Undergraduate Application Requirements

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The following information is for deaf and hard-of-hearing students applying for undergraduate admissions to RIT/NTID. Students must demonstrate a significant hearing loss and demonstrate the ability to benefit from the models used at RIT/NTID designed specifically to provide access to academic programs for deaf and hard-of-hearing students.

Please follow the steps below and the application timeline to ensure that your application materials are submitted completely and on time, and contact us or chat live with an Admissions counselor if you have any questions.

Students choose a specific academic program in one of RIT's nine colleges as part of the admission process. This is important because we offer a variety of academic programs and degree pathways, and admission requirements may differ from one program to another. All deaf and hard-of-hearing applicants need to apply through the NTID Office of Admissions. Learn more about the admission criteria (view in Spanish) for your program of interest.

Undergraduate Application

Complete the undergraduate application (online or paper) and submit it along with your $65 application fee. If you prefer, you can use the Common Application to apply to RIT.

Official High School Transcript

All applicants with less than 30 college credit hours must submit a final high school transcript. Contact your high school guidance office, and if necessary, your college records office, and ask them to send an official high school or college transcript to: Rochester Institute of Technology, NTID Office of Admissions, 52 Lomb Memorial Drive, Rochester, NY 14623. Final high school transcripts are acceptable if they are faxed, but must include a cover sheet that clearly shows that it came directly from the high school. Transcripts can be faxed to 585-475-2696. An electronic high school transcript will be accepted if it is sent through Parchment Exchange or the Common Application.


Submit the U.S. Audiological Record Form (or Canadian Audiological Record Form) or submit an unaided audiogram without the form. All audiograms should have been completed within three years of the application date.

Official College Transcript

Request that all colleges you have attended send an official copy of your transcript directly to our office via fax (585-475-2696) or mail (RIT/NTID Admissions, 52 Lomb Memorial Drive, Rochester, NY 14623). As part of the application process a transfer credit evaluation is completed and mailed to you after acceptance.

ACT/SAT Test Scores

Freshman applicants must submit test results from the SAT or ACT. RIT invites students to provide self-reported standardized test scores (ACT, SAT, TOEFL). Students may self-report their scores in the following ways:

    • On their application for admission
    • Via email at NTIDadmissions@rit.edu
    • From your school/college counselor via mail or email

Admitted students will be required to submit their official scores once they choose to enroll at RIT. Submit official scores from either the SAT (send to college code 2760) or the ACT (send to college code 2870). Students who complete the ACT may submit scores with or without the optional writing section, but the writing section is recommended. Transfer students who have demonstrated academic success on their previous college transcript may be waived from taking the SAT or ACT. Transfer students, please send your college transcript, so that a transfer credit evaluation can be completed during the application process.

RIT will accept results from any test date, and ACT or SAT examinations are equally acceptable for admission consideration. (Please note that if you are age 25 or older the SAT/ACT requirement is waived.) ACT/SAT Admissions Guidelines.

Recommendation Letter

Deaf and hard-of-hearing applicants need to submit one recommendation. Ask the individual writing the letter to complete the recommendation section on the secondary school transcript request form in the RIT Undergraduate Application. Or, if you prefer, the letter can be sent separately on an official letterhead.


This personal essay helps us to become acquainted with you as a person and student, apart from courses, grades, test scores and other objective data. It will also demonstrate your ability to organize your thoughts and express yourself.

Please choose from one of the options below:

  1.  If you have an exceptional talent or skill you are particularly proud of, this is the time to share it with us. Examples may include talents in athletics, dance, entrepreneurship, music, theatre or visual arts. How have you developed or demonstrated this talent or skill over time? Most importantly, what makes this talent or skill meaningful to you?  
  2.  RIT is a kaleidoscope of curious minds, each embraced for their uniqueness, yet united in our chase to achieve something, perfect something, or realize something. We look for the passionate, the creative and the focused. What is it you hope to achieve, perfect, or realize as a student at RIT?     
  3.  Across the globe, we are connected as one community—sharing the same problems and opportunities. Some of these include education, the environment, health care and inclusiveness. When you think about the future, how do you plan to contribute to guiding our society?  What impact do you want to have on the world?    
  4.  Why have you chosen to apply to RIT? This essay should include why RIT appeals to you, the reasons why you’ve chosen the program/major you wish to pursue, and how you expect this program/major to prepare you for life after college. If you are applying to more than one college or program, please mention each college or program to which you are applying.


If you are applying for a bachelor-level degree program in the School of Art, School for American Crafts or the School of Design, a portfolio is required.

If you have questions or need additional assistance, please contact your admissions counselor.