Ithaca College is a private, medium sized college located in Ithaca, New York. The college sports a tasteful blend of liberal education and professional preparation. They achieve this by incorporating rigorous academic programs with areas of critical thinking in addition to immersive training, all under the watchful, interactive eye of the instructor. Classes and scholarship is said to be led by the demand from the world’s scientific and humanistic enterprises. Thus the school has made the extra effort to form a well-rounded curriculum that prepares the student more thoroughly in that respect.
Ithaca’s roots trace back to its conception as the Ithaca Conservatory of Music in 1892, establishing by a violinist who rented a group of room for the instruction of a small-body of students. The institution saw years of flourishing and expansion and, by 1931, the conservatory was then instituted as a private college. By 1960, the college had reached an attendance of about 2,000 students, moving back and forth between the old campus and a newly constructed campus on South Hill. Today, they enroll a multicultural student body from all 50 states in the nation and from 78 foreign countries.
The college currently features a small, but developing distance learning program via the internet and a partnership with the International Association of Business Communicators. Students can receive a Professional Certificate in Strategic Communication Management, for professionals in the field of communications moving into management-based role and based on topics that are immediately relevant to the workplace. Another Professional Certificate can be earned in the field of Performance Improvement Management, for professionals in the field performance improvement who want to broaden their consulting and/or management skills. Also available is the Professional Certificate in Sustainability Leadership which is aimed at practitioners who want to sharpen their skills and/or knowledge in order to lead initiatives in sustainability that are efficient and operable.
What’s unique is that the college offers yet another certificate program but in the field of Gerontology. The program was developed to provide health and social service professionals with specialized knowledge of the aging process. This is also a good gateway for individuals who want to work with elders in their field of occupation without having to become a registered nurse, per se.
Tuition, on a yearly basis, averages at 30,606$ for full-time, out-of-state students and 1020$ per credit hour for part-time students. 9 out of 10 students are receiving some form of financial aid with the majority of that aid coming from institutional grants as well as federal, state, and local grants to fill out the rest of the students. Popular areas of study are Physical Therapy/Therapist, Business Administration & Management, Radio and Television, Cinematography & Film/Video Production, General Music Performance.
With a population of 6,448 and a student to faculty ratio of 13 to 1, the school has maintained a personalized, attentive environment for students in supplement to their eclectic academics. The college hopes to expand its horizons to more students enrolling for one of hundreds of majors available on campus and, in the future, make that same diverse academic portfolio available online around the globe.