An Inside Look at Ithaca College for International Students
International students attending Ithaca College enjoy all of the benefits of the American educational system within a community that values diversity and promotes cross-cultural understanding. Our students hail from the U.S. and 78 other countries and participate in a wide range of academic and cocurricular pursuits.
AN INTRODUCTION FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS 1 2 Get Ready for Success “Ithaca has enhanced my perspective as a global citizen. The academic scope of Ithaca is built so that you can look at the world from a wide angle. It’s done an excellent job sculpting me.” — Isuru Somasinghe ’15 Politics Sri Lanka Choose from more than 100 majors and programs of study. Engage with faculty who are experts in their fields and whose number one priority is helping you learn. Participate in internships, research projects, fieldwork, and other experiences that put theory into practice in the real world. And sharpen your leadership skills in any of more than 200 student organizations. It all adds up to a first-rate Ithaca College education that will get you ready for a rewarding career and a fulfilling life. ithaca.edu/ready 3 PERCENTAGES OF INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS ATTENDING ITHACA COLLEGE BY REGION OUR LOCATION Toronto Chicago San Francisco Europe Americas 14% 18% Boston Philadelphia Washington, D.C. New York City Los Angeles South and Central Asia 16% Miami UNITED STATES MAP NEW YORK STATE MAP East Asia and Pacific 41% Ithaca, NY Africa 10% Middle East/ North Africa 1% WORLD MAP APPROXIMATE DRIVING TIMES FROM ITHACA Syracuse: 1 hour | Albany: 3 hours | New York City: 4 hours 4 Our Forward-Thinking Campus Overlooks a Vibrant City From professional-quality labs and studios to environmentally sustainable buildings and world-class performance spaces, youâ€™ll learn in some of the finest facilities available on a college campus. Ithaca College overlooks Ithaca, a small city of 47,000 known for its creative atmosphere, abundant outdoor opportunities, and consistent presence on best-college-town and most-livable- city lists. The city is a thriving, culturally diverse community that combines small-town warmth and charm with big-city arts and entertainment. Home to both Ithaca College and Cornell University, the area attracts visitors, students, artists, and scholars from around the globe. Youâ€™ll discover that Ithaca can be a special home away from home, offering urban sophistication and advantages surrounded by natural beauty. 5 A Reputation for Quality Ithaca’s academic programs in business, communications, health sciences and human performance, humanities, social sciences, natural and physical sciences, and music have earned reputations for excellence. And because succeeding in today’s world requires the blending of ideas in creative ways, Ithaca‘s Integrative Core Curriculum will challenge you to expand your point of view, think differently, and develop analytical and problem-solving skills. “Experiences inside and outside the classroom helped me become more professional and land a great job at a top accounting firm before graduation. Ithaca absolutely prepares you for the real world.” — Shamika Edwards ’12 Business Administration and Professional Accountancy Barbados ithaca.edu/icc ithaca.edu/ready/shamikae 6 Faculty Put Students First You will learn in small classes taught by faculty who are accomplished scholars and passionate teachers and who become partners on your educational journey. Student-faculty collaboration is a hallmark of an Ithaca education, as students work side-by-side with their professors on everything from science research to music performancesâ€”experiences that employers and graduate schools value. 7 Learn by Doing From your first day on campus at Ithaca, you’ll have a comprehensive learning experience. Inside the classroom, you’re not just taught to do things; you’re involved in interactive projects and conversations. Small class size sparks lively discussions that help you think critically, explore topics from different perspectives, formulate your own ideas, and express them confidently. Outside the classroom, you’ll find a world of opportunity— literally. Study abroad in any of more than 50 countries on six continents. Participate in internships at film studios, congressional offices, health clinics, investment firms, or other organizations that match your interests.Knowledge translated into action is powerful. At Ithaca you’ll learn by thinking, and you'll also learn by doing. 