ic S/general/checkmark circled Thanks for subscribing! Be on the lookout for our next newsletter.
ic S/general/checkmark circled
Saved to Favorites. View my Colleges
Colleges / Ithaca College

Ithaca College

Ithaca, NY 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate78%
Acceptance Rate78%

Ithaca College Admissions

If you want to apply to Ithaca College, the regular decision application deadline is February 1 and the application fee is $60.

Students who submit their applications to Ithaca College for the fall semester should receive an admissions decision no later than April 15.

Ithaca College Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here's an overiew of some of Ithaca College's admissions stats.

Ithaca College 2022 Admissions Statistics
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 23.4%
Mean SAT Score 1271
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 25.5%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 9.1%
Waitlist Yes

Ithaca College Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Ithaca College.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I Yes November 1 December 15
Early Decision II –– –– ––
Early Action Yes December 1 February 1
Regular Decision Yes February 1 April 15

Considering Applying Early to Ithaca College?

Ithaca College offers early decision and also offers early action. Early decision is binding, meaning you must attend if you are admitted, while early action allows you to apply early without committing.

🗓️ Early Decision I applications are due by November 1 EDI applicants should receive a decision by December 15.

🗓️ The Early Action deadline is December 1. Ithaca College will release EA admissions decisions no later than February 1.

The early decision acceptance rate at Ithaca College is 95%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 78%.

Ithaca College accepts approximately 95% of early action applicants and 78% all applicants for all deadlines. In 2022, Ithaca College admitted 116 of the 122 students who applied early decision. In 2021, Ithaca College admitted 4,79 of the 5,42 who applied early action.

Some students apply early in hopes that it will boost their chances of being offering admission. When you apply early, your application is considered before all the regular decision applicants apply. Applying early may increase your chance of acceptance, since it demonstrates your interest in a school.

➡️ Explore a list of some selective colleges that accept significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on Ithaca College Admissions

Is Ithaca College Difficult To Get Into?

It is moderately difficult to get into Ithaca College. Ithaca College evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny or waitlist.

In 2021, Ithaca College accepted 78% of students, approximately 10,451 of the 13,445 students who applied.

Schools that are moderately difficult to get into, like Ithaca College, accept fewer than 85% of all applicants. At least 75% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT or over 18 on the ACT. Admissions to film, photography and visual arts; television-radio; physical therapy; theatre arts; music programs is program very difficult.

Transferring to Ithaca College

Transfer student admissions is moderately difficult.

For Students Waitlisted to Ithaca College

In 2022, Ithaca College waitlisted 301 students and 168 accepted a place on the waitlist. Of those, 52 eventually got off the waitlist.

What Does Ithaca College Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college has a different way of determining which factors are are most important when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that put the most emphasis on the admissions factors where you stand out.

Admissions Factors at Ithaca College

Wondering what factors are considered by Ithaca College during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Level of Applicant's Interest Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Character/Personal Qualities Important
Extracurricular Activities Important
Application Essay Important
Recommendation(s) Important
Talent/Ability Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Class Rank Considered
Work Experience Considered
First Generation Considered
Interview Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered
Volunteer Work Considered

Make sure to check with Ithaca College for more information on admission factors.

Ithaca College Application Requirements

To apply to Ithaca College, all applicants must submit the following items. Check with Ithaca College's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale) 3
Other Requirements
Transcript(S) of College Record
Standardized Test Scores
Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S)
Letter(s) of Recommendation 1
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Ithaca College?

Ithaca College has not provided an information about GPAs of accepted students. Any questions regarding applicant expectations should be addressed directly with the school.

Out of all students that were admitted, 30.9% submitted a class rank. At Ithaca College 23.4% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 54.6% were in the top 25% and 87.2% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At Ithaca College, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA ––
3.75 and 3.99 ––
3.50 and 3.74 ––
3.25 and 3.49 ––
3.00 and 3.24 ––
2.50 and 2.9 ––
2.00 and 2.49 ––

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to Ithaca College directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that reflects your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

Ithaca College considers ACT or SAT scores as part of the admissions process.

