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Reviews 1546 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Strictness: Ithaca has a fairly decent campus strictness. They have a good police force that makes sure that there's not too much crazy partying and they also do really well at large events. Unless a student is doing something ridiculously crazy or is reaking of pot smoke, then you're most likely fine.

4 College Junior

Majors: I love it due to the fact that it is a combination of Marketing and Communications which means I have the business background as well as the design and more creative background. I like to have a little knowledge of everything and this major is perfect for that!

5 College Junior

Majors: I had two internships through the ICLA program which I just completed. Both my internships were publicity focused, one was tradition PR while the other was social media and digital PR. For the digital PR, I was responsible for researching potential bloggers to promote products through, compiling target lists, drafting pitch letters and organizing prizing for the company. For the traditional PR, I was responsible for organizing media contacts while reaching out to various outlets and contacts to do highlights or best bets on the companies movies, organizing and compiling media kits as well as drafting screener letters and putting together photo mailers. Between these two internships, I gained a great amount of experience and background that is irreplaceable.

4 College Junior

Majors: My program is Integrated Marketing and Communications and I love my program. I switched majors at the end of freshman year from Psychology to IMC and it was one of the best decisions I've made. I would love to be a publicist and this major is geared towards that among other career paths such as advertising and marketing. I gained experience during my internships through the ICLA program and now have real world, background knowledge of PR. I am not as concerned as I was a year ago about finding a job in the field I am interested in. The only complaint I have (which is not related to just the program but more an overall complaint) is that there are too many students in the Communications school and not enough spots in the classes when registering.

3 College Junior

Majors: The process of getting into Integrated Marketing and Communications was a bit of a challenging process. Not because the actual process was difficult but the actual acceptance in the program is not that easy. I had to apply to the Communications school because I originally declared myself a Psychology major in the Humanities and Sciences school. I applied the end of my freshman year by completing an application along with writing an essay and including my transcripts. Not everyone gets accepted into the program because it is fairly competitive but it is definitely worth it. I love the Communications school and all that it has to offer, including the awesome, completely student run television station for the college.

4 College Senior

Athletics: Varsity athletics are very good, and compete at the national level. Many students are involved with varsity athletics. There is also a large population of students who compete in club and intramural sports. There is a huge population of athletes on campus, and the sport programs excel.

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1 College Senior

Computers: Campus Network – Ithaca College has a TERRIBLE campus network. The internet is very slow and the IT department does not respond quickly to problems. I was in a computer class when the network crashed, which made it so that nobody could finish their assignments. It is a hassle to have to work with the school's computers and internet service.

4 College Senior

Academics: Hard Work Pays Off – For the most part, classes at Ithaca college can be challenging, but with hard work, you can learn an incredible amount of information. With effort, one can succeed. The professors are understanding and willing to make time to help you out. I have had a great experience with the majority of my classes and have greatly enjoyed the classes along the way.

2 College Senior

Weather: There is a saying here that is "It looks like an Ithaca Day"; An Ithaca day is a gray, dreary day with either rain or snow. I would say that at least 2/3 of the school year there is precipitation. It is funny when it turns sunny, because there will be people sunbathing when it is only about 50 out.

4 College Senior

Majors: I am an exercise science major with a medical sciences concentration, and I found the program to be very well developed. I had very few problems with the major, and was very successful. I really liked how many hands-on opportunities were offered in order to enhance the learning process. The majority of the professors are invested in your progress and your success. I am looking to be a nurse practitioner, and feel very prepared as I approach graduate school.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Housing Is Available – There is definitely plenty of off-campus housing in Ithaca. The places that I have been in were all very nice, and in nice neighborhoods. One pro is that the college has a money incentive to move off campus. Off-campus housing also tends to be less expensive than on-campus housing. A con is that a car is necessary if living off-campus, though the bus does have access to many areas around campus.

3 College Senior

Parking: Better for Upperclassmen – Parking is very expensive for Freshman, better for Upperclassmen. Parking Permits are only valid in certain areas of campus, and campus safety is not afraid to ticket your car. I feel like parking could be done better, especially since some parking lots are not full. A car is not necessary on campus, but to get off campus, it is much better to have a car than having to use public transportation.

4 College Senior

Transportation: The bus is incredibly convenient. You can have a bus pass added to your ID card and it goes downtown and to the mall every half hour, and it hits the streets on the way there. It is cheap otherwise so, it is a good option.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: If you want to go to IC for what they specialize in (film, music, theatre), then it's outstanding. They also offer good quality educations in the other fields that they have, but they don't stand out as much.

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.


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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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