Congratulations on Your Acceptance to Park!

Have questions? Want to meet students or faculty in your major?

Contact April Johanns, our coordinator for student and external communications. She can answer a lot of your questions—and she can also set up virtual chats with other students who will be joining your major in the fall, or an introduction to faculty or students in areas that interest you.

Let us know how we can help you experience the Park School.

Hooray for you!

You should be very proud—your hard work has made it possible for you to join one of the top schools of communications, and we hope we'll see you here this fall. 

Bummer! Can't come for a visit?

Even though our on-campus admission events are now cancelled for the spring due to COVID-19 health restrictions, we still can provide you with information you need to make your college decision. We have faculty, students, and staff ready to talk with you about your interests, tell you what it's like to study here, and answer your questions. Please contact April Johanns to set up a phone call or Skype, Zoom, or FaceTime chat. 

Our motto: Day One. You're on.

On set. On camera. On the ground covering news and sports. On point in fascinating discussions that will help shape the future of the industry. From the moment you arrive, you'll be doing the kinds of work you may be doing in your future career.

Why Choose park?

There are lots of great communications schools, but we occupy a distinctive niche. We have the reputation and resources of a big university with the small size and focus on undergraduate learning that characterize small liberal arts colleges.

Our Focus is YOU: Undergraduate Students

You'll get immediate exposure to your major while opening up a world of new opportunities.

In your first semester, you'll jump into your selected major, taking courses that explore the history, theory, and the actual hands-on professional skills in your field. You'll be taught by our most experienced professors who are experts in the field and experts in teaching. You'll be in small classes where they and your classmates know your name and probably also get to know what you like to eat for breakfast! We have small, collegial, and collaborative learning spaces where you'll be challenged to develop your voice, all of your communications skills, and your intellect. You'll have access to all of our facilities—unlike at big universities, where many of the professors, equipment, and spaces are only for master's or doctoral students. Check out our gear!

You'll dive into your major—but you won't be pigeon-holed. Because we have 10 different degrees and nine minors all under one roof, you'll be able to check out areas you may never even have considered, such as the following:

  • designing and producing immersive live events;  
  • developing simulations, 3D animations, or data visualizations to communicate complex information;
  • promoting social causes using social and digital media;
  • writing stories that can be told across media platforms—from films to streaming series to video games;
  • finding your voice as a television, radio, or podcast host or producer, a play-by-play sports announcer, or an on-camera news anchor; and
  • learning what it's like to be a talent agent, a social media analytics expert, a news producer, or a crisis communications consultant... the list goes on.

In your first semester, you'll also take a one-credit class called S'Park, where you'll hear from alumni across generations and careers—from Disney Chairman Bob Iger to an alum who just graduated a few months ago, so you can learn what it's really like to work in various fields. You'll develop a four-year academic plan as well as your networking skills and online professional presence. To round out your first semester, you'll get to choose an Ithaca Seminar and one or two electives across the entire college that pique your interests. Many students choose a minor (or even double major) from over 100 programs, including women's and gender studies, psychology, marketing, environmental studies, politics, or a language. You'll have a dedicated first-year adviser and a group of helpful peer advisers you can drop in to see as you navigate your courses and academic decisions. If you decide you want to change your major within the Park School, you just fill out a quick online form.

See what it's like to work in professional media—right here.

During your first week on campus, attend recruitment nights hosted by our student media organizations. They will be looking for your help to fill out crews, develop and promote events, come up with media concepts to pitch for funding, and cover stories for the digital and print editions of our award-winning student newspaper. 

Learn more about student media: Check out their programming and see their awards.

We bring the world of media to you!

Although we are located in beautiful upstate New York, we are far from isolated! This place literally vibrates with guest speakers, visiting alumni, recruiters, festivals, and screenings.  We've recently hosted recruiters from Live Nation, MLB Networks, and TV/radio stations across New York State. Award-winning photojournalist and doctoral student Gina Gayle was here as emerging diversity scholar-in-residence, and we will be hosting Danielle Bowman and Andre Bradley, both photographers whose work explores themes of diversity, in the fall.  Jamie Kraft, former producer of NBC Nightly News and now senior managing editor of NJTV, taught a mini-course in Advanced TV Journalism where students produced segments to be aired on WENY-TV.  Dan Heffner, one of our film alumni who produced the Saw horror film franchise, was here in February for a week as Professional-in-Residence.  Each year, we give awards to outstanding women in media, to film and television professionals whose work promotes social responsibility, and our Park Center for Independent Media gives out its annual Izzy awards.

Check out our events and speakers!

Opportunities to pitch creative ideas your first year

This past fall, Massaran Cisse, just a few weeks into her studies here as an Integrated Marketing Communications major, pitched her lip gloss online marketing business at Park Tank—and won the audience award! Two years ago, first-year student Julia Warner Corcoran pitched “Donor 1317,” a documentary about what it means to be a family in an age of sperm donation at The Studio's Pitch It to Produce It event. The story is Julia’s personal journey as she tries to connect with her 27 half-siblings and her biological father and discusses this with her two mothers. After hearing about the project, The BBC World Service contacted Julia and asked her to host a television and radio program on the same subject—and paid to license her footage. Two years ago, two TV-R majors in their Intro to Media Industries class submitted a script to the Coca-Cola/Regal Films competition—and WON. Read and watch. (Cross your fingers: we are finalists again this year!)

Park beyond Ithaca

We take our students where the action is. With semester-long internship opportunities in Los Angeles and NYC, you can take classes while trying out what it feels like to work full-time on major film productions, network TV shows like Ellen and Saturday Night Live; contribute to national advertising and PR campaigns; shoot photos and video alongside noted freelancers; and develop story ideas for game developers. We fund our students to travel to accept the many awards they earn every year for their films, TV and radio shows, and research, and we often pay for them to travel to see their films premiered at festivals. Four teams of journalism students have been covering the presidential primaries for CNN! Travel grants support students' production of documentaries in the coal fields of West Virginia, the border in Texas, and Puerto Rico, where residents are still recovering from hurricanes. 

What's next?

Get More Information for Accepted Students

We encourage you to check out additional information for accepted students from our Office of Admission