Admission to Ithaca College is selective. Applicants are carefully considered on the basis of individual qualifications, both academic and nonacademic. No decision to deny admission will be based on age, disability, marital status, national origin, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or military status.

Most students have followed traditional college preparation programs in secondary school; however, applicants from nontraditional schools are encouraged to apply.

Ithaca College accepts only the Common Application, which allows students to apply to multiple schools at once. Students should submit this application online, along with the $60 application fee, and the required Ithaca College supplement availalbe on the Common Application site. (


Applicants are also required to submit official transcripts of all their secondary school and college-level coursework, and letters of reference. Auditions, portfolio reviews, or department interviews are also required in certain programs.

Students applying for admission have the option to submit SAT or ACT scores as part of their admission file. Students who send scores should have them sent directly from the appropriate testing agency.

Please note that home schooled students and students who attend high schools that provide only descriptive report cards (rather than alphanumberic grades) must submit SAT or ACT scores.

Students interested in admission to Ithaca College are encouraged to register for an account at The myIthaca portal provides in-depth information about the College and allows students to check application status and register for campus events. Details of our admission process, including transfer admission, advanced placement, and special requirements for specific programs, are provided on our website and are available from the Office of Admission.
Office of Admission

Prospective students and families are encouraged to visit Ithaca College. Campus tours, group information sessions, and individual appointments are conducted on most weekdays and selected Saturdays while the College is in session. Information sessions and tours are also available throughout the summer. Visitors are asked to contact the Office of Admission for assistance with their plans prior to their visit. Tours depart from the admission office. 
Visit Ithaca

A special orientation program is held for new students. As academic advising and registration are an integral part of this program, it is essential that all new students attend. Details of dates, costs that may be involved, and the program itself are provided to new students by the Office of Student Engagement and Multicultural Affairs.
First-Year Experience and Orientation 

Early Decision 

The Office of Admission encourages qualified candidates who have selected Ithaca College as their first choice to apply under the early decision program. Applications must be filed by November 1, with all supporting materials in place by November 15. Music and theater candidates must audition or interview on the first available date.

Early decision applicants will be notified of the admission committee’s decision by December 15. Early decision is a first-choice, binding agreement, and those offered admission will be expected to submit an enrollment confirmation and nonrefundable advance payment by February 1. Students offered early decision admission agree to withdraw applications submitted to other colleges or universities. 

Early Action 

Ithaca College offers a nonbinding Early Action option for students who complete their application to Ithaca College by December 1 and select Early Action on their Common Application. Early Action applicants will be notified of an admission decision by February 1. It is important to note that due to the timing of the audition and interview process, Early Action is not offered to applicants in Music or Theatre.

Regular Decision

Freshman and transfer candidates may apply for regular admission for the fall or spring semester. Prospective freshmen should apply in their senior year of secondary school, no later than February 1 for the fall semester and no later than November 1 for the spring semester. Transfer applicants should submit their application early in the semester prior to entry, and no later than March 1 for fall admission or November 1 for spring admission. 

English Language Testing Requirements 

Applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit official results of a test of English proficiency. The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is the most frequently submitted. However, applicants may also submit test results from the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Our recommended scores are 213 or higher on the TOEFL computer version, 80 or higher on the Internet-based version (iBT), and 6.0 or higher on the IELTS. Applicants who have previously attended a high school, college or university for at least two years, where English is the principal language of instruction and have earned passing grades in English courses may be exempt from an English proficiency exam. 

Admission Application Filing Dates for Fall 2013 


  • Early decision applications must be received by November 1, 2012.
  • Early decision notification will be released by December 15, 2012.
  • Early decision enrollment deposit is due by February 1, 2013. 
  • Early action applications must be received and complete by December 1, 2012.
  • Early action notification will be released by February 1, 2013.
  • Regular decision applications must be received by February 1, 2013, for freshmen and by March 1 for transfers.
  • Regular decision notification will be released on a rolling basis by April 15, 2013.
  • Regular decision enrollment deposits are due by May 1, 2013.
  • Spring semester applications should be received by November 1, 2012. 

Financial Aid Application Filing Dates for Fall 2013

Early Decision admission applicants seeking notification of their financial aid eligibility should file the College Scholarship Service (CSS) Profile application by November 1, 2012. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be filed with the U.S. Department of Education application by February 1, 2013.

Early action and regular admission applicants seeking notification of their financial aid eligibility should file both the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) with the U.S. Department of Education and the College Scholarship Service (CSS) Profile application by February 1, 2013.

For more information and/or deadline dates, please refer to our financial aid website.
Financial Aid Website

All candidates seeking federal aid must file the official FAFSA form with the U.S. Department of Education before the end of the period for which aid is sought.

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