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Ithaca College: Academics, Admissions & Tuition Info

Learn what degree programs Ithaca College offers. Research its academics, and read about its admission and financial aid info to make an informed education decision.

About Ithaca College

Ithaca College, located in New York's Finger Lakes region, was founded in 1892 as a school for students to learn music and enter careers in the musical field. It was an attempt by a man named William Grant Egbert who wanted to play his violin, teach, and earn a living while still living in Ithaca. By 1897, the school had already started to expand beyond just teaching music by introducing courses in rhetoric and elocution.

Today, Ithaca College has expanded to offer bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees in a wide variety of subjects through five schools, while still holding true to the musical goals that first started the institution. As a relatively small school, Ithaca College stresses hands-on learning with a low 12:1 student-to-teacher ratio.


In addition to the breadth of educational and performance opportunities offered at the School of Music, Ithaca College also offers nearly 200 degree programs in business, health, humanities, and communications. For students who aren't sure what concentration they want to study, the college offers the Exploratory Program to fulfill educational requirements while identifying a career path during the first two years of attendance.

The Roy H. Park School of Communications has the most widely attended bachelor's programs at Ithaca College, awarding a total of 299 degrees in 2011. Students may participate in productions on the school's cable TV station and two radio stations and have historically gained employment with high-profile companies such as Disney, MTV, and MGM Pictures.

Ithaca College's highest concentration of master's degrees were awarded at the School of Health Sciences and Human Performance in 2011. The school stresses real-life and hands-on experience with internships and research in areas such as exercise science and occupational therapy.


Students interested in attending Ithaca College may apply using the Common Application and supplement, both of which are found on the university's website. Applicants must submit official school reports and teacher evaluations. SAT or ACT scores are optional, but recommended. Music and theater programs require students to perform auditions for their chosen instrument or program, while art students must submit a portfolio of personal work.

Deadlines for Fall semester undergraduate applications are February 1st for regular admissions and November 1st for early decision. The fee to apply is $60.

Ithaca College received 13,486 applications in Fall of 2011 and admitted 68% of those who applied. Of those who were admitted, 18% actually enrolled.

Tuition & Financial Aid

The cost of tuition and fees for an undergraduate Ithaca College student is $37,000 for the 2012-2013 academic year. Housing and meal plans will add approximately $13,400 and the school's optional health and accident insurance is $1,110.

Ithaca College students may apply for several types of financial aid, including scholarships, grants, and loans to help offset the cost of tuition. The school's Homer Connect system allows students to check the status of account billing and financial aid online.

School Type Private, 4-year not-for-profit**
Degrees Offered Less than one year certificate, one but less than two years certificate, bachelor's degree, master's degree, doctorate**
Religious Affiliation N/A**
Academic Calendar Semesters*
School Setting Small suburb**
Student Body 6,276 undergraduates, 484 graduates in 2011**
Student Housing Residence halls & apartment-style living; Freshman-only, quiet study, and substance free halls available*
Schools and Programs 5 schools, over 200 undergraduate & graduate degree programs*
Student-Faculty Ratio 12 to 1**
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2011:
Bachelor's: Communications, journalism, & related (299)
Master's: Health professions & related (129)
PhD: Health professions & related (88)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 71% in 4 years
77% in 6 years
78% in 8 years**
Admission Rate 68% of applicants in 2011-2012**
Entering Class Size Roughly 1,644 in 2011**
First-Year Retention Rates 83% (Full-time students)**
Average SAT Score of Admitted Students Middle 50% SAT scores: 1623 to 1877 for 2008-2010*
Application Due Date Freshman: February 1st for regular decision; November 1st for early decision*
Decision Notification Date By May 1st for regular decision; December 15th for early decision*
Tuition (2012-13) Undergraduate: $37,000*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) In 2010-2011: Federal grants (21%), Pell grants (21%), other federal grants (21%), state and local grants/scholarships (21%), institutional grants/scholarships (87%), federal loans (75%)**
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 92% in 2010-2011**

Sources: *Ithaca College; **IES Data Center, National Center for Education Statistics

School Contact Information

  • Address: Office of Admissions, Ithaca College, 953 Danby Road, Ithaca, NY 14850-7020
  • Phone: (800) 429-4274 or (607) 274-3124
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