The Peggy Ryan Williams Center

As the other, smaller school in Ithaca, Ithaca College has the tendency to get overlooked. That school on East Hill is quite good at tooting its own horn, while Ithaca College toils quietly along, doing what it is good at and not saying a lot about it.


Ithaca College has no official mascot, but is nicknamed “the Bombers.” The college held a mascot search during the 2010-2011 academic year to personify the “Bombers” nickname. The top three choices were a lake monster, a flying squirrel, and a phoenix. The college discontinued the search when campus became divided on the issue of what the mascot should be.

The college began as a music conservatory located in four rented rooms in a house on East Seneca Street. 

Ithaca’s School of Business was the first college or university building in the world to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum Certification. 

Peggy Ryan Williams, who led from 1997-2008, was Ithaca College’s first and (so far) only female president. 

In 2015 Princeton Review rated Ithaca College as the number one school in the country for “Reefer Madness,” or the highest usage of marijuana. 

The college administration banned social or service Greek life on campus after a series of highly publicized hazing incidents in the 1980s, including one responsible for the death of a student. The only Greek organizations that are officially affiliated with the college are music fraternities.



Jessica Savitch ‘68 was one of the first female anchors to host a network evening news  broadcast alone for NBC Nightly News. 

Bob Iger ‘73 is the current chairman and chief executive officer of The Walt Disney Company and was formerly the president of ABC Television. 

J. Christopher Burch ‘76, chief executive officer of Burch Creative Capital and co-founder of the Tory Burch women’s fashion label, was invited back to the college to speak at a new initiative kick-off in 2015 and received negative attention after repeatedly calling another panelist a racially insensitive nickname. 

Dennis Hurley, BFA in Acting ‘01, was featured in Justin Timberlake’s music video “Can’t Stop this Feeling.”

Recent graduate Rita Bunatal ‘16 created a Pan-African clothing line she developed while still at the college to empower people of color and bridge the gap between Africans and those in the diaspora. 

Singer Gavin DeGraw, famous for “I Don’t Want to Be” from his debut album Chariot, attended Ithaca College for one semester and then dropped out.


The Ithaca College Bombers football team plays against the SUNY Cortland Red Dragons in one of the largest DIII sports games in the country, the infamous “Cortaca Jug” game. In 2015 the Bombers team lost for sixth year in a row.

Ithaca College senior Emily Morley, a co-captain on the college’s women’s crew team, will be the first person to represent the Bahamas in the sport of rowing at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

A total of 24 Bomber athletes have won 34 individual national championships. The gymnastics team holds the most awards with 12 out of the 34.

Quidditch, the competitive sport from the Harry Potter series, is an officially recognized competitive club sport at the college. 

As a part of the Physical Activity, Leisure and Safety (PALS) program at the college, students who are members of a varsity sport must sign up for a 0.5 credit course that is pass or fail. §


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