Recent Accolades

Every year, Ithaca College and the City of Ithaca are included in assorted lists and "best-of" pieces from various publications and outlets. We're proud this outside recognition helps highlight IC as one of the best colleges in New York state.
Best University in the North

U.S. News & World Report thinks quite highly of us. We’ve been in the top 15 of their regional university rankings for more than 30 years straight.

Trans-Supportive College/University

With a 5 out of 5 rating on the Campus Pride Index, IC is deeply committed to inclusive programs, policies, and services for LGBTQ+ students — and started National Pronoun Day.

Best Undergraduate Teaching

U.S. News & World Report ranked IC highly for our commitment to teaching undergraduate students in a high-quality manner.

Top Green Colleges

Ithaca College has been named as one of the nation’s most environmentally responsible colleges by The Princeton Review for 2024.

Best College Theatre

Our program, with six main-stage productions each year and other performances on-campus and in the community, was ranked highly by The Princeton Review for 2024.

The College

Ithaca College Named Tops for Teaching in U.S. News Rankings (US News and World Report, August 2023)

IC named to Campus Pride’s “Best of the Best” list for 2023 (August 2023)

Princeton Review Names IC Among Nation’s Best Colleges (August 2023)

Money Names Ithaca Among America’s Best Colleges (July 2023)

IC Featured in Fiske Guide to Colleges (July 2023)

International Spotlight on IC (June 2023)

Higher Education Power 100 List Recognizes Ithaca College President (March 2023)

IC named top Fulbright Award producer for 2022–23 (February 2023)

Ithaca College Receives STARS Gold Rating for Sustainability Achievements (December 2022)

Ithaca Ranked a Top 10 “Green College” by Princeton Review (November 2022)

IC Ranked #2 for Best Undergraduate Teaching, #4 for Most Innovative Schools, a Best Value, and Best University in the North (US News and World Report, August 2022)

IC Named “Best of the Best” colleges and universities for LGBTQ+ students (August 2022)

IC makes “Best 388 Colleges for 2023” list and more (August 2022)

International Accreditation of Counseling Services recognizes Ithaca College (August 2022)

Two professors earn Fulbright Awards (June 2022)

Jorge Grossmann awarded his second Fulbright Scholarship (May 2022)

IC Named to Green Colleges List for Sustainability Efforts (Princeton Review, December 2021)

Princeton Review's Best 387 Colleges (September 2021)

Ithaca College Ranked in Top 10 by U.S. News & World Report, #3 Best Undergraduate Teaching, #10 for Value, and #14 for Most Innovative Schools (U.S. News & World Report, September 2021)

Best of the Best LGBTQ-Friendly College and Universities (Campus Pride, August 2021)

No. 8 America’s Top Colleges for Renewable Energy (Environment America Research & Policy Center, September 2020)

No 9. Best College in the North Region; No. 4 for Best Undergraduate Teaching; No. 12 for Most Innovative Schools; No. 12 for Best Value (U.S. News & World Report, September 2020)

IC Listed as Top Fulbright Producer (U.S. Department of State/Chronicle of Higher Education, March 2020)

Gold Rating, Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (February 2020)

Guide to Green Colleges (The Princeton Review, October 2019)

Top Producer of Faculty and Student Fulbright Awards (U.S. Department of State/Chronicle of Higher Education, February 2018)

Outstanding Plant-based Dining Services Menu Options (Humane Society of the United States, January 2018)

No. 2 Trans-Supportive Colleges and Universities (Advocate, November 2017)

Top 25 LGBTQ-Friendly Colleges and Universities (Campus Pride, August 2017)

No. 8 Top Colleges with Killer Music Scene (College Magazine, July 2016)

Our Schools

IC Named to Hollywood Reporter’s List of Top Film Schools. (August 2023)

Student Media Awards for 2022-2023 (July 2023)

The Ithacan wins the Columbia Scholastic Press Association’s Gold Crown Award (April 2023)

