Location
Ithaca, NY
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6,159
Tuition
$37,000
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Reviews 1410 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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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.

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4 College Junior

Drug Safety: Ithaca has an Amnesty Policy so that if there is a serious situation students can contact emergency personnel without any penalty. This is awesome because the reality is that students do drugs and drink alcohol and in case of an emergency, students do not have to fear what may happen to their scholarships, housing, etc. if they or someone they know needs help. Drinking is a pretty big thing at Ithaca and most students party. However there area a lot of students who abstain from drugs and alcohol who are not judged or peer pressured which is nice. Marijuana is the drug of choice I would say but not everybody smokes and no one is pressured to at all.

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3 College Junior

Campus Dining: The meals get repetitive, especially after the first few weeks. However, there are some good options at the Kosher Kitchen and the salad bar is always good. Some of the quality of the meats and produce is pretty low but college food is college food.

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3 College Junior

Nightlife: In downtown Ithaca, there are a few bars and clubs where students over the age of 21 can go and have a good time. For those underage students, it is more difficult to find a place to go. There are parties in apartments both on and off campus, but they get busted quite often. It has never bothered me that Ithaca isn't a wild and crazy place, because most often, students are having fun in their rooms whether that involves alcohol or not.

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5 College Junior

Academics: The academic programs at Ithaca College are all world renowned. In the music school, we have professors who are world-class performers, in a program that is top ten in the nation. There seem to be reasons why students choose Ithaca College, and those reasons are the academic programs. Here in Upstate NY, they definitely do not attend for the balmy weather!

3 College Junior

Diversity: I would say that while most people at Ithaca College are white, the effort to raise awareness, as well as achieve more diversity here is great. There are scholarships for students of color as well as events and clubs for diverse students to find their bearings in the school community.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: It's nice to live on campus at Ithaca College. All of the buildings are fairly close to each academic building. If you live in the Towers or Quads, the rooms are fairly small, but if you make friends there, you can hang out in the lounges as well as outside the buildings. I loved living on campus my first two years, as it was a great way to make friends since we were all living in close quarters.

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5 College Junior

Academics: I am a music major at Ithaca College and I love it. I'm very satisfied with the small class sizes, as well as the in residence professors. They are all there to help me succeed and it's very nice. The school is tough, but I feel so prepared to go out and take on the world. And with a 100% job rate after graduation, I feel confident I will be able to make a good living after graduating.

5 College Senior

Academics: I love my major: health sciences/pre-med. The workload can be a tad bit too much but nothing that you can't manage. The teachers are amazing and the curriculum is well planned out to get you ready to dive in into any health profession post grad.

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5 College Senior

Academics: The pre-med/health sciences program is amazing! The science professors are great and really take the time and effort to make sure that you get all the necessary tools to excel.

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4 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Very small and down to earth town. Everything is accessible by transportation or cabs (which is pretty cheap). A lot of restaurants and activities for college students but not so much diversity for minority students. Overall, great college town and very friendly

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Easy and affordable apartments; close to campus and everything else

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: The most decent looking guys are the jocks (mostly lax bros), and the prettiest girls are either taken, sloppy, or incredibly unintelligent. Take that with a grain of salt, though. Like any school, good looking people are frequently down to hook up with anyone down at the Duplex lax house or at Second Floor in the commons.

College Sophomore

Greek Life: There's no true Greek Life, except for one or two academic/music fraternities. However more recently some "underground" frats and sororities have popped up. AEPi is now on campus, but unaffiliated with the school. And there's a sorority that slides recruitment papers under dorm doors during the spring and fall semester, but they don't have a presence anywhere, really.

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3 College Sophomore

Athletics: As a D3 school, there aren't huge sporting events that everyone on campus goes to. The biggest game is Cortaca, when we play SUNY Cortland in football (they call it the "biggest little game" in the country). However, as good as some of our teams are, i.e. crew, swim, track, and men's lacrosse goes, no one really goes to games or tournaments.

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3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Ithaca is very focused on students, as both IC and Cornell are the lifeblood of the area. You'll find plenty to do there, be it parties, the gorges, shopping, and such. Outside of Ithaca, however, there isn't much of a city for a while.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: More restaurants per capita than New York City. Fantastic variety. Ithaca is a foodie's dream.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Great variety of both dining halls and premium dining. Nice late night options, a great variety of foods.

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4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Objectively a very attractive campus. Many passionate, good-looking people. Ithaca is known for being more of a "hook-up" school, but I found a long-term boyfriend and am confident others could do the same, but it's also easy to find casual connections.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: Being a math major at Ithaca College is great. The professors are highly educated and since it's a small school it's easy to get the attention that you need.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Ithaca has some of the best dining halls I've heard of as compared to other schools. There are tons of healthy options (and it kept getting healthier as my year progressed), vegetarian and kosher stations, and all the ice cream sundaes you could ever want. The pub is also a great option for non-dining hall food, and subconnection has great food at more flexible hours as well.

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3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I received a pretty good amount of financial aid but it's a really expensive school and the process wasn't easy.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: The official school policies are fairly strict, with any transgressions following you throughout all four years. However, I don't think they are enforced that strictly, as in my whole year I only heard about two people getting in trouble.

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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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