Steps to Apply

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

Step one: Apply via the Common App.

Please submit your application by the deadline for your preferred admission process. If Ithaca is your first choice, you may benefit by applying early decision or early action. 

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

Go to Common App.

Decide whether to submit your SAT or ACT scores.

Ithaca College is test optional: Most students may choose whether to submit their SAT or ACT scores for admission consideration.

If you want Ithaca College to consider your scores in reviewing your qualifications for admission, 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 two: Complete your application.

Learn more about what additional materials you need to submit if you are a:

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

Learn more about admission information for specific academic disciplines

Step three: Set up your personalized Application Status Portal.

After you have submitted your application, you will receive an email with a link to set up your personalized Application Status Portal. Follow the instructions in the email to set up your portal, and log in to see which pieces of your application have been received. (Please submit any outstanding documents at your earliest convenience.)

Step four: Apply for financial aid.

The FAFSA is the only form required to apply for federal financial aid. Ithaca College requires submission of the CSS Profile to determine whether you are eligible for institutional funding in addition to federal financial aid.

Please remember to release your data to us.

  • The Ithaca College school code for the FAFSA is 002739.
  • The Ithaca College code for the CSS Profile is 2325.

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

Complete the CSS Profile application | Complete the FAFSA

Learn more about applying for financial aid.

Step five: Apply to a scholar program.

In one of Ithaca's four scholar programs, you can work with peers to serve the local and global community with your talent and intellect. Learn more about IC's scholar programs and how to apply:

Once you have applied via Common App, scholar program applications will be available in your Application Status Portal.