Ithaca (pop. approx. 30,000) is a city on the south shore of Cayuga Lake. It is the seat of Tompkins County. It is named after the Greek island. Ithaca is home to the Ivy League’s Cornell University, which opened in 1865 as a non-sectarian coeducational institution. Its first president, Andrew Dickson White, wrote an influential book on the conflict between science and religion. Ithaca is also home to Ithaca College, which was founded in 1892 as the Ithaca Conservatory of Music.
Today Ithaca is a picturesque college town in a setting of steep hills and deep gorges overlooking Cayuga Lake.