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Ithaca, NY
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$37,000
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3 College Freshman

Transportation: Ithaca's public transportation is called the TCAT, and while it's a flawed system, it gets the job done. I don't like that Cornell students get to ride for free (mostly because it's easier than trekking their spacious campus), while IC students have to pay, but it's understandable from a financial perspective. The bus has a pretty average cost ($1.50), but it runs like clockwork. You can count on the TCAT to be where the schedule says it should be, which is more than I can say for other public transit systems I've used.

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Towards the end of the year, things can get a bit monotonous if you only eat at one location, but that's the only complaint I can make. Ithaca College has three major dining halls with a great assortment of food, so if you take the time to walk for an extra minute, you can pass up on a bufallo meltdown in the terraces and go for Thai food in the Towers instead. Campus Center is always reliable for pizza, and they probably have the most consistant options. I think that the true testament to IC's food lies in the fact that students regularly show up a half hour before Terraces opens on the weekends, forming a line that goes out the door, just to try to get one of the first omelets of the day. Yeah, it's that good.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: I don't go downtown that often because, if I'm being honest, I really can't afford to go as much as I'd like. However, that's not to say that eating in Ithaca is particularly expensive. The town caters to both the Ithaca College and Cornell students, so we've got a pretty solid variety to keep everyone busy. And I'm not sure if this counts, but Ithaca's options for delivery are second to none. I haven't met a person yet who doesn't love the grub hub.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Ithaca College really loves its athletes. Between the fitness center and the A&E center, the facilities absolutely cater to their physically demanding lifestyle. I'm not an athlete myself, and I don't think of IC as a particularly sports-oriented school, but I would say that the presence of student athletics is in perfect harmony with the academic portion of the school.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: Ithaca College's academics and facilities are state of the art. They have recently built a large athletics and events center to provide quality and upscale events. The housing is very clean, and is up to date. The dorm rooms are very large compared to most colleges and are in a great location next to classroom buildings. The campus life is great! Everyone is very friendly and welcoming. Also, Ithaca provides many opportunities for all students and allows them the chance to speak with alumni and get a first hand look at jobs.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: Ithaca College's campus has extraordinary facilities and amazing athletic venues. It's clean, diverse, and welcoming to all students, faculty, and family members. The technology used in the classrooms are up to date and work very well. I, as well the the other students, greatly benefit from the wide variety of tools and applications used in the classrooms. There are many organizations and clubs to join. The campus does a wonderful job to encourage all students to participate and be a part of the Ithaca community.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: I come from a very liberal and diverse area and I was a bit unimpressed with what Ithaca College provided, but I feel many liberal arts schools may be that way. Ithaca College definitely promotes acceptance of a large range of minorities and diversity is definitely celebrated. The LGBTQ population is large and the LGBT Center on campus is a fantastic resource.

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3 College Freshman

Facilities: The campus is kind of dry and ugly. It looks like it's straight out of the 1960's. The only new building is the Athletics and Events center that basically only athletes can use which is dumb because we're a D3 school. They said that we were going to have concerts there and stuff like that but since it's been built nothing has been done with it. Total waste of money. There aren't any big events or traditions at Ithaca. No one even knows where our "bomber" mascot originated.

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3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: The guys are mean and rude. The lacrosse boys are unfriendly and make girls pay to get into parties. The girls are stuck up and rude. No one at Ithaca is friendly at all.

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2 College Freshman

Weather: It sucks walking in the snow. It's extremely cold and very windy and snowy. Winters are hard. It gets a lot better in the spring.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: The party scene is mostly at Cornell University or the Circle apartments at IC. Drinking and smoking weed are the main drug sources, to my knowledge, that are used on campus. I know of some stories of cocaine or ecstasy usage, but that goes for any school to be honest. If you are not into partying or illegal substance use, that is completely fine. There are clubs on campus for students with the same views and ideas, such as the Fun Without Drinking Club or the Hood Hall, which is a dorm focused on the residents there not doing illegal substances.

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4 College Freshman

Facilities: Ithaca College is a big environmental college. It wants to be sustainable as much as possible. This includes recycling, compost, and terracycling all items on campus. Academically, there are multiple resources on campus. You have Friends Hall printing center, as well as the five floored library with computer labs and multiple printing areas on each floor. Ithaca is GORGEOUS during the short spring/summer that we get to experience at the beginning and the end of the year. Do not come to this school if you cannot handle cold weather and wind. It's pretty dreary the majority of the time, but if you have good friends and stay active on campus, you will be fine. There is a fitness center on campus, which is open to all students for free. If you are a varsity athlete, the new Athletic Events Center is the place you will more than likely do you work outs in. A major student hangout is the Pub, which is a main dining area in Phillips Hall, the 2nd floor of the library, and when the weather is nice, a lot of people hang outside in the quad.

2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: One of the major cons about Ithaca College is that they want you to live on campus for all four years. They enforce you to have a meal plan if you live in dorms your freshman year and it's hard to get off a meal plan as a sophomore because they enforce the majority of sophomore housing on the lower quads and some terraces. If I were capable of living off campus without a meal plan all four years, I more than likely would not have to take out loans to attend the school. There is off campus housing on Aurora, East State, Kendall, and Hudson. It's better that you live with multiple people so the rent is cheaper, but expect neighbors that party because they make a lot of money off the cheap alcohol and high prices they attach to attending their parties. Ithaca College doesn't really advertise off campus housing and you have to be approved by the college to do so in the first place. It's really irritating and my class (Class of 2016) got screwed over in housing this year because all incoming freshman got the upper quads, while we were subjected to only lower quads and hopefully terraces if we are lucky.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: I am in love with Ithaca College. I have never felt more at home at a place ever in my entire life. The campus is generally small, so you get to know your class and others pretty well. The professors go above and beyond to make sure you do well in their classes, while still maintaining rigorous course work and efforts to keep you challenged. There is always something to do on campus, whether or not you're into drinking. There are a variety of organizations and clubs, IC makes it easy as well to start your own organization if you would like. If you are into the party scene, there are a couple partying areas on and off campus. I know a lot of people who visit Cornell as well because of the Greek Life that is present on their campus. On top of all of this, IC wants to make sure that you are okay as a student. Whether you are having troubles financially, socially, mentally, or academically, if you seek out the right sources on campus such as CAPS, The Emergency Fund, or the Academic Disabilities Office, IC will be more than willing to help you.

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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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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