About Our College

The College of Human Ecology has pioneered the study of human life from a scientific and social perspective. Using a blend of academic disciplines and a global perspective, our students and faculty use their knowledge to identify, explore and develop solutions to problems facing people today in a variety of areas. Students learn not only to serve people, but also to understand and analyze the relationships and the institutions that shape their lives.

Human Ecology’s programs are contemporary in focus, flexible and profoundly interdisciplinary; they are pre-professional in scope, with a liberal arts foundation. All programs provide students with a firm grounding in contemporary issues, as well as the social, natural and physical sciences. Our students delve into biology and chemistry, economics, psychology, and sociology, and apply their expertise in fields such as health, design, nutrition, public policy, and marketing.

Here, professors and students collaborate to understand a broad range of social issues such as the financial impacts of tax legislation and social security reform, the design of safer work spaces, the social and physical repercussions of obesity in children and adults, educational policy, how our healthcare system can accommodate our aging population and more.

This mid-sized college is home to approximately 1,300 undergraduates, 200 graduate students, and over 100 full-time faculty. Students enjoy the resources of a large, Ivy League, research university and the advantages of a small school in upstate New York.

For more information about our College, the University and Ithaca, please visit the College’s About pages.