Ithaca College


Enrollment: 6,400.

Student Body: 57% female, 43% male, 55.2% out-of-state, 2% international (80 countries represented). Asian 4%, African American 3%, Caucasian 69%, Hispanic 4%, Native American 1%.

Retention and Graduation: 71% freshmen graduate within 4 years. 40% grads go on to further study within 1 year. 36% grads pursue arts and sciences degrees. 1% grads pursue law degrees. 2% grads pursue business degrees. 1% grads pursue medical degrees.

Faculty: Student/faculty ratio 12.4:1. 461 full-time faculty, 95% hold PhDs, 8% are members of minority groups, 46% are women. 1% of classes are taught by teaching assistants.


Degrees: Bachelors, certificate, masters.

Classes: Most classes have fewer than 10 students. Most lab/discussion sessions have 10-19 students.

Majors with Highest Enrollment: Business/commerce; music; radio and television.

Special Study Options: Accelerated program, cross-registration, distance learning, double major, dual enrollment, honors program, independent study, internships, liberal arts/career combination, student-designed major, study abroad, teacher certification program, London Center (London, England), Los Angeles Program, Washington, DC semester program, Walkabout Down Under Program (Australia), opportunities to study in over 50 countries around the world.

Honors programs: Students in the Humanities and Sciences Honors Program participate in a series of special intensive seminars complemented by an array of out-of-class activities. Starting in the fall of the first year, honors students begin a sequence of eight honors seminar courses that help them meet general requirements of the school. The sequence includes: a first-year seminar taken in the first semester, four intermediate seminars normally taken in the second, third and fourth semesters, a seminar on cultural themes taken in the junior year, and a capstone seminar on contemporary issues, taken in the senior year. Combined degree programs: BS/MS-Occup. Therapy and BS/DPT in Physical Therapy. Special programs offered to physically disabled students include note-taking services, reader services, tape recorders.

Career services: Alumni network, alumni services, career/job search classes, career assessment, internships, regional alumni.

Career services highlights include: Park School of Communication Internships are normally taken during a students senior year. Sponsors include local, regional, national, and international TV, radio, advertising, public relations, motion picture, education and corporate media organizations and many corporations and non-profit organizations.


Housing: Coed dorms, special housing for disabled students, women’s dorms, fraternity/sorority housing, apartments for single students, theme housing.

Special Academic Facilities/Equipment: Two newly-constructed Platinum LEED-certified buildings (the Business School and the Peggy Williams Center, Art Gallery, Radio and TV stations, digital technology throughout Communications building, Observatory, Wellness Clinic, Fitness Center, Trading Room, Speech and Hearing Handicapped Clinic, Physical Therapy Clinic, Performing Arts Centers (Music And Theater), Music Recording Facility.

Computers: 50% of classrooms, 100% of dorms, 100% of libraries, 100% of dining areas, 100% of student union, have wireless network access. Students can register for classes online. Administrative functions (other than registration) can be performed online.


Environment: Town.

Activities: Choral groups, concert band, dance, drama/ theater, jazz band, literary magazine, music ensembles, musical theater, opera, pep band, radio station, student government, student newspaper, student-run film society, symphony orchestra, television station, yearbook, campus ministries, international student organization.

Organizations: 180 registered organizations, 28 honor societies, 8 religious organizations. 3 fraternities, 1 sorority.

Athletics (Intercollegiate): Men: Baseball, basketball, crew/rowing, cross-country, diving, football, lacrosse, soccer, swimming, tennis, track/field (outdoor), wrestling. Women: Basketball, crew/rowing, cross-country, diving, field hockey, golf, gymnastics, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track/field (outdoor), volleyball.

On-Campus Highlights: IC Square and Food Court, Handwerker Gallery, Fitness Center, Business School Atrium, Library. Environmental Initiatives: 1. Sustainability Initiative that spurs and chronicles progress in three separate but highly inter-related areas: development of curriculum to infuse considerations of sustainability and applied research opportunities to study and solve sustainability challenges; modification of campus operations to incorporate more sustainable decision-making; and campus in-reach and community outreach to share our experiences as a learning organization seeking to become more sustainable. 2. Achieving LEED Platinum certification for our School of Business, and modifying business school curriculum to incorporate sustainability principles and to use the building as a “teaching tool” to model sustainable operations. The new Peggy R. Williams Center is also designed to achieve LEED Platinum certification (application on file); when certified, this may make Ithaca the first institution in the world to have two LEED Platinum facilities on its campus. 3. The school has collaborated with our regional Sodexho Facilities Management group to pilot a comprehensive energy and resource audit and sustainability assessment of all of our dining services-related facilities including board dining halls and retail operations.


Freshman Academic Profile: 27.4% in top 10% of high school class, 67.2% in top 25% of high school class, 93% in top 50% of high school class. 83% from public high schools. SAT Math middle 50% range 530-640. SAT Critical Reading middle 50% range 530-630. SAT Writing middle 50% range 525-630. Minimum paper TOEFL 550. Minimum computer TOEFL 213. Minimum web-based TOEFL 80.

Basis for Candidate Selection: Very important factors considered include: Academic GPA, rigor of secondary school record, standardized test scores. Important factors considered include: Class rank, application essay, recommendation(s), character/personal qualities, extracurricular activities, talent/ability. Other factors considered include: Alumni/ae relation, first generation, level of applicant’s interest, volunteer work, work experience.

Freshman Admission Requirements: High school diploma is required and GED is accepted. Academic units required: 4 English, 3 mathematics, 3 science, 2 foreign language, 4 social studies, 1 academic electives.

Freshman Admission Statistics: 13,191 applied, 69% admitted, 18% enrolled.

Transfer Admission Requirements: High school transcript, college transcript(s), essay or personal statement, statement of good standing from prior institution(s). Minimum college GPA of 2.75 required. Lowest grade transferable C-.

General Admission Information: Application fee $60. Early decision application deadline 11/1. Regular application deadline 2/1. Regular notification 4/15. Notification on a rolling basis, beginning on or about 11/15. Nonfall registration accepted. Admission may be deferred for a maximum of 1 year. Credit and/or placement offered for CEEB Advanced Placement tests.


Annual tuition $33,630. Room and board $12,314. Average book expense $1,275.

Required Forms and Deadlines: FAFSA, CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE Priority financial aid filing date 2/1.

Notification of Awards: Applicants will be notified of awards on a rolling basis beginning 2/15.

Types of Aid: Need-based scholarships/grants: Federal Pell, SEOG, state scholarships/ grants, private scholarships, the schools own gift aid. Loans: FFEL Subsidized Stafford, FFEL Unsubsidized Stafford, FFEL PLUS, Federal Perkins, alternative loans.

Student Employment: Federal Work-Study Program available. Institutional employment available. Highest amount earned per year from on-campus jobs $2,400. Off-campus job opportunities are good.

Financial Aid Statistics: 73% freshmen, 67% undergrads receive need-based scholarship or grant aid. 23% freshmen, 17% undergrads receive non-need-based scholarship or grant aid. 68% freshmen, 64% undergrads receive need-based self-help aid. 96.2% freshmen, 90.5% undergrads receive any aid.

Criteria for awarding institutional aid: Non-need-based: Academics, alumni affiliation, leadership, minority status, music/drama.

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