Early Decision and Early Action

Early Decision

The Office of Admission encourages qualified candidates who have selected Ithaca 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 (including an official transcript with first marking period grades indicated). Music and theatre arts candidates requiring auditions must audition on the first available audition date.

Students 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 deposit by February 1. Students offered early decision admission agree to withdraw applications submitted to other colleges or universities.

Early decision candidates seeking consideration for institutional financial aid must submit the College Scholarship Service (CSS) Profile application. Students must register for and submit the online application at least two weeks before the November 1 filing deadline. Students seeking financial aid must also file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Early Action

Ithaca College is now offering a non-binding, early action round of admission. Students who complete their application to Ithaca College by December 1 and select early action on their Common Application will be notified of an admission decision by February 1. Students admitted in early action will have until May 1 to submit their enrollment deposit.

It is our hope that the addition of an early action option improves our responsiveness to students, allowing them to know if Ithaca College presents a realistic opportunity and giving them as much time as possible to fully consider their options.

It is important to note that due to the timing of the audition and interview process, early action will not be offered to applicants in music or theatre arts.