How to Apply
Here are all the important steps any student should know about applying to Ithaca, including some scenarios that may not affect you.
You can go back to our main apply page if you'd like a version of this list customized to your situation.
STEP ONE: Apply online!
Ithaca accepts the Common Application exclusively. Create an account and fill out the Common Application online.
To submit your application you must complete the Common Application, the Recommender Assignments section, and the College’s member section questions.
If you have applied to Ithaca before, you may be able to reactivate your previous application.
Common Application Update
This year some students using the Common Application have encountered technical challenges. If you are delayed in submitting your application because of these challenges, please contact us so we can work with you. We look forward to learning about you through your application!
STEP TWO: Complete your application.
If you're applying as a freshman, you will need to submit:
- Secondary school report and official high school transcripts
- One letter of recommendation or teacher evaluation
- $60 application fee
For transfer applicants, the Common Application online requires a personal essay that details your academic goals and past experience.
Transfer students will also need:
- Official high school transcripts
- Official college or university transcripts
- Letter of recommendation or academic evaluation
- $60 application fee
We regret that we cannot consider transfer applications to Occupational Therapy or Physical Therapy. Due to space limitations, these programs are unable to accommodate additional students at this time.
International applicants must submit the following:
- A complete and original secondary school transcript or marks sheet (grades) that bears the school seal and certifying signature of a school authority. Also submit official transcripts from all universities attended. Applicants must provide a certified English translation of all transcripts that are not in English.
- A letter of recommendation from the principal, school head, or college counselor, sent directly from your school to Ithaca College.
- Proof of English proficiency (see the Admission FAQ "What sort of testing is required of international students for admission to Ithaca?").
Please note: Ithaca College has waived the application fee requirement for international students. Please select the "Institutional Fee Waiver" in the College’s member section questions on the Common Application.
Music and theatre programs require an audition or interview. Be sure to contact the appropriate department to schedule yours as soon as possible.
Audition requirements for music
Audition/interview requirements for theatre
Is Ithaca College your top choice for college? Applicants for the fall semester may benefit from applying for an Early Action or Early Decision deadlines.
To confirm that there are no additional requirements for the program of study you're interested in please visit our special requirements page:
STEP THREE: Should I send my scores or not?
You may send us your standardized test scores if you like, but you don't have to.
Most students have the option to either submit SAT or ACT scores as part of their admission file, or withhold them altogether from consideration. Students who wish to submit scores must arrange for official scores to be sent to Ithaca College from the testing agency.
- Students who are home-schooled or who attend high schools that provide only descriptive report cards (rather than alphanumeric grades) must submit either SAT or ACT scores.
- Applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit official results of a test of English proficiency.
If you choose to go test optional but have already sent your scores, simply mark your preferred testing plan in the College’s member section questions on the Common Application.
Want to send us your scores?
Make sure the proper testing agency sends us an official score report electronically before the application deadline (your high school will have request forms).
Ithaca College School Codes:
- CEEB (SAT) 2325
- ACT 2772
If you took the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) we'll need a score report for that as well. 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.
A score of 600 or its equivalent on the critical reading section of the SAT exempts applicants from the testing requirement.
For reporting test results, the Ithaca College code for TOEFL is 2324. There are no university and college codes for IELTS.
STEP FOUR: Apply for financial aid.
To apply for financial aid, you must submit both the College Scholarship Service (CSS) Profile application and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
- The priority deadline to submit the CSS Profile is November 1 for early decision applicants and February 1 for early action and regular admission applicants.
- The priority deadline to submit the FAFSA is February 1 for all applicants.