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Reviews 1546 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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2 College Junior

Campus Dining: Held Back – The school should truly drop their contract with Sodexo so that they can live up to their sustainable-focused mission through each student's nutrition

4 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: A Cool Town – Ithaca is a great place to be. There's always something fun and interesting going on in town, like the Apple Fest, Library Booksale, or the Chili Cook-off. There are some awesome restaurants and fun bars. Ithaca truly has a vibe of its own. Also, there are lots of ways to explore nature with the lake, waterfalls, gorges, etc. I loved those first few weeks back when it was still summer weather and going swimming at Treman State Park! And in the fall, there is a really fun pumpkin patch about a 30 minute drive away from campus. There's basically something for everyone in Ithaca, especially if you enjoy the picturesque, quaint, hippie lifestyle.

3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: Available, but Staying on Campus Is Also an Option – While at Ithaca, I knew plenty of people who chose to live off campus. There are lots of options but you need to stay ahead of the game and look early if you want to get a good apartment or house. Some students claimed off-campus housing was less expensive than the on-campus apartments. That may be the case, but I chose to live in the on-campus apartments my junior and senior years. I felt it was the best environment for me because I didn't have to worry about coming up with rent money, and all the furniture was provided by the school. The Circle apartments are really nice - pretty much nicer than any off-campus apartment I knew of. Plus, the RAs in the Circles were pretty hands off (maybe too hands off...there were always parties going on there!)

2 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: You Need a Car – I spent the first few months of my freshman year without a car and it was pretty difficult to get around town. There is no school shuttle service. The local public transit is a bus that makes it up to campus about once an hour. You have to transfer buses to get anywhere else besides The Commons. Most students I knew had cars, and the few who did not relied on the kindness of their friends to bum rides.

4 College Senior

Facilities: Always Somethings to Do – Ithaca's campus life is very good. The Pub is an area for kids to hang out and get some coffee, while also study. The library's first floor is nice for group studying/ socializing, while the top floors are completely silent for students that want to get work done. There is club for almost everyone to get involved in and sports events to go watch. Students in dorms have get togethers with their floor and RA to get to know one another and also have a good time. There are also end of the year activites for kids, including a day called IC Kicks Back where bands come in and play, food is served and big inflatables are set up for students to play on. It's a fun campus, students don't need to worry about not finding something to preoccupy them in between classes and work

3 College Senior

Weather: A Lot of Rain and Snow – The weather in Ithaca during the Fall is beautiful. However, during the Winter and Spring it gets pretty gloomy. Since Ithaca is situated on a lake, there is a lot of snow in the winter and it gets very cold! In the Spring it rains almost every day and doesn't get nice out until the last couple weeks of school

3 College Senior

Transportation: There is no campus shuttle to take you anywhere on our extremely hilly campus, which is frustrating. Taxis have a flat rate of $9 whenever you go anywhere so it can be very expensive. The T-Cat bus service is the best option for students to use. It is convenient and cost effective, however a little tricky to figure out the schedule. There are three pick up areas on campus for the bus, which is nice, but often I find I wait for it for a little while. As for going home on weekends or for breaks, I found many people willing to carpool.

5 College Senior

Computers: Easily accessible, free printing, multiple computer labs, offering Macs and PCs.

4 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: A Lot of Fun – There's a ton to do on and off campus. Everyone is really nice and outgoing. I think it's a great, nurturing college environment.

4 College Senior

Transportation: Multiple Options – There is a great bus service for the city of Ithaca, as well as many chartered buses that run to nearly every major city in the Northeast.

3 College Senior

Transportation: Busses Are Best for Off Campus but Limited – Parking can be a hassle when you have your own car at IC since you have to watch where you park really closely so you don't get ticketed. Public transportation is a great way to go because there is a bus for anywhere in Ithaca. You really don't need to leave Ithaca to have fun. The only con is the hours. When going to a party you will need to take a taxi back because on weekends the bus system stops at 2am Fri, 12am on Sat and 5pm on Sun. Taxis are wicked expensive so carry alot of cash with you when you go to a party and intend on staying out late. A bus ride one way is only $1.50.

