Ithaca College has announced two important changes that will affect applicants for the fall 2013 entering class: Early Action and test-optional admissions.
Until now, applicants to Ithaca have had two application options. They could apply by November 1 as an Early Decision applicant to receive a binding admissions decision by December 15. Alternately, they could apply by February 1 as a Regular Decision applicant to receive an admissions decision by April 1. Starting this fall, Ithaca College will offer a third option: to apply by December 1 under a non-binding Early Action deadline to receive an admissions decision by February 1.
The new application option will allow students who are excited about Ithaca College (but perhaps not ready to commit to attending) to still apply early and show their enthusiasm for the college. Note that because of the audition and interview process, applicants to the Music or Theatre programs cannot apply Early Action.
Applicants will also have the option of not submitting SAT or ACT scores. Students with a strong academic record in school, but relatively weaker test scores, can feel less anxious about applying to Ithaca. However, home-schooled students and students who attend schools with descriptive (as opposed to alphanumeric) report cards must submit an SAT or ACT score; all international students whose first language is not English must also submit a TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score.