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Ithaca College is a private college located on the South Hill of Ithaca, New Yorkmarker. The school was founded by William Egbert in 1892 as a conservatory of music. The college has a strong liberal arts core, but also offers several pre-professional programs and some graduate programs. The college is also known internationally for its communications program. The college is at the center of a sophisticated cultural community, with a backdrop of Cayuga Lakemarker, Cornell Universitymarker, and hundreds of waterfalls and gorges. The college is perhaps best known for its large list of alumni who play or have played substantial roles in the world of broadcasting.The college has been ranked among the top ten master's universities in the North by U.S. News & World Report every year since 1996. For the 2009 rankings, the college was ranked 7 in this category.



Ithaca College was founded as the Ithaca Conservatory of Music in 1892 when a local violin teacher, William Grant Egbert, rented four rooms and arranged for the instruction of eight students. For nearly seven decades the institution flourished in the city of Ithaca, adding to its music curriculum the study of elocution, dance, physical education, speech correction, radio, business, and the liberal arts. In 1931 the conservatory was chartered as a private college. The college was originally housed in the Boardman Housemarker, that later became the Ithaca College Museum of Art, and it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1971.

Modern Era

By 1960, some 2,000 students were in attendance. A modern campus was built on South Hill in the sixties, and students were shuttled between the old and new during the construction. The hillside campus continued to grow in the ensuing 30 years to accommodate more than 6,000 students.

As the campus expanded, the college also began to expand its curriculum. By the 1990s, some 2,000 courses in more than 100 programs of study were available in the college's five schools.

The school attracts a multicultural student body with representatives from almost every state and from 78 foreign countries.


The college offers a curriculum with more than 100 degree programs in its five schools.



  • Division of Interdisciplinary and International Studies
  • Division of Graduate and Professional Studies

Student Life

Media and publications

An issue of The Ithacan
  • The Ithacan is Ithaca College's official newspaper. The paper is written, edited and published by students. The Ithacan is available in print every Thursday morning and online. The Ithacan and its staff have won many major collegiate journalism awards, most notably, the Associated Collegiate Press' National Pacemaker Award, which it has won five times, most recently in 2008. The Pacemaker has been widely considered the Pulitzer Prize of collegiate journalism.

  • IC View is Ithaca College's publication for alumni, parents of students, and friends of the college. The paper is written, edited and published by students. The publication was formerly known as Ithaca College Quarterly and it published four times per year. Many of the articles are also available on the publications website: ICView

  • Ithaca College Journal of Race, Culture, Gender and Ethnicity, founded in 2004, is an academic journal that explores complexities of such topics and welcomes student contributions. The journal is available in print and online.

  • WICBmarker is an FCC-licensed station that operates at 7500 Watts at 91.7 on the FM band. The majority of its programming falls under the modern rock category. While broadcasting modern rock, the station is run similarly to a commercial modern rock station, with the inclusion of playlists planned by the programming and music departments that include leeway for listener requests and DJ choices. The station was recently honored with the MTVU Woodie Award for Best College Radio Station. Other programming ranges from mainstream hip-hop and R&B, to underground, downtempo, and other lesser-known genres of what is generally considered urban music. In addition to a lunchtime Jazz show, WICB broadcasts a number of other specialty shows throughout the week. These shows, which usually run 2–3 hours in length, come from genres such as blues, broadway, jam band music, and "homeless" music, that is not normally heard on the public airwaves.

  • VIC Radio once known as 106-VIC, is an Internet radio station broadcasting via Live 365 at The majority of VIC's programming falls under the indie pop, alternapop, and power pop genres. The playlists are planned by the Programming Department, with leeway for on-air talent favorites and listener requests. The rest of its programming consists of specialty shows, programmed by student DJs, which are more representative of a typical college station. The station also hosts an annual 50 Hour Marathon, where two DJs stay awake for fifty hours straight to raise money for a local charity. The marathon, which is simulcast on 92 WICB and ICTV 16, typically involves events such as concerts, scavenger hunts, and remote broadcasts around Ithaca.

  • Imprint Magazine: College Life’s Internet Magazine, published from Ithaca College, is published by college students, for college students, about college students. Imprint strives to inform its readers of national issues and give them the opportunity to voice their opinion and become involved in the discussion.

  • Buzzsaw Magazine, formally Buzzsaw Haircut, was founded in 1997 and is the college's monthly alternative news magazine. It is available in print and online every month. The magazine is produced by the Ithaca College community and printed by Our Press of Binghamton, NYmarker. It is funded by the Ithaca College Student Government Association, the Park School of Communication, local advertising, community support, and a grant from Campus Progress. It has won a number of national awards, including the Campus Alternative Journalism Project's award for "Best Sense of Humor" in 2003 and the Independent Press Association's Campus Independent Journalism Awards for "Best Campus Publication with a Budget Under $10,000" and "Best Political Commentary" in 2005.

