Poets&Quants Top Business Schools

Ithaca College School of Business

#93

Contact our general manager with any questions. Profile updated: February 9, 2021.

School Data

Tuition & Fees In-State: $248,105*

Tuition & Fees Out-of-State: $248,105*

Average Debt: $33,428

When do students declare their majors: Freshman Year

International: 2%

Minority: 22%

First generation college students: 18%

Acceptance Rate: 85%

Average SAT: 1,181

Average ACT: 27

Average GPA: 3.03

HS Class Top Ten: 21%**

*The total tuition and fees for the most recent graduating class. This does not include books, room, or board.

** HS Class Top Ten is the percent of the student population that graduated high school in the top ten percent of their class.

*** Please note that these statics are provided for the business school major only whenever possible. If a school does not track these statistics separately, then the university-wide statistics are provided.

Ithaca College’s School of Business landed at No. 93 in this year’s rankings. Ithaca College dropped 32 spots from last year’s rank of No. 61. The B-school had an acceptance rate of 85.45% and an average SAT score of 1181 this year. Internship outcomes experienced a dip, although still remained strong despite the COVID-19 economic downturn with 88% of the Class of 2020 landing a business-focused internship before graduating, compared to last year’s 97%. Employment outcomes for Ithaca’s Class of 2020 were not available, which is one of the factors that led to Ithaca’s slide from last year to this year’s finish.

Despite placing lower on the rankings this year, Ithaca College School of Business still offers an extraordinary undergraduate business program that emphasizes learning by doing with strong experiential learning opportunities, an in-depth professional development program, and cutting-edge resources. 

EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES

Ithaca College School of Business offers the following portfolio of undergraduate majors: Accounting, Finance (with Asset Management, Corporate Finance, and Wealth Management tracks), International Business, Marketing, Management, Sport Management, and Secondary Concentrations in Corporate Accounting and Sports Marketing. Within each major curriculum, experiential learning is well-integrated with plenty of case studies, consulting projects, and service-learning opportunities to give students hands-on experiences.

All first-year students are required to take a comprehensive “World of Business” course, where they are introduced to the key functions of business and work in student teams to run a simulated company. One thing that makes this course especially unique is that the World of Business professor also acts as students’ official advisor for their first two years. This creates a strong mentorship as the professor gets to connect with students more and understand their goals and interests. 

Another strong example of the experiential learning at Ithaca is in its Sports Management program. Students in the program (one of the oldest sports management programs in the nation) get unique access to intern at some of the world’s largest sporting events. Past students have participated in faculty-led internships at events such as Super Bowls (L-LIII), Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, NCAA basketball tournaments, and the “Cortaca Jug” game at MetLife Stadium (the annual college football matchup between the Red Dragons of the State University of New York at Cortland and the Bombers of Ithaca College). 

These types of experiential learning opportunities are not unique to the Sports Management program. Students in every business program at Ithaca are given real-world opportunities to learn their trade. 

“We did consulting for local companies on their marketing efforts for my marketing degree,” one 2018 alum told us. “For my management degree, we did management consulting with a local hotel.”

PROFESSIONS PROGRAM

Ithaca College takes a truly holistic approach to professional development. All undergraduate business students are required to take the Professions Program, a four-year professional development curriculum that includes networking and interview skills, personal branding, professional dress, and etiquette. Students begin by taking part in workshops such as “Making Success a Habit” and “All-Star Interviewing.” 

What really makes the Professions Program unique, however, are the courses. In “Informational Interview,” students explore a career path of interest and conduct an interview with a professional in their field of interest using the skills that they learned in their workshops. In “Career Exploration,” students spend 30 hours shadowing an organization in their field of interest and interviewing employees to learn more about their role and the business. While many B-schools offer resume and etiquette workshops, Ithaca College takes professional development one step further by requiring students to apply their workshop learnings into action. 

That extra step in professional development pays off. Ithaca College boasts impressive internship outcomes (97% of the Class of 2019 landed a business-focused internship) even when compared to some top-ranking B-schools. Popular internship sites for Ithaca undergraduates include Amazon, Deloitte, JPMorgan, and Google — to name a few. 

CUTTING-EDGE RESOURCES 

Within the B-school, students have access to a number of state-of-the-art facilities and resources to utilize. Ithaca recently launched two brand new technology labs, the Neeson Business Analytics Lab and the Neeson Digital Marketing Lab. The business analytics lab features a state-of-the-art teaching space and a range of analysis tools such as Microsoft Excel, R Studio, and Tableau. While many B-schools offer virtual trading rooms, Ithaca’s lab is one of the few to fully dedicate its lab to analytics. At the digital marketing lab, marketing students also have a dedicated space to utilize web-based software platforms including customer relationship management (CRM) and account-based management (ABM) as well as tools such as Salesforce Social Studio and iMotions eye-tracking and facial scanning software.

