Location
Ithaca, NY
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6,159
Tuition
$37,000
Admission Difficulty
Average
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3 College Freshman

Transportation: The bus isn't always on time or dependable. There are different points on campus where you can get dropped off or picked. It does make a lot of stops and there are different lines but that is also why it is a bit slow. The cost is $1.50 but I think doubles if you are going into Zone 2, which is a long distance away.

3 College Freshman

Weather: It's my first year here so I don't really have a feel for the weather. I can tell you one thing,

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: I don't feel like I would live here after graduation because I feel like I would be reliving my college years. Ithaca is a college town. Like seriously, it's swarmed with IC and Cornell students.

Ithaca is known for its gorges hence the famous "Ithaca is Gorges" pun. There is a variety of restaurants in the Commons. The Commons are like Ithaca's downtown area, at least in the IC side. There is a mall best accessible by car because it takes forever to get there by bus. The best pizza is from Sammy's. You can order late-night cookies from Insomnia Cookies.

Everyone's really chill and down to earth and you can always find something to do.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Alot of students get away with drinking because you don't have to sign in or out of your building or the college. Students go to parties and though they do get busted nothing really happens unless you're caught with a drink in your hand or in a really bad state. You can get caught in your building if your RA sees anything or if you're making too much noise in your dorm. We have quiet hours and they are strictly enforced. From stories I've heard I think the possession of drugs is taken more serious than alcohol.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: The LGBTQ community is accepted here. There are a lot of students with wealthy background as well as those with a low income background. Racial diversity is few, the majority of students are Caucasians. However, this year we are the most diverse class therefore I can see the college making an effort to gain diversity on campus.

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4 College Freshman

Computers: Printing is free, at least this year and in the past it has been free. There are several computer labs in the library and in almost all the other buildings. There is WiFi on campus and though I've heard some students complain I've had a positive experience with it. You don't NEED a personal computer for a class unless your course requires a Mac or a certain app. In other words, unless you're in a major that requires it of you, you can get by using library computers or a computer lab unless you WANT to.

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3 College Freshman

Athletics: Ithaca is a devision 3 school so sport are not a huge part of our school although we have almost every sport out there. Not to mention we are one of the best D3 schools in the country. Most people join clubs such as dance or club sports. Yoga and Zumba classes are also available. We offer a lot of fitness classes because that is something student here value most. School spirit during big games such as our annual Cortica game is huge. This is something that almost everyone attends.

5 College Freshman

Facilities: We have an amazing Athletics center that was just build. All facilities are brand new including our indoor track and olympic size swimming pool. Apart from that we have an awesome gym with two basketball courts, a training room with new weights and exercise equipment and new work out facilities. There are also open yoga rooms and mats that are multipurpose.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: Everyone is extremely nice here. Social life is great there are always fun things to do on and off campus. There are tons of clubs and activities to join along with open screenings and activities open to everyone. We also are located in a beyond gorgeous area. There is so much nature around us and gorges to swim in and even jump off for some spring, summer, or even fall fun.

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5 College Freshman

Majors: I am in the business program and it is wonderful, there is so much for you to do and accomplish including being apart of associations and clubs. The networking opportunities are the best here. Internships are their #1 priority. Work load can be a lot but it's fun and exciting especially with the amazing facilities the business school provides us like our stock exchange room.

4 College Freshman

Majors: I have never had an internship because I am only a freshman, but from what I have witnessed and heard from my friends it is very easy to get an internship, especially if you attend the networking opportunities, are a hard worker, and contribute your time to clubs, associations, and volunteer opportunities.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Noise violations are pretty big in our dorms. After quiet hours it is easy to get in trouble or a warning. With drugs and alcohol our school is more on the lenient side, how ever if you are naive enough to get caught there will be a warning or punishment.

4 College Freshman

Computers: Ithaca College tries very hard to have up to date software and fix an sort of technology problem you may have. All of the schools have up to date technology, for instance the Business school has a stock exchange room that is precisely up to date with Wall Street. Wireless access is almost everywhere around campus and in your dorm it is easy to connect your phone and laptop to your own FREE wireless internet.

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5 College Freshman

Diversity: The amount of diversity is very strong here. There are people of all different ethnicities, sexualities, political and religious beliefs and from all different countries. There are international clubs, lesbian and gay alliances, and so much more for everyone out there.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Ithaca is a great college. The facilities are amazing and new. We are a GREEN school! the Music and Communication schools are one of the absolute best. The Business school has amazing networking opportunities and clubs. The atmosphere is safe and very friendly. You do not feel left out what so ever. there are an unlimited amount of activities and clubs to join, plus you can start your own club. Ithaca is very close with its alum so such as the CEO of Disney who comes and visits every year and has even recruited students. You cannot get bored here.

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5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Honestly this is one of the safest campuses in America. There is slim to no crime and you can walk around alone at night on campus and not feel threatened what so ever. Our campus takes part in the Blue Light System as well. These light are located practically everywhere. So if there is an incident where you feel threatened or are hurt you can press the button and campus safety will arrive where you are in no time.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: There is no peer pressure here what so ever. People are very kind and considerate on campus. Cigarettes are common along with marijuana. Many people go out partying Thursdays - Saturday nights. We value education here so this is not a huge party school. We have fun but we are strict with education.

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5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are hundreds of food options off campus. You can go down to Ithaca Commons and get Italian, Thai, Japanese, Mexican, Chinese, American, and many other Health food restaurants along with tons of cafes. The online delivery services are amazing if you are hungry for off campus food, but do not want to leave your dorm. GrubHub lists the all the restaurants, cafes and other food places that deliver here in Ithaca.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The dining is not bad at all compared to other colleges. There are 3 main dining halls along with many cafes, sub places, grab-n-go's, Starbucks, frozen yogurt places, and much more. There is always something open up until 1 AM. If you are hungry after then we have a great food delivery website called GrubHub. They list all the food places in Ithaca (which are A LOT) that can deliver right to your dorm at a variety of hours. I have used this site many times and I must say it deserves an A+ in convenience. Food options vary anywhere from Thai to Wings.

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3 College Freshman

Weather: In Ithaca we get all the seasons. The winter is the worst though, it snows almost every day so you must be prepared. The campus is absolutely gorgeous in the spring, summer, and fall months though.

5 College Freshman

Transportation: There are many options for transportation if you do not have a car. You can hop on the T-cat which is an on campus shuttle that takes you to many different places. There are also many taxis and other buses to choose from.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: The transportation is great here if you do not have a car. Ithaca has it's own town called Ithaca Commons, which is filled with restaurants, shops, tattoo and piercing places, and much more. Ithaca was rated the #1 College Town in America by the Princeton Review. There are local malls and the big mall in Syracuse is only a 45 min drive away. There are many convenient stores and chain restaurants outside of the town which is a 5 minute drive.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: Ithaca does not have frats. They have Varsity houses that throw parties. Cornel frats are a big hit to go to. They're very fun. Ithaca is a big smoking school, it's not a big party school like Penn State or FSU.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: I do not partake so I do not know.

3 College Junior

Weather: Weather is great in summer and not good in winter

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Jennifer Segal
Hometown
Newton ,MA
Major
Communication Management
Grad Year
2014
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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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