Ithaca College

Ithaca, NY

Ithaca College

Ithaca, NY

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Theory, practice, performance: The core of Ithaca College

Founded by a homesick violinist with a big vision, Ithaca College is a place for you to come home to yourself. The Ithaca experience is about alumni who’ve walked the gritty path toward Pulitzers and concertos, Broadway and Hollywood, Sierra Club and Wall Street, realizing exactly who they are. From hiking boots to high heels, from business proposals to protest signs, from tattoos and pink hair to power suits, IC is where students bring their passions to make a difference across continents and right in their hometowns.

Ithaca College is a global destination for scholars in a music-infused college town of art studios, ice cream shops, and world-famous restaurants that thrives on the energy of students. Our campus is known for its environmental stewardship (100% of the campus’s electricity is sourced from wind farms) and social conscience (an IC staff member founded International Pronouns Day). 

Our private residential college isn’t designed just to provide a place to eat, sleep, study, and play (and climb those hills). We work in a progressive atmosphere devoted to forging strong, truly diverse communities with a deep awareness of and connectedness to the greater world. Ithaca is a place to absorb and learn from it all: that tricky assignment, the nature trail waiting for you to wander it, that dance performance that leaves you out of breath just watching it, those distant but looming exams, or that post that got your blood boiling. Ithaca is a learning environment all about growth. It’s a place where you’ll find meaning and people who really get you as well as opportunities to better encounter (and learn from!) those who don’t.

Ithaca College draws talented and driven students looking to find, face, and be themselves.



Ranked #12 among “Best Regional Universities in the North” | U.S. News & World Report


Ranked #4 “Most Innovative” | U.S. News & World Report


Ranked #1 “Best College Town” |


Named to Princeton Review’s “Best 388 Colleges”


Ranked #9 among “Top 25 LGBTQ-Friendly Campuses” | Campus Pride


Ranked #13 nationally for “Student Engagement” | Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education

Explore fearlessly

Learning has nothing to do with knowing what you want to study in college—learning is about asking questions. Not sure which of Ithaca College’s 90+ majors to choose? We welcome and support your curious exploration. In IC’s Exploratory Program, you’ll have up to four semesters to take courses in any field that interests you—and in some you may have never heard of—with expert guidance from mentors who care as well as immersive and applied learning experiences to help you find the path that’s right for you. Experiment with multiple paths before you choose your major—and still graduate on time.

An Inside Look

What students are saying about us...

  • "My experience at IC has been incredible. I’ve met lifelong friends who’ve been there for me through thick and thin. Living in Ithaca is vibrant and amazing. There are so many places to explore!"

    • Abigail Ferri
  • “My experiences with the variety of Music Education and general education courses that I’ve completed have aided the growth of my personal tool belt. I have what I need to be successful in my future endeavors.”

    • Jared Banker
  • “I chose IC because the staff, faculty, and administration made me feel like a person; I wasn’t going to be just another number. By attending Ithaca, I knew I would be gaining a loving, supportive, and passionate learning community.”

    • Connor Watson
  • “I came to Ithaca College unsure of where my story would lead. Ithaca’s Exploratory Program helped me discover my passion.”

    • Julia Becker