8 Internships: Hands On in the Real World Most Ithaca College students participate in at least one fieldwork or internship experience before they graduate, and Ithaca has internship connections around the globe. Here’s a list of some recent placements: “The recording industry isn’t one where you just wave your degree and expect people to hire you. My Ithaca connections got my foot in the door, and from there, I showed people that IC taught me how things work, not just how to make things work.” — Shalini Gandhi ’11 Sound Recording Technology Australia ithaca.edu/ready/shalinig American Red Cross Australian Institute of Sport Beijing Sports Institute CBS News CBS Sports Citigroup Comedy Central Cornerstone Global Energy Brokerage Cosmopolitan Credit Suisse Deloitte Discovery Channel Ernst & Young Florida Times Union Fox News Goldman Sachs Gourmet Huffington Post JPMorgan Chase KPMG KROC Radio Late Show with David Letterman Latina Major League Baseball Make-A-Wish Foundation Marvel Entertainment Merrill Lynch Morgan Stanley Ms. Magazine MTV Mystic Aquarium National Radio Project Naval History and Heritage Command NBC News NBC Olympics Oxygen Media PricewaterhouseCoopers Redbook Sesame Workshop Sterling Sound Swiss Capital Harbor USA Luge USA Today Washington Strategic Consulting 9 An Involved and Engaged Community With 6,100 undergraduate students, our campus community is small enough to feel close but large enough to offer many exciting opportunities. Hundreds of concerts and recitals, dozens of theatre performances, and frequent visits by noteworthy and newsworthy guests fill the events calendar. Get involved in any of more than 200 student organizations focused on academic and professional themes, leadership, community service, the arts, and other interests. Participation in these organizations will help you develop talents and leadership skills and connect with likeminded others. Ithaca College also has 27 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III sports teams; 40 intramural and club sports; and more than 50 music, performance, and theatre groups. ithaca.edu/sacl 10 “I would never have seen myself doing things like this: being the assistant news editor of the newspaper, helping direct radio shows, and reporting for a television station in New York. IC has really helped me come to that place in my life.” — Noreyana Fernando ’15 Journalism Sri Lanka Join the club. Here are just a few: 180 Degrees Consulting Chinese Students and Scholars Association African Student Association Core Trading Consultants African-Latino Club Cultural Connections Club Asian American Alliance Habitat for Humanity Association of Health Professionals International Association of Business Communicators Biology Club Islamic Society of Ithaca College Buzzsaw Magazine Ithaca College International Club Caribbean Students Association South Asian Students Society 11 Majors and Programs BUSINESS AACSB accredited Accounting, B.S./Professional Accountancy, M.B.A.* Business Administration (with concentrations in Corporate Accounting, Finance, International Business, Management, or Marketing) Legal Studies COMMUNICATIONS Cinema and Photography Communication Management and Design Documentary Studies and Production Emerging Media Film, Photography, and Visual Arts (B.F.A.) Integrated Marketing Communications Journalism Television-Radio HEALTH SCIENCES AND HUMAN PERFORMANCE HSHP Preprofessional HUMANITIES AND SCIENCES Exploratory Aging Studies (if you wish to explore one or Anthropology more of the health-related fields) Architectural Studies Athletic Training Art Exercise Science Art Education† Health Care Management Art History Health Education† Biochemistry Health Education and Biology (B.A., B.S.) Physical Education† Biology 7–12† Health Sciences Chemistry (B.A., B.S.) Occupational Therapy Chemistry (teacher education)† (5 years/M.S.) Communication Studies Outdoor Adventure Leadership Computer Science (B.A., B.S.) Physical Education† Culture and Communication Physical Therapy (6 years/D.P.T.) Economics Public and Community Applied Economics Health (B.S.) Emerging Media Speech-Language Pathology English Sport Management English (teacher education)† Sport Media Environmental Sciences Therapeutic Recreation Environmental Studies French French (teacher education)† German Area Studies German (teacher education)† History Italian Studies Mathematics Mathematics (teacher education)† Mathematics– Computer Science Mathematics–Computer Science (teacher education)† Mathematics-Economics Mathematics-Physics Philosophy Philosophy-Religion Physics (B.A., B.S.) Physics (teacher education)† Physics-Engineering 3-2 Politics Psychology Applied Psychology Social Studies (teacher education)† Sociology Spanish Spanish (teacher education)† 12 Theatre Arts Acting (B.F.A.) Musical Theatre (B.F.A.) Theatre Arts Management Theatre Studies Theatrical Production Arts— Theatre Technology (B.F.A.) Theatrical Production Arts— Theatrical Design (B.F.A.) Writing MUSIC Composition Jazz Studies Music Musical Theatre (B.F.A. through School of Humanities and Sciences) Music Education† Music in Combination with an Outside Field Performance Performance/Music Education (4 ½ years)† Sound Recording Technology Theory Undeclared Music Major (if you wish to explore one or more of the music fields) SPECIAL PROGRAMS Planned Studies Prelaw Advisory Program Premedical Sciences Program OFF-CAMPUS STUDY Ithaca College London Center and study-abroad options in some 50 countries Ithaca College New York City (ICNYC) program James B. Pendleton Center in Los Angeles * Fifth-year M.B.A. students are required to sit for CPA licensure exam in New York State. †Leads to initial New York State teacher certification GRADUATE DEGREE PROGRAMS Health Education Accounting/Professional Music Education Accountancy (M.B.A.)