Music Groups

Within the Ithaca College School of Music:
  • Symphony Orchestra
  • Chamber Orchestra
  • Choir
  • Madrigal Singers
  • Vocal Jazz Ensemble
  • Chorus
  • Women's Chorale
  • Concert Band
  • Symphonic Band
  • Wind Ensemble
  • Cello Choir
  • Trombone Troupe
  • Brass Choir
  • Contemporary Chamber Ensemble
  • Guitar Ensemble
  • Percussion Ensemble
  • Early Music Ensemble
  • Sinfonietta
  • Jazz Workshop
  • Opera Workshop

Outside the Ithaca College School of Music
  • Ithacappella - All-Male a cappella
  • Premium Blend - Female a cappella
  • Amani Gospel Singers
  • VoiceStream - Co-ed a cappella

Greek Life

Historically, various independent and national fraternities and sororities had active chapters at Ithaca College. However, due to a series of highly publicized hazing incidents in the 1980s, including one that was responsible for the death of a student, the College administration removed all but four Greek letter organizations from campus, and adopted a non-expansion policy, prohibiting any new Greek houses from affiliating with the College. As of 2008, three recognized Greek organizations remain on campus, all of which are music oriented:

However, there are various Greek Letter Organizations at Ithaca College that are unaffiliated with the school, and are underground.


The Ithaca athletics nickname "Bombers" is unique in NCAA athletics, and the mystery surrounding its origin is almost as rare. Ithaca College's sports teams were originally named the Cayugans, but the name was changed to the Bombers sometime in the 1930s. Several possibilities for the change have been posited. It may have made reference to the New York Yankees, who are known as the Bronx Bombers, or (less likely) boxer Joe Louis, known as the Brown Bomber. The most common explanation is that the school's baseball uniforms - white with navy blue pinstripes and an interlocking "IC" on the left chest - bear a striking resemblance to the distinctive home uniforms of the New York Yankees. It may also have referred to the Ithaca basketball team of that era and its propensity for half-court "bombs." Grumman Aircraft also manufactured airplanes including bombers in Ithaca for many years. The first “Bombers” reference on record was in the December 17, 1938 issue of the Rochester Times-Union in a men’s basketball article.

The name has at times sparked controversy for its perceived martial connotations. It is an occasional source of umbrage from Ithaca's prominent pacifist community, but the athletics department has consistently stated it has no interest in changing the name.The athletics logo has in the past, but currently does not, incorporated World War II era fighter planes.

Ithaca is a member of the NCAA's Division III, the Empire Eight Conference, and the Eastern College Athletic Conference. Ithaca has one of Division III's strongest athletic programs. The Bombers have won a total of 15 national titles in seven team sports and five individual sports.

Coached by Jim "Butts" Butterfield for 27 years, the football team has won three NCAA Division III National Football Championships in 1979, 1988 and 1991 (a total surpassed only by Augustanamarker and Mount Unionmarker). Bomber football teams made a record seven appearances in the Division III national championship game, the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl, which has since been surpassed by Mount Union in 2003. The Bombers play the SUNY Cortlandmarker Red Dragons for the Cortaca Jug, which was added in 1959 to an already competitive rivalry. The matchup is one of the most prominent in Division III college football.

Most recently, the women's crew won back-to-back NCAA Division III championships in 2004 and 2005.

Women's soccer has won two national championships in Division III and is consistently ranked in the top 20 nationally.

Ithaca is also home to more than 60 club sports, many of which compete regularly against other colleges in leagues and tournaments.


Ithaca's School of Business was the first college or university business school in the world to achieve LEED Platinum Certification. The College composts its dining hall waste, runs a "Take It or Leave It" Green move-out program, and offers a sustainable living option. It also operates an office supply collection and reuse program, as well as a sustainability education program during new student orientation. Ithaca received a B- grade on the Sustainable Endowments Institute's 2009 College Sustainability Report Card and an A- for 2010.


Ithaca College's current campus was built in the 1960s on South Hillmarker. In 1968 the College's final academic department moved to the South Hill campus from downtown, making the move complete.

