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Ithaca, NY
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6,159
Tuition
$37,000
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Reviews 1407 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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2 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking is reasonably priced for upperclassman (freshman have outrage prices) but spots can be very hard to find and are usually inconveniently far from class or dorms.

3 College Sophomore

Facilities: Student life is very comfortable.

2 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Some students smoke, but there is very little pressure to partake.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Due to its diverse population and collegetown atmosphere, Ithaca College is surrounded by many different restaurants. Whether it be in the Commons or in Collegetown, there are many affordable restaurants catered to students. There are also nicer places to eat within the area for fancier dinners as well. There are enough restaurants to keep one busy for their four years of schooling.

3 College Junior

Computers: The Ithaca College computer labs are typically pretty well managed. There are quite a number around campus, the library containing many computers as well. There is one that is open 24/7 and students often spend much of their time there during exams. Yet, it can become a little difficult when wanting to print. Some of the printers tend to be slow while others are simply not enough in between classes.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Ithaca boasts more restaurants per capita than NYC. There are plenty of options around town, from fast-food/chains to local, organic sources. Ithaca has plenty of healthy eats.

We also have a Wegmans, Tops, and Walmart, and a farmer's market... the food prices are a little hefty in Ithaca but you can certainly coupon and work your way to a budget friendly grocery bill.

2 people found this useful Report
2 College Senior

Diversity: Ithaca College has recently made major attempts to increase diversity.

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Senior

Academics: I'm in the Park School Of Communications, and I couldn't be happier. We have great resources, study abroad/domestic programs, and plenty of great on-campus organizations and positions. The deans are especially responsive, and professors become allies. You get hands-on experience from Day 1.

2 College Senior

Campus Strictness: The campus is pretty strict about on-campus drinking. Circles parties get busted by midnight, and in the dorms, you're likely to be written up for drinking. The campus is not a dry campus, so students of age are welcome to drink.

Students smoke weed a lot on campus-- there are certain areas in the woods designated for pot. This is typically easier for students to hide, but can mean big trouble if the students are caught.

The campus is also very stern about parking. Parking tickets pile up quickly. You must be sure to have the pass properly posted in your window, and be careful to park in specifically marked parking lots.

1 College Sophomore

Diversity: It's so poor. They the rate of international and minority students is very very low. Why? I really don't know.

6 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Great security. There are blue lights everywhere, just in case.

1 person found this useful Report
2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: It is a bit of a hassle to be honest. You have to have 5+ semesters to be able to simply move off. If not, you are to apply to live off campus. It's a bit annoying.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: There's not much diversity... you'll find either athletes or theater/drama majors.

5 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: House parties always get blown up and only a couple bars.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Many different types of restaurants that are affordable and close to campus.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There are always burglaries in the circles, but i always feel safe on campus

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: You can ALWAYS get weed in Ithaca, but you just really shouldn't smoke in your dorm room.

3 people found this useful Report
1 College Sophomore

Nightlife: only 2 decent bars to go to downtown and one terrible one.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Majors: I'm fairly happy with my Business program as I have met many interesting professors and students in the Business School. I do wish I could have a major leaning towards entrepreneurship/small business management but most of what I learn is very real life and interesting.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Transportation: The T-CAT is a bus system that runs throughout Ithaca and stops at the College so getting downtown isn't that difficult though sometimes the times of the bus are annoying or inconsistent. Fairly cheap at about $1.50 per ride. There are also cabs which are usually $12 or for more than 3 people, $3 per person.

1 College Junior

Diversity: Ithaca claims that they are a diverse campus and in their pamphlets it looks like it. Once you're there, it's mostly middle class white kids. There is some diversity but not enough to really be as remarkable as the school claims. There is a handful of international students who are all pretty interesting so that's nice but more would be better.

4 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Facilities: The library is awesome. It's huge and there are tons of resources so that's a plus. Also, the Business School is an awesome place to go as there are great views of the Cayuga Lake and comfy seating. Overall, the campus buildings are nice and clean. Beautiful views of the lake and the majority of the buildings are architecturally beautiful.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Majors: As a business major, I do feel as though the majors are somewhat limited. For instance, I wanted to major in International Business but the best I could do was Business Administration with a concentration in International Business. Also, the education majors are rather limited. Otherwise, there are plenty of options to chose from. Health Science majors are intense but very respected by outside employers.

4 College Junior

Academics: The classes here are overall really good. There are some really insightful professors who are open to one-on-one conversations after class and are really committed to your education. However, there are a few scattered in that are not excellent and may leave you feeling like you didn't get the most out of your class. There are also some very challenging classes but they are totally worth it in terms that you learn a lot of material and self-organization skills.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: The dorms aren't that bad in size but the bathrooms really need to be redone in some of the buildings which is kind of a big deal for me. Getting your first choice in housing can be rare and on-campus apartments are pretty frustrating to get in to.

2 people found this useful Report
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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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