School of Business

Immerse yourself in the world of business, learning from professors who bring a wealth of experience to the classroom and participating in professional clubs that will help you discover new passions. In our Bloomberg top 100 business school, learn the fundamentals of business with a focus on its applications in the real world. Explore established and growing industries, develop your ideas, and define yourself as a professional.

Local Mentors and Incubators 

Ithaca is an incredible community for growing businesses. Local entrepreneurs have embraced our students, helping them through mentoring, reviewing pitches, providing industry insight, and giving technical guidance. Launch your own startup with resources like the downtown Rev: Ithaca Startup Works, created through a partnership that includes Cornell University, Ithaca College, and Tompkins Cortland Community College.  

Expert Faculty and Professionals 

Learn from professors who know their industries inside and out and can help you gain current and future-facing expertise in your field. In our award-winning World of Business course, first-year students run a simulated company under the guidance of faculty to learn how every aspect of a business comes together. 

A Sustainable Approach 

Sustainability has risen to the forefront of the global business community as leaders and educators realize that future success depends on action taken today. From its conception, the Dorothy D. and Roy H. Park Center for Business and Sustainable Enterprise at Ithaca College was at the leading edge of this trend as one of the first 100 buildings in the world to receive platinum LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification. In this living laboratory, learn how to incorporate sustainability into your business practices in meaningful ways.  

Business Competitions 

Put your knowledge into action in competitions that provide opportunities for you to nurture and develop creative concepts, gain real-world experience, and interact with entrepreneurs, local businesses, and engaged alumni. In the Business Idea Competition or Startup Idea Demo Day, you can present plans for turning your ideas into viable businesses. Or join a team participating in the PricewaterhouseCoopers Challenge case competition or the American Marketing Association’s annual strategic marketing plan competition to put your thinking to the test. 

Trading Room 

In the Ithaca College Center for Trading and Analysis of Financial Instruments, better known on campus as the trading room, you can access the same information available to the pros on Wall Street and use it to make critical investment decisions. Through the Core Trading Consultants, all students at IC have access to the trading room's professional investment platforms, such as Bloomberg, Capital IQ, Reuters, and Morningstar. Experience the atmosphere of an actual trading floor while you engage in activities ranging from investigating the financials of a company to analyzing equity, fixed income, currency, or commodity prices. Put the professional-level trading platforms of the IC Trading Room to the test and help invest over $800,000 of student-managed funds. 

Student Clubs and Associations 

Develop your managerial and leadership skills and connect your classroom experiences to real-world issues. Whether you're interested in portfolio research, accounting, marketing, sustainability, or any number of other business topics, you'll find a student club that helps you pursue your passions. 

  • American Marketing Association 

  • Beta Alpha Psi 

  • Beta Gamma Sigma 

  • Core Trading Consultants 

  • IC National Association of Black Accountants 

  • IC Young Entrepreneurs Organization 

  • International Business Association 

  • Mock Trial 

  • Peer Advisors 

  • Society for Human Resources Management 

  • Students Consulting for Nonprofit Organizations 

  • Women in Business Network 

ICNYC Program 

New York City—the bustle, energy, and opportunity at the center of the world is only four hours from Ithaca. In the semester-long ICNYC program, gain access to an exclusive IC database of competitive internships at major companies in the city, where you can gain practical experience while taking coursework online or in New York City classrooms. Live and learn among your peers and leading professionals in a major intersection of international culture and commerce. 

A Dedicated Alumni Network 

Alumni from the School of Business often act as mentors for current IC students, helping them gain a deeper understanding of industries, networking, and life after college. From guest speaking and mentoring to bridging connections for internships and career opportunities, our alumni play a vital role in the student experience.