Application Type Application Deadline Latest Notification Date Enrollment Confirmation Deadline
Spring Admission
(First-Year and Transfer)
November 1
(priority consideration)
Rolling Rolling
Early Decision November 1 December 15 February 1
Early Action December 1 February 1 May 1
Regular Decision for music and theatre arts (First-Year and Transfer) December 1 April 15 May 1
Regular Decision (First-year)  February 1 April 15 May 1
Regular Decision (Transfer) March 1 April 15 May 1

Note: Early Decision applicants for the School of Music must audition on the first available audition date. Applicants to Acting (BFA), Musical Theatre (BFA) , and Stage Management (BFA) may only apply Regular Decision. Early Decision applicants to all other majors in the Department of Theatre Arts must interview on the first available interview date.   

Early Decision (First-year applicants only)

If IC is your first choice college, we encourage you to consider applying early decision. 

Early decision is a binding admission process. If you are offered admission, you agree to submit your enrollment confirmation and nonrefundable enrollment deposit by February 1 and to withdraw any applications you submitted to other colleges and universities.

Early Action (First-year applicants only)

Ithaca College offers a non-binding, early action round of admission. Apply early action if you want to receive your admission decision by February 1. 

Due to the timing of the audition and interview process, applicants to majors in the School of Music and the Department of Theatre Arts may not apply early action. 

Regular Decision

Ithaca College's regular admission deadlines for fall admission are: 

  • December 1 for first-year and transfer admission to majors in music and theatre arts
  • February 1 for first-year admission to all majors except those in music and theatre arts
  • March 1 for transfer admission to all majors except those in music and theatre arts

Spring Semester Entry

We recommend that prospective students who plan to enroll starting in the spring semester contact the Office of Admission to determine whether this is the best option. Applicants for spring entry must submit their application in CommonApp by November 1 and have all supporting materials sent by November 15. Decision notification and enrollment confirmation deadlines vary on a case-by-case basis.