Ithaca, NY
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5 College Junior

Diversity: The campus is very diverse, which allows one to get to know different types of people.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Veyr accepting, but, as always, there's an exception to main conservatives.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Although Ithaca does lack in people of color, the students who are and the students who are not get along nicely. the lgbtq+ community is also very strong here and a member of the lgbtq+ community that makes me feel like I am not alone or weird.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: It's not the most diverse place but it's still a really accepting place. No one would give you the stink eye if you associate yourself with a specific political party, religion, etc.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: I think the reason I feel it's pretty diverse is because I am always around international students and even if they don't have an international status (like me, I live in Boston but I'm from South Africa) they are from a different country.


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  • 6th
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  • 746th
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  • 1388th
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Jennifer Segal
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With three-fourths of IC students classifying themselves as white, the College is not very racially diverse. Some students complain about a lack of diversity, and others think the College needs to attract more international students. Within the United States, students come from all over the country to attend IC, leading to a good mix of views and opinions from within the states. With that being said, the majority of people is usually from around New York state and the Northeast region. Also, most students come from middle-class households, but there are definitely students with various different socioeconomic statuses throughout the College. 

The school offers various scholarships and programs devoted to minority students, through efforts like the Martin Luther King Jr. Scholar Program. The Office of Student Engagement and Multicultural Affairs strives to showcase diversity on campus and gives students the opportunity to become more knowledgeable about different cultures. In addition, IC makes up for the lack of diversity by offering many different academic courses focusing on culture. With all of the work IC puts toward creating a more diverse campus, it should pay off sometime in the near future.

Facts & Statistics

African American
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
Common States of Residence
  • Connecticut
  • Foreign countries
  • Massachusetts
  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 2%
18-19: 45%
20-21: 43%
22-24: 8%
25+: 2%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 2%
Asian American: 2%
Hispanic: 3%
International: 3%
Native American: 1%
White: 89%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
Every April, the College celebrates "Gaypril," a month-long event that strives to make the public more accepting and increase awareness of homosexual students. During this month, the "Rainbow Pride" flag flies on a flagpole in the center of campus. The College has a Center for LGBT Education, Outreach, & Services, which strives to make the campus a better environment for LGBT people. Many professors have "Safe Place" signs on their doors. The purpose of these signs is to make LGBT students feel more comfortable discussing issues concerning their sexuality. Groups such as BiGayLA and Created Equal have a presence on campus; many speakers and movies are sponsored by these groups, too.
Political Activity
The city of Ithaca is known as one of the most liberal cities in the country, but all aspects of the political spectrum are visible in student organizations. Although easily more than 80 percent of students are liberal, there are clubs on campus for all political affiliations, including IC Republicans. Other clubs include IC Democrats, Students for a Just Peace, and Amnesty International. However, during political events, liberal partiality is evident.
Economic Status
Most students on campus can be classified as middle- to upper-middle class. But like any place, you find a wide variety of backgrounds.
Most Common Religions
Muller Chapel holds services for Catholic, Jewish, and Protestant faiths. There are a multitude of churches off campus, as well, where students may attend masses. Students for Christ and Chi Alpha also have visible roles on campus.
Minority Clubs on Campus
Groups such as the African-Latino Society and Asian Culture Club sponsor events and bring speakers to campus to try to increase awareness about other races and cultures.
Did You Know?
Within the student population, nearly every state in the United States and 77 other countries are represented.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 66 responses

  • 2% Libertarian
  • 18% Not sure
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 12% Conservative
  • 20% Moderate
  • 42% Liberal
  • 6% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 66 responses

  • 0% Libertarian
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 0% Conservative
  • 0% Moderate
  • 8% Not sure
  • 55% Liberal
  • 38% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 67 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How diverse is your personal circle of friends in the following areas?    Based on 66 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 67 responses

  • 1% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 3% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 36% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 60% Very accepting.
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