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Colleges in Ithaca, NY

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-Cortland Community College (TC3), which is just down the road from Ithaca in Dryden, NY. 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. Ithaca college students can enjoy lively nightlife in the Ithaca Commons, fuel up with unique dining in Collegetown, and get much-needed exercise in the surrounding outdoor areas.

Cornell University

Founded in 1865 by Ezra Cornell and Andrew Dickson White, the Ivy League institution is also 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. Guided walking tours of campus take place throughout the year, rain or shine. The tours are wheelchair accessible, are mostly outdoors, and last about one hour.

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Ithaca College

Founded in 1892, Ithaca College is home to some 6,500 students and offers more than 100-degree programs in five academic schools. Students, faculty, and staff create an active, inclusive environment anchored in a desire to make a difference locally and globally. Consistently ranked a top producer of Fulbright scholars, Ithaca College is one of the most LGBTQ friendly colleges in the country, and a top 10 college in the Northeast.

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Tompkins Cortland Community College

TC3 is one of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system. TC3 offers degrees and certificates in more than 40 academic programs. These degrees and programs include nursing, business administration, criminal justice, chemical dependency counseling, new media, sports management, culinary arts, sustainable farming and food systems, and liberal arts programs, including education and general studies.

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Ithaca Pride

Ithaca is known for being one of the most accepting, loving places in the United States. Come visit Ithaca, where pride extends far beyond the month of June!

Visit Ithaca Waterfalls Challenge

Known for waterfalls and gorges views, the Visit Ithaca Waterfalls Challenge is your guide to exploring some of the area’s most notable natural assets. For avid adventurers or new outdoor enthusiasts, this passport will enhance your visit and allow you to earn prizes while you keep track of where you have gone. 

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