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.
Ithaca College accepts only the Common Application. Students should submit their application online, along with the $60 application fee, through the Common Application site. (https://www.commonapp.org/)
Most students have followed traditional college preparation programs in secondary school; however, applicants from nontraditional schools are encouraged to apply. Applicants are 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. Home schooled students and students who attend high schools that provide only descriptive report cards (rather than alphanumeric grades) must submit SAT or ACT scores.
The Office of Admission reserves the right to request standardized test scores or other information about an applicant should the admission committee determine that additional information is necessary to make a decision.
Students interested in admission to Ithaca College are encouraged to register for a myIthaca account. The myIthaca portal provides in-depth information about the College and allows students to schedule campus visits, register for campus events, and check application status. 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
The Office of Admission values evidence that applicants have engaged with the Ithaca College community–for example, by visiting campus, participating in a regional information session or high school visit, and participating in IC Peers (the college's exclusive social network for applicants). Prospective students and their families are strongly encouraged to visit campus. Tours, group information sessions, and/or 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 prior to their visit for assistance with their plans. Tours depart from the admission office in the Peggy Ryan Williams Center.
Visit Ithaca (http://www.ithaca.edu/visit/)
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.
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.
Music and Theatre Arts
Students applying for admission to degree programs in the School of Music and the Department of Theatre Arts may apply early decision by November 1 or regular decision by December 1. (Early action is not an option for music and theatre applicants.) Music and theatre applicants must also submit pre-screening materials and/or participate in an interview or audition. Pre-screening, audition, and interview requirements vary by major; see the appropriate website for details:
School of Music Admission Requirements (http://www.ithaca.edu/music/admission/undergraduate/)
Department of Theatre Arts Admission Requirements (http://www.ithaca.edu/hs/depts/theatre/prospective/)
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. Please see above for information regarding admission to the School of Music or the Department of Theatre Arts.
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 80 or higher on the Internet-based TOEFL (iBT) and 6.0 or higher on the IELTS. Applicants who have previously attended a high school, college or university for at least three years, where English is the principal language of instruction and have earned passing grades in English courses are exempt from an English proficiency exam.
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 (http://www.ithaca.edu/sacl/experience/)
Filing Dates for 2016-2017
Admission Application Filing Dates for Fall 2017
- Early decision applications must be received by November 1, 2017.
- Early decision notification will be released by December 15, 2017.
- Early decision enrollment deposit is due by February 1, 2018.
- Early action applications must be received and complete by December 1, 2017.
- Early action notification will be released by February 1, 2018.
- Regular decision applications for the School of Music and the Department of Theatre Arts must be received by December 1, 2017.
- Regular decision applications for all programs except for those in the School of Music and Department of Theatre Arts must be received by February 1, 2018, for freshmen and by March 1 for transfers.
- Regular decision notification will be released on a rolling basis by April 15, 2018.
- Regular decision enrollment deposits are due by May 1, 2018.
- Spring semester applications should be received by November 1, 2017.
Financial Aid Application Filing Dates for Fall 2017
Early decision admission applicants seeking notification of their federal financial aid eligibility are encouraged to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) with the U.S. Department of Education by November 1, 2017. Early decision applicants should also file the College Scholarship Service (CSS) Profile by November 1, 2017 to be considered for institutional aid.
Early action and regular admission applicants seeking notification of their federal financial aid eligibility are encouraged to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) with the U.S. Department of Education by February 1, 2018. Early action and regular admission applicants should also file the College Scholarship Service (CSS) Profile application by February 1, 2018 to be considered for institutional aid.
For more information and/or deadline dates, please refer to our financial aid website.
Financial Aid Website (http://www.ithaca.edu/finaid/)