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3 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: Ithaca College and the surrounding community serves as a platform for people to share ideas and bring topics to spotlight.

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: Most students are very accepting of the diversity on campus.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Pretty much everyone on campus is white, but also very progressive. If you even think about discriminating against a minority you will have the whole campus to deal with.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: They have been trying to include more diversity.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: The school is extremely accepting of all types of races, genders, etc. The only thing that could improve is a larger population of international students.

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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
4%
Asian
3%
Hispanic
6%
International
2%
Native American
0%
White
69%
Unknown
12%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
57%
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
46%
Male Faculty
54%
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 77 responses

  • 10% Progressive/very liberal
  • 39% Liberal
  • 22% Moderate
  • 10% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 1% Libertarian
  • 17% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 97 responses

  • 42% Progressive/very liberal
  • 50% Liberal
  • 0% Moderate
  • 0% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 1% Libertarian
  • 7% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 100 responses

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

What political party do you associate yourself with?    Based on 44 responses

  • 2% Republican
  • 42% Democratic
  • 22% Independent
  • 2% Other party not mentioned
  • 31% I don't care about politics

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 28 responses

  • 66% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 34% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 0% Somewhat accepted. LGBT students aren't necessarily out and proud on campus, for fear of intolerance.
  • 0% Not accepted. LGBT students generally stay quiet.

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 43 responses

  • 70% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 30% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 0% Somewhat accepted. LGBT students aren't necessarily out and proud on campus, for fear of intolerance.
  • 0% Not accepted. LGBT students generally stay quiet.

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 78 responses

  • 60% Very accepting.
  • 35% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 4% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 1% It's hard to be a minority here.
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