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Reviews 1422 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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4 College Freshman

Transportation: Transportation at Ithaca College is fairly simple. As a freshman, they bump the prices for students to have parking passes; which I personally think is ridiculous. The school's reasoning is based on that they want first year students to learn the TCAT, which is the Ithaca bus system. It is simple and transports students all over town. The schedules are easy and you can download an app to see the schedules from any area you are in, if you have a smart phone. On top of this, instead of having to pay one dollar in change each time you go on the bus, you can apply bus passes onto your student ID.

4 College Junior

Facilities: Ithaca College always knows how to have a good time. The campus is beautiful and easy to navigate.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Very few incidents that I know of. I always feel safe.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: As long as you're not an idiot about what you're doing the police wont bother you. There's also a program that lets you call in for a friend if they need help, they wont get penalized for it and they get the help they need.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: Great brand new athletic center for varsity athletes

4 College Freshman

Facilities: Mostly facilities are great, some are older though

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: has a good local atmosphere, but still a small town

5 College Freshman

Majors: I'm in the physical therapy program and I love it because it is a year shorter than many programs and I will have several internships

3 College Freshman

Athletics: There are many sports but not as many as I would hope and games are not very big besides Cortica

3 College Freshman

Weather: It can be very cloudy and rainy but there are still places to go

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: I mostly eat salad and sandwiches but those are good

3 College Freshman

Computers: There are plenty of computers in the library and also computer labs on campus, but they are often busy when you need them, so having your own laptop is definitely recommended. There are also computers in the library just for printing, so you don't have to spend money on your own ink and paper if you don't want to.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: You can't apply to live off campus until junior year, but the options are great. Most houses are within walking distance from campus and many are right by the commons downtown which provides close proximity to many eating areas and bars. With so many options it's not hard to find housing, but if you prefer on-campus housing there are also plenty of affordable apartments.

3 College Junior

Transportation: Local public transportation at Ithaca is pretty cheap, but do not run at all time. Some buses stop running early in the night which is not ideal for partying. Cabs are never on time and can be difficult to reach on busy nights or in bad weather. No need for campus transportation; only need taxis and public transportation to travel to Cornell and the Commons.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: I never felt unsafe or uncomfortable on Ithaca's campus. Campus Security is very responsive and quick. Keep doors locked and practice general safety habits to avoid petty thefts.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: A lot of hippies in the area-very sustainably conscious. Great restaurants and parks/hiking trails. The farmers market is awesome and the commons are a cute/fun place to hang out.

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1 College Sophomore

Weather: Extremely gloomy for the most part and extremely unpredictable. The occasional nice days are few and far between and the rest is cloudy and snowy.

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2 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Parties always busted by midnight and not very fun

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3 College Freshman

Diversity: Mostly white kids with a mix of some blacks and asians

4 College Senior

Majors: The process of getting accepted to the Communications program at Ithaca College is very straightforward. All the information that is needed is located on the application. This program does not require GRE scores. However, it does require a personal statement. My advice is to be very creative with your personal statement as it will help you stand out. Do not be afraid to make it a little bit weird, just make sure it relates to a larger point (for example, that you're creative or detail-oriented). My only issue with the program was that the due date for the application was incorrect on the website and I did not find out the actual date until I inquired about the program. However, the professor accepted my application late and I was still awarded an assistantship.

4 College Senior

Academics: I am a graduate student in the Communications M.S. program at Ithaca College. The school as a lot of offer their graduate students. Faculty members are extremely friendly and act as great networking resources. They consistently send out e-mails regarding job/internship opportunities around the Ithaca area. The school also offers assistantships and scholarships to help fund students through the program. Students can easily complete the program within a year and a half.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: All sports are very big at Ithaca. We have new and wonderful training facilities, etc. Club sports and IM are pretty big as well. Ithaca is said to be one of the fittest colleges.

5 College Freshman

Majors: The Writing Department is great here at Ithaca. The teachers really how to teach the subject matter. As a writing major you're not graded in how "good" your writing is, you're graded on how hard you have worked on it. Revision, revision and more revision. The teachers just want to see students really thinking about writing.

4 College Junior

Academics: Again, as a music student pursuing a double degree I am VERY busy! The facility is beautiful and my professors are top notch. I REALLY wish there were more practice rooms though! The Music Education program here is amazing! I've learned so much! It really challenges me to think about how I can make a difference in music education.

4 College Junior

Academics: As a music student pursuing a double degree, my curriculum is rigorous! I am very busy! Most of my professors are top notch, though some of the graduate students I have encountered in my minor instrument classes not so much. The registration process is a bit of a pain. Several times now I have not been able to get into a required class because it fills up with people taking it as an elective. I think people who HAVE to take the class should be given priority.


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Jennifer Segal
Newton ,MA
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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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