College Planning Guide

Top Ten Things to Do at Ithaca

Want to know a secret? Much of the learning you’ll do in college will happen when you take time away from the books (but not too much time!) and give yourself the opportunity to experience new things and meet new people. Here are the top ten things you can do at Ithaca that have absolutely nothing to do with homework:

See the stars.
The Clinton B. Ford Observatory at Ithaca College sponsors public nights one Friday a month. Grab a date and get a front-row seat to a celestial show.

Grab a bite.
There are so many options for food in Ithaca that it’s often hard to pick just one place. From the world-famous vegetarian Moosewood Restaurant to the locally famous Maxie’s Supper Club, the variety is nothing short of mouthwatering. Plus, the town offers tastes from all around the world. From Greek to Korean or Indian, the list goes on and on!

Shop 'til you drop.
The Commons in downtown Ithaca is one of the few remaining pedestrian malls of its kind in the country. Its unique shops and sophisticated, yet funky atmosphere are far removed from what you’ll find in a typical mall. Vintage clothes and jewelry, thrift stores, and record shops are just a few of the Ithaca-only spots.

Take in a show.
Who needs Broadway when there’s Ithaca College theater just steps away? The production value of such classics like Chicago and Children of Eden make for something almost better than the Great White Way.

Get physical.
Ithaca College was ranked among the top 25 fittest colleges by Men’s Fitness magazine. Join one of dozens of club or intramural sports, get fit and make friends at the fitness center, or check out the new Athletics and Events Center. Plus, students can take a long list of physical activity classes like rock climbing or scuba diving and get academic credit. How cool is that!?

Join a club.
With over 150 options to choose from, you’re sure to find one that matches your interests. This year alone produced a handful of new clubs. It’s that easy!

Catch a movie.
The Ithaca College Student Activity Board screens Hollywood blockbusters on campus nearly every weekend…for free! For a more indie-scene, check out Cinemapolis, Ithaca’s own non-profit independent movie theater.

Be one with nature.
Our grounds are the perfect place to sit, talk, and, in the winter, make a snowman. And you won't want to miss Ithaca's breathtaking gorges.

Root for the home team.
Check out a crew race down by the water or cheer on the football players from the 50-yard line. Either way, get out and show your Bomber pride!

Lend a hand.
Ithaca College is all about community and there are plenty of opportunities to volunteer. A popular program is the Service Saturdays program. One Saturday a month, IC students volunteer at local places, such as Cayuga Nature Center or Beachtree Care Center. Or, make sure to register for Alternative Spring Break and spend the week volunteering down South or in a big city; it’s your choice!