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2 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The rooms are small, but well heated. Classes are a relatively decent distance where its a pleasant walk, not too far but enough to wake up before class. It's nice to live in Terraces with a dining hall being super close to the dorms, however it's hours are a little weird. I'm rather dissatisfied with the amount of pot smoking that occurs around campus, especially in the dorms, where I wish it was more strictly enforced. I don't mind on campus drinking but the pot causes the entire hallway to smell of it.

2 College Junior

Scholarships: If you are not a minority and are somewhere near middle class, you get no aid

8 people found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Party Scene: The party scene is what you make it. The bars are good and always open. The house parties get busted by 11;30 so they kind of stink.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Campus Food: The dining hall food in campus center is terrible. The food actually made me ill. The best dining halls were towers and terraces. Terraces had the most options especially for dietary needs. The best place to spend bonus bucks is in the pub.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Campus Housing: The dorms are small, and they can be very noisy. The community is nice for making friends and they are very close to classes.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Ithaca has some really great places, but many of them are a little too expensive for my everyday budget. There are the basic chains down near Wegman's, which I like to go to sometimes, and then there's some random spots downtown that are bomb. I really would like to try that new place near the police station; everyone has been saying it's the best place they've ever been to here, AND it's all organic & free range stuff. In my experience, Collegetown Bagels, La Vincita, Simmeons ( :[ ), The Mahogony Grill, Ithaca Ale House, and a couple other places I can't remember the names of have really great food.

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3 College Sophomore

Administration: I have not had a lot of run-ins with campus administration. I have received one parking ticket (this is a topic I could go on and on about, parking anyway. There was absolutely no student parking left, what was I supposed to do?!). The only other "trouble" I have ever been in was when SASP came to the door of our garden apartment after a noise complaint. That was scary because everyone thought it was public safety at first, but also seriously how lame of people to be calling in noise complaints on a Friday night around 10:30pm....get a life. Anyway, I don't have too much to say about the strictness here. I have not had too many problems thus far.

5 College Sophomore

Scholarships: My bill is increasing every semester, but that is simply because the tuition keeps being raised (which sucks, but it's not like I can really do anything about that; I know private colleges all over the country are increasing their tuition). IC gives me a lot of financial aid, plus consistent merit scholarships. Without all of that, I wouldn't be able to be here. I truly appreciate it.

6 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: The party scene isn't the best at Ithaca, but the bars have been consistently a good time when my friends and I go. Most people are super lame at IC and leave parties on the weekend by like, midnight ish. I have found that the parties are extremely fun at Troy (AEPi, Kappa Sig). I think that even though there are certainly bad nights for everyone, the party scene definitely has a positive impact on the student experience. I am a very strong advocate for being DEDICATED to your studies, but at the same time going out on the weekends, socializing and having fun with people. This is the only time in our lives we are going to have to be able to be crazy college students, and we should take advantage of that in every way possible.

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2 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Terraces dining hall is the only good dining hall. I work as a student manager there, and although the food is still not the best (considering Sodexo is gross), it is bearable, and some of the things the guys cook over there are actually pretty tasty. Campus Center gives me IBS, and towers just makes me wanna barf. The meal plans are WAY TOO EXPENSIVE! I have been off them since second semester freshman year. As soon as I was able to move into an on campus apartment, I dropped it. There's no sense in paying several thousand dollars for crappy food. I suppose there's a good amount of variety at terraces, but Campus Center and Towers seem to basically just have 95% carbs. Bonus bucks were pretty cool to have, but I don't mind spending the money at SubConnect or Sandella's once in awhile if I feel like eating there.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The dorms in general are pretty outdated; they look mostly identical to when my mother was here at college. I know that it would cost a lot to renovate every dorm, but I think at this point it is getting necessary. The circle and garden apartments (even though gardens is definitely outdated) are pretty nice. The towers, quads, and terraces could definitely use a lot of work on them. The worst option of places to live would definitely be towers, although it's known that housing is for the freshmen. The social atmosphere is average, at least in my experiences. I'm not really friends with many people that live in my building, in fact I don't come across them extremely often. I'm not sure why this is. The cost of living on campus is ridiculously astronomical and only keeps getting more and more expensive. In my opinion, the price that we are paying for what we are getting does not match up. To make matters worse, every experience I have had dealing with ResLife and the housing process has been terrible. It absolutely needs to be improved.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Athletics: Athletics are there if you want to participate but it's D3 and I personally don't find the games very exciting

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Incredible off campus dining. There's always something new to try and the pizza places, insomnia cookies, and other restaurants are open late at night.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Administration: Campus safety keeps the campus safe. They do not ruin fun and most of the time alcohol/minor drug use is not a big deal as long as it's not overboard or destructive.

5 College Freshman

Scholarships: The cost of attendance is really high, but most of the time they will give you the need-based aid you need. They are also quite generous with merit-based scholarships.

5 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Party Scene: The party scene is pretty good. If you want to party, they're there; but if you don't, there are other fun things to do.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: Some people love to complain about the food but I honestly have no complaints with it. There's always something that I like at one of the dining halls and it's easy to eat healthy if you try.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Freshman housing is basically all the same. There's the towers and then there are multiple quad buildings. From what I've experienced, the quad buildings have a better sense of community and they're closer to the academic buildings. Towers are good because they have their own dining hall so you don't have to go outside, and if you're lucky, you can get a beautiful lake view. The only downside is being a little farther from some buildings and sometimes the elevators don't work right, which is annoying because there's 13 floors.

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5 College Freshman

Athletics: The athletics at the school are great, but there is too much attention on sports rather than academics.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: The houses and apartments are relatively close to campus and the TCAT comes regularly

3 College Freshman

Administration: On campus police don't really care with drug use, they will let you off the hook with a slap on the wrist.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: Most of the year its too cold to go out

2 College Freshman

Campus Food: You are not giving many options in the dining halls since all the food is produced the same. Almost all meats are over processed and really unhealthy. There aren't many options for vegetarians, vegans, people with religious restrictions.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Depends on where you are living and housing options are very limited for sophomores, juniors and seniors.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There are some nice houses and apartments in Ithaca. The town is mostly populated by Ithaca and Cornell students so landlords are very polite and lenient regarding the residents, Ithaca is a very safe place to live. The off side is the college makes it difficult to live off campus unless there are a lot of students in a given year. cost is also cheap. the houses are close to campus so for the most part one could simply walk or take a bus to school, though driving is also relatively easy.

1 person found this useful Report
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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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