Ithaca College

Ithaca College Student Enrollment and Financial Aid Information

Located in Ithaca, New York, Ithaca College is a private, 4-year college that offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Read about the pros and cons of the school, plus ranking, tuition and admission information.

Should You Attend Ithaca College?

Located on 669 acres on Cayuga Lake in upstate New York, Ithaca College ranks 10th among the nation's Best Northern Regional Universities, according to U.S. News & World Report. This 4-year private school offers 99 undergraduate majors in areas like business and management, humanities, media and computing. Read more to find out if this is the school for you.


  • Graduation rate is 27 percentage points higher than the national average
  • Student-faculty ratio is less than the national average
  • Low number of TAs teaching courses


  • Total cost is $13,181 higher than the national average for a private, 4-year colleges
  • Room and board cost is $4,085 higher than the national average

Ithaca College at a Glance

According to figures from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), the total cost to attend Ithaca College during the 2011-2012 academic year, including tuition, fees, room and board, was $51,152. This higher-than-average cost might be a deterrent for some students; however, others are likely to find Ithaca's small campus conducive to their learning style. The school has less than 6,800 students with a student-to-teacher ratio of 12:1, based on NCES stats. In addition, less than 20% of the faculty is made up of teaching assistants.

The 4-year graduation rate at Ithaca was 67% for students who began their studies in 2005, according to NCES; this was higher than the national average of 40%. Additionally, 83% of Ithaca's 2010 freshmen returned for their second year of college, based on NCES figures.

Admissions & Financial Aid at Ithaca College

The 68% admission rate at Ithaca College is slightly higher than the national average. To apply for early decision, you must have your application submitted by November 1st, and you'll be notified by December 15th. If you're interested in regular admission, you should submit your application by February 1st. You can expect to receive notification after April 15th.

While costs for attending Ithaca College are higher than the national average, the school offers scholarships, grants, loans and work-study programs. You must submit a College Scholarship Service (CSS) Profile and FAFSA by February 1st to become eligible for financial aid. New York state residents can apply for additional aid through New York State's Tuition Assistance Program. U.S. News & World Report indicates that the average need-based scholarship is close to $20,000, and nearly 70% of students receive need-based financial aid.

Application and Tuition Info
Regular Application Deadline (2013) February 1***
Financial Aid Priority Application Deadline (2013) February 1***
Notification of Acceptance (2013) April 15***
Application Fee (2011-2012) $60*
Acceptance Rate (2011) 68%*
All Tuition & Living Expenses (2011-2012) $51,152*
Average Financial Aid Package (2011) $19,988**
Percent of Students with Need Met (2011) 47.8%**
Student Loan Default Rate (2009) 3.2%*

Student Life at Ithaca College

Ithaca is a small suburban college located in the Finger Lakes area of New York. The school is in close proximity to Cornell University, giving you an opportunity to interact with students from a larger campus. Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport is only 10 miles from campus. The school has a program specifically designed to help first-year freshman acclimate to campus life.

Approximately 57% of the student body is female, and 68.5% of students live in on-campus housing. You can choose from 180 student groups to become involved in, as well as community service opportunities. If you are interested in sports, the school competes in Division III of the NCAA.

Student Life Info
Campus Setting Small, suburban campus*
Student Population (2011) 6,760 (6,276 undergraduates)*
Male-to-Female Student Ratio (2011) 57% female, 43% male*
% of Full-Time Students (2011) 98%*
% of In-state Students (2011) 41%*
% of International Students (2011) 2%*
Retention Rate (2010-2011) 83%*
Campus Housing Available Yes**
% of Students Living on Campus 68.5%**
Number of Libraries 1***
Extracurricular Activities 180**

Sources: *NCES College Navigator, **U.S. News & World Report, ***Ithaca College

School Contact Information

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