• Adolescence Education (M.A.T.) Occupational Therapy† Business Administration (M.B.A.) Performance (music) Childhood Education (M.S.)* Physical Education Composition (music) Physical Therapy ‡ Conducting (music) Speech-Language Pathology Executive Master‘s in Speech-Language Pathology Communications Innovation with Teacher Certification Exercise and Sport Sciences Suzuki Pedagogy (music) • The M.B.A.-P.A. program is a registered CPA licensure qualifying program in New York State. * Leads to initial New York State teacher certification † Five-year, dual-degree program leading to a B.S. in occupational sciences and an M.S. in occupational therapy ‡ Six-year, dual-degree program leading to a B.S. in clinical health studies and a doctor of physical therapy (D.P.T.) degree 13 APPLICATION DEADLINES First-Year Student August (fall) enrollment Early decision.........November 1 Early action.............December 1 Regular decision (music and theatre applicants only)......December 1 Regular decision....... February 1 January (spring) enrollment.................November 1 Applying for Admission Admission to Ithaca College is selective and is based on your academic achievement, standardized test results, recommendations, and the goals, academic plans, and other information you describe in the written section of the application. These help the college gain a sense of your writing ability and fluency in the English language. For some majors, an audition or portfolio is required. Although admission is competitive, individual talents and circumstances are always considered by the admission committee. Ithaca only accepts the Common Application (commonapp.org) online. Transfer Student August (fall) enrollment.....March 1 January (spring) enrollment.................November 1 APPLICATION PROCESS For more details and special program requirements, visit ithaca.edu/admission/apply. 14 TRANSCRIPT OR MARKS SHEETS (GRADES) AND EXAM SCORES A complete and official secondary school record that details coursework for the past four years is required. Transfer students should also submit official transcripts from all universities attended. All applicants must provide a certified English translation of transcripts not in English. If they are available, official copies of test results or predicted test results for national or international academic programs should be forwarded directly to Ithaca College. SCHOOL REPORT AND RECOMMENDATIONS A letter of recommendation from a college/university counselor, principal, or school head must be sent directly from your school to Ithaca College. These forms are provided on the Common Application website. STANDARDIZED TEST RESULTS Ithaca College is test optional and does not require applicants to submit SAT or ACT scores. For applicants who choose to submit standardized test scores, the ETS code for Ithaca College is 2325, and the ACT code is 2772. PROOF OF ENGLISH PROFICIENCY All applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit official results of a test (or other proof) of English proficiency. Listed below are the recommended test scores and other accepted proof of English proficiency: b a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Internet-based (iBT) score of 80 or higher, with subscores of 20 or higher b a TOEFL paper-based score of 550 or higher b an International English Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.5 or higher b a score of 600 or higher on the critical reading section of the SAT b enrollment for at least three years at a high school, college, or university where English is the principal language of instruction 15 NOTIFICATION OF ADMISSION VISA APPLICATION PROCESS When your application is complete, it is reviewed by the admission committee, which has an understanding of your educational system. For August enrollment, the committee notifies applicants of its decision on a rolling basis from December to April. To secure your place in the entering class, the college must receive your nonrefundable enrollment deposit of US$400 by May 1 if you are entering in August and by December 15 if you are entering in January. After we receive your enrollment deposit and financial documentation guaranteeing that funds are available to cover all expenses related to completion of your academic program, we will send you an I-20 form (certificate of eligibility for an F-1 student visa for nonâ€“U.S. citizens). You should then apply for an F-1 visa at the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate. You will also need to submit payment of the SEVIS fee. Rules vary, so be sure to check with the local U.S. consulate for specific application requirements and procedures. Please direct questions about the visa application process to Diana Dimitrova Director, International Student Services Office of International Programs Telephone: +1 607 274 3306 Email: email@example.com 16 MUSIC AND THEATRE APPLICANTS