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 Department of Theatre Arts applicants (First-Year and Transfer) December 1 April 15 May 1
Regular Decision for School of Music applicants (First-Year and Transfer) December 15 (extended from December 1) April 15 May 1
Regular Decision (First-Year, all majors except School of Music and Department of Theatre Arts applicants.) 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) and Musical Theatre (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 under the early decision program. 

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

Early Action (First-year applicants only)

Ithaca College offers a non-binding, early action round of admission. Applying early action gives you the chance to submit your application and to receive an admission decision earlier in our admission process. 

Due to the timing of the audition and interview process, applicants to the School of Music or Department of Theatre Arts cannot apply early action. 

Regular Decision

Ithaca College's regular admission deadlines for fall admission are 

  • December 1 for applicants to the School of Music or Department of Theatre Arts (including transfer students).
  • March 1 (extended from February 1) for first-year admission (not including Music and Theatre Arts).
  • March 1 for transfer admission (not including Music and Theatre Arts).

Spring Admission

We recommend that prospective students interested in pursuing spring enrollment contact the Office of Admission to learn if this is the right option. Spring applicants must submit the Common App by November 1, and have all supporting materials in place by November 15. Decision notification and enrollment confirmation deadlines will vary on a case by case basis.