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3 College Sophomore

Parking: Finding a parking space is not necessarily troubling. There are always random parking spaces throughout the day and night and throughout certain parking lots surrounding dorm halls, just be careful to not get a ticket because those spaces may belong to a student already or against any other parking regulation. As a freshman, having a car on campus is extremely expensive (could be as much as $500), but as an upperclassman it can be as low as $130.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Diverse but Not Diverse Enough – Although IC is predominately white, minorities are highly represented. There are clubs that represent different races, ethnicities, religions, and sexual preferences to raise awareness of our community.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Could Be Better – There are plenty of options to choose from for off-campus dining, however, extending closing hours should be highly considered. Most close as early as 11 which does not flow with the schedule of a busy college student. The cost of a meal at certain restaurants is relatively pricey, especially at those that cater to thai and chinese food.

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Everything here is extremely convenient and works around the students. All dinning halls are spread out perfectly for all people to easily access, the library is right in the middle of campus and everything down to the transportation is very helpful

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Personal Safety – I have personally never run into any problems at my college. At Ithaca College the security is extremely good and Ive never heard of anyone running into any problems

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: If caught drinking underage on campus, typically you just get written up but if you get written up three times in a semester you have a meeting with the dean. Same if caught smoking pot.

3 College Freshman

Parking: Permit costs are outrageous for freshman-$500. For upperclassmen they are cheaper but not by alot. I think they are between $100-$200. Tickets are $20. A car isn't really needed on campus because there are buses that run through every hour to take you into town and you won't need a car at all to get to classes if you live on campus. But it can be very convenient. With the buses you often need to plan it out and have a lot of time to get where you're going.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Ithaca is truly a college town so there is a lot of off-campus housing. Mostly houses, all surrounding the college, you are neighbors with your fellow students. Prices, quality, and size vary based on the house however there are some REALLY nice houses off-campus and all are really close to campus. Some are within walking distance if you can bear the cold winters and the TCAT buses run down most streets and have stops located near a lot of the houses.

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: There is always something to do around the town of Ithaca. If it's a warm day, taking a trip to the multiple gorges around town is always fun. They are beautiful and even though it's discouraged, gorge jumping is a ton of fun. The Ithaca Commons is so cute and ALWAYS has something fun going on whether it's applefest or chowder fest. I stumbled upon a really cool speed ice-carving competition going on in the commons one day. There are many unique and delicious restaurants to eat at in the commons. With Cornell and Collegetown right across town, you can mingle with college students from Cornell and get a delicious meal at Collegetown Bagels. You get a BEAUTIFUL view of Cayuga Lake from campus and it's even more beautiful to drive down by the lake and picnic or just enjoy the view. Ithaca truly is a college town with both IC and Cornell and everyone is very accepting of students and students are very involved in the community. You can't get bored at all with everything Ithaca has to offer.

3 College Senior

Scholarships: Not Enough – Ithaca does not give out a lot of scholarship money. Most scholarships are under 10,000 a year and the money is not easy to come by. There are scholarships available to each program but they are very hard to get. Always want you to be in financial need but I think grades should count as grades and not everything be based on aid.

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5 College Senior

Campus Dining: Good Mood Food – Ithaca has three dining halls, a pub (with the best food on campus), a sub shop, and food carts in several class buildings. Each dining hall has a wide variety of food that manly freshmen and sophomores eat at with pasta stations, salad stations, and deserts. The pub, everyones favorite place to eat and hang out has everything from wood-fire pizza to salads, wraps, paninis, and chinese.

4 College Senior

Facilities: Odd Beauty – Ithaca may not be your typical brick building beauty school but the character of the 70s style architecture gives the school personality. Ithaca recently built a new 21 lane pool and sport court that drags in the old style architecture with new style beauty. All the buildings are really accessible for athletes in non-athletes.

3 College Freshman

Academics: My College Transition – I went to Ithaca because of the excellent music program that is offered there. My personal teacher, as well as other students, are always willing to help people adjust to the new life, and make it a goal to not only teach, but to learn as well. This made my transition into college that much easier, and made my first semester experience all the more enjoyable.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Nothing Out of the Oridinary – Underage drinking and illegal drugs are the main source of police arrests at our school. The first time for drinking the RA's usually give you a warning but the following times they start to write you up. They are more strict with illegal drugs. Also if you are being loud in your dorm room it allows the RA's to come into the room allowing them to write you up for more things.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: One Big Game a Year – We have the Cortaca Jug once a year which is a really big football game. It is around this time that school spirit really is brought to life. Other than that I don't really attend other sports related activities.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Really Safe – The crime rate is pretty low on campus, we get one or two major reports a semester, but even they aren't too bad. There are blue lights posted all around the campus and they are placed so that you can see another one from where you are standing. I always feel safe walking around campus at night.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Affordable and Green – The T-cat busses are reasonably priced, and have the convenient option of using one's ID card to pay. Also, the drivers are very helpful if you need direction advice.

5 College Junior

Academics: Art History, Architecture Concentration – Amazing faculty. Small department, but its a good thing.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Strictness: Classes must be attended and underage drinking should be concealed.

4 Recent Alumnus

Weather: Ithaca is gorgeous when you arrive in the fall and when you leave in the spring. Enjoy the nice weather when you can. It gets cold!

5 Recent Alumnus

Nightlife: House parties, bars, and frat parties. Every type of scene is out there an a bunch of fun.

5 Recent Alumnus

Computers: The computer center is open all night and I never had a problem finding an open computer.

5 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: Ithaca offers many study abroad programs. I attended Ithaca College London Centre, IC Los Angeles and IC Washington, DC. Take advantage of what Ithaca has to offer. The type of students that attend school here are very nice, social, and intelligent. It was the best four years of my life.

3 Recent Alumnus

Parking: Freshman are advised not to bring cars and the freshman parking lot is in the MIDDLE OF NO WHERE. Sophomore year forward.. a car is fine to have.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Dining: There are multiple dining halls and food for every diet. Late night is delicious/unhealthy so avoid going too often!!


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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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