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Reviews 1546 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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3 College Junior

Health & Safety: There is very rarely crime. If there is it's because students left their dorms unlocked.

3 College Junior

Weather: Amazing in the summer, HORRIBLE in the winter.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Cheaper and mostly abundant with many different cost options.

3 College Junior

Computers: The worst thing is really the internet connect. Very hit or miss, and typically slow. The access to computers is fine though. The campus store sells many expensive software for 70% to 90% off retail price.

4 College Junior

Academics: The Park School is easily the best school on the Ithaca campus, with the most successful alumni and professors. The workload is hard but manageable and usually worth while. The curriculum need to be revised and the facilities updated, but they are still better then most film schools. Internship opportunities are broad, we have many powerful alumni in major cities in major companies. The school puts a huge emphasis on internships and jobs after graduation.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There is a huge emphasis on green living, vegan options, and ethnic cuisine. Dining in Ithaca is great with many different cost options.

3 College Junior

Athletics: There is a weirdly huge emphasis with money on sports yet we are a division III school with bad teams.

College Junior

Greek Life: There isn't any noticeable greek life. They are "greek" honor society but they are pretty concentrated into their schools and you don't hear about it.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Many of the traditional dorms are from the 1970s and you can tell. They do not have enough housing for the amount of people they enroll and it's pretty overpriced. Apartment housing can be unfair, juniors are pushed into more expensive housing because they do not have enough room for Freshmen, but won't let all juniors move off-campus.

3 College Junior

Transportation: There is public transportations (busses) that come to the campus in two locations. There are coach busses that take people home on breaks, places like Boston only have transportation during break times, a lot of mid-west states are difficult to take public transportation to, neighboring cities and New York City have daily busses. The cost is pretty moderate.

3 College Junior

Majors: I would instead do the Cinema & Photography major. My career goal is the be a screenwriter and producer. I don't have that many concerns.

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5 College Junior

Majors: I didn't encounter any difficulties because a lot of paperwork. The most important is grades. No.

4 College Freshman

Computers: Most people here have laptops, so finding a computer in a lab is never really an issue. Printing at the library is free which is really nice. Our internet isn't as good as it should be, but it does its job and I think people make it out to be worse than it actually is sometimes. Plus there are people currently working on making it up to standard, so at this point it's only going to get better.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Athletics here are kind of what you make of it. We're only D3, and we've got some great teams, but not a ton of school spirit. The only big sporting event we have is the Cortaca Jug. This isn't an issue for me since I'm not really into sports, but for someone who really likes them, we're lacking in that department.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: Ithaca is very diverse in some aspects, but not very diverse in others. We have a very strong LGBT community here, I've met people of all different sexualities. Politically, the general consensus is pretty liberal with some conservatives on different topics here and there. Ethnically, Caucasian is definitely the prevalent race here, however there are definitely other races present, just not as many people representing them. We also seem pretty religiously diverse from what I've seen. We have a lot of different religious groups on campus that all seem to have strong communities around them.

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3 College Freshman

Weather: Everyone comes here knowing how the weather is and no one comes here for the weather. Fall semester is beautiful, especially in the beginning, but by the end of October it starts to get cold and by the end of November it's winter. Fall semester winter is nothing compared to spring semester winter though. The first week or so will probably be below zero, and the first month or so will be below freezing. But you adapt quickly and there are plenty of ways to get to class while staying inside for most of the walk. It snows a lot, but we're not in the snow belt so were getting about 6 inches a snow fall as opposed to six feet, and the school is really good about keeping the paths cleared and salted. I honestly came here expecting the weather to be terrible, but it's really not that bad. The bad days only make the good ones even better.

3 College Freshman

Majors: getting a good grade in class.

3 College Freshman

Majors: I would do it over, I changed my major as soon as I got here.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: There is not much going on.

2 College Freshman

Greek Life: There's no greek life on campus except for the music students. if someone wants to be in greek life they can partner up with the local school near by which is Cornell University.

2 College Freshman

Weather: It gets to the negative degrees and snow is always falling. The snow and ice is still there when traveling to class so I have to leave 20 minutes so I can take my time. It's dangerous.

2 College Freshman

Diversity: There's not much diversity on campus. That is the only downfall of attending here.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: It is nice to live on campus because it is easier to travel back and forth from classes.

5 College Freshman

Academics: For my specific major, I would have to spend a semester in LA and being exposed to many opportunities.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Name any kind of food, it's here.

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Jennifer Segal
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When students are asked to evaluate their overall experience at IC, they often look at the lessons they learned both inside and outside of the classroom. Students who go beyond the social aspect of college and get involved end up both gaining the most experience and having the most fun. Many students love IC because of its size. Sometimes, it’s hard to walk anywhere on campus without bumping into someone you know. With such dreadfully cold winters, the academic programs and well-organized student groups are the main reasons students come back every year. Also, the great size allows students to connect with other students in their majors and their professors/advisers, as well. 

Like many things in life, students’ experiences with IC are simply what they make of them. If you sit in your dorm room for four years, you will be miserable. If you experience the life Ithaca has to offer and go outside of your comfort zone, you most likely won’t regret your decision to attend IC. The school’s high retention rate proves this. IC offers a great mix of academics and everything else college life should offer—friends, fun, professional opportunities, active campus life, and a time to learn and grow.

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