Steps to Apply

Here is an overview of the steps to apply to Ithaca College.

STEP ONE: Apply via the Common Application.

Application Instructions

Submit the Common Application by the deadline for the admission process of your choice.  If Ithaca is your first choice, you may benefit by applying early decision or early action. 

If you have applied to Ithaca previously, you may be able to reactivate your application.

STEP TWO: Complete your application.

Submit your required supporting documents.

Supporting documentation and program requirements

Click here to learn more about what else you need to submit if you are a

  • First-year applicant
  • Transfer applicant
  • Music or Theatre Arts applicant
  • International applicant. 

Click here to learn more about admission requirements for specific academic programs. 

STEP THREE: Should I send my scores or not?

Send us your test scores if you like, but you don't have to.

Ithaca College is test optional

Most students have the option to either submit SAT or ACT scores as part of their admission file, or to withhold them altogether from consideration. If you wish to have your scores considered with your application, please arrange for official scores to be sent to Ithaca College from the testing agency. We do not consider SAT subject tests in a student's application. 

Ithaca College School Codes
CEEB (SAT) 2325
ACT 2772

Please note, if you are home schooled or attend a high school that provides only descriptive report cards (rather than alphanumeric grades), you must submit either SAT or ACT scores.

Step Four: Apply for Financial Aid

Submit your financial aid forms to Ithaca College

Financial Aid Deadlines

To apply for federal financial aid, you must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Please also submit the College Scholarship Service (CSS) Profile to be considered for institutional aid.

The priority deadline to submit the FAFSA and CSS Profile is November 1 for early decision applicants and January 15 for early action and regular admission applicants.

Apply for financial aid online: FAFSA  |  CSS Profile