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Reviews 1546 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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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.

6 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.

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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.

1 person found this useful Report
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.

3 people found this useful Report
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.

3 people found this useful Report
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.

1 person found this useful Report
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


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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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