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 Majors and Programs BUSINESS Accounting, B.S./Professional Accountancy, M.B.A.* Business Administration (with concentrations in Corporate Accounting, Finance, International Business, Management, or Marketing) HEALTH SCIENCES AND HUMAN PERFORMANCE HSHP Preprofessional 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 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 Clinical Exercise Science Art Education† Exercise Science Art History Health Care Management Biochemistry Health Education† Biology (B.A., B.S.) Health Education and Biology 7–12† Physical Education† Chemistry (B.A., B.S.) Health Sciences Chemistry (teacher education)† Occupational Therapy Communication Studies (5 years/M.S.) Computer Science (B.A., B.S.) Outdoor Adventure Leadership Culture and Communication Physical Education† Economics Physical Therapy (6 years/D.P.T.) Applied Economics Public and Community Emerging Media Health (B.S.) English Speech-Language Pathology English (teacher education)† Sport Management Environmental Sciences Sport Media Environmental Studies Therapeutic Recreation 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)† 2 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) 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 Optometry 3-1 Program 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 GRADUATE DEGREE PROGRAMS Accounting/Professional Accountancy (M.B.A.)• Adolescence Education (M.A.T.) Business Administration (M.B.A.) Childhood Education (M.S.)* Composition (music) Conducting (music) Executive Master‘s in Communications Innovation Exercise and Sport Sciences Health Education Music Education Occupational Therapy† Performance (music) Physical Education Physical Therapy ‡ Speech-Language Pathology Speech-Language Pathology with Teacher Certification Sport Management 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 Music Education† Music in Combination with an Outside Field Performance * 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 3 Get Ready for Success 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 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 4 A Reputation for Quality Ithaca’s academic programs in business, communications, health sciences and human performance, humanities and 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/ready/shamikae 5 Join the club. Here are just a few: African-Latino Club Asian American Alliance Association of Health Professionals Buzzsaw Magazine Caribbean Students Association Core Trading Consultants Cultural Connections Club 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. Habitat for Humanity Islamic Society of Ithaca College Ithaca College International Club Pre-Medical Society SEE A COMPLETE LIST AT ithaca.collegiatelink.net/organizations 6 Learning by Doing 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, shape From your first day on campus at Ithaca, you’ll have a comprehensive learning experience. 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. 7 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: American Red Cross Anti-Defamation League Australian Institute of Sport Baltimore Orioles Beijing Sports Institute CBS News CBS Sports Citigroup Comedy Central Cornerstone Global Energy Brokerage Cosmopolitan Credit Suisse Deloitte Discovery Channel Ernst & Young ESPN Florida Times Union Formula Race Car Club of America Fox News Goldman Sachs Gourmet Huffington Post JPMorgan Chase KPMG KROC Radio Late Show with David Letterman Latina Madison Square Garden Major League Baseball Make-A-Wish Foundation Marvel Entertainment Merrill Lynch and Company Miami Heat Morgan Stanley Ms. Magazine MTV Mystic Aquarium National Radio Project Naval History and Heritage Command NBC News NBC Olympics in Sochi NESN New Orleans Saints New York Rangers Oxygen Media Philadelphia 76ers Philadelphia Eagles Planned Parenthood PricewaterhouseCoopers Redbook Sesame Workshop Sterling Sound Swiss Capital Harbor U.S. Army U.S. Department of Defense USA Luge USA Today V.A. hospitals throughout the U.S. Washington Strategic Consulting “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 8 An Involved and Engaged Community With 6,200 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. We have 27 NCAA Division III sports teams and 40 intramural and club sports. Get involved in any of more than 200 student organizations, where you can develop talents, hone leadership skills, and connect with like-minded others. “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 9 Making Ithaca College Your Home PROVIDING SUPPORT EVERY STEP OF THE WAY Youâ€™ll receive a warm welcome from the Office of International Programs (ithaca.edu/oip), 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 the 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. 10 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. For more details visit ithaca.edu/reslife. DINING ON CAMPUS Three campus dining halls provide meals— including special dietary and nutritional programs—seven days a week. Traditional hot entrées, salad and pasta options, and vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free dishes are all available. For menus and a complete list of dining options, visit ithacadiningservices.com. GETTING AROUND ITHACA Tompkins Consolidated Area Transit (TCAT) buses stop regularly on campus and have connecting routes throughout the city. Ithaca College students can buy a semester pass for unlimited travel on all TCAT routes. Taxicabs are also available and just a phone call away. ENJOYING THE SEASONS During winter, Ithaca gets an average total snowfall of about 68 inches (173 cm). Winter temperatures average 25°F (-4°C), so pack accordingly. Average temperatures during spring and fall range from 55°F (13°C) to 59°F (15°C). The average daily high temperature in summer is 78°F (26°C). 