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.


In the center of the Finger Lakes region of New York State, Ithaca College's campus is 50 miles north of Binghamton and 60 miles south of Syracuse. Ithaca, a city of 30,000 year-round residents, is served by American, Delta, and United Airlines and by Greyhound Bus Lines, Short Line, and other bus companies.


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

6,700 students (undergraduate and graduate)

  • Undergraduate: 6,200
    • 2,600 men and 3,600 women
    • 43 percent men, 57 percent women
  • Graduate: 460

Students come from 48 states, 3 U.S. territories, and 53 other countries.
44 percent of students are from New York State; 56 percent are from outside New York state

More than 70 percent of undergraduates reside on campus.

Schools and Enrollments

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

  • School of Business: 640
  • Roy H. Park School of Communications: 1,700
  • School of Health Sciences and Human Performance: 1,350
  • School of Humanities and Sciences: 2,000
  • School of Music: 470


  • 523 full time
  • 221 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

75 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.

Special Programs

Control and Accreditation

Privately supported and nondenominational, Ithaca College is accredited by appropriate professional associations and agencies, including:

Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Higher Education
3624 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-2680, (267) 284-5000

The Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. secretary of education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.