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On Site: Ithaca College


At a Glance

Ithaca, New York

Undergraduate Students: 5,000

Student to Faculty Ratio: 9:1

Acceptance Rate: 78%

Six Year Graduation Rate: 77%

Freshman Retention Rate: 84%

Notable Majors/Programs: Communication, Television-Radio, Music, Theater, Health Sciences


The Feel

  • Ithaca College was founded as a music conservatory, so naturally music a strong suit, but they also apply their original conservatory philosophy of theory, practice, and perform to any area of study.

  • The campus is located in the charming town of Ithaca, in the southern Finger Lakes region. Downtown Ithaca is close by, which holds a lot of festivals, like Apple Harvest fest and Winter Ice Fest and has more restaurants per capita than New York City. The area surrounding Ithaca is also known for waterfalls and gorges, with more than 150 waterfalls within a 10 mile radius!

  • Ithaca College is made up of 5 schools: School of Music, School of Theatre and Dance, School of Communications, School of Business, School of Health Sciences and Human Performance, and School Humanities and Sciences.

  • Their unique general education requirements center around the Integrative Core Curriculum, highlighted by Themes and Perspectives - students get to pick a real world theme and take courses (meeting the 4 required perspectives) within that theme. Seniors do a capstone project as well.


Standout Points

  • Their music program, which is difficult to get into, is a highlight on campus, and their music facility has 100 practice rooms. Because so much is offered through music, non-major students have a lot of opportunities for classes, lessons and attending many performances. In all, there are about 300 music/theatre performances a year!

  • Their exploratory program is a standout option for students who are undecided on their major. The program allows students to familiarize themselves with every major in a particular school and meet with student representatives of each major. The program can transfer to other schools within he college too.

  • They have two satellite campuses: one in London and one in L.A., which is particularly for communications majors. Coursework and internships are affiliated with both locations.

  • Students are able to take 1 course per semester at Cornell University, which is just a few miles away.

  • Ithaca College has 27 NCAA Division III teams along with club sports and intramurals.


Fun Fact

  • Cortaca Jug: Over 40,000 spectators gather each year to watch Ithaca play SUNY Cortland in football. The winner gets the “Cortaca Jug.” This is the largest attended DIII event in all of sports and is hosted at Yankee Stadium.


Bottom Line Fit: For the student looking to attend a medium sized college in the beautiful, outdoorsy western New York and who may have an inclining for communications, health sciences or performing arts.



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