All music and theatre applicants are required to audition or interview. Learn more about specific requirements at ithaca.edu/admission/apply/how_to. Music applicants, please contact Music Admissions Telephone: +1 607 274 3366 Fax: +1 607 274 1727 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Theatre applicants, please contact Department of Theatre Arts Telephone: +1 607 274 3345 Fax: +1 607 274 3672 Email: email@example.com GRADUATE STUDY AT ITHACA COLLEGE Ithaca offers several graduate study options; admission criteria and procedures vary by department. Most graduate programs offer a limited number of assistantships to help meet the cost of tuition and personal expenses. Graduate assistantships require up to 20 hours per week of work related to the studentâ€™s program. For more information about graduate study, please contact Graduate Admission Telephone: +1 607 274 3121 Fax: +1 607 274 1900 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: ithaca.edu/gradadmission 17 For comprehensive information about financial aid and how to apply for it, visit ithaca.edu/ finaid/international. Funding Your Education We work closely with families to help make an Ithaca education affordable. Last year Ithaca College provided financial aid and scholarships to 87 international undergraduate students; the average award was US$26,867. International undergraduate students are considered for merit- and talent-based scholarships as well as needbased assistance and can apply for the collegeâ€™s Leadership Scholar Program. International graduate student aid is typically limited to graduate assistantships. To be considered for need-based financial aid, you must complete the College Scholarship Services (CSS) Profile by February 1 for August enrollment or by November 1 for January enrollment at profileonline.collegeboard.com. The Ithaca College code is 2325. U.S. citizens living outside the United States and permanent residents living inside or outside the United States are eligible for U.S. federal financial aid as well as Ithaca College merit- and talent-based scholarships. 18 Take a Virtual Tour Take a guided virtual tour of our beautiful campus at ithaca.edu/tour. Prospective students and their families are also encouraged to visit Ithaca for a campus tour and personal appointment. To schedule a visit, please contact the Office of Admission by telephone at +1 607 274 3124 or by email at email@example.com. The Ithaca College London Center also welcomes visitors. The center is located at 35 Harrington Gardens, London, SW7 4JU, England. Call +44 207 244 4800 to schedule a visit. ithaca.edu/visit “Coming to Ithaca College from China was a big change, but I’ve found my place here. I have learned about opera and performance and gained a second family in the IC community. They even made me Queen of the Night in the Ithaca College Theatre production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute.” — Mengchun Yang ’13 Music Performance (Graduate Studies) China ithaca.edu/ready/mengchuny 19 Making Ithaca College Your Home PROVIDING SUPPORT EVERY STEP OF THE WAY Youâ€™ll receive a warm welcome from the Office of International Programs, starting with a three-day orientation especially for international students. The staff can help with any questions or problems you may have. If you would like to know more about life at Ithaca College, email the office at firstname.lastname@example.org and arrange to correspond with an international student currently attending Ithaca College. Throughout your time at Ithaca, you will be invited to participate in special programs designed for international students as well as a program matching third- and fourth-year students with new arrivals. The office also sponsors day trips, so you can explore nearby areas of interest, and it organizes special holiday events with international students in mind. ithaca.edu/reslife 20 LIVING OPTIONS All international undergraduate students are guaranteed housing. All first-year students live together as part of the First-Year Residential Experience. One residence hall and certain floors in other halls are reserved for female students. Housing options include single-, double-, and triple-occupancy rooms as well as apartments, which typically house upper-level students. The college also offers special living/learning communities, including a program called HOME: Housing Offering Multicultural Experience. HOME provides enhanced opportunities for socialization among international and U.S. students and provides housing for those students who need to remain on campus during school breaks. DINING ON CAMPUS ENJOYING THE SEASONS Three campus dining halls provide GETTING TO AND AROUND ITHACA meals—including special dietary and Ithaca's airport (ITH) offers connections to flights gets an average total snowfall of 173 cm nutritional programs—seven days a anywhere in the world. Tompkins Consolidated Area (68 inches) and temperatures average -4°C week. Traditional hot entrées, salad and Transit (TCAT) buses stop regularly on campus and (25°F). Average temperatures during spring pasta