The Local Advantage

Ithaca College and the Friends are the picture of symbiosis. Friends support IC, and in turn, IC supports the Friends.

Living in a college town has its perks, and IC brings a lot to the table.

  • Our School of Music offers over 350 free concerts a year where people can not only enjoy the tremendous talent of IC students and faculty, but be in the audience for special performances that bring world-renowned artists to campus.
  • IC’s commitment to the arts also provides resources like the Handwerker Gallery (on campus) and the Creative Space Gallery (in the South Hill Business Park, across from IC) where our neighbors can see innovative expressions from students and established artists. Both galleries are free and open to the public.
  • Ithaca is indeed “gorgeous.” So is Ithaca College. Visitors are welcome to walk — and ski — the college’s natural lands, comprising four protected natural areas.
  • IC is home to two pools, which the Friends are invited to join: an impressive Olympic-size indoor pool and a 25-yard heated outdoor pool.
  • In addition to top-notch academics, IC fields 27 intercollegiate sports teams. Neighbors are encouraged to come support the Bombers during their home games. Only the football games charge (a modest) admission.
  • Friends can stay posted on the latest IC news with IC Current, a biweekly e-newsletter sent to the campus community.

IC’s vibrant campus offers an array of activities to students and neighbors alike. Check out our full calendar of events!

Cross-country ski trail in the IC Natural Lands
Two young women talk at a Handwerker Gallery reception