Ithaca College Earns High Rankings from U.S. News & World Report

By Dave Maley, September 13, 2022
IC named among best for teaching, innovation, and value.

Ithaca College is ranked the #12 Best University among the 175 institutions of its kind in the North, according to U.S. News & World Report. In its just-released “Best Colleges 2022-2023” issue, the magazine recognized IC for the high quality of its undergraduate teaching, for being innovative, and for providing a great value.

Serving as a guide for prospective students and their families, the rankings evaluate 1,500 colleges and universities using statistical measures in nine broad categories that education experts have proposed as reliable indicators of academic quality: social mobility; first-year student retention and graduation of students; graduate indebtedness; expert opinion; faculty resources; student excellence; financial resources; alumni giving; and graduation rate performance.

In addition to its overall ranking, U.S. News gave Ithaca College particularly high marks among colleges of its kind in the region in several specific categories:

“These recognitions are a tribute to the tremendous work of our faculty, staff, and students,” said Ithaca College President La Jerne Terry Cornish. “Our teaching mission is rooted in the learning model of theory, practice, and performance. Because they are both practitioners and educators, our faculty have the resources to bring research and innovation to their fields, while delivering immersive, experiential learning to our students. We remain committed to ensuring that this learning experience is also accessible and affordable to students and their families.”

U.S. News & World Report regularly ranks Ithaca College among the best regional universities, which the publication says are those that offer a broad scope of undergraduate degrees and some master’s degree programs, but few, if any, doctoral programs. Ithaca College has a doctoral degree program in physical therapy and will be launching one in occupational therapy next year. For this category, the rankings are divided into four regions — North, South, Midwest, and West. The magazine also has separate rankings for national universities, national liberal arts colleges, and regional colleges.

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