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Colleges / Ringling College of Art and Design

Ringling College of Art and Design

Sarasota, FL 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate69%
Acceptance Rate69%

RCAD Admissions

If you want to apply to RCAD, the application fee costs $70.

RCAD Admissions Stats at a Glance

The following is an overiew of some of RCAD's admissions stats.

RCAD 2022 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.5
Admissions Test Policy Not optional and are not considered
Waitlist Yes

Ringling College of Art and Design Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Ringling College of Art and Design.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I No –– ––
Early Decision II –– –– ––
Early Action Yes November 1 December 15

Applying Early to RCAD?

RCAD does not offer early decision but does offer early action.

🗓️ The Early Action deadline is November 1. RCAD will release EA admissions decisions no later than December 15.

RCAD accepts around 34% of early action applicants and 69% all applicants for all deadlines. In 2021, RCAD admitted 48 of the 142 who applied early action.

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

More on Ringling College of Art and Design Admissions

Transferring to Ringling College of Art and Design

Transfer student admissions is moderately difficult.

For Students Waitlisted to RCAD

RCAD has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What Does RCAD Look For in an Applicant?

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 in the admissions process. 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 RCAD

Wondering what factors are considered by RCAD 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
Recommendation(s) Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Talent/Ability Very Important
Application Essay Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Work Experience Considered
Extracurricular Activities Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered
Interview Considered
Volunteer Work Considered

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

RCAD 2022-2023 Application Requirements

To apply to RCAD, all applicants must submit the following items. Check with RCAD'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) 2.0
Letter(s) of Recommendation 2
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Other Requirements portfolio, resume
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into RCAD?

Students admitted to RCAD have an average unweighted GPA of 3.5.

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

RCAD does not consider ACT or SAT scores as part of the admissions process.

RCAD does not have a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

More Information on Transferring to Ringling College of Art and Design

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to RCAD. Transfer applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.

Transfer students can enroll in RCAD during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Spring Term

RCAD Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to RCAD?

✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to RCAD.

Does RCAD accept transfer credits?

✅ RCAD accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. RCAD accepts:

• CLEP subject tests

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

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

Do I have to submit test scores to RCAD?

✅ RCAD is not test optional. Test scores will not be considered during the admissions process, even if you submit them.

What is RCAD's acceptance rate?

✅ RCAD's acceptance rate is 69%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at RCAD?

❌ RCAD does not offer early decision.

What is the early action acceptance rate at RCAD?

✅ The early action acceptance rate at RCAD was 34% in 2021.

Want To Learn More About RCAD?

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RCAD Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective


How hard is it to get into RCAD? RCAD is a somewhat selective institution. The RCAD acceptance rate is 69%. This means that the institution accepts 68 out of every 100 applicants.


RCAD Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Continuous processing

Transfer Applications are Due

Continuous processing

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to RCAD is Continuous processing.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to RCAD is Continuous processing.

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



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Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At RCAD, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.48. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

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

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