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Reviews 1546 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The dorms aren't that great, Pretty small. But the Circle apartments are really nice. The garden apartments are okay as well.

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2 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking is something very obnoxious. Students who live off campus have a hard time finding parking spots and can be late to class due to the lack of space.

2 College Freshman

Computers: I HATE THE WIFI HERE. god it's so frustrating cuz i'm a youtube addict and the videos don't ever load.

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3 College Freshman

Academics: I am currently a freshman at Ithaca College and since I came to this school, all I can say is that there is so much to offer. I happen to be in the Biology major of the Humanities and Sciences department and because of that, the workload can be challenging if anyone tries to accomplish it by themselves. Proffessors are ver accessible oncampus and are polite enough to give you advice based on upcomin tests and quizzes, recommenadtions for upcoming projects and more. On the campus itself, any student can hold a part-time job during the school year or during vacation days. During my first month, getting the job that I always wanted was an easy task. All I had to do was fill out some paper work and acquire the proper uniform to get the job.

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2 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: This college is lenient when it coomes to hoarding "certain beverages." But to counter that problem, some of the dorms are labeled "sunstance-free" and preclude any smuggling of beverages or underage drinkers within the vicinity.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: It is pretty laid back, but things can get out of hand during the weekends with partying and other activities. The Student Patrol can be pretty strict. Ithaca College is very strict on drug and alcohol use as well as academic performance.

2 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Not very diverse. The shopping mall doesn't not consist of many stores to acquire from. Sports is one of the good things in this town.

2 College Junior

Parking: Most places are far from the classrooms and the spots fill up quick.

2 College Junior

Drug Safety: Peer pressure is very minimum. Nobody cares if you do drugs or not, but if you want to they are available. The school is mixed about policy so in some cases people get in a lot of trouble and in some cases they get let off easily. It depends on each situation. It would be easier if everyone was on the same page.

5 College Junior

Transportation: The TCAT will get you anywhere you need to go, or at least very close to it, within Ithaca and many surrounding areas.

3 College Junior

Nightlife: I think that on-campus night life is ok, but it depends on what you enjoy. There are concerts all the time and gigs in the pub, but parties around campus can be hit or miss. Cornell is right next door and there is always something going on there.

2 College Sophomore

Weather: If you've never experienced winter, prepare yourself for a wake-up call. The weather here is far from predictable. Summer could be nice and warm and sunny, but you might wake up the next day to rain and cold. Winter is rough. Classes were only cancelled once last year for snow, too.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Ithaca is a hippie town, so the hipsters make up a majority of the population. We also have the ridiculously talented but equally as busy music students who rarely see the light of day outside of the music school, the somewhat cocky "parkies" from the Communications school. We're a pretty LGBTQ-friendly school and diversity and acceptance seems to be a theme among students, although many say that the school actually lacks diversity overall.

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3 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking permits are ridiculously expensive, especially for freshmen, and freshmen parking is outrageously far from any building on campus that you would want to be near. The price goes down for upperclassmen and the lots are closer to buildings. I don't have a problem this year finding a parking spot decently close to my residence hall. As a freshman I took advantage of the bus system because it gets you anywhere you need to go at almost any time.

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4 College Sophomore

Majors: I chose Journalism kind of on a whim, mostly because I enjoy writing and I'm usually pretty good at it. I struggled with my choice because I'm indecisive, not because the program wasn't good enough. The introduction class was very helpful to me because I didn't know too much about real journalism. We didn't have classes in that field in high school. All of the classes seem to have one theme to them. Intro to Journalism seems really news-based and Journalism Research is a long form research paper class. Visual Journalism is about broadcast news writing and how you film and edit packages (video, audio, etc), and I was really unhappy with the class at the beginning of the semester because I want to write for magazines and I wasn't interested in being in front of the camera, but it opened my eyes to something new and I have developed an interest in being behind the camera. The professors are very intuitive, knowledgable, and helpful. Of course I have worries about getting a job after graduation because "journalism is a dying field" according to a lot of people, but graduating from Ithaca with the name and the knowledge you'll earn there will be extremely beneficial to aspiring journalists.

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3 College Senior

Campus Dining: There are plenty of dining halls on campus, so you are never far away from one. The food is not bad. There is a good variety of foods at every one. Late night at towers is pretty decent. Sometimes I wish there was more variety and healthier choices.

1 College Senior

Parking: Driving to school if you live off campus or in the circle apartments is a nightmare!!! There is only one main parking lot and it is all the way at the bottom of campus! Sometimes I have a class that only takes 50 minutes and it takes 15 to walk from my car to the building, and then 15 back. Walking 30 minutes for a 50 minute class seems a bit ridiculous. Also the fact that they charge upperclassman for parking especially since we pay astronomical prices to go here and almost no one who studies here is actually from Ithaca!

4 College Senior

Drug Safety: Hardcore drugs are not something that is prevalent at IC, however almost every smokes weed. It is not really viewed as a big deal, the town and the area that we live in is really okay with it.

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4 College Freshman

Transportation: Its very easy to catch a cab with friends, ends up being around $3 bucks per person. And the TCAT buses are cheap too so its nice

4 College Freshman

Diversity: I meet people with different backgrounds everyday. African Americans, Asians, Hispanic, Homosexual, you name it. Everyone is very accepting here and its easy to be yourself

3 College Freshman

Parking: Most of the time, there are plenty of spots to park. Freshman can bring cars as well, but it costs $500. It gets cheaper as you get older though. It can be tough to park in some spots during class hours.

2 Recent Alumnus

Parking: Parking on campus stinks. It is expensive and unless you get there early in the day, you often have to park far away and have a long walk to class, anyway.

4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: There is plenty of off-campus housing around. You save a lot of money by living off-campus and just have a different experience you don't get by living in the dorms. Parking usually comes with your apartment, however parking on campus, you will have to pay for. There are nearby places so that you can walk, but campus is on a BIG hill, so it's a hike up! Most places are nearby the T-CAT to catch the bus up. Ithaca is very safe, so that is not much of an issue.

5 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: There is such a great variety and a strong local food culture. Because a number of restaurants are organic or support local farmers, eating out can be pricey. Plenty of delicious vegetarian options. There are also chains in the community, too, and pizza joints to satisfy those late night cravings. Best recommendations to try: Moosewood, North Star, Viva!, Boatyard Grill, and College Town Bagels/Ithaca Bakery.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I always feel very safe on campus. There is not much crime on campus and public safety is very prompt in contacting people in case of a problem.


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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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