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Reviews 1410 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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5 College Sophomore

Diversity: I come from Cleveland, which is a really diverse city. I find Ithaca College to be one of the more diverse schools I have seen. It is a very accepting place not only when it comes to race but also in terms of religion and sexuality.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are a lot of food choices off campus. The Ithaca commons are full of very good cost friendly resteraunts that reward people for repetative buisness. The Connection and Wings Over Ithaca are great places to try.

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3 College Freshman

Weather: SO COLD – Ithaca's winters are not the greatest, it does not snow a lot but its cold up until late April/ early May and it can even snow/ flurry occasionally. Since campus isnt that big it does not effect walking to class that much. When the weather does finally come around everyone is outside running, playing guitar on the grass, having picnics or sun bathing.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Weed Is Common – I feel that many students smoke weed on a daily basis, much more than alcohol use daily. Ithaca seems to be the place to smoke with stores downtown that sell bongs and one hitters.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: There are many places on campus to eat, including the three dining halls and the pub. One of them is always open and they have a large variety to eat and you don't need money. All the dining halls are on the meal plan and the pub takes 'bonus bucks' that come with the meal plan you choose.

3 College Freshman

Academics: Interested in Success – The professors and Ithaca College are not only interested in your success but they're willing to do anything to help you get there. They give a moderate workload that keeps you engaged but not overloaded, and encourage their students to take advantage of the many resources here on campus to be better students, such as the writing center or the many tutors available.

5 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Really Good – IC is really, really expensive to attend but they are SO helpful in finding financial aid for students. You need to actually sit down with your financial aid officer, but it is worth it. They work as hard as they can to format things so that the cost is manageable.

3 College Sophomore

Computers: Wireless Is Getting a Lot Better – There are multiple computer labs on campus, but the only one that stays open really late is the library. All the dorms have wired and wireless internet and in most cases it is pretty reliable. Every academic building has very good wireless.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Pretty Good Looking People – We have lots of student athletes at Ithaca, which means lots of hot jocks. The theater majors are on average really cute too and there are so many different kinds of guys. The girls are on average pretty attractive and we have a wide range from biddies to chill rasta girls. Also, whatever your sexual orientation, you can find someone. There is a HUGE gay population, but there are also tons of bisexuals, bi-curious girls, a few transgendered students, and anything else you could imagine.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Very Safe – There are "blue lights" all around campus that you can call if you feel unsafe on campus and they link you directly to the Office of Public Safety. There is a new Medical Amnesty Policy so if you have a friend who overdosed, might have alcohol poisoning, or anything like that, you can call without getting in trouble yourself for anything illegal you might have been doing. Campus police are usually very quick to respond to emergencies.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: Best Liberal Arts Experience Out There – Ithaca is honestly the best liberal arts college there is. We have a huge hippie scene and plenty of liberal minded kids, but they give you an amazing education in almost anything you want to study. Our professors actually try to get to know you and help you get connections in real life. It's just a really open place for about any kind of lifestyle.

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Smartly Enforced – Pot is a huge thing at IC and their anti-drug policy is enforced, but they're smart about it. I think Ithaca realizes its own reputation and allows for liberal minded kids that it is known for to experience that part of college without laying down the law. If you're smart about it, you won't get caught and they don't TRY to get you in trouble. If you get caught, it's because you were dumb.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Growing Rapidly – IC just built a new state-of-the-art facility for athletics which is supposed to be done within a year. We don't a have a HUGE student athlete population, but it is pretty big and there are more and more student athletes every year. We have some of the top-rated teams in the country (like our Women's Rowing and Lacrosse teams). Fans are really loyal (esp. during Cortaca) and will fight to defend IC against Cortland.

3 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Small Student Teacher Ratio – All of the classes are small, so I get one on one time with the teacher. I've been in big classes where teachers don't even know my name. It makes it easier to be in smaller classes where the teachers know your strenghts, and weaknesses.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: I don't know much about the financial aide. I get some money from the school and I have friends who get more based on grades from high school and applying for scholarships. Overall I don't know much about it though.

3 College Junior

Weather: It is often grey and it stays cold and snowy for a long time. Even in nice weather rain is frequent. But I enjoy that type of weather though the long winter means few outdoor activities. The campus is really convenient to walk around though and there are a lot of indoor routes to get places. When the weather is nice the place is beautiful though and EVERYONE is outside on the quad doing things which gives it a really good feel.

4 College Junior

Facilities: The facilities on this campus are nice. The library and computer labs are open late for students who need to work. The fitness center is nice and the new athletic center looks like it would be of great quality. Campus activities are great and clubs get good rooms. It also has some beautiful, breathtaking views.

4 College Junior

Greek Life: Geeks Before Greeks – Ithaca College doesn't actually have any Greek life. We have a couple of music frats, but if someone wants to go to an actual frat party, they can just go to Cornell. That being said, the lack of Greek life doesn't detract at all from the party scene, especially if you go up to Circles on a weekend.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Convenient Quads – The upper and lower quads aren't as modern-looking as the Terraces or as cool as the Towers, but they're much closer to everything on campus, and the rooms are usually bigger and nicer. Terraces has more single rooms and suites, but it's a bit of a hike from main campus. Upperclassmen housing like Gardens and Circles are both excellent, but you have to factor in distance and cost of living.

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4 College Junior

Computers: Free Printing All Over Campus – Ithaca College has four computer labs (plus a couple of extra smaller ones for specific programs) so there's always going to be a place to go if you need to print. The ITS crew is friendly and are always attentive to your needs, so the printers are very rarely jammed or out of ink/paper. It's nice to have your own computer, but there are enough computers to get your work done if you don't have one.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: The Town – Ithaca really is such a great College Town. The overall atmosphere leaves plenty of room for creativity. If you're a nature lover you'll love it here with beautiful scenery, Cayuga Lake and the gorges are in fact gorgeous. There are a lot of cool vintage and thrift stores in town and the people are really nice.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Love It – There's a lot to choose from off campus and the pricing is usually very reasonable. Good restaurants aren't too hard to find and the service if typically really good. One of my favorite place to go is Moosewood, a great vegetarian place that has students discounts on Thursday. You'll pretty much be satisfied where ever you go.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: Thank God for Buses – The bus system is the only way to get places if you don't have a car. It's really easy to walk places when it's warm, but because of the weather I don't recommend it unless you're really up for it.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: Mainly College Parties – If you don't go to a school sponsored event, then the only other thing to do is go to the off-campus apartments to find a party. Beware of traveling in packs as a freshman, you won't get in that way.

Only go to local clubs if there's a school sponsored event going on. Otherwise they're full of creepy townies.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Girls Are Lucky – As a girl at Ithaca, I can tell you that there's every type of guy here. There's the typical toolish jocks, the artsy guys, the passionate musicians, and the nerdy guys. They all generally tend to be good looking, but if you're a girl looking for variety in guys, Ithaca is a good place to be. Beware of the guys who like to party too much though, they tend to be ass*****.


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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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