Students Say

“Small class sizes” that afford plenty of “personal attention,” “outstanding” scholarships, and cross-registration with nearby Cornell University are a few great reasons to choose Ithaca College, a smallish school in central New York that offers many of the resources you would expect to find at a much larger university. “You are able to be a part of a community and get the chance to pursue interests that are not necessarily a part of your chosen course of study,” relates an English major. “We have loads of opportunities to do and try a wide variety of things.” The vast multitude of academic offerings includes “one of the best communication schools in the country.”

Overview

Applicants
18,207
Acceptance Rate
59%

Test Scores

SAT Reading
550 - 650
SAT Math
550 - 650
SAT Writing
540 - 640

Deadlines

Early Decision
November 1

Regular
February 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Non-Academic

Level of applicant's interest

Overall

Students Say

“Small class sizes” that afford plenty of “personal attention,” “outstanding” scholarships, and cross-registration with nearby Cornell University are a few great reasons to choose Ithaca College, a smallish school in central New York that offers many of the resources you would expect to find at a much larger university. “You are able to be a part of a community and get the chance to pursue interests that are not necessarily a part of your chosen course of study,” relates an English major. “We have loads of opportunities to do and try a wide variety of things.” The vast multitude of academic offerings includes “one of the best communication schools in the country.” Also notable are “strong” majors in music, business, and drama; a “highly competitive” six-year doctorate program in physical therapy; and the cinema and photography program. Professors are “really engaging and understand how to present the material so that it is relevant and meaningful.” On the whole, faculty members are “really passionate about their fields and have a genuine interest in getting students excited about their passions.” By far, the most common academic complaint about academics at Ithaca concerns registration, which can be trying. Some say, “the buildings— inside and out—are a bit outdated.” Overall the campus is known for its picturesque beauty. “People aren’t kidding when they say ’Ithaca is Gorges (gorgeous),’” promises one student.

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
10.7:1
Total Faculty
778
with Terminal Degree
560

403
Men
375
Women
80
Minority

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
2 - 9

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
71%
Graduate in 5 years
78%
Graduate in 6 years
78%

Majors

  • Architecture and Related Service

  • Architecture

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biochemistry
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Exercise Physiology

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Business Administration, Management and Operations

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Broadcast Journalism
  • Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
  • Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia
  • Journalism
  • Mass Communication/Media Studies
  • Organizational Communication, General
  • Radio and Television
  • Sports Communication

  • Communications Technologies/Technicians and Support Services

  • Recording Arts Technology/Technician

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General
  • Computer Science

  • Education

  • Art Teacher Education
  • Biology Teacher Education
  • Chemistry Teacher Education
  • Education/Teaching of Individuals with Speech or Language Impairments
  • English/Language Arts Teacher Education
  • Foreign Language Teacher Education
  • French Language Teacher Education
  • Health Teacher Education
  • History Teacher Education
  • Mathematics Teacher Education
  • Music Teacher Education
  • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
  • Physics Teacher Education
  • Social Studies Teacher Education
  • Spanish Language Teacher Education

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • Creative Writing
  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • French Language and Literature
  • German Language and Literature
  • Italian Language and Literature
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Health/Health Care Administration/Management
  • Occupational Therapy/Therapist
  • Physical Therapy/Therapist

  • Legal Professions and Studies

  • Pre-Law Studies

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • General Studies
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics and Statistics, Other
  • Mathematics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Gerontology
  • Intercultural/Multicultural and Diversity Studies
  • Mathematics and Computer Science
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Studies

  • Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies

  • Health and Physical Education, General
  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science
  • Sport and Fitness Administration/Management
  • Sports Studies

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies, Other

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General
  • Physics, General
  • Physics, Other
  • Theoretical and Mathematical Physics

  • Psychology

  • Industrial and Organizational Psychology
  • Psychology, General

  • Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Applied Economics
  • Econometrics and Quantitative Economics
  • Economics, General
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Social Sciences, General
  • Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Acting
  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Brass Instruments
  • Cinematography and Film/Video Production
  • Directing and Theatrical Production
  • Documentary Production
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Dramatic/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft, Other
  • Film/Cinema Studies
  • Film/Video and Photographic Arts, Other
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Jazz/Jazz Studies
  • Music Pedagogy
  • Music Performance, General
  • Music Theory and Composition
  • Music, General
  • Music, Other
  • Musical Theatre
  • Percussion Instruments
  • Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology
  • Theatre/Theatre Arts Management
  • Visual and Performing Arts, General
  • Visual and Performing Arts, Other
  • Woodwind Instruments


