from the dept. To take a class at the undergraduate level on a non-matric status usually requires completion of any pre-requisite OR a professor's approval. In both cases you must wait for the matriculated students to register for classes and then it is open registration for any non-matriculated students. Please contact the office of the Registrar. *This does NOT apply to international students who would require a visa. To obtain a visa, the applicant must already be admitted and enrolled in a full time degree program.*
What are my communication options for learning more about RIT programs?
What are immunization requirements for students?
All students registered for 4 or more credit hours and born after January 1, 1957 need to comply with New York State and RIT immunization requirements.
New York State law requires proof of immunity to measles, mumps and rubella through either 2 MMR shots or positive blood titers for each disease. New York State also requires all students, regardless of age, to sign a meningococcal awareness form.
RIT requires students age 26 and under to have the meningitis shot.
Required immunizations need to be submitted no more than 30 days prior to the start of classes in order to avoid a delay in registration or interruption of classes for which you are enrolled. Contact the Student Health Center at (585) 475-2255 with questions. Additional information and forms are available at www.rit.edu/studenthealth.