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Ithaca College

Ithaca, NY 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate78%
Acceptance Rate78%

About Ithaca College

Ithaca College Overview

Ithaca College is a private, nonprofit school in the small town setting of Ithaca, New York. Ithaca College was founded in 1892 and enrolls around 5,239 students per year year, including 4,818 undergrad students. Ithaca College ensures housing for up to 4,076 students. Most students live in off campus housing.

📆 Mark your calendar! February 1, 2023 is the final deadline to submit an application for the Fall 2023 semester. Regular decision applicants for Fall 2023 should hear from Ithaca College by April 15.

Student Activities at Ithaca College

Love music or performing? Sing in a chorus or perform with one of Ithaca College's theater groups.

Are you interested in journalism and communications? Ithaca College students can write for the campus newspaper, host a radio show or be a producer for the student-run television channel.

Interested in joining a fraternity or sorority? Ithaca College has fraternities, but doesn't have sororities.

Planning to play sports? Ithaca College has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at Ithaca College on the Student Life page.

2022 Ithaca College Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 78%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate 95%
Early Action Acceptance Rate 95%
Applicants Submitting ACT scores 95%
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 25.5%
Tuition $48,126
Percent of Need Met 87.9%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $41,332

Is Ithaca College a Good School?

The definition of a "good school" varies. Some factors that can help you determine what a good school for you might be include admissions criteria, acceptance rate, tuition costs, and more.

Let's take a look at these areas to get a clearer look at what Ithaca College offers and if it seems like the right college for you.

Ithaca College Acceptance Rate 2022

It is moderately difficult to get into Ithaca College. Around 78% of applicants get into Ithaca College each year. Last year, 13,445 students applied to Ithaca College and 10,451 were admitted.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Ithaca College

Retention refers to the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. This is a way to get a sense of how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

About 84% of students who start at Ithaca College return for their second year of college. 77% of Ithaca College undergrads graduate within six years. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61% for public schools and 67% for private.

Job Outlook Ithaca College Graduates

Job placement rates after graduation and average starting salaries can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school. 28% of graduates from Ithaca College recieve at least one full-time job offer within six months of graduating.

Check with Ithaca College directly, for information on any information on starting salaries for recent grads.

Ithaca College's Endowment

An endowment is the total value of a school's investments, donations, and assets. Endowment is not necessarily an indicator of the quality of a school, but it can give you a sense of how much money a college can afford to invest in expanding programs, improving facilities, and support students.

As of 2022, the total market value of Ithaca College's endowment was $425.2 million. The average college endowment was $905 million in 2021. The school spends $13,970 for each full-time student enrolled.

Tuition and Financial Aid at Ithaca College

Cost is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need.

Ithaca College meets 87.9% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. First-year students that attend Ithaca College full-time are awarded $41,332 a year in financial aid, on average.

Graduates in the class of 2022 had an average of $38,459 in student loans per borrower. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2023-2024 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2022

Some financial aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA early. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! You should never have to pay to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so be very wary of anyone asking you for money.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at Ithaca College.

Based on this information, how does Ithaca College sound? Remember, the best school for one person may not be the right school for another! So ask yourself: Is Ithaca College a good school for you?

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Where is Ithaca College Located?

Ithaca College is located in the small town setting of Ithaca, New York, in the suburbs of Syracuse.

If you want to see Ithaca College for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 81 to Ithaca, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Ithaca Tompkins International Airport.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what Ithaca College and Ithaca are like without leaving home.

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College Info

953 Danby Road Ithaca, NY 14850

Campus Setting: Small Town

Ithaca College Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Feb 1

Transfer Applications are Due

Mar 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Ithaca College is Feb 1.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Ithaca College is Mar 1.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Ithaca College ACT Scores


ACT Range

27 - 31

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

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31 and Above


27 to 31


27 and Less


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Ithaca College is 29. Students with an ACT score of 31 and above have a good chance of getting into Ithaca College. Students with an ACT score that falls between 27 and 31 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 27 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Ithaca College SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1210 - 1330


Math SAT Range

580 - 670


Reading SAT Range

600 - 680

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1330 and Above


1210 to 1330


1210 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Ithaca College students is 1271. Applicants with SAT scores of 1330 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Ithaca College, while applicants with SAT scores between 1210 to 1330 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1210 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Ithaca College.

Ithaca College Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at Ithaca College is like? There are approximately 5,239 students enrolled at Ithaca College, including 4,818 undergraduate students and 421 graduate students. 98% percent of students attend school full-time, 45% percent are from NY and 55% percent of students are from other states.


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