If you want to apply to RCAD, the application fee costs $70.
Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students with financial need may qualify for for an application fee waiver.
|RCAD 2021||Admissions Statistics|
|Mean Unweighted GPA||3.4|
|Admissions Test Policy||Not optional and are not even considered|
Ringling College of Art and Design does not offer early decision but does offer early action.
Mark your calendar!
The Early Action deadline is November 1, which is coming up fast! RCAD will release EA admissions decisions no later than December 15.
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.
It is moderately difficult to get into RCAD. RCAD evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny or waitlist.
In 2021, RCAD accepted 69% of students, around 1,658 of the 2,420 students who applied.
Schools that are moderately difficult to get into, like RCAD, 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.
Transfer student admissions is moderately difficult.
RCAD has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.
Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college decides 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 apply to colleges that prioritize the areas where you stand out.
|Academic GPA||Very Important|
|Character/Personal Qualities||Not Considered|
|Geographical Residence||Not Considered|
|Class Rank||Not Considered|
|Level of Applicant's Interest||Considered|
|First Generation||Not Considered|
|Racial/Ethnic Status||Not Considered|
|Religious Affiliation/Commitment||Not Considered|
|Rigor of Secondary School Record||Very Important|
|State Residency||Not Considered|
|Standardized Test Scores||Not Considered|
To apply, all applicants to RCAD must submit the following items. Double check with RCAD'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)||2.0|
|Other Requirements||√||portfolio, resume|
|Letter(s) of Recommendation||2|
|Transcript of High School Record||√|
Students admitted to RCAD have an average unweighted GPA of 3.4.
Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.
|At Ringling College of Art and Design, student GPAs fall in the following ranges|
|3.75 and 3.99||20.3%|
|3.50 and 3.74||23.3%|
|3.25 and 3.49||17.9%|
|3.00 and 3.24||14.9%|
|2.50 and 2.9||11.4%|
|2.00 and 2.49||4.7%|
RCAD doesn't 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.
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
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:
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%.
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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.
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First-Year Applications are Due
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)
At RCAD, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.41. 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.
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