Ithaca College Honored by Princeton Review

By Danica Fisher ’05, August 18, 2022

IC makes “Best 388 Colleges for 2023” list and more.

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Once again Ithaca College has been named to Princeton Review’s “Best 388 Colleges” honoring IC’s commitment to academic excellence and strong belief in theory, practice, and performance. In the 2023 edition of their annual guide, IC was ranked among the top 25 in a number of individual areas, including #2 Best College Newspaper, #2 Best College Theater, #3 Best College Radio Station, and #20 for Green Matters: Everyone Cares about Conservation. Only about 14% of America’s 2,700 four-year colleges are profiled in the book. 

“We salute Ithaca College for its outstanding academics, and its many other impressive offerings. We’re delighted to recommend it as an ideal choice for students searching for their ‘best-fit’ college,” said Rob Franek, Princeton Review’s editor in chief and lead author of guide. 

The college’s student-run newspaper, The Ithacan, and radio stations, 92-WICB and VIC Radio, are based in the Roy H. Park School of Communications. They routinely win state and national-level awards for their comprehensive news and sports coverage. 

Ithaca’s Department of Theatre Arts has typically presented half a dozen main-stage productions each year, as well as other productions on campus and in the community. This year, the department became part of the newly formed School of Music, Theatre, and Dance. This new school highlights and celebrates the performing arts at Ithaca College, allowing for more cross-disciplinary education and exposure and better preparing students for real-world multidisciplinary artistic careers in the 21st century. 

IC has taken numerous strides to become more “green” in recent years. In accordance with the Ithaca Forever strategic plan, the campus is committed to being carbon neutral by 2050 and is on track to meet that goal early. The Peggy Ryan Williams Center, Dorothy D. and Roy H. Park Center for Business and Sustainable Enterprise, Athletics and Events Center and Classroom Link corridor have all received LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certifications. In 2020, Ithaca College was ranked No. 8 on the Environment America Research & Policy Center’s “America’s Top Colleges for Renewable Energy” report for obtaining 109% of its energy from renewable sources. 

The annual "Best 388 Colleges" guide showcases schools that are recommended to applicants and their parents as nation’s best for undergraduate academics. The Princeton Review does not rank colleges from 1 to 388 in the book. Instead, it reports the top 25 schools in each of its 50 ranking categories.  

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