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Reviews 1546 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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3 College Senior

Campus Housing: The dorms are functional and there are a lot of options. Everyone seems to have a different preference as to where they want to live and what they want to be near which is really nice. Upper classman dorms are great: I would recommend a circle or garden apartment. It is very spacious and practical. It is a nice step between dorm life and having to learn to deal with renting off campus. Seniors can go off campus and save a little money, but the on campus apartments are so convenient, I don't think it would matter too much.

3 College Senior

Campus Strictness: Most offenses having to do with drinking/drug use are a slap on the wrist. Also very easy to have charges dropped. Judicial affairs is more strict about academic honesty.
I feel like I have had more of an issue with parking tickets than getting in trouble with police, etc.

4 College Freshman

Majors: I love the business school and all of the great opportunities offered!

3 College Freshman

Weather: Ithaca is cold! In the warmer months campus is absolutely beautiful, but that doesn't last long. I personally think snow is awesome though, so I don't mind that. It is a bit annoying when it's cold and windy with no snow, though.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Don't get caught; you'll be fine. Since there's no greek life, parties are usually off campus or in on campus apartments. Circle Apartment parties get busted pretty quickly.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: I love living on campus at Ithaca college. The food is good, there's always something going on around, and i live in a dorm with over 300 people in one tower. The only problem i have is the modernity of the dorms. The dorms are very small, especially in Towers, and the facilities are not well kept up.

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2 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: I received a large amount of financial aid from the college. However, i struggled with surprise fees and forms that they required me to fill out, and with little warning put holds on my account, restricting me from class registration temporarily.

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: You can eat at Towers, Terraces, and the Campus Center. I believe Towers is the best because you can order what you want to eat and you can go to "late night" which runs from 8 pm to midnight. Overall the food is alright here. Nothing bad, nothing great.

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5 College Senior

Majors: There are many different majors to take at Ithaca College (some I didn't even know existed!). Ithaca College was also very accepting of my transfer credits which very much impressed me.

4 College Senior

Facilities: The gym has very flexible hours and they have many different types fitness groups (yoga, zumba, etc) and equipment to fit everyone's needs. There are three dining halls (I work at one!) and the food is great. Overall everything is clean and everything is accessible!

4 College Senior

Parking: Other than I think it is ridiculous that you should have to pay for parking (however I have learned it is considerably cheaper than Cornell!) considering the price paid for tuition the parking is great. I have never not been able to park and I am even able to leave my car on campus overnight.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: The prices are very reasonable if you take the time to actually look around. I found my place on Craigslist; it is only a room however I pay $450/month, all inclusive and I can have my cat here with me!

3 College Freshman

Computers: Computer Labs are very useful and are in good quantity except around midterms and finals when absolutely everyone has taken hold of a computer. Printing from these labs and the library is used very frequently and is quite reliable. Wireless access can be awful at times on laptops, but smaller devices can usually pick up the signal better. The school's contract with it's current Internet provider is soon to end though...

3 College Freshman

Weather: I am from Northern California and all I've heard from people is that it gets cold. I experienced my first sub-zero temperatures in January and I'm still here to tell people about it. Sometimes you have to walk outside when it's freezing cold and your hands hurt, but you just need to bundle up, wear layers, and walk a little faster. The snow is plentiful and beautiful. There is a great tunnel leading to most of the classrooms going from Campus Center Dining Hall to Dillingham Theatre. You just need to go from your dorm to the tunnel and you'll be fine! Invest in some good boots and jackets that'll last four years and you'll be set.

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: There is a very wide variety of dining options, including kosher, vegetarian, vegan and ethnic choices. The food is pretty good, but the one problem is, they do upset your stomach... quite a bit. The unlimited meal plan is definitely the best option. Stock up on snacks and drinks at the Grab N Go take out dining option.

5 College Junior

Academics: Th Park School of Communications (at Ithaca College) has an absolutely amazing curriculum with great professors. The hands on experience you receive is unlike any other.

3 College Junior

Athletics: Cortaca is the biggest football game of the year, and it is so much fun! Everyone goes wild and gets decked out in school colors. Football and basketball are the biggest sports at IC.

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Ithaca has such a variety of things to do and places to go. You can check out local music, grab a bite to eat, or visit one of the beautiful gorges. Ithaca was recently named the #1 college town.

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4 College Freshman

Athletics: Football, Basketball, Soccer, Wrestling, and Track, are big here. The most attended sports event at Ithaca is Cortaca, which is played every november between IC and SUNY Cortland.

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4 College Freshman

Facilities: Probably will need another gym in another 2-3years

4 College Freshman

Academics: There are tons of opportunities to help ease your workload, help with a particular subject or class. The Student Career Center on Campus here at IC is surprisingly helpful and great to have at our disposal for when you need an internship as part of your major, or if you want to get a job during the summer, semester, or the year. Went there to kinda get a feel for what i can do to help accelerate the process of keeping on track and with my progress towards getting an internship and applying to grad schools. I'm a freshmen and they were giving me information and advice normally a sophomore or junior would be given.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: The A&E Center, which is barely a year and half old, is spectacular...if you play sports(varsity, club, or intramural teams play in the A&E center. The Gym(the only main gym for students to use, is big, but it gets crowded as the year goes on, usually around now. try to keep track of what time during the day the gym is most crowded. if not, you'll be forced to wait a little or a lot, depending on the demand of the machine, equipment, or station you want to use. Classrooms are decent, but don't expect a fancy, lavishing lecture hall you think is at college. think more along the lines of what the size of your classroom is at your high schools.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: We are so open to going abroad! It's really great! We also have amazing facilities people here as well as amazing professors!

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: A Chill(Y) Place – Though the stores may get old, the vibe around town is great. Everyone is very chill and the towm often has cute things going on such as an ice sculpture contest or a chowder taste. There may not always be a ton of things to do but the town is quaint and adorable and seems very safe.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: There is wide spread drug use of marijuana but Public safety tries to catch it in the dorms but it is mostly up to the RAs to smell it out who are not always in their rooms.

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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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