3 College Senior

Campus Dining: Repetitive Sometimes but Healthy – There are three dining halls on campus. One is Campus Center the main one. Then there is Towers which features organic food. Last there is Terraces which is a small hike about fifteen minute walk uphill from lower campus. Each dining hall is different from ambiance to kinds of food. Every one has an opinion to which dining hall is the best. You can check on line before meal time to see if a particular dining hall is serving what you feel like eating at the time. Or if you are like me just walk in and see for yourself. The times they are open are also different. Towers is only open Mon-Fri. But on the plus side they have late night from 7-12am Mon-Thurs.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: Beautiful View and Awesome People – Ithaca is a great town, it's quaint but urban. You have the city feel but you don't feel crowded like NYC. There are many shops and small restaurants to choose from. There is something for everyone. The college itself sits on a hill and from there you can see the hills and the Cayuga Lake which is beautiful especially at sunset. The professors are great and if you need extra help more than likely you will get a chance to meet with them one on one. Most classes are small enough that the professors know you by name especially once you get to junior and senior level classes. The dorms are nice and not too small. Enough room to have a group of friends over and not feel cramped. Speaking of friends there are so many different clubs and organizations here that it is impossible to be friendless. From Harry Potter club to Badminton there is always a new club popping up every semester. Over all Ithaca College is a great school for anyone who wants an outstanding education as well as a great social life.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: CMD (Communications Management and Design) is a great major and they really try to help you succeed. the professors are great and the assignments actually apply to the real world. Alumni also come back and recruit a lot of students. They really try to make sure you succeed in your future.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: It get's very windy and winters are very cold, but it does have it's nice days. For the most part, mainly in the winter, it gets pretty gloomy. Always keep an umbrella with you.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Great Place to Go to School – I absolutely love Ithaca. I'm in the Park school and my biggest class is no more than 30 people. Most of the professors throughout campus are very friendly and work with you to make sure you understand their class. The dorms are really nice compared to other schools I've been to and the people are great. Not big on parties but if you know the right people you can find a good one. Overall great school, so glad I chose to go.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: There are certainly attractive guy at the school. Most of them are athletes and they can have big heads.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Old and Expensive – Most of the buildings are really old and not always the cleanest. However, they are also super expensive. Living on campus is very costly, especially if you want to live in the nicer dorms, like the apartments or terraces.

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4 College Senior

Overall Experience: Love My Program – I'm in the Park School for film at Ithaca, and I have learned so much in the 2 years I've been here. You get to do hands on learning from the start and my teachers have been extremely supportive. I also got to study abroad for a semester and am so thankful I was able to without affecting getting my major requirements. IC is very enthusiastic about students studying abroad and more and more do every semester. I love the campus and the town of Ithaca and the only complaint I have is the high cost of attending here.

3 College Senior

Campus Dining: Good but Expensive – The 3 dining halls are pretty similar, but each has a few novelties the others don't. My favorite thing about the food was the vegetarian options, and the salad bar. The ice cream's good too :)
Overall the cost of the meal plan with what you get is a bit much, but so is everything else you pay for with the school.

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5 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Student Friendly Environment – Since it share the commons with Cornell, there is always a lot to see and do in Ithaca.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Doing Alright – The school is pretty fair with campus security and influencing rules. Though sometimes to strict about volume levels in the dorm rooms. Also, have a tendency to over rack/ jump to conclusions when seeing groups of people out walking around after dinner hours.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: Internships Are Great, but Explore Other Options Too – IC, especially the Park school, definitely pushes students to get internships. I landed an internship after freshman year entirely on my own without help from the school, but there are resources and people available to help you find internships. I love my current internship, it is part time and paid and basically ideal for a first internship. However, I would have to say don't get an internship just because you feel as though you are pressured to. Be willing to explore your interests that aren't necessarily directly related to your career field. It is very valuable to have a wide range of experiences and immediately focusing only on classes, internships, and your future career can burn you out pretty quick.

3 College Junior

Parking: Not Terrible but a Hassel – Parking isn't the easy thing on campus and I would strongly recommend NOT bringing a car your freshman year because it cost $500 for a parking pass and you have to park in a lot completely away from everything. Parking gets difficult in the mornings when trying to find a convenient spot or just a spot at that and it takes some searching but you will always find somewhere even if you have to walk more than you wanted to your class.

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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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