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Ithaca College Admissions

If you are considering submitting an applicationto Ithaca College, the regular decision application deadline is February 1 and the application fee is $60. Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students who are struggling to afford application fees may be eligible for fee waiver for their application.

Students who submit their applications for Fall should receive an admissions decision no later than 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.

Mark your calendar! The Early Action deadline is December 1, which is coming up fast! Ithaca College will release EA admissions decisions no later than February 1.

The early decision acceptance rate at Ithaca College is 92%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 76%. Ithaca College accepts about 94% of early action applicants* and 76% all applicants for all deadlines.. Last year,, Ithaca College admitted 107 of the 116 students who applied early decison. Last year, Ithaca College admitted 4,63 of the 4,941 who applied early action.

Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.

See a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

How To Get Into Ithaca College

Getting into Ithaca College is moderately difficult. 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 76% of all applicants., around 9,767 of the 12,906 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.

Transfer student admissions is moderately difficult. In 2021, Ithaca College waitlisted 188 students. Of those, 76 eventually got off the waitlist.

What's Most Important to Get In to Ithaca College?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines which factors are they consider 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 strengthsand any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that prioritize the areas where you stand out.

Admissions Factors at Ithaca College

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Important
Geographical Residence Not Considered
Class Rank Considered
Work Experience Considered
Extracurricular Activities Important
Level of Applicant's Interest Very Important
Application Essay Important
First Generation Considered
Interview Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Not Considered
Recommendation(s) Important
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
State Residency Not Considered
Talent/Ability Important
Standardized Test Scores Considered
Volunteer Work Considered

Ithaca College 2021-2022 Application Requirements

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

Area Required Recommended Required for some Details (if any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Minimum High School Gpa (On 4.0 Scale) 3
Other Requirements
Letter(s) of Recommendation 1
Transcript of High School Record

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Ithaca College?

Out of all students that were admitted, 39% submitted a class rank. At Ithaca College 23% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 59% were in the top 25% and 87% were in the top 50%.

Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.

At Ithaca College, students GPAs fall in the following ranges
4.0 GPA 39%

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 2021, 51.5% of Ithaca College's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 14.4% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What's a Good SAT Score for Ithaca College?

To be competitive with other Ithaca College applicants, you should strive to earn between 1170 and 1310 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Ithaca College 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1310 and 25% of scored lower than 1170, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a Ithaca College student is 1236.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Ithaca College students scored 650 or higher and 75% of students scored 590 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Ithaca College students scored 670 or higher, and 75% scored a 590 or higher.

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What's a Good ACT Score for Ithaca College?

To be most competitive at Ithaca College, you should strive to earn between 26 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 26 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Ithaca College students. Only one out of every four students scored below 26.

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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?

Students who are admitted to Ithaca College must attend in the term they start. Deferring admissions is not encouraged. If you have a unusual circumstance, contact the admissions department..

Does Ithaca College accept transfer credits?

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

CLEP subject tests ACE recommendations for credit

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

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

Do I have to submit test scores to Ithaca College?

No, Ithaca College is test optional, so you can choose whether or not to include your standardized test scores. If you have higher than average scores, you probably want to include them. If your scores are average or below 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 [rate]%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Ithaca College?

Ithaca College's early decision acceptance rate was 92% in 2021.

What is the early action acceptance rate at Ithaca College?

The early action acceptance rate at Ithaca College was 94% in 2021.

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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 76%. This means that the institution accepts 75 out of every 100 applicants.



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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

26 - 31

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

31 and Above


26 to 31


26 and Less


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Ithaca College is 28. 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 26 and 31 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 26 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Ithaca College SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1170 - 1310


Math SAT Range

570 - 650


Reading SAT Range

590 - 670

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SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1310 and Above


1170 to 1310


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SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Ithaca College students is 1236. Applicants with SAT scores of 1310 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Ithaca College, while applicants with SAT scores between 1170 to 1310 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1170 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Ithaca College.

Ithaca College GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)

Not available

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