ITHACA, N.Y.—Ithaca College has been named a top 10 regional university by the U.S. News & World Report as part of the publication’s annual collegiate rankings.

Ithaca College was ranked #10 out of the 171 “institutions of its kind in the North. The categories are broken up into four geographic regions, and include schools with undergraduate and master’s degree programs, but few or no doctorate degree programs. Additionally, the magazine gave the school ratings as the 14th most innovative, the 10th best value and having the third-best undergraduate teaching, all among schools of its kind, which is defined as a regional university.

The latter is a particularly surprising result after the school endured a year of negative attention over its Academic Program Prioritization, a sweeping restructuring plan which included cutting certain academic programs and either laying off or leaving empty a significant number of faculty positions. The decision, pushed by IC’s then-President Shirley Collado, was touted as necessary for the school’s long-term financial sustainability, though it drew plenty of pushback from faculty and students alike. Over the summer, Collado announced she’d be leaving the school in the coming months.

Yet still, the magazine gave IC a high mark for its quality versus cost, focus on undergraduate education and for “making innovative improvements.” The publication uses social mobility, retention, graduation of students, graduate indebtedness, faculty resources, student excellence, alumni giving, graduation rate and more. The school was given a fairly low mark for social mobility, given #138.

“The IC community should be rightfully proud of this honor, which recognizes the deep commitment we all continue to make to ensure a high-quality educational experience that is also accessible and affordable to students and their families,” said Ithaca College Interim President La Jerne Terry Cornish in an announcement. “Indeed, this is yet another affirmation of the accomplishments—both inside and outside the classroom—of our tremendously talented faculty, staff, and students.”

Matt Butler

Matt Butler is the Education & Public Health Reporter at the Ithaca Voice. He can be reached by email at mbutler@ithacavoice.com