If I am not accepted to the School of Music, but I am accepted to Ithaca College, should I come to Ithaca anyway? Could I enter the Exploratory Program and try again the following year for the School of Music?

This is a very personal decision, but is not ideal for most students given the following:

1. Given the competitive nature of admission to the School of Music, there is no guarantee that an applicant will get into the School of Music the second time. So there is some real risk involved in choosing this option. If students are denied admission to the School of Music the second time, they are put in a difficult position: deciding whether to stay at Ithaca College in another major, or to leave Ithaca altogether and attend an institution where they can study music.

2. Even in the best-case scenario, when students are accepted into the School of Music that second time, they are then considered first-year students in the School of Music, even though they may have spent a full year in another major at Ithaca College. That means they may need to spend four-and-a-half to five years at Ithaca to complete a four-year music degree.

These are important considerations to make if presented with this option by the Office of Admission.