Ithaca College

Ithaca College is in the heart of the Finger Lakes region known for its stunning gorges and farmland overlooking Cayuga Lake. Home also to Cornell University, there is always something going on, with constant events and activities. Recently ranked as the number one college town in America by The American Institute for Economic Research, the town and larger community play a key part of Ithaca’s quintessential college experience.


Stay: La Tourelle |  Breakfast: Collegetown Bagels

Lunch: Mahogany Grill  | Dinner:  Coltivare

Visitor Information: Tour Ithaca

Stay: Just a few miles from Ithaca, La Tourelle is a small 54-room family owned hotel set on 70 country acres. Wandering the grounds, hiking the trails that connect to Buttermilk Falls State Park and watching the sunset in their gazebo are just a few of the things that make this such a special place. Right in town is the Hilton Garden Inn - it's clean, new and right across from The Commons, a pedestrian open-air mall spread out over a few blocks with over 100 shops and restaurants.

Coffee: Grab a coffee at Collegetown Bagels, Ithaca Bakery, or Starbucks.

Breakfast: You can count on a diner for a great breakfast, and State Street Diner delivers. Open 24/7. Ithaca Bakery is a good choice for breakfast and lunch with excellent sandwiches suited to the time of day. The fried chicken and waffles are legendary at Waffle Frolic.

Lunch: Mahogany Grill’s entire menu is from locally sourced ingredients. The Tap Room at the Ithaca Brewery, a short drive away, offers delicious wood fired pizzas, great burgers and fries and their famous beer on tap. On a nice day, enjoy the seating outside. (Closed Mondays and Tuesdays) Vegetarians must visit Moosewood Restaurant, famous for its groundbreaking, best-selling vegetarian cookbooks and its early commitment to serving local, organic foods since 1973.



Casual: Considering you’re a long way from New Orleans, Maxie's Supper Club is pretty good for Cajun with a cool vibe and great bar. Have some oysters and enjoy the lively crowd. Other good choices are Ale House and Mahogany Grill. Serving inventive American fare, students rave about their meals at Coltivare.


A Step Up: Simeon's diverse menu will appeal to everyone in your group. We've heard it compared to Peter Luger’s Steak House and that’s quite a compliment for John Thomas Steakhouse located in La Tourelle. Newly opened, Cafe Cent-Dix offers classic French cuisine. Save room for dessert at Madelines.

Late Night Snack: If you want to see the kids en-masse, head to Sammy's Pizza - a madhouse when the bars close.

Local Attractions: Within 10 miles of downtown Ithaca, there are estimated to be over 100 waterfalls. Pretty impressive stats leading to the local slogan—“Ithaca is Gorges." For information on different hiking options see here. On Saturdays and Sundays over 150 vendors, all from within 30 miles of Ithaca, descend on Steamboat landing for an incredible Farmer's Market not to be missed. Smaller markets are held during the week at different locations, check online for information.

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Views from a College Counselor: Stuart Nachbar of Educated Quest remarks on his recent visit to Ithaca: “Ithaca College is more than just the “other” private college in Ithaca, New York. It is also one of the best places in our country to study Accounting, Film, Communications, Marketing, Music and Theatre as well as several of the health professions. Ithaca, the city, has often appeared on lists of “best college towns.” The reputation comes not only from the presence of Ithaca College and Cornell but also the abundance of recreational options for boating, hiking, skiing, and more. Graduate from either school and you’re likely to own one or more t-shirts that state “Ithaca is Gorges.” The Ithacan, the college weekly, is one of the more comprehensive newspapers that you will find at a mid-size school. It also publishes a unique Year in Review that is worth taking home from a campus visit.” To see Stuart’s full profile of Ithaca click here. Be sure to click on the extended profile link at the bottom of the page to see a comprehensive guide that includes facts on SAT and ACT mid ranges, comparable colleges, curriculum, the alumni network, safety on campus and costs—just to name a few. 

— Quotes From Campus —

The kids at Ithaca are incredible, during Junior and Senior year we all live on the South Hill which is a couple of streets that are packed in-between the campus and the downtown commons and everybody is together having a blast since we are all living in such close proximity to each other.
— Luke
Ithaca is an amazing place with amazing people. It’s a ton of fun and has more than enough bars and restaurants to eat and hang out at. Don’t listen to people when they talk about how cold it is. If you’re from somewhere other than Florida, it really is not that bad. It is grey a lot in the winter, which is my only complaint, but you get used to it. It’s an awesome place. Go to Ithaca!
— Scarlett
I’ve visited countless colleges before and during my time here at Ithaca, and NOTHING can compare- and I’m not just saying that because I go there. The energy, environment, people and everything in between is simply indescribable. You have to visit Ithaca at least once to understand what I mean. It’s truly a breath of fresh air- physically and mentally.
— Gina
Keep an open mind. Since the students in Ithaca are diverse, there are many opportunities to explore different cultures, beliefs, practices, etc. It’s definitely a very laid back, liberal college. Between being the top rated college town in America, to it’s natural wonders, to the education... Ithaca is where you want to be to get the full college experience.
— Tammy





The Bombers

School Colors

Grey, Blue & Gold

Acceptance Rate

67% (2016)

Common Application


Supplement Essays


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Admissions Office

953 Danby Road
Ithaca, NY 14850-7002

(p) (607) 274-3124
(f) (607) 274-1900

Nicole Eversley Bradwell, Director of Admission

Sports Divisions

NCAA Division III

Greek Life


Noteworthy Alumni

David Muir
Gavin DeGraw
Robert Iger

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