International Music Applicants

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is the application deadline for Ithaca?
A. The application deadline for undergraduate and graduate applicants is February 1. Applicants are encouraged to submit all materials sooner, if possible.

Q. When will I know about the results of my audition?
A. We evaluate auditions after receiving the application and all required materials. Applicants will know the results by late March at the latest.

Q. Do I need to submit additional recordings to supplement my live audition?
A. Your live audition will be considered your final audition for Ithaca. There is no need to send an additional recording. If you wish to send an additional recording, it will supplement your application, but your live audition will be given the highest consideration.

Q. Is the Audition Preparation Form required for international students?
A. Yes, all School of Music applicants must submit the Audition Preparation Form. Faculty will review this information when evaluating your audition. If you audition in Asia, a link to this form will be emailed to you following the audition. If you did not audition in Asia, you must first submit the Audition Request Form, and the the Audition Preparation Form will be emailed to you with confirmation of your audition date.

Q. What other application materials do I need to submit?
A. A full list of required application materials can be found on the following websites:

Undergraduate Application Checklist for International Applicants
You can monitor your application materials online through myIthaca:
Sign up for myIthaca

Graduate Application Checklist

 Q. What is the minimum TOEFL score requirement for admission?
A. A score of 80 is required for the iBT, 213 on the computer version, and 550 on the paper exam. We also accept IELTS and require a minimum score of 6.0.

Q. What is the TOEFL code for Ithaca College?
A. The ETS code for Ithaca is 2325 (needed for the TOEFL and SAT) and 2772 (needed for the ACT).

Q. If I do not meet the minimum TOEFL requirement, can I be admitted conditionally?
A. The TOEFL score is only one component of the application. Full admission and conditional admission are considered after reviewing all application materials, including the audition.

Q. Do you require the SAT for admission?
A. The SAT is not required for international applicants, however, we encourage all applicants to take the SAT, if possible.
International SAT Dates

Q. Is there a minimum requirement for the SAT?
A. No, there is no minimum SAT requirement. However, a score of 600 on the critical reading (formerly "verbal") section of the SAT exempts applications from the TOEFL test requirement.

Q. What scholarships are available for international music students?
A. Undergraduate:

International undergraduate music applicants are given the same scholarship consideration as all other applicants. These awards are based primarily on talent. While it is common to receive a partial scholarship, it is rare to receive a full-tuition scholarship. Applicants are automatically considered for talent and merit scholarships, there is no need to apply separately. Please visit the following website for more information:
Financial Aid for International Undergraduate Applicants


The only financial aid offered to international graduate applicants are through graduate assistantships. These awards require the applicant to perform specific duties within the School of Music. More information about applying for these awards can be found on the graduate assistantships in music website.
Graduate Assistantships in Music

Q. Do you pre-screen for any instrument area?
A. Undergraduate: there are pre-screening audition requirements for percussion and sound recording technology applicants only.

Undergraduate pre-screening information

    Graduate: there are pre-screening requirements for composition and conducting applications only.

Q. What is the tuition for Ithaca?
A. Please visit the following websites for tuition information:

Undergraduate Tuition Information

Graduate Tuition Information

Still have more questions?

Please visit the following website for more information:
Admission Office FAQ's for International Students

Music questions should be directed to Christine Gregory.



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