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Reviews 1546 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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3 College Junior

Weather: It's winter from early November to at least April. That being said, there are random sunny 80 degree says in March, and the weather in general is pretty unpredictable. The area and the landscape is so beautiful, the weather has never really bothered me. I'd suggest investing in a sun lamp if you get tired of grey skies though.

4 College Junior

Majors: I love the flexibility of the majors and minors. It was actually pretty easy for me to pick up an art minor. Getting into the classes you need to graduate on time is another story..

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4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Living in the towers freshman year was a good decision - you meet so many more people and bond with your whole floor. The lower quads definitely aren't as social.
As far as cost goes, the dorms are on the expensive side. Upperclassmen options are much cheaper though!

4 College Junior

Campus Dining: Bonus Bucks all the way. I don't mind dining hall food at all, but the food in the pub (which you can buy with Bonus Bucks or real money, but it's not included as a meal on your plan) is sooo good. I like getting quesadillas or strawberry salads with a Starbucks frappuccino!

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4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: There are stunning gorges and waterfalls all over the area. Great places to hike, the finger lakes for sailing and sight-seeing, and more restaurants than I can name. The town is less than 5 minutes from campus on foot. The downtown area, about 7 minutes by car, has every fast food chain you can think of ;) It's a wonderful place to go to college.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Being here just makes me so happy :) Even when the weather isn't nice… which make no mistake, it usually isn't… the people are so friendly and down to earth, and we're surrounded by nature, a town full of things to do and places to eat, and a beautiful community. I love this place.

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3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: If you look really hard for them, you can find them, but it's hard to find a lot of merit aid through the school once you have you initial financial aid package.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: There is a lot to do at Ithaca since it's an arts schools, there are always concerts and plays if your into that sort of thing. The commons downtown also has a great variety a shops and restaurants and bars and is great for walking around! There are tons of gorges and waterfalls to hike as well, so no matter who you are, you're pretty much guaranteed to find something that suits your interests.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Ithaca has more restaurants per capita than New York City, so as you can imagine, there is a lot to choose from. Many are in walking distance from campus, and you can find everything from seafood to thai to vegan within a block of each other. Many places deliver until late at night, which also makes it very convenient!

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The Health Center is pretty basic, doesn't really do too much if you're actually sick unless you get the right doctor. Campus safety is pretty on top of their game, but not really needed too much because it's a very safe campus; I've never felt unsafe, even late at night.

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3 College Sophomore

Weather: When it's winter, it's winter. It's freezing cold and snows. They heat the rooms really well though, so once you're inside it's easy to keep warm. Autumn is beautiful, and we basically skipped spring this year and went straight to summer.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: Ithaca College does have a regular bus schedule, but it's rarely, if ever, on time. The college uses public transportation instead of giving us our own shuttle which is part of the delay. If you're on a schedule and need to be there and back at certain times, don't use the bus.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are a lot of nice restaurants in downtown Ithaca, however they can be quite expensive. The food is really good though so it makes sense for the price. Unfortunately, transportation isn't that great so they're not exactly easy to get to.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Super safe campus, I have never ever felt threatened even with such lax security. Stay out of H&S' way and they'll stay out of yours (so long as no suspicious odors are in your hall)

2 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Food is only good (or at least decent) at Terrace dining halls, campus center is AWFUL, and they make it the most conveniently located. You have to walk up a giant hill just to eat decent food if you live in the Lower Quads.

2 College Sophomore

Nightlife: I never really go to any of the events on campus, and as a freshman without a car, there wasn't a lot to do on campus, especially during the frigid winter. Lots of bars downtown though, and downtown Ithaca is an awesome place, so if you can drink or have a fake ID, the grade would definitely improve.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: As a writing major, there are a ton of opportunities at IC. There is even an entire internship program made specifically for writing majors, distinguished visiting writers who share readings and even teach classes, a variety of publications to work for, and job opportunities as an editor, as well as the opportunity to meet publishers in NYC. Lots of knowledgeable staff who really give you the freedom to explore what you want to with your writing! Everything I could want in a school's program.

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3 College Sophomore

Academics: I do not always feel extremely challenged, but I always feel like I'm learning a lot, and really valuing the information I'm getting. Professors are almost always really enthusiastic about teaching and about their particular area of study. Workload is not nearly as bad as other places (especially Cornell across the way...)

3 College Sophomore

Computers: Computer labs are usually crowded, the computers are often slow and take forever to log on, and the internet is only fast during obscure hours of the day. Could be much worse though.

3 College Senior

Athletics: Cortaca. That is the only athletic event that someone who is not an athlete attends, and it is AWESOME (but not because of the football team). If you have friends on a team, you might go to a game or two. If the baseball teams makes it to some finals for something, you'll probably tweet some pride about it. that's about it.

5 College Senior

Health & Safety: as long as your not stupid or careless you'll be fine with campus security. just tell RA's etc (anyone that's not campus security) that you don't go to Ithaca College and you won't get in trouble. no serious crimes take place, mostly theft so keep track of your stuff, don't leave it laying around all the time.

4 College Senior

Guys & Girls: Different types of people fit in more at Ithaca than others...

3 College Senior

Diversity: Well...as far as very expensive upstate NY private colleges go, I would say Ithaca is working on making it diverse. You can find diversity if you're looking for. It is not in your face though. And it could use a lot more of it. However, VERY accepting of sexual orientation.

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2 College Senior

Parking: Parking...Cost a lot, must park in lot your told to which is never near your dorm...tickets are always being given out...and yes, a car on campus would make a HUGE difference in your experience.

3 College Senior

Computers: There are plenty of computer labs around campus so as long as you know where to look, you'll probably find one. Don't rely on it during midterms or finals though, they aren't always available. And the labs close at either 11pm or 1am, no matter what...so be wise when relying on a computer, know the game. play the game. be the game.


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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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