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Reviews 1530 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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4 College Freshman

Diversity: Ithaca is a very liberal college. It has students of many races and cultures and everyone fits in.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Ithaca is full of colorful, one-of-a-kind restaurants that are great for taking guests and parents to. The food is almost always high quality and delicious. We have a variety of kinds of places as well, from burger joints to vegan restaurants and many of the restaurants use locally grown food. In the more industrialized areas, farther from campus, there are more commercial places, like Chipolte, Dunkin Donuts, and Chiles. Wegmans is the main grocery store, which is known to have high quality food, and also has its own market to buy meals.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Off campus housing is more affordable than on campus housing. However, you must have your entire plan ready in the fall of the year before, which for most situations, is very difficult or unrealistic. Unless you get a house right off campus, you will most likely need a car to live off campus. The houses are relatively nice, but the college houses are usually shut down early by cops on the weekends.Each house is different for what it covers and needs to be analyzed on its own for affordability in comparison to on-campus housing. Very few juniors are allowed off campus each year, and in order to live on campus as a senior, you need to apply.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: The only real efficient way to get around town is having your own car. The public transportation is the TCAT bus, which comes at every hour and is good for short trips. It costs $1.50 per trip, or $1 a trip if you go online and get a card. However, I believe it is free for Cornell students. It also takes an hour to get to the mall and Wegmans, which is inefficient. There is no on campus transportation, although the main campus is small enough so it isn't necessarily needed. Circle Apartments are a bit farther up the campus, so transportation to and from them would be nice to have.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: I personally have met and befriended many different people from all over the world, from Hong Kong to Bangledesh to India. However, there is still a very Christian white majority at Ithaca College. Ithaca is known as being a very white school and there are many groups on campus that work to raise the awareness of minority groups.

5 Recent Alumnus

Academics: I love the Documentary Studies Program at IC's Park School of Communications. The degree allows me to take a variety of Park classes, along with many outside of major classes. Currently, I'm taking a class in television, journalism, theater, and history. I get a pretty wide variety in my education, and there will only be more to come for me in the future. Also, the Park school and IC in general supply Career Services for lifetime references and possibilities for jobs and internships.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: The night life is mostly for students who are 21 or older. Yes, students can go to night clubs such as The Haunt, but to party under the age of 21, you are better staying on campus to find a party or going on the side streets off of Ithaca. Students can always go to Cornell University as well. CU sponsors many concerts, such as Avicii. There is Greek life at CUand all IC students are welcome to join. As for regular night life, if you are going into the commons and under the age of 21, unless you have alcohol to yourself, you are going to be sober.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Despite the fact that Ithaca College is a Division Three school, the athletic support across campus is huge. Varsity sports such as soccer, crew, football, and lacrosse are a big deal. The IC Football Team plays our biggest rival, which is SUNY Cortland. The game is known as Cortaca and the majority of the six thousand students on campus go to this game in support of the team. The school spirit and pride that is on this campus is spread throughout our sports and abilities outside of our athletic abilities.

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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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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