RIT: 2020 Requirements, Scores & GPAs

This is the go-to guide for getting into Rochester Institute of Technology. We suggest you read until the end... Not only will we layout the exact GPA and test scores you should aim for when applying to RIT, but we’ll also offer creative ways to help your application stand out from the pack. We breakdown RIT statistics better than any article out there and show you how these have changed over time. Also, make sure to check out Rochester Institute of Technology on CampusReel to see what it’s really like here. If you're interesting in transferring to RIT, the read our transfer guide. You can also use the below calculator to help determine your likelihood of acceptance at RIT

What are your chances at RIT?

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  • Your GPA*
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    *gpa score is required

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    Please note all chances are estimates based on test score and GPA averages.

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    What GPA do you need to get into Rochester Institute of Technology?

    Rochester Institute of Technology’s average GPA is 3.6. Rochester Institute of Technology does require GPA. This average GPA means Rochester Institute of Technology is very selective. Often times, schools in this range are trying to increase their selectivity and “prestige”. We can’t read the minds of RIT application readers, but they likely want to increase the average GPA from 3.6 to 3.78 this year - to play it safe, we recommend striving for the 3.78 GPA.

    *BEFORE CONTINUING PLEASE NOTE: GPA and “prestige” DO NOT mean a college is right for you. Rochester Institute of Technology may seem amazing on paper, but you may hate it... That’s why 700,000 students transfer colleges every year - they end up going to the wrong school. It’s crucial to watch the videos on CampusReel and make sure you can envision yourself on RIT’s campus. These RIT admission statistics do not sufficiently tell you what a college or university is like.

    What is Rochester Institute of Technology’s acceptance rate?

    Last year Rochester Institute of Technology’s acceptance rate was 57.27. However, check out how the acceptance rate has changed over time.

    2016 2017 2018
    Acceptance Rate 55.0 % 57.0 % 57.27 %

    As you can see, Rochester Institute of Technology is a little easier to get into than last year.

    Acceptance rate alone does not indicate your likelihood for getting into RIT - it’s a very high level understanding of the true competition. Use the acceptance rate as a general guide for curating a list of 10-15 schools that fall into different ranges of competitiveness. Then, use the below data to get a deeper understanding of how your application will compare to the rest of the pool.

    What are your chances at RIT?

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    *gpa score is required

    This free college chances tool calculates your acceptance chances at RIT or any other U.S. college

    Please note all chances are estimates based on test score and GPA averages.

    *or select a school above for a specific calculation

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    Does Rochester Institute of Technology Require Test Scores?

    Rochester Institute of Technology requires that you either take the SAT or ACT. See the table below for how Rochester Institute of Technology’s accepted students have performed on both tests. You may be wondering how many test scores should you submit. Generally, don’t freak out about taking the test too often. Industry consensus is that you can submit up to 6 tests as a reasonable limit.

    Rochester Institute of Technology SAT Requirements

    Rochester Institute of Technology’s average SAT score is 1235 - this is the sum of the math and reading portions of the SAT (the 1600 scale). Check out the below table for a deeper look into how students performed - it’s also very interesting to look at the average test score over time. The trend over time helps give insight into whether Rochester Institute of Technology is getting more or less competitive.

    25th Percentile 75th Percentile Average
    Math 590 680 635
    Reading 550 650 600
    2019 Total 1140 1330 1235
    2018 Total - - -
    2017 Total - - -

    Rochester Institute of Technology’s average SAT score is 1235. To be a competitive applicant for Rochester Institute of Technology your SAT score should come close to the average. If you’re closer to the 1140, you’re likely going to have a tougher time getting accepted. To consider Rochester Institute of Technology a “target” school (one that you are likely to get into) you should aim for a score of 1330.

    Rochester Institute of Technology ACT Requirements

    Rochester Institute of Technology’s average ACT score is 85. To be a competitive applicant for Rochester Institute of Technology your ACT score should come close to the average. If you’re closer to the 77, you’re likely going to have a tougher time getting accepted. To consider Rochester Institute of Technology a “target” school (one that you have a good chance of getting into) you should aim for a score of 94.

    25th Percentile 75th Percentile Average
    Math 26 31 28
    Reading 25 32 28
    Writing 26 31 28
    2019 Total 77 94 85
    2018 Total - - -
    2017 Total - - -

    Rochester Institute of Technology Requirements

    Now you know where you need to be for getting into Rochester Institute of Technology from a grade and test score perspective. Let’s quickly outline what else you’ll need to provide for your application to get reviewed, and then we’ll move onto the most important section: differentiating your app.

    Recommendations Status
    School Rank Recommended
    GPA Required
    School Record Required

    How to get into RIT

    Follow these steps to maximize your chances of getting into RIT. Everything you read above will help prepare you for what you need to achieve to have a shot at RIT, but these steps will take you even further in applying that knowledge and differentiating your application.

    Main Academic Excellence that is in line with RIT admission standards.

    1. Score at least a 1235 on the SAT or 85 on the ACT.
    2. Maintain a GPA of at least a 3.6.

    Join Extracurriculars that Align with RIT’s Values.

    1. Join your school band, a sports team or another group activity. If Rochester Institute of Technology values music heavily, for example, then try to participate in an organization related to that topic.
    2. Volunteer in your hometown. Rochester has tons of ways to be involved beyond just the college. Rochester Institute of Technology wants applicants that are also good ambassadors for the school - they want students who will give back to the local community and broader Rochester area in general.
    3. Spend your summer doing something that speaks to your values, personal growth, leadership qualities and other less quantifiable characteristics. RIT needs to see past your test scores and grades - they need to know that you will be a valuable and contributing member of their community. You are more than grades and test scores - your experiences should demonstrate that.

    Prepare Your Application

    1. Write a stellar essay that shows Rochester Institute of Technology something they can’t figure out from the other parts of your application. For a detailed guide on writing the best college essay, check this out.
    2. Get teacher recs that speak to your character. If you know what you’re majoring in and include that in your RIT app, try to have at least 1 recommendation from a teacher in that department.
    3. Apply Before the Deadline. Too many students wait until the last minute to submit their application, and too much can go wrong during this precious time window. Since many students are applying on the last day, it’s possible that RIT’s own system crashes. Don’t risk the added stress this can cause - submit your app a few days early.

    What are your chances at RIT?

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    *gpa score is required

    This free college chances tool calculates your acceptance chances at RIT or any other U.S. college

    Please note all chances are estimates based on test score and GPA averages.

    *or select a school above for a specific calculation

    Need chances at another college?

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