Why choose Park?

The reputation and resources of a big university. The size and focus on undergraduate learning of a small liberal arts college.

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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 faculty or students in areas that interest you.

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

Here are some of the frequently asked questions from accepted students like you.

What's my first semester like?

The Park Brand is "Day One, You're On"

From the moment you arrive, you'll be engaging in the kinds of work you may be doing in your future career.

In your first semester, you'll take courses in your major that not only give you hands-on skills but also cover the history, theory, and ethical professional decision-making of your chosen 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!

You'll be challenged to develop your voice, all of your communications skills, and your intellect. You'll learn to lead diverse and inclusive teams and advance your cultural competencies. DAPDiversity Advocates of Park

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 and facilitiesincluding professional level digital film packages like the 8K RED Weapon!

You'll dive deep 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 get a taste of the many opportunities in the expanding media industry and to meet other Park students whose skills can complement the work you're doing.

You'll take a one-credit class called S'Park, where you'll hear from alumni about various media trends and careers —from Disney Chairman Bob Iger '73 to an alum who just graduated. 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 eventually 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.

Sample first semester courses and four-year plans are here.

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.

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Office of Admission

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