Degrees

Bachelor's
Certificate
Doctoral/Professional
Master's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Robert Iger '73
President and CEO, Walt Disney Company

Andrew Mendelson ’98
Grammy-nominated mastering engineer and owner/chief mastering engineering,

Liz Tigelaar '98
writer for the TV series Nashville and Revenge

David Muir '95
co-anchor 20/20 and anchor ABC World News

Kerry Butler '92
Broadway Actress in "Xanadu"

Chris Burch ’76
chairman of Burch Creative Capital and co-found of Tory Burch LLC

David Boreanaz '91
FBI agent Seeley Booth on Fox TV Series "Bones"

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
88
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Feb 15

Required Forms

FAFSA
Forms CSSProfile

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$23,407

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$22,456

Average Need-Based Loan
$6,402

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$27,749

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$39,532
Required Fees
$0
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,502

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$3,290
Transportation for Commuters
$1,298

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Institutional

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Overall

Students Say

The typical undergrad here is “genuine,” “easygoing,” “always busy,” “welldressed,” and has a “sunny disposition despite the gray skies.” Beyond those qualities, the population is “a wide mix of hipsters, jocks, theater kids, music students,” and “crunchy granola hippies.” “People of all kinds fit in here.” “Everyone finds their niche.” Cliques are often based loosely on academics. “Ithaca is not so much one community as a whole,” explains one student. “Instead, each school (music, communications, business, etc.) is its own community.” Ethnic diversity and other kinds of diversity are “not entirely unheard of.” However, people are “usually from the Northeast,” and “the population of students that fit into the typical suburban, upper-middle-class family is definitely significant.” Politically, “students at Ithaca tend to be liberal.” Some students tell us that you’ll find “a lot of people are environmentally and socially conscious” here who want “to change the world.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
6,124
Out of State

International
2%
Foreign Countries Represented
51

Demographics

3.60%
Asian
5.46%
African-American
7.66%
Hispanic
71.82%
Caucasian
8.46%
Unknown
1.88%
International

57% female
43% male
98% are full time
2% are part time

Overview

Students Say

The number of extracurricular choices is “considerable” at Ithaca College. At the same time, “the school is small enough for anyone to get involved.” There are “speakers and events offered on campus.” There’s also a nearly professional-quality college radio station. Many students “are part of an athletic team or participate in intramural athletics.” For relaxation, students often “hang out on the quad,” throwing Frisbees or “playing music on the lawns on tie-dye sheets.” The social situation at Ithaca is “nothing like the party scene you’d find at a larger university,” but “there are some good parties” now and then. While the campus is a little “isolated,” students also frequently manage to attend frat parties at Cornell and generally “enjoy the social scene” the nearby Ivy offers. “The town of Ithaca is quaint but lively.” There’s “a good music scene and a lot of cool stores.” When the weather is nice, “there’s always some festival,” or at least it seems that way. “If you’re an outdoorsy person,” the wooded and rocky surrounding area is a wonderland of activity. “The hiking here is unbelievable,” and few other schools offer the opportunity to “go cliff jumping on a hot Saturday.” On the negative side, winters are cold as a matter of course, and “the cold and rain do hinder activities.” Students joke, be prepared to get your exercise walking between classes, “the hills here will kill you.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
70%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

Quality of life rating
77
First-Year Students living on campus
100%

Campus Environment
Suburban
Fire safety rating
92

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Frat Sorority
Theme Housing

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Student Disability Services

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Leslie Schettino

College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Documentation Requred for LD
please see documentation information on website: www.ithaca.edu/sds

Documentation Requred for ADHD
please see documentation information on website: www.ithaca.edu/sds

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
Yes

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
No

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
235
Number of Honor Societies
25

Number of Social Sororities
1
Number of Religious Organizations
7

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

17% participate in intramural sports
14% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Bombers)
12 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Diving
Football
Lacrosse
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Outdoor
Wrestling
Women's Sports (Bombers)
14 Sports

Basketball
Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Diving
Field Hockey
Golf
Gymnastics
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
LGBT Support Groups: Center for LGBT Education, Outreach and Services www.ithaca.edu/sacl/lgbt/ www.ithaca.edu/lgbt/

