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Ithaca, New York (NY) Colleges and Universities

While there are only 2 schools in Ithaca itself, there are six schools located within a 25-mile radius. Read about these schools in terms of important categories, including graduation rates and lowest costs of attendance.

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From 2-year community colleges to prestigious private universities, students who are considering the Ithaca, NY, region for a higher education will find a spectrum of choices. Continue on to see the non-profit and public schools in a 25-mile radius of the Ithaca area compared in these four categories - distance from Ithaca, size, price and graduation rates - using data from the National Center for Education Statistics.

Closest Schools to Ithaca, New York

The 5 non-specialty schools within 25 miles of Ithaca include 2 private colleges right in Ithaca itself; the surrounding area holds another private school and 2 public schools, including a community college. While the number of schools is limited, your options are not. Here are the distances in order of proximity:

  • Ithaca College (Ithaca)
  • Cornell University (Ithaca)
  • Tompkins Cortland Community College (10.7 miles)
  • SUNY College at Cortland (18.7 miles)
  • Wells College (22 miles)

Largest Schools near Ithaca, New York

For students who value the size of a school when making their choices as to where to apply, the Ithaca region offers a wide range of student populations, from a few hundred students to over 20,000. Whether you prefer a large student population or a small one, this is how the schools stack up:

  • Cornell University (21,679 students)
  • SUNY College at Cortland (6,958 students)
  • Ithaca College (6,587 students)
  • Tompkins Cortland Community College (5,559 students)
  • Wells College (550 students)

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Lowest Net Price

You can understand a school's NCES net price as the average amount of financial aid that full-time undergrads receive, subtracted from the general cost of attendance. Net prices for Ithaca schools from the 2014-2015 academic year are:

  • Tompkins Cortland Community College ($9,428)
  • SUNY College at Cortland ($16,955)
  • Wells College ($20,542)
  • Cornell University ($28,656)
  • Ithaca College ($34,893)

Highest Graduation Rate

For graduation rates, the NCES takes the percentage of a school's full-time undergraduate students who graduate within 150% of 'normal' time (e.g., within three years for an associate's degree) for their respective degree programs. The graduation rates for non-specialty schools near Ithaca for the 2014-2015 academic year are:

  • Cornell University (93% graduation rate)
  • Ithaca College (76% graduation rate)
  • SUNY College at Cortland (73% graduation rate)
  • Wells College (46% graduation rate)
  • Tompkins Cortland Community College (26% graduation rate)

Despite the relative scarcity of educational options in the Ithaca area, the diversity of schools that do exist means that any potential student should make sure that he or she is well-read on these kinds of factors when deciding where to apply.

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