Satellite Campuses

Besides its Ithaca campus, Ithaca College also operates the following satellite campuses:
  • Ithaca College London Center in London, UKmarker offers both Semester and Summer study-abroad with an option of an internship.
  • Ithaca College Washington Semester Program in Washington, D.C.marker. In addition to the Semester Program, there is a summer option for the Washington Program. The Washington Program is internship based, which is usually supplemented with classes for a semester.
  • Ithaca College Los Angeles Program, an extension of the Roy H. Park School of Communications at the James B. Pendleton Center in Los Angeles, CAmarker. The LA Program is internship based, supplemented with classes during the semester and an option for a class in the summer.
  • Ithaca College Walkabout Down Under Program, a defunct program which gave students the opportunity to experience several different regions of Australia in one semester. During the semester students studied at Murdoch University, University of Tasmania and La Trobe Universitymarker. This program ended in spring 2008 due to financial reasons. The college maintains direct enrollment exchange programs with all three Australian universities.
  • Ithaca College Antiguamarker Program, a short-term study abroad program, with the development of a semester program expected.

Ithaca College also operates direct enrollment exchange programs with the following universities:


Current president

Ithaca's current president is Thomas Rochon. Thomas Rochon was named the eighth president of Ithaca College on April 11, 2008. Rochon took over as president of the college following Peggy Williams, who had announced on July 12, 2007 that she would retire from the presidency post effective May 31, 2009 following a one-year sabbatical.

Former presidents

President Life Tenure
W. Grant Egbert 1867-1928 1892-1924
George C. Williams 1874-1971 1924-1932
Leonard B. Job 1891-1981 1932-1957
Howard I. Dillingham 1904-1998 1957-1970
Ellis L. Phillips Jr. 1926-2006 1970-1975
James J. Whalen 1927-2001 1975-1997
Peggy R. Williams 1997-2008


Ithaca College has 49,570 alumni in the United Statesmarker. There are alumni clubs for Bostonmarker, Chicagomarker, Connecticutmarker, Los Angelesmarker, Metro New Yorkmarker, National Capitalmarker, N. & S. Carolina, Philadelphiamarker, Rochester marker, San Diegomarker, and Southern Floridamarker. Alumni events are hosted in cooperation with the specific clubs and also through a program called 'IC on the Road'.

Following is a brief list of noteworthy Ithaca College alumni and faculty.For a more extensive list, see main entry List of Ithaca College alumni.

External links


  1. Carnegie Classifications: Ithaca College Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.
  2. "U.S. News & World Report America's Best Colleges" Ranks Ithaca College in Top Ten - News Release - Ithaca College Office of Media Relations
  3. Master's Universities (North) Rankings, America's Best Colleges 2009, U.S. News & World Report. 2009.
  4. Office of Institutional Research - Institutional Research - Ithaca College
  5. The Ithacan Online
  6. The Ithacan Online - Awards The Ithacan
  7. ACP Contests Associated Collegiate Press
  8. About Us - IC View - Ithaca College
  9. Ithaca College Journal of Race, Culture, Gender & Ethnicity
  10. VIC Radio - Home
  11. Buzzsaw Haircut
  12. "Music fraternities break stereotype" The Ithacan, November 11, 2004
  13. December 07, 2000 - Stories swirl around about Mascots
  14. Ithaca College Quarterly, 2003/No. 1 - Farewell to a Legendary Coach
  15. The Ithacan Online | Media gear up for Cortaca Jug - November 8th, 2007
  16. Green Report Card 2009 - Ithaca College Sustainable Endowments Institute
  17. Ithaca College International Programs
  18. Ithaca College Selects Thomas R. Rochon As Eighth President
  19. Intercom - Important News to Share
  20. W. Grant Egbert - Office of the President - Ithaca College
  21. George C. Williams - Office of the President - Ithaca College
  22. Leonard B. Job - Office of the President - Ithaca College
  23. Howard I. Dillingham - Office of the President - Ithaca College
  24. Ellis L. Phillips Jr. - Office of the President - Ithaca College
  25. College’s fifth president dies The Ithacan, October 05, 2006
  26. James J. Whalen - Office of the President - Ithaca College
  27. Ithaca College Mourns Passing of President Emeritus James J. Whalen - News Release - Ithaca College Office of Media Relations
  28. Peggy R. Williams - Office of the President - Ithaca College
  29. Ithaca College President Peggy R. Williams Announces Plans to Retire in 2008 - News Release - Ithaca College Office of Media Relations
  30. Ithaca College:Alumni, Parents, & Friends - Alumni Association - Alumni Clubs
  31. Ithaca College: Alumni, Parents, & Friends - IC on the Road
  32. The Pulitzer Prizes - The 2009 Pulitzer Prize Winners The Pulitzer Prizes
  33. Ithaca College Grad Wins Pulitzer - News Release - Ithaca College Office of Media Relations

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