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A Thriving Educational Community

Ithaca, NY is carved by gorges and waterfalls, but it's shaped by its educational institutions, Cornell University, Ithaca College, and Tompkins County Community College (TC3). These schools fuel the city's rich cultural scene and foster its creative spirit. Combined, the schools bring over 30,000 students into the community each fall, and with them, PhDs in every field from astrophysics to zoology. The brainpower makes Ithaca a fun-loving, worldly, connected city, and turns the beautiful campuses on East Hill and South Hill into international destinations in their own right.

Cornell Clock Tower Cornell University
Founded as a private university and the land-grant institution of New York State, the distinctive blend of public and private colleges continues to make Cornell the most educationally diverse university in the Ivy League. Cornell’s Ithaca campus spans 745 landscaped acres nestled among woodlands, gorges and waterfalls. Campus tours available daily. Approximate enrollment: 21,000.

(607) 255-2000
410 Thurston Ave., Ithaca
Ithaca College Ithaca College
Founded in 1892 as a conservatory of music, Ithaca College has grown to become one of the national’s most respected residential, comprehensive colleges. Tours of the beautiful South Hill campus are offered daily (except Sunday) throughout the summer and while the college is in session. Approximate enrollment: 6,500.

(800) 429-4274
Job Hall, Ithaca College, Ithaca


TC3 Tompkins-Cortland Community College (TC3)
TC3 offers 50 academic programs to a diverse population in business, computers, communications, health, liberal arts, human services and education. Over 50 courses are offered linline. TC3 also offers professional development workshops and customized training. TC3 is part of the (SUNY) State University of New York system. Approximate enrollment: 3,800.

(888) 567-8211
170 North St. (Rt. 13), Dryden
FLSM Finger Lakes School of Massage
The Finger Lakes School of Massage therapy courses celebrate a nurturing spirit that honors both scientific knowledge and alternative thinking. The hands-on, innovative programs qualify graduates to enter the health care profession with confidence and earning power. Since opening in 1994, the school has trained more than 2,000 massage therapists. Full and part time classes.

(607) 272-9024
1251 Trumansburg Rd., (Rt. 96), Ithaca

Visiting Cornell or Ithaca College

If you are thinking of attending either school it is easy to plan a campus tour! Don’t forget to leave plenty of time to dine at one of our Ithaca restaurants or take in a show at the Ithaca College Theatre or Cornell University’s Schwartz Center for Performing Arts.

Have a son or daughter graduating from Ithaca College or Cornell University in the coming year? Rooms fill quickly for Graduation weekends, so be sure to book a room well in advance at one of the local hotels or B&Bs.

Plan an Area Tour

Even if you are not a student, both Ithaca College and Cornell University have much to offer for all visitors to the area, as does TC3. Enjoy many free events, including live music, lectures from world renowned speakers and athletic competitions. Summer programs are also offered for further education.

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