Undergraduate Admission Requirements

Ithaca College Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements Instructions Deadlines
Common Application and Supporting Materials Apply to Ithaca

Early decision: November 1, 2016

Regular decision: January 10, 2017

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School of Music Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements Deadlines Instructions

You may schedule an audition after September 1.

Complete and submit the Audition Request Form. It is in your best interest to select an early audition date. For more information, see our Auditions page.

All School of Music applicants, including minors, must audition on a major performing instrument or voice.

Composition applicants must submit scores and may choose to audition if planning to also study a primary instrument or voice.

Sound Recording Technology applicants must meet pre-screening audition requirements.

Audition Preparation Form

After you schedule your audition, you will receive an e-mail with more information about the online Audition Preparation Form.

For pre-screening applicants only:
November 1 (for applicants seeking a December audition); December 1 (for applicants seeking a January or February audition)

For all other applicants: Two weeks prior to audition date

Applicants must submit an Audition Preparation Form for each instrument on which they are auditioning.

 In addition to academic and musical background information, applicants must include:

  • A personal statement: Compose a concise personal statement (250 words or less) specific to your intended degree of study. Describe your particular interest in attending the Ithaca College School of Music (this is an important part of our review). General statements submitted for other college applications are not appropriate for this requirement.
  • Letter(s) of recommendation: Provide the contact information for your reference(s) on your Audition Preparation Form. Reference(s) will be invited via e-mail to complete an online Teacher Recommendation Form. One reference from a music teacher is required, but you are encouraged to submit more than one reference if possible. Piano applicants must list their private piano teacher.
  • Résumé: Provide a brief résumé, including musical activities in high school, during summers, honors and awards received, leadership activities and/or offices held, and other significant non-music activities.
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Pre-Screening Audition: Sound Recording Technology students only November 1 (for applicants seeking a December audition); December 1 (for applicants seeking a January or February audition)

There are pre-screening audition requirements for sound recording technology applicants only. After review of recordings and application materials, successful applicants will be notified of their on-campus audition date.

Pre-Screening Audition Information


Additional Requirements By Degree

B.M. in Composition Submit two sample compositions, with recordings if available. Scores should exhibit a variety of instrumentation and/or vocal forces. Applicants are also required to interview with the composition faculty on an audition date. An audition is not required for this degree program but is necessary if an applicant would like to study privately on an instrument or voice (known as instrumental/vocal emphasis). Scores and recordings should be submitted online with the Audition Preparation Form. Hard copy of scores and recordings must be brought to the on-campus interview.
B.M. in Jazz Studies Complete the specified jazz and classical audition requirements and demonstrate your ability to improvise with a live rhythm section (provided by Ithaca College). Applicants must also prepare several song selections from the list of approved selections at the following page: For Jazz Studies Majors
B.M. in Sound Recording Technology Submit pre-screening audition recordings via the Audition Preparation Form. Applicants will receive more information about this process after completing the Audition Request Form. Applicants who successfully pass the pre-screening audition will be invited to a live audition and interview on campus. Applicants are also required to complete a Recording Supplement, which is part of the Audition Preparation Form that all applicants must complete prior to the on-campus audition. 


When to Apply

Apply to Ithaca College by January 10.

Acceptance and Notification

Consideration for admission to Ithaca College and the School of Music involves three steps:

  1. Our faculty members assess the audition and provide an evaluation to the Dean and Director of Music Admission for the School of Music.
  2. The Director of Music Admission makes a recommendation to the College's Director of Admission based on the results of the audition and review of the music application and supporting documents.
  3. The College's Director of Admission makes an admission decision based on the admission committee's evaluation of academics and the admission recommendation from the School of Music.

In some cases, an applicant may not satisfactorily meet the audition requirements to be a music major but may still be admitted to Ithaca College for study in another degree. Conversely, an applicant may meet the music requirements but not be admitted to Ithaca College because of academic deficiencies.

The timeline for admission notification is dependent upon a number of variables. Most applicants will be notified of an admission decision between March 1 and April 1. Some applicants may be notified sooner, if possible.

Early Decision

The Office of Admission encourages qualified candidates who have selected Ithaca College as their first choice to apply early decision. Music applicants who apply early decision must audition on the earliest on-campus audition date. See
Undergraduate Admission: Early Decision for more information.

Early Action

The School of Music does not participate in the early action program.

Wait List

Admission to Ithaca College and the School of Music is competitive by both instrument and degree; the number of applicants far exceeds the number of available spaces in studios and programs. As a result, some applicants will be offered a place on a wait list. Applicants may choose to accept or deny a wait-list offer. If the offer is accepted, the student may be considered for admission if a space becomes available. Applicants typically receive final notification before or during the month of June.

Financial Aid

The Office of Student Financial Services is committed to partnering with families to assist all students in meeting educational costs through scholarships, grants, loans, and work-study programs whenever possible. Talent-, merit-, and need-based scholarships are available. See Financial Aid at Ithaca for more information.

Still Have Questions?

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Contact Information

Music Admission
3322 Whalen Center for Music
Ithaca College
Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 274-3366

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