About Ithaca, NY
Nestled in New York’s Finger Lakes region, Ithaca is a unique college town that is consistently rated as a top area to live, work and study. As the federal land-grant institution for New York state, Cornell has been part of the fabric of Ithaca since our founding in 1865.
While things are different this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Cornell is committed to the safety and well-being of our campus and surrounding communities. Learn more about the university’s response to COVID-19.
Our Main Campus
Tradition, Beauty, Opportunity
Cornell's main campus in Ithaca, NY provides all of the experiences of a traditional college campus, set against the backdrop of a beautiful, welcoming city. With a wide variety of opportunities and unique offerings at every turn, it is a campus so inviting you need to see it for yourself.Visit Campus
Ithaca has something for everyone
The vibrant community surrounding campus will welcome you as soon as you arrive.
Located at the south end of Cayuga Lake—the largest of the Finger Lakes—Ithaca boasts unsurpassed natural beauty in its gorges, state parks and waterfront.
Collegetown and the Ithaca Commons are a short walk from campus, offering a city atmosphere with an array of shopping, restaurants, cultural activities and nightlife. Between urban life and alluring countryside, Ithaca has something for everyone to see and do.
Home to many unique stores and restaurants, and the location for some of Ithaca’s most popular annual events, this section of Downtown is the perfect place to gather with friends.
Several markets throughout Ithaca offer a variety of local wares, from specialty foods and baked goods to fine art and handmade crafts.
The longest of the Finger Lakes, Cayuga Lake offers stunning views, boating, swimming and so much more.
Cayuga Lake is home to dozens of wineries. Take a wine tour along the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail – the longest running wine trail in America.
Ithaca is famous for its gorges. You can’t pass up an opportunity to see one of the more than 150 waterfalls in the area.
"Ithaca’s storied past and natural beauty are a wonderful complement to the world-class education experience at Cornell."- President Pollack
Ithaca through the seasons
Ithaca’s stunning landscape and variety of seasonal experiences offer something for everyone, all year long.
Take in the colors of fall
You will be welcomed into the season by foliage that provides stunning scenery for hiking, cider tastings and pumpkin picking.
Life doesn’t slow down in the winter
Whether you prefer skiing, snowshoeing or enjoying a hot chocolate by the fire, you’ll be looking forward to winter all year long.
Ithaca blooms in the spring
The beautiful flowers, outdoor public art and open-air farmers markets are sure to put a spring in your step.
Soak up the summer
Enjoy the warmer weather with activities such as swimming, boating and wine tours – just to name a few.