Mission and Vision

Vision Statement

Ithaca College strives to become the standard of excellence for residential comprehensive colleges, fostering intellect, creativity, and character in an active, student-centered learning community. For specific details, visit the Strategic Vision & Current Initiatives page.

Mission Statement

To provide a foundation for a lifetime of learning, Ithaca College is dedicated to fostering intellectual growth, aesthetic appreciation, and character development in our students. The Ithaca College community thrives on the principles that knowledge is acquired through discipline, competence is established when knowledge is tempered by experience, and character is developed when competence is exercised for the benefit of others.

A comprehensive college that since its founding has recognized the value of combining theory and performance, Ithaca provides a rigorous education blending liberal arts and professional programs of study. Our teaching and scholarship are motivated by the need to be informed by, and to contribute to, the world's scientific and humanistic enterprises. Learning at Ithaca extends beyond the classroom to encompass a broad range of residential, professional, and extracurricular opportunities. Our undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, staff, and alumni all contribute to the learning process.

Ithaca College is committed to attracting a diverse body of students, faculty, and staff. All members of the College community are encouraged to achieve excellence in their chosen fields and to share the responsibilities of citizenship and service in the global community.

Guiding Principles

The IC educational experience is focused on the development of intellect, creativity and character through curricular, co-curricular, and campus life experiences.  Studies in the liberal arts are enriched by professional practice and other curricular opportunities, and studies in the professional schools are grounded in the liberal arts tradition.  We are committed to active learning that develops knowledge and skill through a variety of experiences in the classroom, community, laboratory and other settings.  

We prepare students for success in college and in life.  We believe intellectual and personal growth reach their highest potential in an atmosphere that is both challenging and supportive.

We embrace diversity as an integral part of the educational experience and of the community we create.

We commit to the responsible and sustainable management of natural, human, and financial resources.

We strive to be recognized for excellence in our educational and operational endeavors.