Ithaca College was founded in 1892 by a homesick violinist who had returned to the United States from Europe to start a music conservatory in downtown Ithaca. The first class of students to graduate included two pianists.
Fast-forward to today, and the college is now a world-class institution with a thriving campus on South Hill and learning centers in London and Los Angeles. Cutting-edge programs in music, the humanities and sciences, communications, health care, and business offer an array of study options. The newest is a physician assistant master’s program, which starts in the fall 2021 semester. A portion of the instruction for the program will be given at a newly renovated site on the downtown Ithaca Commons—just a few short blocks from where it all started—as IC continues on its path to progress.