Ithaca at a Glance

Coeducational and nonsectarian, Ithaca is a nationally recognized comprehensive college of 6,700 students.


In the center of the Finger Lakes region of New York State, Ithaca College's campus is 50 miles north of Binghamton and 60 miles south of Syracuse. Ithaca, a city of 47,000, is served by US Airways and Northwest, Continental, and United Airlines, and by Greyhound Bus Lines, Short Line, and other bus companies.


Founded in 1892 as the Ithaca Conservatory of Music, the College was located in downtown Ithaca until the 1960s, when the present campus was built on South Hill overlooking Cayuga Lake.

Student Body

Undergraduate enrollment is approximately 6,200: 2,700 men and 3,500 women. Another 480 students are enrolled in graduate programs. Over 70 percent of undergraduates reside on campus. Nearly every state in the U.S. and 71 other countries are represented in the student population.

Schools and Enrollments

  • School of Humanities and Sciences: 2,100
  • School of Business: 680
  • Roy H. Park School of Communications: 1,500
  • School of Health Sciences and Human Performance: 1,370
  • School of Music: 500
  • Graduate Studies: 480

Control and Accreditation

Privately supported and nondenominational, Ithaca is accredited by appropriate professional associations and agencies, including the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104-2680, (267) 284-5000. The Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. secretary of education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

Internships and Job Placement

Extensive opportunities for internships are available in business, communications, music, athletic training, speech-language pathology, sport management and media, community health education, humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and more.

Student Body Profile

44 percent men, 56 percent women
47 states, 4 U.S. territories, and 71 other countries represented
55 percent from outside New York state


490 full-time
295 part-time
Student-faculty ratio 11:1
97 percent of full-time faculty members have a Ph.D. or a terminal degree in their field.

Graduation Rate

75 percent of entering freshmen graduate from Ithaca within five years (compared to 55 percent nationally at four-year private institutions offering bachelor's and master's degrees).

Special Programs

James B. Pendleton Center in Los Angeles. ICNYC in New York. Ithaca College London Center. Cross-registration with Cornell University and Wells College; ROTC program with Cornell; 3-2 engineering program with Cornell and others; 3-1 optometry program with the Pennsylvania College of Optometry and the SUNY College of Optometry; one-semester marine biology program through affiliations with the Duke University Marine Laboratory and the Sea Education Association. Clinical practica and affiliations are integral parts of health sciences curricula. Planned Studies program (B.A. or B.S.) in which students develop an individualized educational goal. Prelaw and premedical sciences advising. One-year M.B.A. program. Fifteen programs leading to initial New York State teacher certification. Writing Center.