Ithaca, NY
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Reviews 1546 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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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.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: If you need something they will help out a while after you call. If you complain about noise don't expect any help.

3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: They only care about parking, drunk driving, and traffic violations.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: It is a hassle to find it and to pay for it. I would much rather just keep my on campus housing and now worry about subletting.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: There are fewer and fewer optionals each year. Freshmen usually have to live in forces triples and quads.

4 College Junior

Academics: It is a great department and the teachers really care about the students.

3 College Junior

Academics: I don't think some people work as hard as others and still remain in school.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: It's a cute college town with lots of restaurants and shopping.

2 College Junior

Nightlife: I usually just hang out at my friends places on weekends.

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: I have good friends and I will graduate and probably find a job.

5 College Junior

Majors: It is easy to get into the RLS department. They have a great reputation for finding jobs for students once they graduate too.

5 College Student

Local Atmosphere: Ithaca is a college town! I read so many different articles of a variation of "best college town in the USA" and Ithaca is ALWAYS in them.

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4 College Student

Majors: After one semester, I really don't think I can comment too much on this part.

4 College Student

Majors: Getting into the physical therapy program doesn't require any other outside work than the normal Common Application. It just requires you to have done pretty well in high school!

5 College Student

Overall Experience: Couldn't be happier. Anything and everything about IC makes it worth it.


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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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