News Releases

Princeton Review Names Ithaca College Among Best in Nation; Ranks Radio and Theater in Top 10

ITHACA, NY — “The Best 379 Colleges,” published by the Princeton Review, has once again included Ithaca College in its listing of the country’s top institutions for undergraduate education. The annual guide also ranks the college as #2 for radio and #6 for theater.

The just-released 2015 edition of the guide features only about 15 percent of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges and universities. It includes detailed profiles of the institutions, along with rankings in 62 categories based on the Princeton Review’s surveys of 130,000 students attending the colleges.

“Ithaca College offers outstanding academics, which is the chief reason we selected it for the book,” said author Robert Franek, Princeton Review’s senior vice president. “We base our choices primarily on data we obtain in our annual surveys of administrators at these schools and at hundreds of other colleges. We take into account input we get from our staff, our 27-member National College Counselor Advisory Board, our personal visits to schools and the sizable amount of feedback we get from our surveys of students attending these schools.”

Named #2 for radio, Ithaca College has two student-operated stations — 92 WICB and VIC Radio — 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. The college has consistently ranked in the top 10 in this category, earning the #1 spot in 2009 and 2014.

Ranked #6 for theater (up one spot from last year), Ithaca offers five academic majors in the Department of Theatre Arts. 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.

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

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 going to