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Reviews 1535 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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2 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: There are three dining halls: Terraces Dining Hall, Campus Center Dining and Towers Dining Hall. All three are very bad. Most of the food is pre-prepared and heated up. There is a tremendously uninspiring menu and there is never really anything new or genuine they have to offer. The dining halls also tend to be unorganized, crowded, and aesthetically unpleasing.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Ithaca College and Ithaca the town are very different places. The town is very liberal, very environmentally aware, very white, and to most people very charming over all. There is strong support for the local community, especially local agriculture. So if you like farmers markets, little boutiques, and local music then the town is all for you. Unfortunately, Ithaca College's administration is more business school and sports oriented, and campus life doesn't really reflect that of the town. It is fairly easy to catch a bus downtown, but they walk back up is really rough! Your best bet for enjoying local atmosphere would be to get a car or a get an apartment downtown.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: I like the T-Cat (on campus bus system) because it's only $1.50 each time and if you're transferring to another bus just ask the driver you want a transfer ticket for whatever bus you want to transfer to and you don't have to pay another $1.50. So basically all you need is $3.00 to get to and from wherever you may be. To get to the commons is really easy with the T-Cat. It's 15 minute ride. The buses circulate every 15-30 minutes. Which can become hard when the whether gets cold. Sooner or later it's nice to find a friend who can drive. Long Distance travel is achievable but only to certain areas. If you're going 45 minutes or more you might need a car.

3 College Freshman

Parking: I do not own a car but I have friends who drive. The biggest complaint I find is that it's hard to find a parking spot on campus. They don't even allow freshman to bring in their cars because of how tight spaces are. I'm not aware of the cost of the parking permit but I believe it can be cheaper since maintenance is based on the students' care of their car.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: No one every pressures you here. The say whatever you want to find in college, you'll find it. People do smoke, people do get drunk but unless you personally dive into it yourself then you'll find yourself amongst that crowd. However, It's never really in your face or do you feel pressured to be apart of that scene. There's just as many people who are drug free as the opposing party.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I wish the school gave more financial aid but my circumstances were different concerning time. Ithaca College is generally generous with their financial aid based on what I've heard. It just depends on your timing and talking with the school. They do supply scholarship programs for students and programs that take off your tuition like being a Residence Assistant.

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2 College Freshman

Nightlife: I'm not much of a party person but I've been to a few. I don't really think it's the best time of my life to be spent partying. But then again it depends on your style. I have a different style of dancing and music. Most of it is just grinding and people being drunk. I like an atmosphere where there's a lot of positive energy and people actually dance. If you don't have a car, you need money for a cab. A lot of parties are thrown by frats of Cornell, so if you're a male you'll have a tough time getting in. Females don't. (They love girls, go figure.)

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There a lot of food places that are open for late night hunger. There is thai restaurants, chinese, mexican, japanese food available as well as your regular burgers and fries. You can use your Ithaca College bonus bucks to pay for your meals if you don't have cash on you, which is convenient. A lot of these restaurants are located in the commons which is always accessible by the bus which is only $1.50 to travel.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: The gym and student facilities that are accessible to students are fun and depending on your schedule you can enjoy. They're are Taekwondo and dance classes. Fitness Classes as well. There's a pub in the school which is a general hangout are in the middle of the Campus Center as well as the TC lounge which is on the top floor of the Towers on thursday nights they have jazz night where students perform live jazz ensemble and students can enjoy relaxing music and talk, or do homework.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: We have the rank of one of the best college towns. The commons is a really cool place. Very student dominated easy to get to and if you have extra cash you can treat yourself to some of the restaurants in town. We have different festivals on campus and also in the commons. We have readings, open mic night, jazz night every week. We have tons of free food events (who doesn't like free food). There's loads to enjoy once you figure out where they are.

College Freshman

Weather: It really depends on your taste. Ithaca gets really cold sometimes. It's upstate New York. It snows and it gets cold. However, don't let it scare you from the campus, it truly is beautiful and this is coming from someone who's least favorite season is winter and dislikes the cold. So if I can take it and appreciate it so can someone else. However, if you can't see yourself spending majority of your time in the cold, then take the state of the weather in consideration.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The dorms are all fairly decent. Emerson Hall and the Garden Apartments have more of an apartment feeling accompanying a kitchen, as well as air conditioning. However, Emerson Hall cost extra to live in because of it's apartment like perks. Emerson and The Garden Apartments are closer to the highway so access to the commons The Upper Quads are the most spacious and generally nicest, but the most advantage is the space. The housing process is easy as long as you abide towards your deadline.

