Ithaca College Named Among Nation’s Best by the Princeton Review

By Dan Verderosa, August 8, 2018
Annual guide ranks college in top 10 for theatre, radio and newspaper.
Cover of "The Best 384 Colleges"

Ithaca College is once again listed as one of the country’s top institutions for undergraduate education in the Princeton Review’s annual guide, “The Best 384 Colleges.” The college was ranked highly in three categories with direct links to the college’s degree programs: #2 for best college theatre, #6 for best college radio station and #8 for best college newspaper.

The just-released 2019 edition of the guide features only about 15 percent of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges and universities. Published annually since 1992, it contains detailed profiles of the colleges, with rating scores in eight categories and ranking lists in 62 categories.

In its profile of the college, the guide notes that small class sizes that afford plenty of personal attention and outstanding scholarship opportunities are among the reasons to choose Ithaca, along with professors who are “really passionate about their fields and have a genuine interest in getting students excited about their passions.”

“Ithaca College has long been a national powerhouse for theatre arts and communications, and I am proud that we are listed, once more, among the best in the country,” said Ithaca College President Shirley M. Collado. “This is wonderful news for the entire IC community and much-deserved recognition for the outstanding work of our expert faculty, our stellar staff and our incredibly talented students.”

Ithaca College offers five academic majors in the Department of Theatre Arts, which is based in the School of Humanities and Sciences. Undergraduate students annually present a half dozen main-stage productions — ranging from classic and contemporary drama to opera to dance — through the professionally modeled Ithaca College Theatre, while a number of student-run groups produce work around campus and in the community.

The college’s two student-operated radio stations — 92 WICB and VIC Radio — are based in the Roy H. Park School of Communications. They provide award-winning music, public affairs and sports programming to the local community as well as worldwide via the Internet.

Also based in the Park School is the college’s student newspaper, The Ithacan. The weekly paper has been a consistent winner of national awards from such organizations as the Columbia Scholastic Press Association, Society of Professional Journalists and Associated Collegiate Press.

The Princeton Review is an education services company known for its test-prep courses, tutoring, guidebooks and other student resources. The school profiles and ranking lists can be found by visiting PrincetonReview.com/best384.