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5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Honestly this is one of the safest campuses in America. There is slim to no crime and you can walk around alone at night on campus and not feel threatened what so ever. Our campus takes part in the Blue Light System as well. These light are located practically everywhere. So if there is an incident where you feel threatened or are hurt you can press the button and campus safety will arrive where you are in no time.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: There is no peer pressure here what so ever. People are very kind and considerate on campus. Cigarettes are common along with marijuana. Many people go out partying Thursdays - Saturday nights. We value education here so this is not a huge party school. We have fun but we are strict with education.

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5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are hundreds of food options off campus. You can go down to Ithaca Commons and get Italian, Thai, Japanese, Mexican, Chinese, American, and many other Health food restaurants along with tons of cafes. The online delivery services are amazing if you are hungry for off campus food, but do not want to leave your dorm. GrubHub lists the all the restaurants, cafes and other food places that deliver here in Ithaca.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: The dining is not bad at all compared to other colleges. There are 3 main dining halls along with many cafes, sub places, grab-n-go's, Starbucks, frozen yogurt places, and much more. There is always something open up until 1 AM. If you are hungry after then we have a great food delivery website called GrubHub. They list all the food places in Ithaca (which are A LOT) that can deliver right to your dorm at a variety of hours. I have used this site many times and I must say it deserves an A+ in convenience. Food options vary anywhere from Thai to Wings.

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3 College Freshman

Weather: In Ithaca we get all the seasons. The winter is the worst though, it snows almost every day so you must be prepared. The campus is absolutely gorgeous in the spring, summer, and fall months though.

5 College Freshman

Transportation: There are many options for transportation if you do not have a car. You can hop on the T-cat which is an on campus shuttle that takes you to many different places. There are also many taxis and other buses to choose from.

4 College Freshman

Local Area: The transportation is great here if you do not have a car. Ithaca has it's own town called Ithaca Commons, which is filled with restaurants, shops, tattoo and piercing places, and much more. Ithaca was rated the #1 College Town in America by the Princeton Review. There are local malls and the big mall in Syracuse is only a 45 min drive away. There are many convenient stores and chain restaurants outside of the town which is a 5 minute drive.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: Ithaca does not have frats. They have Varsity houses that throw parties. Cornel frats are a big hit to go to. They're very fun. Ithaca is a big smoking school, it's not a big party school like Penn State or FSU.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: I do not partake so I do not know.

3 College Junior

Weather: Weather is great in summer and not good in winter

4 Niche User

Health & Safety: The campus police don't really do much because they don't have to. Ive never felt unsafe on campus. There are blue lights everywhere and if you ever feel like you need someone to walk with you at night or something has happened the campus police are supposed to be there right away.

4 Niche User

Scholarships: Ithaca is a pretty expensive school but they are very helpful with financial aid and scholarships. I did not use the financial aid Ithaca gave me because they offered me a generous scholarship but from everyone else I've heard the process isn't that difficult.

3 Niche User

Greek Life: It doesn't exist here. Recently a couple of sororities and fraternities have developed, but they are more like clubs than anything else, and have little effect on campus.

4 Niche User

Guys & Girls: Almost everyone you meet here is friendly. In general most people here are athletic and attractive. I've had no problem making friends here, and I like almost everyone I meet. There is every type of person here.You have hippies, preppy kids, artsy types, you name it you'll find it. There are people who have random hookups and those who have serious relationships.Ithaca has a very LGBT friendly environment. Ithaca in general is a friendly environment.

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4 Niche User

Athletics: They're great considering its a D3 school. Almost everyone on campus takes part in a club or varsity sport. There are options for everyone to participate. The fitness center is great, depending on the time of day it can be crowded, considering IC has such an athletic community. The new athletics and events center has an indoor track and an olympic sized swimming pool. However, If you plan on being a varsity athlete and take it very seriously you may want to consider a D1 school.

3 Niche User

Campus Housing: Depends on where you live and what you like. For next year all lower and upper quads and towers will be freshman dorming, these are all closer to academic buildings. They are pretty standard dorms. There are more luxurious options like Emerson or Garden Apartments which cost more and are farther from other buildings but they come with the perks of AC, larger living space, and your own bathroom. Terraces are a hike to get to, depending on which terrace you are in. The system for selecting housing is different than most schools, but its easy as long as you know when you are supposed to select housing.

2 College Sophomore

Party Scene: The house party scene is terrible, cops always break up the parties and the kegs are always dry. You have to buy your own alcohol and prepare for walking around in the cold looking for non-existent parties.

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3 College Sophomore

Athletics: The lacrosse team is pretty good for division 3 and there are some other strong sports, but no one really cares. A lot of people go to the football games and Cortaca is super popular, but overall no one really cares about sports.

2 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Ithaca College is an average school with a few statistics that bring it down to below average. Administration doesn't really listen to what students want, but this is largely the bi-product of a mostly apathetic student body. The school is very unappealing to the eye and Ithaca College has persisted in creating ugly, unorganized buildings. The brand-new Athletic and Events center is totally useless to 90% of the student body and was built improperly so the school can't even host concerts. Ithaca College is a safety school and if you ask around tends to be many people's second choice.

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3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Ithaca College has a pretty high student athlete population, so there is always that athlete on athlete dating scene. There also tends to be a pretty high population of kids from New Jersey and Long Island and almost everyone is white. There are enough students for a fair mix of different kinds of people, but most people look like the average college student.

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2 College Sophomore

Technology: Wireless internet is generally slow and extremely inconsistent (and infamously weak in the library). A lot of people have difficulties connecting their mobile devices. I would say bring an ethernet cord for your room, you get better internet when plugged in.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Food: There are three dining halls: Terraces Dining Hall, Campus Center Dining and Towers Dining Hall. All three are very bad. Most of the food is pre-prepared and heated up. There is a tremendously uninspiring menu and there is never really anything new or genuine they have to offer. The dining halls also tend to be unorganized, crowded, and aesthetically unpleasing.

3 College Sophomore

Local Area: Ithaca College and Ithaca the town are very different places. The town is very liberal, very environmentally aware, very white, and to most people very charming over all. There is strong support for the local community, especially local agriculture. So if you like farmers markets, little boutiques, and local music then the town is all for you. Unfortunately, Ithaca College's administration is more business school and sports oriented, and campus life doesn't really reflect that of the town. It is fairly easy to catch a bus downtown, but they walk back up is really rough! Your best bet for enjoying local atmosphere would be to get a car or a get an apartment downtown.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: I like the T-Cat (on campus bus system) because it's only $1.50 each time and if you're transferring to another bus just ask the driver you want a transfer ticket for whatever bus you want to transfer to and you don't have to pay another $1.50. So basically all you need is $3.00 to get to and from wherever you may be. To get to the commons is really easy with the T-Cat. It's 15 minute ride. The buses circulate every 15-30 minutes. Which can become hard when the whether gets cold. Sooner or later it's nice to find a friend who can drive. Long Distance travel is achievable but only to certain areas. If you're going 45 minutes or more you might need a car.

3 College Freshman

Parking: I do not own a car but I have friends who drive. The biggest complaint I find is that it's hard to find a parking spot on campus. They don't even allow freshman to bring in their cars because of how tight spaces are. I'm not aware of the cost of the parking permit but I believe it can be cheaper since maintenance is based on the students' care of their car.

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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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