Minority Support Groups: Office of Student Engagement and Multicultural Affairs www.ithaca.edu/sacl/osema/multicultural/

Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Cornell University
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Cornell University

Sustainability

Ithaca College’s Sustainability Initiative both promotes and records advancement in three main areas: 1) the “development of curriculum to infuse considerations of sustainability and applied research opportunities to study and solve sustainability challenges”; 2) the “modification of campus operations to incorporate more sustainable decision making”; and 3) “campus in-reach and community outreach to share experiences as a learning organization seeking to become more sustainable.” These goals are supported through regular reporting of the school’s progress, production of a quarterly newsletter called “Collective Impacts,” and working to encourage sustainable decision-making throughout the campus community. With its new Park Center for Business and Sustainable Enterprise and the Peggy R. Williams Center buildings, Ithaca is one of the first higher education institutions in the world to have two newly-constructed LEED Platinum-level facilities on its campus. The Williams Center, in particular, is impressive in that over half of its energy comes from renewable sources thanks to a geothermal heating and cooling system. Its roof features 6,500 square feet of vegetation, providing both natural insulation and rainwater catchment; beneath the natural landscaping surrounding the building is a 12,000-gallon rainwater collection tank that meets 85 percent of the building’s toilet flushing and irrigation needs. Ithaca College supports a number of sustainability-related student organizations: ICEnvironmental Society, Eco-Reps, Bomber Bikes, Terracycle Brigade, Net Impact, IC Organic Gardeners, and S.W.I.F.T., a dining food reclamation program. Career Services offers the E-recruiting service database to search for green jobs. More than 200 courses with sustainability themes or significant sustainability content are offered in over thirty academic departments and programs. Ithaca College earned its second STARS Gold rating in November 2013.

Green Rating
95
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
12%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
Yes

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Yes

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
Yes

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
Yes

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
Yes

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Yes

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2014.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
184

Average Number of PC's per Lab
20

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
98%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Apple and Dell

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
No

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Gerard Turbide
Director, Admission

Address
Admission Office
953 Danby Rd
Ithaca, NY 14850

Phone
6072743124

Email
admission@ithaca.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
IC Square and Food Court
Handwerker Gallery
Fitness Center
Business School Atrium
Athletics & Events Center

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Ithaca Commons
Numerous Gorges and Parks
Finger Lakes Area Wineries
Ithaca Farmer's Market
Fine Dining and Unique Shops

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday, most Saturday (please call to confirm)
8:30am-5pm; 8:30am-1pm
6072743124

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Mon-Fri 9am, 11am, 1pm, 3pm; Most Sat; 9am and 11am
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
call 607-274-3124

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Ithaca is served by US Airways, Delta Airlines and United Airlines at the Tompkins County Airport and by Greyhound, Shortline and other bus companies. Limousine service is available from the airport, and taxis and city buses serve the campus from the bus terminal. Hancock International Airport in Syracuse is approximately 60 miles north of Ithaca. The closes Amtrak station is in Syracuse.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From the New York City Area, follow Route 17 west to Binghamton and take I-81 north to Whitney Point (exit 8). Pick up Route 79 west to Ithaca. At T-intersection in Ithaca turn left onto Route 96B (Aurora St.). An alternate route of about the same distance is through Owego: Stay on Route 17 west through Binghamton to Route 96/96B in Owego. Follow 96/96B for about 25 miles. The campus will be on your right. From Albany and New England follow the New York State Thruway (I-90) west to I-88 (exit 25A). Take I-88 west to Bainbridge (exit 8) and then Route 206 to Whitney Point. Pick up Route 79 west to Ithaca. At T-intersection in Ithaca turn left onto Route 96B (Aurora St.). From Rochester and Buffalo, follow the New York State Thruway (I-90) east to Waterloo (exit 41) and take Route 414 south to Route 318 east to Route 89 south to Ithaca. In Ithaca turn right onto Route 13 south. After passing Green St., move into the far left lane and go straight onto Route 96 B (Clinton St.). Turn right onto Aurora St. (still 96B).

Local Accommodations
Holiday Inn (222 S. Cayuga St.; 607-272-1000) is only one mile from Ithaca College, and is moderately priced. It has an indoor swimming pool. Other hotels in the area include the Hilton Garden Inn Ithaca (607-277-8900) and the Country Inn & Suites (800-456-4000) located just south of Ithaca College. See www.visitithaca.com for a more comprehensive listing.