11 Our Forward-Thinking Campus Overlooks a Vibrant City From professional-quality labs and studios to LEED-certified buildings and world-class performance spaces, youâ€™ll learn in some of the finest facilities available on a college campus. Ithaca College overlooks the city of Ithacaâ€”an eclectic town of 47,000 known for its creative atmosphere, its abundance of outdoor opportunities, and its consistent presence on bestcollege-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 city sophistication and advantages surrounded by natural beauty. 12 13 “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 Visiting Ithaca Prospective students and their families are encouraged to visit Ithaca for a campus tour, personal appointment, or open house program. Please contact the Office of Admission in advance to schedule an appointment. Campus tours are available weekdays throughout the year and Saturdays when the college is in session. All tours depart from the Office of Admission in the Peggy Ryan Williams Center. ithaca.edu/ready/mengchuny 14 SKYPE INTERVIEW Please contact the Office of Admission to confirm tour availability on the day of your visit. For additional details and a current schedule, visit ithaca.edu/admission/visit. The Ithaca College London Center also welcomes visitors. The center is located at 35 Harrington Gardens, London, SW7 4JU, England; telephone 44-207-244-4800; fax 44-207-244-4808. We invite you to learn more about Ithaca College and the admission application process by scheduling a Skype interview or AIM chat. To do so, please contact Nicole Eversley Bradwell Associate Director, Office of Admission Telephone: (607) 274-3124 Email: email@example.com Skype: Nicole.Eversley.Bradwell 15 APPLICATION DEADLINES First-Year Student August (fall) enrollment Early decision.........November 1 Early action.............December 1 Regular decision for music and theatre applicants only.......December 1 Regular decision....... February 1 January (spring) enrollment.................November 1 Transfer Student August (fall) enrollment.....March 1 January (spring) enrollment.................November 1 Applying for Admission Admission to Ithaca College is selective and is based on your academic record, school-leaving exam and standardized test results, and personal recommendations. For some majors, an audition or portfolio is required. Although admission is competitive, individual talents and circumstances are always given serious consideration by the admission committee. Ithaca only accepts the Common Application (commonapp.org) online. The admission committee will carefully consider the goals and academic plans that you describe in the written section of the application and will also rely on them to gain a sense of your writing ability and command of the English language. APPLICATION PROCESS For more details and special program requirements, visit ithaca.edu/admission/apply. 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/intl. Music applicants, please contact Music Admissions Telephone: (607) 274-3366 Fax: (607) 274-1727 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Theatre applicants, please contact Department of Theatre Arts Telephone: (607) 274-3345 Fax: (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 education program. For more information about graduate study, please contact Graduate Admission Telephone: (607) 274-3124 Fax: (607) 274-1900 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: ithaca.edu/gradadmission 17 TRANSCRIPT OR MARKS SHEETS (GRADES) A complete and official secondary school record that details coursework for the past four years is required. The official record should have the school seal and certifying signature of a school authority. Transfer students should also submit official transcripts from all universities attended. All applicants must provide a certified English translation of transcripts not in English. test results from the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Our recommended scores are 213 or higher on the TOEFL computer version, 80 or higher on the Internet-based version (iBT), and 6.0 or higher on the IELTS. Applicants who have been enrolled for at least two years at a high school, college, or university where English is the principal language of instruction and who have earned passing grades in English courses may be exempt from the English proficiency testing requirement. SCHOOL REPORT AND RECOMMENDATIONS A letter or report from the principal, school head, or college counselor must be sent directly from your school to Ithaca College. These forms are provided on the Common Application website. TEST RESULTS Official copies of test results on any government or centrally administered national college examinations should be forwarded directly to Ithaca College. All applicants may choose whether to submit SAT or ACT scores. A score of 600 or higher on the critical reading section of the SAT exempts applicants from the proof of English proficiency requirement. (If you take the SAT, specify that the results be sent to Ithaca College, ETS college code 2325; for the ACT, specify Ithaca College, ACT college code 2772.) Examination certificates cannot be substituted for the required official secondary school transcript or marks sheets (grades) or for SAT, ACT, or TOEFL scores. PROOF OF ENGLISH PROFICIENCY AND ENGLISH LANGUAGE TESTING REQUIREMENTS All applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit official results of a test of English proficiency. