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The Musicology Colloquium and Composers’ Forum feature talks by distinguished scholars and composers.

Visiting the Department

Once candidates are accepted (decisions are made in late February), we will provide appointments with faculty members, offer the opportunity to sit in on classes, arrange housing, and offer funds to offset travel costs for your visit. We do not require interviews as part of the application process, nor do we make any formal appointments with professors and students for prospective students unless they have been accepted. If you want to visit before you apply, we advise you to contact the professors who interest you directly to make appointments with them and ask if you might sit in on their classes.

For maps and directions to Lincoln Hall, home of the Department of Music, click here.

Getting to Ithaca

By air

The Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport (ITH) is a 10-minute drive from campus and downtown areas. Ithaca is serviced by Delta, US Airways, and United. For information about prices and flight schedules see

There are more options if you look at other regional airports: Syracuse, Elmira, and Binghamton. These are all between 1-2 hours drive to Ithaca. The Syracuse airport has three options to get to Ithaca, listed below. See also

By train

The nearest Amtrak station is in Syracuse, NY, about 90 minutes from Ithaca. Syracuse is connected to the Empire (NYC–Niagara Falls), Lake Shore Limited (Chicago–Boston), and Maple Leaf (NYC–Toronto) lines.

Transportation to campus from the Syracuse Amtrak station is available from Cornell Bus Service during certain times of year and from Ithaca Airline Limousine.

By bus

The Ithaca bus terminal is located in downtown Ithaca at the corner of W. State Street and N. Fulton Street. The terminal is serviced by Greyhound, Shortline, New York Trailways, and Swarthout Coaches. Tompkins Consolidated Area Transit (TCAT) buses can bring you to campus from the Ithaca bus terminal. TCAT also serves as Cornell’s primary form of on-campus transportation.

There is also the Cornell Campus to Campus bus which is an Executive Class Express Coach that runs between the Ithaca Cornell Campus and the Weill Cornell Medical Campus in New York City.

Taxi Service

To and from the Ithaca/Tompkins Regional Airport and around Ithaca.


Ithaca Airline Limo. Call (607) 273-3030 for a reservation.