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Ithaca College Overview

Ithaca College is a private not-for-profit institution located in Ithaca, New York. The suburban atmosphere of Ithaca makes it a great place for students who want the amenities of city life without actually living in the middle of a constant hustle and bustle.

What Is Ithaca College Known For?

1,501 Undergraduate Awards
$40,444 Avg Cost After Aid
71% Acceptance Rate
  • Ithaca has an impressive student to faculty ratio of 10 to 1.
  • The student loan default rate at Ithaca is 2%, which is significantly lower than the national rate of 10.1%. That's great news for students who are worrying about paying off their student loans.
  • The doctor's degree is the highest award offered at Ithaca.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 74% of the faculty were full-time.
  • After graduation, Ithaca bachelor's degree recipients go on to jobs where they make $52,300 a year. That's about 28% more than their peers at other schools.
  • On average, it takes about 4.1 years for students from Ithaca to earn a bachelor's degree. This is excellent when compared to the average of 4.4 years.

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Ithaca College Rankings

Ithaca landed the #138 spot in our 2021 ranking of best colleges. We analyzed 2,320 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. This puts it in the top 10% of all schools in the nation. It is also ranked #15 out of 149 schools in New York.

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

Ithaca has also been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#56 Best Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#97 Best Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Ithaca.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#2 Best Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#7 Best Communication Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#8 Best Teacher Education Subject Specific Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#9 Best Health Professions Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#9 Best Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#9 Best Health Sciences & Services Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#12 Best Public Health Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#17 Best Visual & Performing Arts Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#26 Best Communication & Journalism Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Ithaca has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#10 Best Colleges for Teacher Education Subject Specific College Factual
#13 Best Colleges for Drama & Theater Arts College Factual
#16 Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism College Factual
#37 Best Healthcare Schools Healthcare Degree Search
#54 Best Colleges for Visual & Performing Arts College Factual
#58 Best Colleges for Education College Factual

Where Is Ithaca College?

Location of Ithaca College

Contact details for Ithaca are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 953 Danby Road, Ithaca, NY 14850-7002
Phone: 607-274-3011
Website: www.ithaca.edu

How Do I Get Into Ithaca?

You can apply to Ithaca online at: www.ithaca.edu/admission/apply/

Admission Requirements for Ithaca

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations required
SAT or ACT Scores neither required nor recommended
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Ithaca?

71% Acceptance Rate
60% Of Accepted Are Women
Ithaca has an acceptance rate of 71%, which means that is not quite as selective as some other schools. Still, you'll need good grades and a solid application if you want to be admitted.

Approximately 40% of accepted students are men and 60% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 69%, and the acceptance rate for women is 71%.

Can I Afford Ithaca College?

$40,444 Net Price
72% Take Out Loans
2.1% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Ithaca is $40,444. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Ithaca, approximately 72% of students took out student loans averaging $5,956 a year. That adds up to $23,824 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Ithaca is 2.1%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Ithaca College Undergraduate Student Diversity

5,739 Full-Time Undergraduates
58% Women
23% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 5,852 undergraduate students at Ithaca, with 5,739 being full-time and 113 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Ithaca

There are also 414 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 5,739 full-time undergraduates at Ithaca, 42% are male and 58% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Ithaca

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Ithaca College students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Ithaca Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 233
Black or African American 329
Hispanic or Latino 533
White 4,167
International Students 111
Other Races/Ethnicities 366

Geographic Diversity

New York students aren't the only ones who study at Ithaca College. At this time, 41 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 58 countries are represented at Ithaca. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, Vietnam, and India.

Online Learning at Ithaca College

6 Took All Classes Online
774 Took At Least One Class Online
105.8% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 774 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Ithaca has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 103rd most popular in New York for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of Ithaca

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Ithaca College was 105.8%. This is the #332 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Ithaca regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of Ithaca majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Communication & Journalism 13%
Public Relations & Advertising 11%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Ithaca ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at Ithaca.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Public Relations & Advertising #2
Communication & Journalism #8

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Ithaca College Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 139 53 82 274
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 185 8 0 193
Public Relations & Advertising 163 5 0 168
Business Administration & Management 148 11 0 159
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 97 0 0 97
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 58 20 0 78
Drama & Theater Arts 73 0 0 73
Music 59 14 0 73
Teacher Education Subject Specific 42 10 0 52
Accounting 30 15 0 45
Communication Sciences 33 11 0 44
General Psychology 42 0 0 42
Journalism 41 0 0 41
Writing Studies 30 0 0 30
Natural Resources Conservation 29 0 0 29
Sociology 28 0 0 28
General Biology 25 0 0 25
Computer Science 21 0 0 21
Public Health 17 4 0 21
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 19 0 0 19
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 18 0 18
Allied Health Professions 18 0 0 18
Health Sciences & Services 18 0 0 18
Political Science & Government 17 0 0 17
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 16 0 0 16
General English Literature 15 0 0 15
Non-Professional General Legal Studies 14 0 0 14
Audiovisual Communications 13 0 0 13
Anthropology 12 0 0 12
Mathematics 10 0 0 10
Physics 10 0 0 10
Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies 9 0 0 9
Economics 9 0 0 9
Communication & Media Studies 8 0 0 8
History 7 0 0 7
Chemistry 7 0 0 7
Fine & Studio Arts 7 0 0 7
Special Education 0 6 0 6
Health & Medical Administrative Services 6 0 0 6
Liberal Arts General Studies 6 0 0 6
Arts & Media Management 6 0 0 6
Multicultural & Diversity Studies 5 0 0 5
General Architecture 2 0 0 2
Romance Languages 2 0 0 2
Gerontology 2 0 0 2
Mathematics & Computer Science 1 0 0 1
Other Philosophy & Religious Studies 1 0 0 1
Philosophy 1 0 0 1
International Business 0 0 0 0
Germanic Languages 0 0 0 0
General Social Sciences 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 1,501 175 82 1,758

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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