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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Common Sense – In general, IC itself has a safe campus, and has enough of a community feel that people watch out for one another. That said, things happen. Watch out for yourself at night downtown. The winter is long and vicious, and that can be dangerous, especially for students that party heavily. Know your limits and stick with your friends when you go out. IC does have a medical amnesty program for students that overindulge in alcohol or run into trouble with drugs, so you won't get in trouble if you call for help if it's needed. Campus police keep an eye on things, but in an uneven way.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Definitely Apply. If there's even a slight chance you might get financial aid, definitely apply. IC is a pretty expensive school, but they tend to help out people who need it. Beyond that, they give away a lot of merit scholarships to kids who worked hard in high school. If you earned a high GPA and/or did well on standardized testing, you stand a good chance of receiving some sort of scholarship award without even needing to apply. For some of the largest awards (full tuition in some cases) there are rigorous application processes, and they base the award more on full personality and accomplishments. Many of these awards require interviews to qualify you, and from what I've seen, from the people I know who received major awards, charisma seems to be a factor. Definitely worthwhile to apply for.

5 College Freshman

Facilities: Unique IC! IC is a very unique place, the Park School is the number 3 school in the nation for communications. The professors here are interested in investing undergrads with knowledge. They are very enthusiastic and helpful. IC provides a wide array of events for students to attend that can broaden their experiences and personalities. The city of Ithaca itself was rated #1 college town in America a few years back. With Cornell across the way, it seems as if young peoples may be taking it over. The view of Lake Cayuga is beautiful and enhances the campus up at IC!

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Experience @ IC – At IC I have made very close friends whom i trust and am growing to love. The parties are really fun, and the size of the school (6,000) allows making friends to be an easy task. IC is unique because it has such a diverse mix of students. Music is a big deal here and so are sports, everyone can be happy within their own crowds.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: The New athletics and Events center is a technological innovation. There is an Olympic-sized swimming pool as well as a huge indoor track! It lights up in many different colors at night for all of Ithaca to see.
The Dining Halls are also very unique they offer many different places to sit, as well as many different options to choose from. The food is generally good.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: The girls here you could say are varied. Some of them are backstabbing two faced liars. Others are just plain dumb and clueless. Some of them lets say just like more than one present during a certain "event".
As for appearances, well, there are all kinds. There are the fat f***s, the ones with too much make-up, the smoking hot s***s, and everything in between. The "dimes" are all taken, so don't even bother. The pennies are still available, and are yours for the picking at a certain event called Cortaca.
If you're a perspective freshman, then don't expect your first hook ups to end clean. Eventually you'll get used to it. Most hot girls come in with boyfriends and don't break up with them until maybe late in freshman or sophomore year.
Although they are many girls here who are dating material- even wife material, don't expect to find the love of your life here.
Bottom line: Expect the unexpected.

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3 College Freshman

Facilities: What the Heck? The new athletic center is a waste of money, all the stuff there is from at least 15 years ago,

4 College Freshman

Weather: It is often rainy. Snow hardly comes during the Fall semester. It can get quite windy. The college usually cancels class if there are issues getting to class.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Blue Stone Bar & Grill – The food was very tasty. The cost was average and totally worth the food. It is centrally located in the commons so it was easy to get to. There was a great variety of food.

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Drugs and Alcohol – The drug and alcohol scene is very abundant, the kids tend to drink alot and make people feel uncomfortable if not drinking

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3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: The girls are kind of stuck up and drama prone. They tend to be judgmental as well as the guys at the school. The football players are treated like gods at the school. I tend to stay away from that scene. Other than that there are some good people at ithaca that i don't mind

4 College Junior

Majors: The Park School has great connections and resources to help you find an internship. Career Services is helpful with paperwork but the administration in majors can be more helpful in finding something that applies to your interests.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Great Campus – Ithaca offered me exactly what I wanted in my academic experience. I've also made friends and have a fairly good social life. Sometimes, the school lacks adequate nightlife activities if you're under 21, but overall has a great campus culture.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Housing on Campus – Living on campus is ok. The dorms are decent, but not kept up in good order all the time. The Towers are most convenient for access to food but the elevators tend to break often. The quads are convenient in terms of location, close to the academic buildings.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Ithaca is a great town to attend school. Great downtown to visit with restaurants, movie theaters, shopping. The townspeople are very welcoming of the students that attend Ithaca and Cornell.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The freshman dorms here aren't horrible, but they are small. I feel that they are bigger than some of the other campuses I have visited. The upperclassmen can reside in Apartments that are located on campus and those are beautiful. I feel that the price of the dorms are fair and that we do have relatively nice rooms.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Many Interesting Shops – There is a lot of different shops and restaurants in the Ithaca area. Cornell University is like 20 minutes away from Ithaca College so it is a college town with that kind of an atmosphere especially if you go to Collegetown, where there are many shops and coffee places and restaurants that are fun to go too. Shopping can be a little pricey, but some clothes can be worth the purchase. There are many smoke shops and other places like that if you are in to that sort of thing. There is pretty much somewhere for everyone here. I suggest the Ithaca Commons and you will find something that interests you.

3 College Freshman

Computers: Make Sure You Have a Mac – I am a total apple girl and if you want to survive on campus you totally need one. You also need an ethernet cord when you are in your dorm because around peak hours 5pm-12am it is really hard to connect to the internet. There are tons of computers on campus and there are all different types. The library offers free printing and everyone uses. It also helps to have your own printer in your room

5 College Freshman

Academics: I am an IMC major which is a combination of PR and advertising. The Park school is one of the best in the country. Unlike Syracuse you are always hands on and the Park school gives you so many opportunities to get involved even as a freshmen. The professors are interesting and love what they teach. Your professors are blunt and so down to earth. If you want to pursue a career in communications come here

3 College Freshman

Diversity: Most of the kids at Ithaca are whit with a couple of exceptions, there is a group on campus that highlights diverse groups of people.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Great Options – There are plenty of houses around Ithaca college to rent. The college also offers the circle apartments which are technically a part of the campus but are really far away from the academic buildings.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: So Many Great Locations – Ithaca has a ton of off-campus dining options. D.P. Dough is always a favorite, order on Tuesday to get the special $5.00 calzone deal.

3 College Senior

Parking: Parking was fine when I was an on-campus resident. Not too awful now that I'm off campus, just make sure you give yourself enough time to find parking and walk to class.

4 College Senior

Academics: Learning in the Classroom and Out – For every major you will find a professor you will love. Workload is not too demanding, study abroad programs and activities outside of school work are amazing and really enhance what you learn in the classroom.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: there's only bus to take if you don't have a car. And on the other hand school discourages the use of car. So it's pretty tough to decide.


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Jennifer Segal
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Communication Management
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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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