options, and vegetarian, vegan, have connecting routes throughout the city and to the (April to June) and fall (August to October) and gluten-free dishes are all available. airport. Ithaca College students can buy a semester range from 13°C (55°F) to 15°C (59°F). The For menus and a complete list of dining pass for unlimited travel on all TCAT routes. Taxis are average daily high temperature in summer options, visit ithacadiningservices.com. also available. (June to August) is 26°C (78°F). During winter (December to March), Ithaca An Education That Opens Doors Our graduates are in high demand in Hollywood and on Wall Street, in boardrooms and classrooms, and in law, science, medicine, and just about every other field you can imagine. With an Ithaca education, you can count on being confident, qualified, and ready for whatever comes next in your life. Christianne Enos ’11 Assistant account executive, Ogilvy & Mather “Everything I experienced at IC prepared me for this job, my next job, and the job after that. At IC, I learned to be ready for the unexpected.” Brian Keefe ’11 ithaca.edu/ready/christiannee Jaylene Clark ’10 Actress and playwright “Ithaca College gave me the opportunity to combine the things I’m most passionate about—acting and poetry. Now I’m producing, directing, and acting in my original production, which has played to sold-out crowds in Times Square.” 4,000 Number of employers and graduate schools with which Ithaca maintains recruiting relationships ithaca.edu/ready/jaylenec ithaca.edu/ready/briank Staff accountant, The MENTOR Network “Balancing the $400,000 student government budget at Ithaca College. Making inventory projections and analyzing account ledgers for a local entrepreneur. Experiences like these have given me the numbercrunching confidence I need to launch my accounting career.” Piko Ewoodzie ’06 Ph.D. candidate (sociology) University of Wisconsin-Madison Kaitlin Kohberger ’11 “As a sociologist I research how people live and make choices, most recently about food. It’s a continuation of work I began when Ithaca College’s MLK program sent me to live beside people, sit at their tables, and get a taste of their cultures.” Fulbright scholar, Austria “A Hawaiian anthropology excursion, Austrian Fulbright scholarship, and 12-state bike trek to build homes. Being so involved at Ithaca College has helped me become more open-minded, confident, and ready for the next adventure.” ithaca.edu/ready/amandas ithaca.edu/ready/pikoe Amanda Schlenker ’08 Occupational therapist, Child’s Play Occupational Therapy Mike Potter ’07 Co-owner and founder, Disrupto “Ithaca College helped me turn passion into knowledge, ambition into ability, and entrepreneurial spirit into a successful business. Now my company creates digital products for clients like Samsung and Madison Square Garden.” ithaca.edu/ready/kaitlink ithaca.edu/ready/mikep “I just followed that pathway through IC to graduation and into my career. There are so many opportunities. Ithaca’s given me the resources I need to learn and grow.” Read more stories at ithaca.edu/ready. Ithaca at a Glance CHARACTER STUDENT BODY A nationally recognized, four-year, coeducational college, Ithaca offers more 6,100 undergraduate and 460 graduate students from every state and from 51 other countries; 70 percent of undergraduates live on campus. than 100 majors and programs in the liberal arts and professional fields. CAMPUS Ithaca College is a 271-hectare (670-acre) residential campus overlooking the city of Ithaca and Cayuga Lake in the Finger Lakes region of central New York. SCHOOLS AND DIVISIONS School of Business ENROLLMENT 670 Roy H. Park School of Communications 1,600 School of Health Sciences and Human Performance 1,330 School of Humanities and Sciences 2,000 School of Music 500 Graduate Programs 460 FACULTY 501 full-time faculty, 86 percent of whom hold a Ph.D. or the highest degree in their field; 277 part-time faculty. Student-faculty ratio............. 11:1 Average class size................. 17 students 2015–16 COST OF ATTENDANCE Tuition and Fees..........................$40,658 Room............................................$7,972 Board............................................$6,702 Required Health and Accident Insurance.............$1,286 NCAA DIVISION III SPORTS For more information, visit athletics.ithaca.edu. “There are lots of great professors at IC. By the time you graduate, you know everyone in your department. At larger institutions, you don’t really get to spend time with your professors and get to know them on a personal level. At Ithaca College, that’s a given.” — Adeesha Ekanayake ’14 Computer Science Sri Lanka ithaca.edu/ready/adeeshae FOR WOMEN Basketball Crew Cross Country Field Hockey Golf Gymnastics Lacrosse Sculling Soccer Softball Swimming & Diving Tennis Track & Field Volleyball FOR MEN Baseball Basketball Crew Cross Country Football Lacrosse Soccer Swimming & Diving Tennis Track & Field Wrestling Create your own myIthaca account for personalized academic information, event details, FAQs, and more. 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