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RIT Admissions

If you are thinking about applying to RIT, the deadline for Fall 2022 admissions is January 15 and the application fee is $65.

Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students with financial need may be eligible for fee waiver for their application.

Students who submit their applications for Fall should hear back from RIT by March 15.

RIT Admissions Stats at a Glance

RIT 2021 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.7
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 39%
Admissions Test Policy Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 76%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 24%
Waitlist Yes

Considering Applying Early to RIT?

Rochester Institute of Technology offers early decision but not 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 2 applications are due 1/1.

The early decision acceptance rate at RIT is 93%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 74%. Last year, RIT admitted 1322 of the 1425 students who applied early decison.

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.

Is RIT Hard To Get Into?

RIT is a moderately difficult school to get into. RIT evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny or waitlist.

In 2021, RIT accepted 74% of all applicants, around 16,196 of the 21,928 students who applied.

Schools that are moderately difficult to get into, like RIT, 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 physician assistant, film and video, mechanical engineering, computer science is program very difficult.

It is moderately difficult to be admitted as a transfer student.

RIT has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What Does RIT 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 apply to colleges that put the most emphasis the areas where you stand out.

Admissions Factors at RIT

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

RIT Application Requirements

To apply, all applicants to RIT must submit the following items. Double check with RIT'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) 3.4
Interview
Other Requirements portfolio of original artwork for Schools of Art, Design and Film and Animation; interview for BS/MS physician assistant program
Letter(s) of Recommendation 1
Transcript of High School Record

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into RIT?

Students admitted to RIT have an average unweighted GPA of 3.7.

Out of all students that were admitted, 65% submitted a class rank. At RIT 39% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 74% were in the top 25% and 94% were in the top 50%.

Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.

At Rochester Institute of Technology, student GPAs fall in the following ranges
4.0 GPA 65%

RIT considers standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

RIT 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, 76% of RIT's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 24% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What's a Good SAT Score for RIT?

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of RIT students scored 730 or higher and 75% of students scored 600 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of RIT students scored 690 or higher, and 75% scored a 600 or higher.

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What's a Good ACT Score for RIT?

To be most competitive at RIT, you should strive to earn between 28 and 33 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 33 means you fall in the 75th percentile for RIT's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 33, and three out of four students scored lower than 33 on the ACT.

A 28 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for RIT students. Only one out of every four students scored below 28.

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

Transferring to Rochester Institute of Technology

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

Transfer students can enroll in RIT during the following terms: - Fall Term - Spring Term - Summer Term

RIT Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to RIT?

Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to RIT.

Does RIT accept transfer credits?

RIT accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. RIT accepts:

  • CLEP subject tests
  • DSST/DANTES
  • ACE recommendations for credit

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

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

Do I have to submit test scores to RIT?

No, RIT 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 may want to send them. If your scores are average or below average, you may want not want to include them in your application..

What is RIT's acceptance rate?

RIT's acceptance rate is 74%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at RIT?

RIT's early decision acceptance rate was 93% in 2021.

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Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective

74%

How hard is it to get into RIT? RIT is a somewhat selective institution. The RIT acceptance rate is 74%. This means that the institution accepts 73 out of every 100 applicants.

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RIT Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 15

Transfer Applications are Due

Continuous processing

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to RIT is Jan 15.

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

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

RIT ACT Scores

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ACT Range

28 - 33

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

33 and Above

Good

28 to 33

Avg

28 and Less

Low

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RIT SAT Scores

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Composite SAT Range

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Math SAT Range

620 - 730

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Reading SAT Range

600 - 690

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RIT GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)

3.7

GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At RIT, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.7. 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.

© 2021 College Confidential / Concentrical LLC, Data provided by IPEDs and Peterson's Databases, © 2020 Peterson's LLC.

Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

16,168

Campus Setting

Suburban

Acceptance Rate

74%

Tuition and Fees

In State

$47,940

Out-of-State

$47,940

Fall Freshmen
Application Deadline

Jan 15
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