Senior participates in opera master class at Carnegie Hall (April 2023)

Student Named a Finalist in Coca-Cola Film Festival (March 2023)

Students earn American Advertising Federation honors (March 2023)

Alex Isbell ’26 wins the 2023 YoungArts award for film (March 2023)

Ithaca College included in Poets&Quants ranking of top business schools (March 2023)

Lecturer Jeff Perry is recognized by the New York Association of Agriculture Education (February 2023)

The Ithacan is inducted into the Associated Collegiate Press Pacemaker 100 (February 2023)

2023 Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics co-hosted by Ithaca College and Cornell University (February 2023)

IC’s Jazz Ensemble takes part in national competition (January 2023)

WICB and VIC Go to Washington (January 2023)

National Science Foundation grant allows chemistry department to upgrade critical equipment (September 2022)

Hollywood Reporter names IC one of the top 25 film schools in the country (August 2022)

IC Named Top Film School in North America (Variety, July 2022)

Student Media Award Roundup for 2021-22 (July 2022)

Business and Theatre Professors Awarded Fulbrights (June 2022)

School of Music Professor Receives Second Fulbright (May 2022)

School of Business Named Best Business School (Poets and Quants for Undergrad, January 2022)

IC Named a Top Film School  (The Wrap, January 2022)

Great Lists: Best Theatre, Best Newspaper, and Best College Radio Station (Princeton Review, September 2021)

No. 18, Top 25 American Film Schools (Hollywood Reporter, August 2021)

No. 1 Best College Theatre; No. 2 Best College Newspaper; No. 5 Best College Radio Station (Princeton Review, 2020)

No. 17 of Top 25 Film Schools (Hollywood Reporter, August 2020)

First Place Best in Show Award- The Ithacan (The Associated Collegiate Press, August 2020)

Entertainment Education Impact Report Top Film Schools and Educators (Variety, May 2020)

No. 57 Best Graduate Physical Therapy Program; No. 58 Best Graduate Occupational Therapy Program; No 82 Best Graduate Speech Pathology Program (U.S. News & World Report, March 2020)

AACSB Accreditation (AACSB International—The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, January 2020)

No. 17 of Top 50 Film Schools in the United States (The Wrap, January, 2020)

No. 61 Top Undergraduate Business School in the United States (Poets & Quants for Undergrads, December 2019)

Faculty Member Wins International Music Award (Young Concert Artists International Auditions, December 2019)

Best Film Schools in 2018 (Variety, April 2018)

Best Overall College Newspaper-The Ithacan (New York Press Association, April 2018)

Best Undergraduate Business Programs of 2017 (Poets & Quants for Undergrads, December 2017)

Pacemaker Hall of Fame-The Ithacan (Associated Collegiate Press, November 2017)

Top 10 School for Musical Theatre (Backstage, October 2017)

No. 18 of 25 Top Film Schools (Hollywood Reporter, August 2017)

No. 3 Best Student Newspaper; No. 3 Best Theatre Program; No. 6 Best College Radio Station (Princeton Review, 2017)

Signature Station Award - ICTV (Broadcast Education Association, April 2017)

Top 100 Undergraduate Business Schools (Bloomberg Businessweek, April 2016)

Best 295 Business Schools (Princeton Review, 2015)

No. 3 Top Music Education Programs (Music School Central, August 2015)

Top 40 Showbiz Programs (Variety magazine, April 28, 2015 issue)

The Ithaca Area

No. 19 of 30 Best American Cities to Live in After the Coronavirus Pandemic (Business Insider, June 2020)

The Best U.S. Places to Live Car-Free (CityLab, September 2019)

Top 100 Best Places to Live (, March 2018)

Top Emerging Nature Destination in the U.S. (Luxury Travel Guide, 2017)

No. 1 College Town (, 2019)

Best College Town in America (American Institute for Economic Research's College Destination Index, 2014-15)