About the IC School of Business

The School of Business is the product of a merger. In 1945, the College, which started as a music conservatory, bought The Practical School of Business, founded in Ithaca by Louise Williams in 1876. Since then, our School’s cultural DNA has combined a musician’s intense discipline and a female entrepreneur’s creative vision. We’re redefining what a four-year immersive business education means. Roll up your sleeves and help.

Our Mission

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Deliver an innovative and inclusive student-centered business education, steeped in the liberal arts and experiential learning, to develop graduates who make a positive impact on business and society.

What Makes Us Great?

Student-Faculty Collaboration

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If you want a university where no one knows your name, IC might not be the place for you. Here, faculty want to get to know you, to engage you in a conversation about business that lasts for four years and beyond. It starts in classes or in passing in the hallway. It continues at events and on trips. It means the difference between earning a degree and finding a mentor – between consuming information and building a lifelong collaboration. 


Alumni Engagement

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One of the distinctive features of an IC School of Business education is alumni involvement– from visiting classrooms to judging student business pitches, from supporting our Professions Program to evaluating the investment decisions of our student-run South Hill Fund. Helping us to orchestrate all of this are advisory boards that connect the School to alumni, industry partners and the local business community.


Immersive Experiences

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Whether you want to do digital marketing for a retail chain, run game operations for a pro soccer team, start your own film production company, do the analytics to help a company make better marketing decisions, bring a long-term mindset to investing on Wall Street, or help your family business bring jobs to your hometown – IC’s School of Business is the place to start. In fact, many of our students do those things before they even graduate.


Commitment to Social Impact

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For a business school, we think about sustainability a lot! Our faculty are recognized thought leaders in the area. Our entrepreneurs win awards for sustainable business pitches. Our building is LEED platinum certified. And Ithaca is a hub for commercializing green tech and national model for building a healthy local economy. (It doesn’t hurt that our surroundings look like a Patagonia catalog.) But what comes next? We’re looking to redefine business’s role in society, and we want your help.

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Accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) is the hallmark of excellence in business education and has been earned by less than five percent of the world's business programs. Founded in 1916, AACSB International is the longest serving global accrediting body for business schools. Ithaca College School of Business has maintained accreditation for its business degree programs at the undergraduate and masters levels since 2005.

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