International Admissions Requirements

Please note that the information on this page is specific to admissions for international students as is in addition to admissions pages for all applicants. Visit our application process, admissions requirements, degree-specific admissions criteriaGMAT and GRE Preparation for admissions details relevant to all applicants. For more information regarding RIT resources provided for international students, please visit our International Student Resources page.

English-language test scores, TOEFL or IELTS

International applicants must submit the results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Testing Language System (IELTS) as part of their application. The minimum scores required are:

  • Paper-based TOEFL - 580
  • Computer-based TOEFL - 237
  • Internet-based TOEFL - 92
  • IELTS - 7.0

Applicants must have a minimum score of 21 on each of the four components of the Internet-based TOEFL, but the total test score must also be at least 92. Equivalent Scores are required for each component of the paper-based TOEFL and the IELTS. The TOEFL or IELTS requirement is waived for those submitting transcripts from degrees earned at American institutions, or from the countries listed on our Graduate Admissions website.


Students do not need to submit a Declaration of Financial Support until an admissions decision has been made. If accepted, we need official Bank Statements or equivalent before we are able to create an I-20 for your visa interview process. See admissions website for more details.

For more information, resources, and international admissions social media contacts please visit our International Students web page.

4-Year Undergraduate Degree Equivalency

Applicants must submit transcripts showing that they have completed a four-year bachelor’s degree from an accredited university.  Exceptions may be made for applicants with three-year degrees from universities covered by the Bologna Agreement.

Students from three-year bachelor’s degrees from India at universities accredited with an A grade by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) and who have a first class diploma will be evaluated as equivalent to the U.S. bachelor’s degree.