What matters in my application?

All pieces of your application are important to us. We take into account everything you submit. We are most focused on the rigor of your curriculum and the level of success that you’ve demonstrated in your academic work. We suggest that you select the most appropriately rigorous (i.e. where you will be successful) curriculum that your school offers.

We encourage you to consider taking challenging coursework including Dual Enrollment (high school courses affiliated with an accredited college or university), Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate courses. Ithaca College grants college credit for Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses, based on your demonstrated level of achievement on the associated exam. Ithaca College will review your Dual Enrollment coursework to determine transfer credit eligibility.

For programs in music or theatre arts that require a prescreening submission, audition, or interview, talent is an important factor.

Ithaca College is test optional

We know that a simple number doesn’t always tell the whole story. Every student is an individual with talents, skills, accomplishments, and potential that cannot be reduced to a single test score.

For this reason, in most cases, we give you the choice to submit your SAT or ACT scores, or to withhold them from consideration altogether. 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.

If you decide to take advantage of our test optional policy, you will be equally considered for admission to Ithaca College and for academic/talent based scholarship awards.

If you elect to send SAT or ACT scores, please have your official scores sent to Ithaca College from the testing agency. We will include those scores in our review of your application.

Your involvement counts

We recognize that how you spend your time when you’re not in class is an important aspect of what makes you unique. We also believe that the strongest campus community is created by individuals who bring different perspectives, backgrounds, and interests with them.

We value your extracurricular involvement, work experience, leadership, service, civic engagement, and individual contributions to your family. We’re excited to learn more about your passions, interests, and personal experiences.

Ithaca College strives to set the standard as an active and inclusive residential learning community, and encourages our students, faculty, staff and alumni to share the responsibilities of citizenship and service in the global community. We encourage free expression and constructive dialogue that promotes diversity, equity and inclusion, and applaud students who seek to make the world a better place.

Engage with IC!

The students who are most successful at Ithaca College have taken steps to engage with our community long before they set foot on campus for orientation. For this reason, we invite you to connect with us in as many ways as you can, so you can make the most informed choice about Ithaca College. Connect with us, join us for a virtual visit, and contact your admission counselor with any questions you may have!