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Reviews 1546 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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5 College Junior

Majors: Physical Therapy – I'm in the physical therapy program right now and even though it is very demanding in curriculum and workload is intense, the program is very rewarding and enjoyable! It lets you take part in certain classes and see things you never thought you would see before like our human dissecting class that takes place in Rochester. The job opportunities are also great through this program as Ithaca helps set you up with a job right after you finish the program. I would recommend it to anyone interested in PT!

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Convenient, and Many Choices. There are many choices for campus housing. There are multiple dorm room buildings and apartments. Some are more centrally located than others but overall they are mostly the same on the inside. Thy are easily big enough for two people or more to share comfortably.

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1 College Freshman

Scholarships: Confusing and Not Helpful – There were few scholarships to apply for and they are hard to locate and even harder to receive. i received no financial aid from the school.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: A New Experience – Ithaca is a beautiful school filled with many interesting people. Studying is important to do well at this school but the teachers are very willing to help you. I was not one to study hard in high school and got by with just my natural abilities so adjusting to college was a bit of a transition. Overall, Ithaca is a wonderful school where almost anyone could find something that they are interested in.

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3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Not many scholarships are available to the students also once you apply they depending on financial aid some are available if you keep a B average.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Hub Grub – the website hub grub give you all the different options in ithaca that are available when you want food for pick up or delivery. This is a great website don't ever have to worry about calling places but some arn't on like jimmy johns. All the prices and discounts. everything is on Grub Hub

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Business School – Most class need are in the business school, very nice building. The professors are always willing to help. As you get to higher levels have mostly papers and projects less tests. Courses are challenging but you learn and are really for the work force. There is many facilities and organizations to help with internships and job opportunities.

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: The college and the town are full of culture there is always something to do tons of clubs and student groups promoting community involvement. Good shopping, good food, apple fest, and tons of art unique to the area. We even have our own money called Ithaca hours.

3 College Freshman

Weather: Cold in the winter and warm and beautiful in the spring. Lots of snow.

5 College Freshman

Transportation: Public bus system, taxis, and a near by airport and greyhound station.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: It Dependes on Your Peer Group. There are some students who chose to be part of the drug scene but it's not too bad.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: AEPi - Iota Eta Just Started, Cornell as Alternative – AEPi (Alpha Epsilon Pi) just started an, un-affiliated, fraternity colony on the South Hill of Ithaca. They had a Social Event at Oasis recently and plan on getting a house, where I assume they'll throw down a lot. I look forward to their expansion and growth as an unafilliated Ithaca College frat.

The alternative is go join a Cornell Frat / Sorority. They welcome Ithaca College kids but they sometimes can be rough.

3 College Freshman

Facilities: Average, Lacking – It lacks a Social Scene but off-campus events do exist. The frequency of these events are not high but they can be fun. It becomes a pattern of the places you party at. Bars are an option, those without ID can forget it. Moonies is closing this year due to Underage Drinking so that's out. Concerts are far and in Syracuse too. New frat is starting up, AEPi, which will be interesting to see flourish in a college without Frats.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Not a University of Michigan style system of housing. The Towers look and feel like really friendly apartments. The Terraces are ugly and far away. The Circles are out of place but can be fun for a big group condo living style. The Quads are fun and hip but old building structure. It's not amazingly pretty but adequate and average.

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3 College Freshman

Weather: It's New York to begin with so Winter can be rough. It's Up-State and encounters Lake Effect, bringing the temperature down and increasing the frequency of Rain. This Winter (2011-2012) was one of the warmest recorded - so weather is hard to judge consistently. I'd say be prepared for the Cold but also have some shorts as it can be warm.

3 College Junior

Facilities: The Newer Buildings Are Nice – Though the newest, the A&E Center is not utilized to its fullest potential. We should get more events and activities to be held in it. The buildings on the outside of the campus are very modern looking, but as you go towards the center of campus, you can tell which ones were the first buildings to be built on the grounds.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Not Too Bad – Public Safety is always going around. There's always an RA on duty. So it's safe but it's not crazy strict. Unless you make it obvious that you're doing something you shouldn't be doing you're going to be fine.

