Location
Ithaca, NY
Undergrads
6,159
Tuition
$37,000
Admission Difficulty
Average
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2 College Freshman

Majors: Sometimes, when students are willing to switch majors, they have to fulfill a General Education requirement that involves taking specific classes that only takes those types of credits. It's frustrating, but effective

1 College Freshman

Computers: There are very few areas with printers and the wi-fi here SUCKS. they are trying to fix it, but so far it's gotten worse

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3 College Freshman

Majors: The deadlines for applications for the theater program are rather early in the year and you need to make sure you schedule and interview/audition early! The admissions process is rather competitive for the theater arts department so take it seriously. Be prepared to talk about your method of working and be open to what they have to say. Act professional and be courteous.

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2 College Freshman

Parking: Freshman parking is the worst and very much out of the way and the most expensive deal. As you get older, the options for parking are better and cheaper. There are usually always spots though for where your permit allows.

2 College Senior

Athletics: Not much school spirit at IC.
This is clearly a more academic based school.
The only thing really big that almost everyone comes out for is Cortaca Jug. which is the last football game against our rivals Cortland.

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3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Somewhat high priced
A lot of Apartments are near school but it would be best to have a car
They fill up pretty quickly.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: Police vehicles are always driving around campus. There has been a few occurrences of petty thefts in dorms but just keep your door locked.

3 College Senior

Drug Safety: The drug scene at Ithaca is seen as prevalent to outsiders and a good portion of students have or tried certain drugs but its nothing as serious as doing cocaine or heroine.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Very difficult if you have allergies or specific dietary needs. I have a lot of allergies and constantly have to buy my own food at Wegmans while still paying a lot of money for a meal plan I dont use because you are required to have one when you live on campus.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Great restaurants all over Ithaca! A lot of options to order in as well.

2 College Sophomore

Computers: There are a good amount of computers and labs if you know where to find them. However the internet is TERRIBLE. Unreliable and slow.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: We are the only school that offers the major "Communication management and design"

4 College Freshman

Facilities: Overall the facilities are really nice, but it depends on the building.

3 Recent Alumnus

Weather: Summer, sunny and 80s. Winter, dark and teens. If you don't mind cold and winter, definitely a positive.

3 Recent Alumnus

Computers: The computers themselves are fine, run well and have a variety of software you can use. The only reason for a C is the wifi is absolutely HORRID. There are times when you can't even reach the internet without going to the library lab computers.

4 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: The scenery in fall and summer are unmatched. The view over Cayuga Lake, and all of the gorges to explore makes it almost seem like a vacation.

5 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: There are a lot of good restaurants off campus down in the Ithaca Commons and in Collegetown by Cornell

1 College Freshman

Weather: I find it extremely gloomy! From November to March the sun hardly ever comes out. March 5 was the first time in the Spring semester that I saw blue skies. This is partly due to the lake effect. During the winter, it snows practically every day or every other day. Rain is quite frequent. The temperatures get bone-cold. However, it is beautiful here in the summer and early fall, especially with our view of Cayuga lake.

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4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: A lot of athletes, one of the most physically fit campuses in the US (80% of the student body hits the fitness center at least once in the year). Overall, a lot of hot girls and guys, theater students generally known to be less good looking

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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.

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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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