Ithaca College, on South Hill, is New York's largest comprehensive, residential college. Home to 6,400 students and 600 faculty, Ithaca College was born more than 100 years ago with the founding of its nationally acclaimed Ithaca School of Music. On the first evening the school was open, the faculty of the Ithaca Conservatory of Music gave a free concert in the Unitarian Church, the beginning of a tradition of public performances. A century later, the spirit of hands-on performance infuses every aspect of college life, from Ithaca's renowned arts and sciences programs such as Art History and Biochemestry, to its award-winning Park School of Communications. Educate yourself on the important influence of Ithaca College and visit the campus when you can.
Visiting Ithaca College
Tours of the beautiful Ithaca College campus are available daily, except Sunday, from the Peggy Ryan Williams Center. Nearby, the new Park Center for Business, home to Ithaca College’s "green" Business School, is one of the first 100 buildings to receive platinum LEED certification from U.S. Green Building Council. Also, be sure to visit the Handwerker Gallery for innovative shows and art installations. A variety of lodging options are available throughout the region and offer accommodations for all weekends including graduations, orientation and parents weekends.
The Ithaca events calendar lists most Ithaca College theater performances, lectures and other activities:
- Film festivals
- Concerts of all kinds
- Environmental conferences
- Theatrical productions
Be sure to check out the music school's performance calendar for upcoming concerts. The campus itself is considered one of the major Ithaca attractions, as it is one of the many beautiful and unique places to see in the region.
More about Ithaca College
Ithaca College began as a music conservatory and its tradition of great performance continues. The wall of fame at IC's Dillingham Theatre has posters from more than 50 Broadway shows featuring graduates of IC's music, theatre and communications programs. Hottest on the small screen? Actor David Boreanaz of Bones and Buffy fame.
Ithaca College rose to the forefront of sustainable business education in 2006 when it broke ground on the Park School of Sustainable Business. One of the nation's first LEED-certified business school buildings, the building itself is a learning lab for the school's sustainable curriculum.
Pioneering screenwriter Rod Serling taught at Ithaca College from 1967 to 1975. The college houses his archives and promotes his legacy with an ongoing Rod Serling conference. Serling wrote some of his most famous scripts in an Airstream trailer at the family cottage on Cayuga Lake.
A visit to Ithaca is not complete without a look at Cornell University, home to over 200 historical buildings and the beautiful Cornell Plantations.