4 College Freshman

Academics: The Park School Is Amazing – I have to be honest and say that when I first got here I wasn't expecting a lot from the academics point of view. I was sooo wrong. Schools such as the business school, the music school, theatre school and the park school of communications are really good. I am a communications major and I would not change school (academically speaking). Starting from the first semester you get engaiging calsses and you start to understand how far you can go. Park alumni are always interested in talking to current student and are excited to give graduating students a work opportunity. About the other schools I can't say much. I have a couple of friends in the Humanities and Sciences, in the Health Sciences and so far none of them has had anything bad to say.

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Great Atmosphere. I personally love Ithaca as a place. Both Ithaca College and Cornell have nice campuses. The commons is a nice calm place to go to at night or during the day with your frinds (10 min bus ride away) and college town is full of students, bars and restaurants (20 min bus ride away). The mall is a little too far so if you want to catch a movie or go shop at Traget it's not so convenient but the bus ride is direct from IC to the Mall and that makes it manageable. If you're looking for a party there always house parties going on around campus or at the circle apartments. If you're willing to go a little farther away there are always parties at Cornell. To go to parties at night you either catch the bus (but it doesn't go everywhere and it stops at 2am) some are walking distance from campus but not too many or else you grab a cab with your friends. Often you won't even feel the need to get off campus. Mac's (store) has all the essentials, for food you will mostly stay on campus especially if you don't have a lot of money. People tend to go off campus mainly to go house parties.

4 College Senior

Scholarships: Cost was definitely one of the most important factors for me when it came down to choosing a college. Although I initially attended a more expensive university, I ended up transferring to Ithaca College because it was much more affordable for my undergraduate degree. If you have strong grades and extra-curriculars from high school, chances are you'll be eligible for some merit scholarships. On-campus jobs seem to be pretty plentiful, which can help to cover tuition or living expenses. Ithaca College is also quite generous with need-based aid, which covered a large portion of my tuition. Although scholarships didn't cover my entire tuition, they covered a very substantial amount, especially considering the cost of college nowadays. My best piece of advice is to devote some time to searching the school website for scholarship listings and information! There are tons of opportunities to apply for additional scholarships, and it's well worth it to spend some time writing a few scholarship essays. Chances of winning a school scholarship are much better than winning a national scholarship.

4 College Senior

Facilities: Passionate Students and Tons of Academic Opportunities – The best part of this school is the student body. As with almost any school, you'll find a population of students who love to party and don't care about school, but if you can look past that, the overall student body here is unique. I have met so many students who are incredible passionate, whether it be about their major, social justice, or the environment. Because Ithaca is such a progressive and liberal college town, Ithaca College attracts a very active and socially conscious group of students who are just plain cool. Ithaca College may not be an Ivy League or a particularly prominent school, but the students here tend to be incredibly ambitious, smart, and hard-working, and best of all, down-to-earth.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Tricky Without a Car! As a transfer student, my only experience living on campus was one summer spent as an RA. The rest of my Ithaca College experience was spent living off-campus. The freedom of living off-campus is great, and the rent is pretty reasonable, especially compared to rent prices in larger cities. With that said, it is logistically very tricky to live off-campus if you don't bring a car with you to school. You can live downtown and take the bus up to campus, or you can rent close enough to campus to walk. Anything in between is difficult to manage, especially in the cold and snowy winter weather.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: It's a Great Place – Ithaca is really artsy and has a wide variety of choices when it comes to classes, groups, and activities. We have a really beautiful campus with a lot of things to do. Really cool place to be

2 College Freshman

Athletics: D3 Sports. So Ehhh – Nobody really cares about sports here. There are fun intramural sports like Quidditch but as far as our D3 sports go, nobody really goes to them.

4 College Freshman

Computers: Labs, but Everyone Has Their Own Computer. The labs are sometimes used but mainly students have their own computers so the labs are just used for printing. You can print in the library and about 4 other computer labs, so they don't get that crowded during finals week.


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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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