The cutting-edge resources are a strong example of how Ithaca College approaches business education. Here, learning exists both within and beyond the classroom environment. Students engage in hands-on projects where they work in teams and consult for companies. They learn important career searching skills that they then directly apply to securing an internship. They apply their knowledge by using the software that practitioners use every day. Because, at Ithaca College, learning business is a lot like doing business in the real world. And that’s exactly what makes it unique.

Alumni say: 

“Going to visit Koch industries and see the Berkshire Hathaway shareholders meeting was just inspiring and was amazing to feel awash in a wave of people interested in the same subject matter.”

Contact Information

Location:
953 Danby Road
Ithaca, NY 14850
Admissions Office:
607-274-3940
School Social Media:

The AACSB-accredited School of Business at Ithaca College combines a rigorous professional education with a foundation in the liberal arts, giving students a competitive, diverse skill set in the functional areas of business, communication, and critical thinking. A comprehensive professional development curriculum provides the tools to apply these skills in real-world learning opportunities and internships. Our students graduate ready to become professional leaders, managers, and analysts.

Theory, Practice, Perform.

Our roots as a music conservatory can be seen in the touchstone phrase that embodies the Ithaca College educational experience: “Theory, Practice, Perform.” This informs everything we do. Our undergraduate experience relies on extensive co- and extracurricular activities, experiential learning opportunities, and professional development. Business school students manage equity portfolios totaling over $800K and participate in national and international academic competitions, and student entrepreneurs from across campus compete for funds to launch their own businesses.

The Ithaca College School of Business Edge

Professional Development: Starting in their first semester, students participate in professional workshops, events, and student organizations. Our Professions Program prepares students for high-level, competitive internships. Beginning with a required informational interview and progressing to a 30-hour career exploration, students gain experiences and build skills that help them focus their career goals and make meaningful professional connections.

Faculty Excellence: Our faculty are nationally and internationally recognized for high-quality research that makes an impact on both theory and practice. Their true passion, however, is engaging with students. Whether teaching in the classroom, supervising internships and independent studies, or advising, our faculty put students front and center.

Immersive Advising: We believe advising is an essential component to success as well as student satisfaction. Our introductory World of Business experience is taught by faculty who serve as first-year advisors. Students gain knowledge in business and teamwork skills while developing close relationships with their advisors.

Alumni Network: Our alumni work in some of the most recognizable companies in the world, from big-four accounting firms and investment banks to global retail brands and professional sports teams. Others manage small businesses or start their own. They’re also passionate about IC and love to share their expertise with current students. Each year, we bring over 100 alumni to campus, many of whom sponsor internships and hire our students when they graduate.

Our Programs

The School of Business offers undergraduate degrees in accounting and business administration. We also are home to an inter-disciplinary major in legal studies. Students are admitted directly to their majors of choice in their first year. Business courses are intertwined with our innovative core curriculum, giving students the full breadth and depth of skills to be successful in today’s dynamic business world.

Within the business administration major, students choose one or more concentrations:

  • Finance (corporate finance, asset management, and wealth management tracks)
  • International business
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Sport management
  • Corporate accounting

The curriculum is flexible enough that close to half our students complete a double concentration, a minor, or second major outside of business.

At the graduate level, we offer both an accelerated, one-year MBA and an M.S. in accounting. The M.B.A. enables students to remain on campus for a fifth year and leave with both their undergraduate and graduate degrees. The M.S. in accounting satisfies the CPA licensure requirement for the state of New York and gives students the option to create a focused track in audit or taxation.

Our Location

The Ithaca College School of Business is located in Ithaca, New York, consistently ranked as one of the nation’s top college towns, in the beautiful Finger Lakes region. At the same time, we offer innovative programs designed to get our students into the metropolitan hubs in the Northeast. Students enjoy meaningful alumni connections, extensive internship opportunities, and valuable networking events in sites such as Boston, New York City, and Philadelphia. Students may also spend a semester abroad or in New York City through the ICNYC program.

See IC for Yourself

There’s no better way to get a feel for Ithaca than to check out our campus in person. We encourage prospective students and their families to join us for a campus tour, individual appointment, admission presentation or open house program. Visit ithaca.edu/admission/visit/  for information about the options to experience the campus.