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Reviews 1600 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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4 Niche User

Scholarships: Ithaca is a pretty expensive school but they are very helpful with financial aid and scholarships. I did not use the financial aid Ithaca gave me because they offered me a generous scholarship but from everyone else I've heard the process isn't that difficult.

3 Niche User

Greek Life: It doesn't exist here. Recently a couple of sororities and fraternities have developed, but they are more like clubs than anything else, and have little effect on campus.

4 Niche User

Guys & Girls: Almost everyone you meet here is friendly. In general most people here are athletic and attractive. I've had no problem making friends here, and I like almost everyone I meet. There is every type of person here.You have hippies, preppy kids, artsy types, you name it you'll find it. There are people who have random hookups and those who have serious relationships.Ithaca has a very LGBT friendly environment. Ithaca in general is a friendly environment.

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Athletics: They're great considering its a D3 school. Almost everyone on campus takes part in a club or varsity sport. There are options for everyone to participate. The fitness center is great, depending on the time of day it can be crowded, considering IC has such an athletic community. The new athletics and events center has an indoor track and an olympic sized swimming pool. However, If you plan on being a varsity athlete and take it very seriously you may want to consider a D1 school.

3 Niche User

Campus Housing: Depends on where you live and what you like. For next year all lower and upper quads and towers will be freshman dorming, these are all closer to academic buildings. They are pretty standard dorms. There are more luxurious options like Emerson or Garden Apartments which cost more and are farther from other buildings but they come with the perks of AC, larger living space, and your own bathroom. Terraces are a hike to get to, depending on which terrace you are in. The system for selecting housing is different than most schools, but its easy as long as you know when you are supposed to select housing.

2 College Sophomore

Nightlife: The house party scene is terrible, cops always break up the parties and the kegs are always dry. You have to buy your own alcohol and prepare for walking around in the cold looking for non-existent parties.

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3 College Sophomore

Athletics: The lacrosse team is pretty good for division 3 and there are some other strong sports, but no one really cares. A lot of people go to the football games and Cortaca is super popular, but overall no one really cares about sports.

2 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Ithaca College is an average school with a few statistics that bring it down to below average. Administration doesn't really listen to what students want, but this is largely the bi-product of a mostly apathetic student body. The school is very unappealing to the eye and Ithaca College has persisted in creating ugly, unorganized buildings. The brand-new Athletic and Events center is totally useless to 90% of the student body and was built improperly so the school can't even host concerts. Ithaca College is a safety school and if you ask around tends to be many people's second choice.

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3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Ithaca College has a pretty high student athlete population, so there is always that athlete on athlete dating scene. There also tends to be a pretty high population of kids from New Jersey and Long Island and almost everyone is white. There are enough students for a fair mix of different kinds of people, but most people look like the average college student.

2 College Sophomore

Computers: Wireless internet is generally slow and extremely inconsistent (and infamously weak in the library). A lot of people have difficulties connecting their mobile devices. I would say bring an ethernet cord for your room, you get better internet when plugged in.

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: 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.

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.

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.


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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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