3 College Freshman

Academics: English is very practical work. You read, analyze and write thesis papers based on the texts you read. You also study the history and structure of the English language and how it works. Depending on how many credits you take makes your course load greater or smaller. The English Department does offer internship and work opportunities. I received an e-mail of a paid internship from the Head of School discussing working in a publishing company but the offer were more for sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Even though I am a freshman, it still makes me look forward towards the opportunities I have in the years to come.

4 College Freshman

Academics: The majority of professors in my experience are really attentive and very dedicated to what they teach. As long as you show interest they are willing to help it's a two way street. The registration process is a bit of challenge however, you can only obtain classes at designated dates and times determined by your level and last name. You can obtain classes if there is space left or not. However, Exploratory Majors (undecided majors) get first pick of all classes regardless of class level which gives new students who aren't sure what they want to do, a first hand of getting a taste of everything that is offered until they decide their major. There are study abroad programs all over the world, there are internships at business firms, law firms, publishing houses, theatre organization, journalism firms all different kind of internships (paid and unpaid) are available and the staff advisors are very earnest in giving their students those opportunities.

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Ithaca is more rural than suburban or city. So a car would be needed to get places. However the commons area near the school has a variety of shops and restaurants that students can go towards to get away from campus. The scenery is beyond beautiful and people are generally nice.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The closest dinning hall that is near me is the Campus Center, it is convenient because it is close but has the worst quality out of the three dining halls. The best dinning hall is located in a the dormitory called the Terraces where to food is always delicious, always hot, always fresh. The second best is the another dormitory called the Towers they have a built to order grill and make it hot and fresh. The dinning halls require a meal plan and based on your meal time is how many times you can swipe your ID card to gain access. If you don't have your ID Card you can use a visitors pass or bonus bucks. You are allowed 3 visitor passes a semester and according to your meal plan you have a certain added amount of bonus bucks per semester. Bonus bucks are additional dollars for students who would like to purchase food from other mini cafes, delis, and mini restaurants we have on campus.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I've never had a problem with safety being on campus. The only really scary thing is walking alone. It gets dark in some areas but that's when it's night time. There has been a couple of robberies in the beginning of this year but it only has happened this year and has stopped after the first two months being here.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Ithaca College doesn't have the traditional Greek life sororities and fraternities where hazing and strict loyalty is needed. They now have fraternities and sororities that are free and open to everyone and no hazing is a part of the sororities. I know a few people who are apart of the sororities but they don't play a huge role on campus. To my understanding it's just another club or student organization.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: I've had a positive experience with the males on campus and all of them that I have met are friendly and completely genuine, I've hardly ran into any male on campus that was ever rude or pompous.

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3 College Freshman

Diversity: Ithaca College campus is very open and sexual orientation friendly but as far as minorities, there is not as many minor ethnic groups compared to the predominate race being there. It may and possible can make new people coming into the college feel a little out of place. However Ithaca College does reach out to these groups by creating enriching programs that allow people of minor ethnic groups to travel and go on leadership retreats, and go on historical ventures such as the Martin Luther King Scholar Program

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: The off campus system help accommodate students towards their needs as best as they can.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The people at Ithaca College are friendly and easy to converse with. Majority of the staff and professors are really interested in building personal relationships with their students as well as professional. The writing department is what really grabbed my attention about Ithaca College. They have readings from real published authors such as Mary Beth O' Conner and other writers like Tom Stoppard often. Some of these writers work really closelywith the students' drafts as far as editing, creating good character development, and plot structures.

3 College Junior

Transportation: The Tcat is pretty unhelpful. It is pretty pricey too and the other college in the town doesn't have to pay for it.

4 College Junior

Drug Safety: There aren't very many incidents. If there are its a fluke.

2 College Junior

Parking: There is limited parking by the academic buildings.


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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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