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Get ready for your future

A finance major hones his skills in the business school’s trading room and then interns with a Wall Street financial firm. A biology major coauthors a research study and presents her findings at a national conference. A film major makes a documentary that’s featured in two dozen film festivals and launches his own film company before he graduates.

Stories like these are common at Ithaca College, which excels at getting students ready for their futures. There are two keys to that readiness: what you know and your ability to put that knowledge into action. Ithaca offers the perfect combination of both.  

Boundless opportunity
You’ll choose from more than 100 degree programs in the Schools of Business, Communications, Health Sciences and Human Performance, Humanities and Sciences, and Music. And if you’re undecided about your major—as many students are—our Exploratory Program will introduce you to a range of opportunities and provide the academic advising and support you need to choose a major that’s right for you. The Integrative Core Curriculum is a set of thought-provoking academic experiences that will connect your thinking across disciplines to help you shape your understanding of the world.

Students routinely double-major, minor, and combine fields of study in intriguing ways—philosophy and marketing, music and physical therapy, biochemistry and French—tailoring their learning to fit their interests and career goals. The real world is interdisciplinary, and we think your education should be too.

You’ll learn in small classes taught by faculty who are accomplished scholars and passionate teachers who become partners on your educational journey. You’ll also have the opportunity to gain a broader perspective through courses that explore solutions to global challenges.

And you’ll take advantage of some of the finest facilities you’ll find on a college campus. The Park Center for Business and Sustainable Enterprise features a sophisticated trading room with the same software and real-time transaction capability found on Wall Street. Production studios in the School of Communications offer high-tech resources that would make some media outlets envious. Students learn science by doing science, using the same instruments as professionals. Students in the humanities and sciences put theory into practice through a wide variety of experiential learning activities. Performance spaces for music and theater arts offer world-class acoustics and ambience.  

Putting thought into action
There’s no better way to learn something than to do it, so at Ithaca we surround you with opportunities to apply classroom theory to real-world practice. From their first year here, Ithaca students conduct research with faculty, intern in their fields of interest, participate in field work and performances, and create projects that provide the kind of practical, hands-on experience that makes employers and graduate schools take notice.

Join a vibrant learning community
With 6,200 undergraduates, the Ithaca campus community is small enough to feel close-knit but large enough to offer a broad array of ways to get involved.

Ithaca offers more than 200 stu-dent organizations focused on academic and professional interests, leadership, community service projects, the arts, and other interests so you can develop talents, sharpen leadership skills, and make connections that will enrich your learning and your life. Ithaca also has 27 Division III intercollegiate sports teams, plus more than 40 intramural and club sports.

All of this happens in Ithaca, New York, a vibrant cosmopolitan city of 47,000. Ithaca is known for its progressive character and its abundance of outdoor recreation opportunities, and it is included frequently on best college town and most livable city lists.

After Ithaca
Ithaca graduates have made their mark around the globe in just about every field imaginable. You’ll find recent alumni working as music directors, investment analysts, journalists, filmmakers, research scientists, small-business owners, and athletic trainers for professional sports teams. They go on to many of the finest medical schools, law schools, M.B.A. programs, and other graduate programs in the United States and beyond.

With an Ithaca education, you can count on being confident, prepared, and ready for whatever comes next in your life.

A welcoming international community
The Office of International Programs provides a comprehensive orientation program for new students, and our support services continue throughout your education. The office’s staff will introduce you to other students on campus, offer immigration information, and take you on regional trips.

The Ithaca area combines unique sophistication and diversity in a stunning natural setting. Ithaca College and nearby Cornell University each attract an international population from dozens of countries. Our diversity is reflected in the local cable channel’s programming (which includes news broadcasts from many countries) and in places of worship, grocery stores, and fine ethnic restaurants.

Admission, contacts, and costs
Applicants should submit a completed application and transcripts from secondary and postsecondary institutions, and actual or predicted national or international academic program exam scores (if available), as well as recommendations and proof of English proficiency. Submission of SAT and ACT scores is optional. Some programs require auditions, interviews, or portfolios.

International applicants are eligible for institutional need- and merit-based scholarships.


Ithaca, New York, is a small cosmopolitan city in the beautiful Finger Lakes region of central New York State. Home to both Ithaca College and Cornell University, the city has an international flavor and is a cultural center for the region. Ithaca’s
airport offers connections to flights from anywhere in the world.


Type of College: Private, coeducational, four-year comprehensive college offering liberal arts and professional studies and granting bachelor’s, master’s, and Doctor of Physical Therapy degrees

Size of Campus: 271 hectares (670 acres)

Number of Students: 6,200 undergraduates, 500 graduate students (6,700 total); 2.1% international population

Number of Faculty: 501 full time, 277 part time

Colleges, Programs, and Degrees:
Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Fine Arts
Bachelor of Music
Bachelor of Science
Doctor of Physical Therapy
Master of Arts in Teaching
Master of Business Administration
Master of Music
Master of Science

BUSINESS (AACSB accredited): Accounting, legal studies, and business administration with five concentrations
COMMUNICATIONS: Eight majors, including television–radio and journalism
HEALTH SCIENCES AND HUMAN PERFORMANCE: Majors in sport, wellness, and rehabilitation
HUMANITIES AND SCIENCES: Fine and performing arts, humanities, natural sciences and mathematics, and social and behavioral sciences
MUSIC: Nine majors, all with a focus on a primary instrument of study (including voice)

Geographic Diversity: Student body representing all 50 U.S. states and 72 countries

International Student Services: Office of International Programs; on-campus housing, including all-female, international and cross-cultural, and learning communities; special meal options; international student programs and trips; international career workshop; friendship program; academic advising and tutoring services

International Student Budget: (2014–2015)
Tuition and Fees (includes health insurance)     $40,687
Room and Board    $14,332
Books, Supplies, and Personal    $3,533
Total     $60,151

Financial Aid: International students are eligible for institutional merit-based aid. International applicants interested in applying for need-based aid must complete the College Scholarship Service (CSS) PROFILE.

Test Score Requirements: TOEFL iBT 80; TOEFL paper-based 550; IELTS 6.0; SAT or ACT scores optional

Application Deadlines and Fees: Submit application by December 1 (music, theater) or February 1 (all other programs) for August enrollment or by November 1 for January enrollment.