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Ithaca, NY
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6,159
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$37,000
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Average
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4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Campus police are hardly strict on the students that are there. When it comes to underage drinking, they are more concerned on your well being than the fact that you're underage. We have a policy called "Medical Amnesty" which you get only one time out of the four years that you are there. Simply enough, if you drink too much and need to go to the hospital, you get a "Get out of Jail Free Card" for it. As long as you're not a repetitive offender, you shall be fine. After getting caught more than three times with illegal substances such as marijuana or obsessive consumption of alcohol does your eligibility as a student come into question or expulsion. Overall, the police and students on campus are generally caring and concerned people.

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3 College Freshman

Athletics: Many of the students at the college participate in either Varsity athletics or at least intramural/club sports. When I walk around campus, a lot of people are dressed in athletic attire either going to practice or returning from it. Our new Athletic and Events Center is a great place for Varsity athletes to practice to prepare for games/meets. As far as school spirit, we tend to lack it. Since we are a Division III school, athletics for the non-athletes are not that big of a deal. I have never attended a game other than football in the fall. The gym for all students has plenty of equipment for students to use as well as offers classes for students to take. Club/intramural sports play their game in the gym.

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4 College Freshman

Facilities: There is so much to do at Ithaca College. They have a beautiful campus and a nice college town with lots of good restaurants.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: Overall, there are a lot of Caucasians at IC. When I walk around campus, I don't notice a lot of diverse races. That doesn't go to say that Ithaca College is not diverse. With many clubs/programs that welcome student diversity, Ithaca definitely is an accepting college of all races. OSEMA is just one of the strong programs at Ithaca. There are other groups that focus on subgroups like Asian Americans and African Americans.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: There is so much diversity at Ithaca college, especially with the International Students. People are very accepting of them.

4 College Freshman

Academics: At Ithaca College, so far I am very happy with my decision. The work load is good and all the buildings are nice.

4 College Freshman

Academics: They have great professors and Occupational Therapy program.

3 College Freshman

Computers: Overall it is really good, but there are times when the internet is very slow.

2 College Freshman

Weather: Ithaca is cold. If you don't like the cold, don't come here because you will be miserable. The winter can get really bad and it's usually cloudy and rainy for most of early part of the year. However, in the fall and in the spring Ithaca is absolutely gorgeous.

3 College Freshman

Academics: There is a really nice variety of classes at Ithaca. I've thoroughly enjoyed the classes that I've taken, but haven't found any of them to be extremely challenging.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I personally loved my dorm. The bathroom was extremely clean and everything looked relatively new. I lived in the upper quads as a freshman and i loved it. If i had to do it again, i wouldn't have changed a thing. The nice thing about the upper quads is that they're less noisy and you don't have to deal with broken elevators. However, there's a really great community. The housing process is really annoying and stressful though. I'm not sure if any college has an easy or stress free process though.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Strictness: Ithaca has a fairly decent campus strictness. They have a good police force that makes sure that there's not too much crazy partying and they also do really well at large events. Unless a student is doing something ridiculously crazy or is reaking of pot smoke, then you're most likely fine.

4 College Junior

Majors: I love it due to the fact that it is a combination of Marketing and Communications which means I have the business background as well as the design and more creative background. I like to have a little knowledge of everything and this major is perfect for that!

5 College Junior

Majors: I had two internships through the ICLA program which I just completed. Both my internships were publicity focused, one was tradition PR while the other was social media and digital PR. For the digital PR, I was responsible for researching potential bloggers to promote products through, compiling target lists, drafting pitch letters and organizing prizing for the company. For the traditional PR, I was responsible for organizing media contacts while reaching out to various outlets and contacts to do highlights or best bets on the companies movies, organizing and compiling media kits as well as drafting screener letters and putting together photo mailers. Between these two internships, I gained a great amount of experience and background that is irreplaceable.

4 College Junior

Majors: My program is Integrated Marketing and Communications and I love my program. I switched majors at the end of freshman year from Psychology to IMC and it was one of the best decisions I've made. I would love to be a publicist and this major is geared towards that among other career paths such as advertising and marketing. I gained experience during my internships through the ICLA program and now have real world, background knowledge of PR. I am not as concerned as I was a year ago about finding a job in the field I am interested in. The only complaint I have (which is not related to just the program but more an overall complaint) is that there are too many students in the Communications school and not enough spots in the classes when registering.

3 College Junior

Majors: The process of getting into Integrated Marketing and Communications was a bit of a challenging process. Not because the actual process was difficult but the actual acceptance in the program is not that easy. I had to apply to the Communications school because I originally declared myself a Psychology major in the Humanities and Sciences school. I applied the end of my freshman year by completing an application along with writing an essay and including my transcripts. Not everyone gets accepted into the program because it is fairly competitive but it is definitely worth it. I love the Communications school and all that it has to offer, including the awesome, completely student run television station for the college.

4 College Senior

Athletics: Varsity athletics are very good, and compete at the national level. Many students are involved with varsity athletics. There is also a large population of students who compete in club and intramural sports. There is a huge population of athletes on campus, and the sport programs excel.

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1 College Senior

Computers: Campus Network – Ithaca College has a TERRIBLE campus network. The internet is very slow and the IT department does not respond quickly to problems. I was in a computer class when the network crashed, which made it so that nobody could finish their assignments. It is a hassle to have to work with the school's computers and internet service.

4 College Senior

Academics: Hard Work Pays Off – For the most part, classes at Ithaca college can be challenging, but with hard work, you can learn an incredible amount of information. With effort, one can succeed. The professors are understanding and willing to make time to help you out. I have had a great experience with the majority of my classes and have greatly enjoyed the classes along the way.

2 College Senior

Weather: There is a saying here that is "It looks like an Ithaca Day"; An Ithaca day is a gray, dreary day with either rain or snow. I would say that at least 2/3 of the school year there is precipitation. It is funny when it turns sunny, because there will be people sunbathing when it is only about 50 out.

4 College Senior

Majors: I am an exercise science major with a medical sciences concentration, and I found the program to be very well developed. I had very few problems with the major, and was very successful. I really liked how many hands-on opportunities were offered in order to enhance the learning process. The majority of the professors are invested in your progress and your success. I am looking to be a nurse practitioner, and feel very prepared as I approach graduate school.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Housing Is Available – There is definitely plenty of off-campus housing in Ithaca. The places that I have been in were all very nice, and in nice neighborhoods. One pro is that the college has a money incentive to move off campus. Off-campus housing also tends to be less expensive than on-campus housing. A con is that a car is necessary if living off-campus, though the bus does have access to many areas around campus.

3 College Senior

Parking: Better for Upperclassmen – Parking is very expensive for Freshman, better for Upperclassmen. Parking Permits are only valid in certain areas of campus, and campus safety is not afraid to ticket your car. I feel like parking could be done better, especially since some parking lots are not full. A car is not necessary on campus, but to get off campus, it is much better to have a car than having to use public transportation.

4 College Senior

Transportation: The bus is incredibly convenient. You can have a bus pass added to your ID card and it goes downtown and to the mall every half hour, and it hits the streets on the way there. It is cheap otherwise so, it is a good option.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: If you want to go to IC for what they specialize in (film, music, theatre), then it's outstanding. They also offer good quality educations in the other fields that they have, but they don't stand out as much.

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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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