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) results are the most frequently submitted. However, applicants may also submit 18 NOTIFICATION OF ADMISSION 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 January through April. To secure your place in the entering class, the college must receive your nonrefundable deposit of $400 (U.S.) by May 1 if you are entering in August and by December 15 if you are entering in January. VISA APPLICATION PROCESS After we receive your enrollment deposit, 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: (607) 274-3306 Email: email@example.com 19 For comprehensive information about financial aid and how to apply for it, visit ithaca.edu/ finaid/international. CERTIFICATION OF FINANCES AND APPLYING FOR AID To be considered for 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. Before applying for a student visa, you must guarantee to U.S. immigration authorities that funds are available to cover all expenses related to completion of your degree program. Investing in Your Future We work closely with families to help make an Ithaca education affordable. As an undergraduate international student, you may qualify for institutional aid from Ithaca College including scholarships, grants, and campus employment. International undergraduate students are considered for merit- and talent-based scholarships as well as need-based assistance and can apply for the collegeâ€™s Leadership Scholarship. International graduate student aid is typically limited to graduate assistantships. International students do not qualify for U.S. federal or state aid. 20 PERCENTAGES OF INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS ATTENDING ITHACA COLLEGE BY REGION OUR LOCATION 19% Americas Europe/Eurasia 13% South and Central Asia 14% UNITED STATES MAP East Asia and Pacific 44% 8% Africa Middle East/ North Africa Ithaca, NY 2% WORLD MAP NEW YORK STATE MAP An Education Our graduates are in high demand in Hollywood and on Wall Street, in boardrooms and classrooms, 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. That Opens Doors 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.” ithaca.edu/ready/christiannee ithaca.edu/ready/briank Brian Keefe ’11 Jaylene Clark ’10 Actress and playwright Staff accountant, The MENTOR Network Number of employers and graduate schools with which Ithaca maintains recruiting relationships ithaca.edu/ready/jaylenec 4,000 “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.” “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 number-crunching confidence I need to launch my accounting career.” Ithaca at a Glance CHARACTER A nationally recognized, four-year, coeducational college, Ithaca offers more than 100 majors and programs in the liberal arts and professional fields. STUDENT BODY 6,200 undergraduate and 470 graduate students from nearly every state and from 72 other countries; 70 percent of undergraduates live on campus. CAMPUS With a 670-acre residential campus overlooking the city of Ithaca and Cayuga Lake in the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York, Ithaca is committed to sustainability and is home to two LEED platinum窶田ertified buildings. FACULTY 490 full-time faculty, 94 percent of whom hold a Ph.D. or the highest degree in their field; there are 295 part-time faculty. Student-faculty ratio............. 11:1 Average class size................. 17 students SCHOOLS AND DIVISIONS School of Business Roy H. Park School of Communications School of Health Sciences and Human Performance School of Humanities and Sciences School of Music Graduate Programs ENROLLMENT 650 1,500 1,350 2,200 500 470 STUDENT LIFE More than 200 student clubs and organizations are focused on academic and professional themes, sports, leadership and government, the arts, and other interests. APPLICATION DEADLINES Early Decision................................. November 1 Early Action..................................... December 1 Regular Decision (Fall) Music and theatre arts................. December 1 All other programs....................... February 1 Spring Admission........................... November 1 Transfer Admission (Fall)............... March 1 Transfer Admission (Spring)......... November 1 2014–15 COST OF ATTENDANCE “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 Tuition and Fees............................. $39,532 Room............................................... $7,752 Board............................................... $6,580 Optional Health and Accident Insurance................ $1,155 NCAA DIVISION III ATHLETICS For more information, visit bombers.ithaca.edu. FOR WOMEN ithaca.edu/ready/adeeshae 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 Alex Moore ’07 Kaitlin Kohberger ’11 Fulbright scholar, Austria Ph.D. candidate (political science), George Washington University “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.” “What motivated me was the question of poverty—how does it happen and what can we do about it? Ithaca College taught me the value of examining the unquestioned ground I stand on, and to ask better questions of myself and the world around me.” ithaca.edu/ready/alexm ithaca.edu/ready/amandas 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/potter “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. What’s Next? TAKE A VIRTUAL TOUR If you can’t visit Ithaca, take our guided virtual tour of our beautiful campus: ithaca.edu/tour. 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