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

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1 College Freshman

Parking: Parking is terrible, the lots are too small and the lot for Freshman is on the other side of the world

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Campus safety isn't terrible, they are good when you need them and annoying when you don't

2 College Freshman

Computers: Printing is free but the wifi here is actually awful.

3 College Freshman

Facilities: The A&E center is beautiful but only really of use to you if your partaking in a Varsity sport.

3 College Freshman

Facilities: Clubs are plentiful and there are plenty of chances to get involved.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Most of the guys are either gay or look like lumberjacks.

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2 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The dorms are god awful for the price of housing they charge

3 College Freshman

Transportation: The T-cat is awful on weekends or at night. During the day its pretty reliable but takes hours

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: The housing options are great! Ithaca is a beautiful towns and they houses are pretty affordable with roommates

3 College Freshman

Weather: It is always either raining or snowing with a constant gray sky.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: I wish there were more options and a longer party night. Coming from New York City, every party gets shut down around 1 or 2 am and that is very odd for me. But there is always get togethers that make the night-life worth it.

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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: It has been the best experience of my life. Never have I felt so comfortable expressing myself and confident enough to reach out to other with questions or simply to make friends. The faculty, above all, is what has solidified my love for Ithaca College because I can see their dedication are sincerity in what they teach. I truly feel that each faculty and administrative member want me and my classmates to succeed and are willing to give us plenty of opportunities to reach our goals.

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College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Personally, I haven't had a lot of issues where I have had to really test the strictness of the school. In general, if you aren't bothering the people around you, generally you won't get in trouble for anything. Most of the time if people get in trouble it is because another student called with a complaint and then they get in trouble. So if you mind your manners and don't let things get out of control generally you are okay. When it comes to parking, I don't have a car on campus so I don't know much about that.

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Ithaca's atmosphere tends to be geared towards college kids because it holds not only Ithaca College, but also Cornell University. The Ithaca Commons and College Town provides a great atmosphere for college kids when they are looking to get off campus. There are plenty of little shops and diners to explore. Cayuga lake, part of the five finger lakes, provides a great view and is only a bus ride away. Cayuga lake has wonderful parks around it great for picnics and other outdoor activities. Ithaca is also known for it's farmers markets every weekend and it's annual Apple and Chili Fest that take place in the commons.

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5 College Junior

Overall Experience: I am so glad I came to Ithaca. It is the perfect fit for me.

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3 College Junior

Drug Safety: We're not a crazy party school but there are a lot of stoners.

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4 College Junior

Academics: Being a Music Education major is probably the busiest thing you can do at Ithaca. The workload is hard to handle, but the experience and education you get is phenomenal.

4 College Junior

Academics: I'm nothing but impressed with the academics at Ithaca.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life is basically non-existent except for three professional music fraternities that are okay.

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4 College Junior

Scholarships: I got great financial aid from the school. It was not any more of a hassle than any other school I applied to.

3 College Junior

Computers: We could use more computer labs and I think the library should be more Mac platform friendly. The wireless internet is hit-or-miss depending on which building you're in.

4 College Junior

Athletics: Athletics are not the biggest part of campus life, but our teams hold their own.

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5 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Ithaca is the perfect place to live for certain types of people. It's a very liberal, sustainable, environmentally friendly, hippie sort of town with beautiful natural attractions and not too much hustle and bustle.

College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I haven't tried to live off campus because it seemed too complicated.

College Junior

Parking: I don't have a car so I don't deal with campus parking much.


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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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