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Reviews 1407 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: If you are over 21 the night life is phenomenal. If you are under 21 there is still a lot to do. There are always house or apartment parties going on somewhere.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: The parking spots are relatively close to all parts of campus, yet the permit price is high and the good spots fill up fast.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: It gets very cold and snowy in the winter. If you're not used to it, it can be rough, but if you like the winter, it's a paradise.

3 College Senior

Nightlife: Nightlight in town is definitely geared toward students who are over 21. I haven't yet come across a bar that is 18+. Ithaca College is at the top of a large hill, with the town at the bottom and Cornell University on the other side, so if you were planning on anything other than a dorm/apartment party on-campus, be prepared to take the bus. That said, the town does have some great bars with a few places to dance sprinkled in - none of which have cover charges.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I have never felt unsafe on the Ithaca College campus. There is a strong presence from Public Safety to ensure that students don't put themselves in harmful situations. They deal with disputes among students, and have prevented criminal activity from prospering on the campus. Also, the school has many emergency telephones. Where ever you are on campus, you are able to see at least one of the phones marked by a blue light. Finally, the Health Center is a great place to go if you are sick or injured. They have a friendly staff on hand ready to help at a moment's notice.

4 College Freshman

Majors: I haven't had an internship opportunity but I plan to work at a major news station. My dream is to become a broadcast journalist and report on a wide variety of topics from around the world. Getting an internship early on will help me get the edge I need to immediately enter the working world after college. The reason I haven't had an internship yet is because I am just finishing up my freshman year.

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Many students drink and smoke marijuana, although there are plenty of students that do not participate or support the use of any drugs. The use of other drugs besides alcohol and marijuana is not very big at all. The school is pretty strict on underage drinking and smoking marijuana and you will undergo displeasing consequences if caught.

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3 College Freshman

Nightlife: The nightlight scene varies almost every weekend. Some weekends there are good parties off campus within walking distance of campus and some weekends there are none. Parties typically end early due to the cops coming or everyone leaving to go to bars. There are a few bars that are fun if you are 21 but get packed right away and underage students are not allowed. A lot of students also take a bus or cab to Cornell which is just a few minutes away and has way better nightlife.

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4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I have had a fairly good experience with financial aid, given the price of attendance. The financial aid office is really helpful, so be sure to contact them if you want to try and get more aid or understand your financial aid package.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The a la carte venues around campus are good, but the dining halls themselves are uninspired. Granted, they do have a decent salad bar, especially at one of the three dining halls. However, there is not much variety for someone who is trying to eat healthy. Also, for those with gluten allergies and for those who are vegetarian, eating can be a struggle. They also do not allow you to take food from the dining hall, which is annoying.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: I didn't have any trouble or problems getting through the financial aid process.

2 College Freshman

Nightlife: Besides college house parties (which aren't that great here), being under 21 isn't all that great. Unless you go to Cornell

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4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: The location is great. Cornell is nearby so there's often things going on. Downtown Ithaca is an awesome place to eat or shop.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: The TCAT is great. It can basically take you anywhere you need to go in Ithaca. The only problem is finding transportation out of Ithaca when its not before a break.

2 College Freshman

Weather: Sure Ithaca is gorges... in the summer. The winter here can be long and harsh. It is rarely ever sunny and the temperature can get extremely low. The only nice time during the school year for weather are the first two weeks and the last two. Everything in between can be miserable

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4 Recent Alumnus

Computers: They generally work well, but it can take a long time after you login with your user name and password before the system starts up.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Depending on the location, the food there is great

2 College Freshman

Majors: Sometimes, when students are willing to switch majors, they have to fulfill a General Education requirement that involves taking specific classes that only takes those types of credits. It's frustrating, but effective

1 College Freshman

Computers: There are very few areas with printers and the wi-fi here SUCKS. they are trying to fix it, but so far it's gotten worse

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3 College Freshman

Majors: The deadlines for applications for the theater program are rather early in the year and you need to make sure you schedule and interview/audition early! The admissions process is rather competitive for the theater arts department so take it seriously. Be prepared to talk about your method of working and be open to what they have to say. Act professional and be courteous.

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2 College Freshman

Parking: Freshman parking is the worst and very much out of the way and the most expensive deal. As you get older, the options for parking are better and cheaper. There are usually always spots though for where your permit allows.

2 College Senior

Athletics: Not much school spirit at IC.
This is clearly a more academic based school.
The only thing really big that almost everyone comes out for is Cortaca Jug. which is the last football game against our rivals Cortland.

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3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Somewhat high priced
A lot of Apartments are near school but it would be best to have a car
They fill up pretty quickly.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: Police vehicles are always driving around campus. There has been a few occurrences of petty thefts in dorms but just keep your door locked.

3 College Senior

Drug Safety: The drug scene at Ithaca is seen as prevalent to outsiders and a good portion of students have or tried certain drugs but its nothing as serious as doing cocaine or heroine.


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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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