Quick facts about Ithaca College

Ithaca College strives to become the standard of excellence for student-centered comprehensive colleges, fostering intellect, creativity, and character in an active and inclusive residential learning community.


Founded in 1892 as the Ithaca Conservatory of Music, Ithaca College was located in downtown Ithaca until the 1960s, when the present campus was built on South Hill overlooking Cayuga Lake.

Student Profile

5,400 students (undergraduate and graduate)

  • Undergraduate: 5,000
    • 2,100 men and 2,900 women
    • 42 percent men, 58 percent women
  • Graduate: 400

Students come from 45 states, 4 U.S. territories, and 40 countries.
48 percent of students are from New York State; 52 percent are from outside New York State

More than 70 percent of undergraduates reside on campus.

Schools and Enrollment

Ithaca College offers more than 90 majors and 70 minors through its five schools. Following is a breakdown of undergraduate enrollment by school:

  • School of Business: 550
  • Roy H. Park School of Communications: 1,400
  • School of Health Sciences and Human Performance: 950
  • School of Humanities and Sciences: 1,650
  • School of Music: 400


  • 520 full time
  • 188 part time

Student-faculty ratio 11:1
86 percent of full-time faculty members have a Ph.D. or the terminal degree in their field.

Graduation Rate

77 percent of entering first-year students graduate from Ithaca College within five years (compared to 55 percent nationally at four-year private institutions offering bachelor's and master's degrees).

Internships and Job Placement

Extensive opportunities for internships are available in business, communications, music, athletic training, speech-language pathology, sport management and media, community health education, humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and more.

The Office of Career Services provides career related education, experiential learning, professional development, and post-graduate opportunities for the benefit of students and alumni.

Annual Security and Fire Safety Report

The Ithaca College Annual Security and Fire Safety Report is now available. This report is required by federal law and contains policy statements and crime statistics for the school. The policy statements address the school’s policies, procedures and programs concerning safety and security, for example, policies for responding to emergency situations and sexual offenses. Three years’ worth of statistics are included for certain types of crimes that were reported to have occurred on campus, in or on off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by the school and on public property within or immediately adjacent to the campus.

This report is available online here (PDF). You may also request a paper copy from the Office of Public Safety & Emergency Management by calling (607) 274-3353.