Ithaca College: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics

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Ithaca College is a private liberal arts college with an acceptance rate of 69%. Since its founding in 1892, Ithaca has been known for its music and communications programs. The college has an enviable location in Ithaca, New York, overlooking Cornell University and Cayuga Lake. Students will find a wide range of majors through Ithaca's broad curriculum and five schools. On the athletic front, the Ithaca College Bombers compete in the NCAA Division III Empire 8 Athletic Conference. The college fields 11 men's and 13 women's intercollegiate sports.

Considering applying to Ithaca College? Here are the admissions statistics you should know, including average SAT/ACT scores and GPAs of admitted students.

Acceptance Rate

During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, Ithaca College had an acceptance rate of 69%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 69 students were admitted, making Ithaca's admissions process somewhat competitive.

Admissions Statistics (2017-18)
Number of Applicants 15,278
Percent Admitted 69%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 16%

SAT Scores and Requirements

Ithaca College has a test-optional standardized testing policy for most applicants. Students who were home-schooled or those who attended high schools that do not provide numerical or letter grades are still required to submit SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 52% of admitted students submitted SAT scores.

SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 590 670
Math 570 660
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

This admissions data tells us that of those who submitted test scores during the 2017-18 admissions cycle, most of Ithaca's admitted students fall within the top 35% nationally on the SAT. For the evidence-based reading and writing section, 50% of students admitted to Ithaca scored between 590 and 670, while 25% scored below 590 and 25% scored above 670. On the math section, 50% of admitted students scored between 570 and 660, while 25% scored below 570 and 25% scored above 660. While the SAT is not required, this data tells us that a composite SAT score of 1330 or higher is competitive for Ithaca College.

Requirements

Ithaca College does not require SAT scores for admission for most students. For students who choose to submit scores, note that Ithaca participates in the scorechoice program, meaning that the admissions office will consider your highest score from each individual section across all SAT test dates. Ithaca College does not require the essay section of the SAT. At Ithaca College, SAT Subject tests are optional.

ACT Scores and Requirements

Ithaca College has a test-optional standardized testing policy for most applicants. Students who were home-schooled or those who attended high schools that do not provide numerical or letter grades are still required to submit SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 21% of admitted students submitted ACT scores.

ACT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
English 24 33
Math 24 28
Composite 25 30

This admissions data tells us that of those who submitted scores during the 2017-18 admissions cycle, most of Ithaca's admitted students fall within the top 22% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to Ithaca received a composite ACT score between 25 and 30, while 25% scored above 30 and 25% scored below 25.

Requirements

Ithaca College does not require ACT scores for admission for most students. For students who choose to submit scores, note that Ithaca does not superscore ACT results; your highest composite ACT score will be considered. Ithaca does not require the ACT writing section.

GPA

In 2018, the average high school GPA for Ithaca College's incoming freshmen class was 3.34. This data suggests that most successful applicants to Ithaca College have primarily B grades.

Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph

Ithaca College Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph.
Ithaca College Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph. Data courtesy of Cappex.

The admissions data in the graph is self-reported by applicants to Ithaca College. GPAs are unweighted. Find out how you compare to accepted students, see the real-time graph, and calculate your chances of getting in with a free Cappex account.

Admissions Chances

Ithaca College, which accepts over two-thirds of applicants, has a somewhat selective admissions process. However, Ithaca also has a holistic admissions process and is test-optional, and admissions decisions are based on much more than numbers. A strong application essay and glowing letters of recommendation can strengthen your application, as can participation in meaningful extracurricular activities and a rigorous course schedule. The college is looking for students who will contribute to the campus community in meaningful ways, not just students who show promise in the classroom. While not required, Ithaca recommends interviews for interested applicants. Note that some programs at Ithaca require auditions or portfolios. Students with particularly compelling stories or achievements can still receive serious consideration even if their grades are outside of Ithaca's average range.

In the scattergram above, the blue and green dots represent accepted students. You can see that most successful applicants had high school averages of a 3.0 or better, combined SAT scores of about 1050 or higher, and ACT composite scores of 21 or better.

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