Ithaca College is a test optional school. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2022, 25.5% of Ithaca College's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 9.1% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for Ithaca College?

To be competitive with other Ithaca College applicants, you should strive to score between 1210 and 1330 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Ithaca College 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1330 and 25% of scored lower than 1210, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a Ithaca College student is 1271.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Ithaca College students scored 670 or higher and 75% of students scored 600 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Ithaca College students scored 680 or higher, and 75% scored a 600 or higher.

What is a Good ACT Score for Ithaca College?

To be most competitive at Ithaca College, you should strive to earn between 27 and 31 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 31 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Ithaca College's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 31, and three out of four students scored lower than 31 on the ACT.

A 27 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Ithaca College students. Only one out of every four students scored below 27.

Want To Bring Up Your ACT Score? Access ACT practice tests and study tips and see upcoming ACT test dates.

More Information on Transferring to Ithaca College

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to Ithaca College.

For transfer students wishing to start in the fall, the deadline to apply is March 1. Transfer applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.Applicants should hear back by April 21.

Transfer students can enroll in Ithaca College during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Spring Term

Ithaca College Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Ithaca College?

✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Ithaca College.

Does Ithaca College accept transfer credits?

✅ Ithaca College accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. Ithaca College accepts:

• CLEP subject tests • DSST/DANTES

Does Ithaca College accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

✅ Ithaca College accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Ithaca College?

❌ No, Ithaca College is test optional, so it's up to you if you want to submit test scores or not. If you have higher than average scores, you probably want to include them. If you scored lower than a school's average, you it might make sense to leave them out of your application.

What is Ithaca College's acceptance rate?

✅ Ithaca College's acceptance rate is 78%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Ithaca College?

✅ Ithaca College's early decision acceptance rate was 95% in 2021.

What is the early action acceptance rate at Ithaca College?

✅ The early action acceptance rate at Ithaca College was 95% in 2021.

Want To Learn More About Ithaca College?

Choose one of the options below to find out more about about Ithaca College:


Student Life


Tuition & Aid

See what others are saying about Ithaca College in the College Confidential forums

Explore other colleges in New York or use the college admissions predictor to calculate your chances of getting into some of the top colleges and universities in the U.S.

Ithaca College Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective


How hard is it to get into Ithaca College? Ithaca College is a somewhat selective institution. The Ithaca College acceptance rate is 78%. This means that the institution accepts 77 out of every 100 applicants.


Ithaca College Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Feb 1

Transfer Applications are Due

Mar 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Ithaca College is Feb 1.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Ithaca College is Mar 1.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Ithaca College ACT Scores


ACT Range

27 - 31

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

31 and Above


27 to 31


27 and Less


Stand out on your college application

  • • Qualify for scholarships
  • • Most students who retest improve their score
Sponsored by ACT
Take the Next ACT Test

ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Ithaca College is 29. Students with an ACT score of 31 and above have a good chance of getting into Ithaca College. Students with an ACT score that falls between 27 and 31 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 27 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Ithaca College SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1210 - 1330


Math SAT Range

580 - 670


Reading SAT Range

600 - 680

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1330 and Above


1210 to 1330


1210 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Ithaca College students is 1271. Applicants with SAT scores of 1330 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Ithaca College, while applicants with SAT scores between 1210 to 1330 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1210 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Ithaca College.

Ithaca College GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)

Not available

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

Quick Facts

Total Enrollment


Campus Setting

Small Town

Acceptance Rate


Tuition and Fees

In State




Fall Freshmen
Application Deadline

Feb 1
Do You Work at a University?

Claim your page to customize your profile and connect with students!

Claim Free Account
Scholarship Tips

Want to find money for school that doesn’t need to be paid back? Access insights and advice on how to search and apply for scholarships!

Find Scholarships
Need Advice or Have a Question About Ithaca College?

Connect with the world's largest college forum for candid, authentic discussion.

Join the Conversation