Continuing Education Programs

Adults in Degree Programs

Ithaca College welcomes to its student body persons 25 years of age or older who wish to begin college after being out of school for several years. The College is aware that adult students often have work and family responsibilities not shared by traditional-age students, and it is committed to aiding their educational endeavors. In particular, the College's Division of Graduate and Professional Studies is available to assist adults who plan to seek an undergraduate degree on either a full- or part-time basis. Advisers are available to help interested individuals explore alternatives and select programs of study that meet their specific needs, interests, and schedules. Adult students unfamiliar with the College may contact the Division of Graduate and Professional Studies for information about the campus and its resources.

When completing the undergraduate admission application, adult students should check the "Adults in Degree Programs" box and skip inapplicable questions (e.g., parents' backgrounds, high school guidance counselor recommendation). For persons 25 or older, the admission committee reviews factors such as life and work experience, recent college credits, College Level Examination Program (CLEP) scores, and other relevant indicators. For admission information, contact the coordinator of transfer admission at 607-274-3124.

It should be noted that adult students at Ithaca College enroll in the general credit courses of the College and participate in the same degree programs as traditional-age students. In academic matters, no distinction is made among students, regardless of age.

For further information, write to the Division of Graduate and Professional Studies, Ithaca College, 953 Danby Road, Ithaca, NY 14850-7000, call 607-274-3143, fax 607-274-1263, or e-mail

Extramural (Nondegree) Study

Persons who are not degree students at Ithaca College may enroll on a course-by-course basis in undergraduate and graduate classes as extramural (nondegree) students. Extramural study at Ithaca College is appropriate for a wide range of individuals, such as

  • persons who never started college or who want to return to college
  • area residents who want to take a course or two for professional development or personal interest
  • college graduates who want to continue their education at either the undergraduate or graduate level
  • students at another college or university who want to enroll for transfer of credit
  • international students whose visa eligibility and financial status are approved by the Office of International Programs
  • qualified high school students who wish to get a head start in college-level study
  • Ithaca College employees who have the approval of their department supervisor and the Office of Human Resources

Eligibility and Limitations

Extramural students who have graduated from high school or hold a GED or an associate's degree may register for undergraduate courses only. Those who already hold a bachelor's or advanced degree may register for either undergraduate or graduate courses; however, for registration in graduate courses, permission of the graduate chair is required. All classes (with certain restrictions) are open to extramural students on a space-available basis. Registrants must meet the prescribed prerequisites for any course.

Extramural students may enroll for a cumulative total of 18 undergraduate credits before applying to any undergraduate degree program. More than 18 credits may be taken only if the student does not wish to participate in a degree program and signs a statement of understanding to that effect. Extramural students who enroll in graduate courses are subject to the guidelines on transfer of credit outlined in the Ithaca College graduate catalog. No more than 12 graduate credits taken as an extramural student may be applied to a graduate degree at Ithaca College.

Credits earned on an extramural basis may be transferred to an Ithaca College degree program, although this transfer is not guaranteed. All transfer credits are subject to approval by the appropriate dean. Anyone wishing to enter an undergraduate degree program must apply to the College's Office of Admission, 607-274-3124 (link below). Application for graduate study should be made to the Division of Graduate and Professional Studies, 607-274-3527 (link below).
Office of Admission
Division of Graduate and Professional Studies

Ithaca College reserves the right to suspend the eligibility of any student who does not maintain a passing cumulative grade point average (2.00). All dismissals from the program are at the discretion of the program director, Division of Graduate and Professional Studies.

Note: Matriculated Ithaca College undergraduate and graduate students -- including those who are suspended, dismissed, withdrawn, or on a leave of absence from any school within the College -- are not eligible for registration as extramural students.

Registration and Tuition

Course registration for extramural study is completed during the first week of classes. Extramural registrants pay on a per-credit basis for 1 to 11 credits. The 2009-10 undergraduate rate is $1,067 per credit. The graduate tuition rate varies according to program. Those registered for 12 to 18 credits pay a flat rate equal to the current full-time matriculated student tuition rate. (The 2009-10 rate is $16,030 per semester.) The fee to audit is $107 per credit for both undergraduate and graduate courses.

New York State requires all students who register for 6 or more credits in a semester to provide proof of immunization against measles, mumps, and rubella.

Contact the Division of Graduate and Professional Studies for more information. An adviser is available to help students develop their educational plans and select courses. Call 607-274-3143 for an appointment, or visit the website:
Division of Graduate and Professional Studies

Continuing Professional Education

Ithaca College offers programs specially designed for those professionals whose educational needs are not met by the regular course offerings of the College. The Division of Graduate and Professional Studies works with Ithaca College faculty, staff, and administration to provide workshops, conferences, and meetings for professional groups. Contact the Division of Graduate and Professional Studies for additional information.