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4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Great variety of both dining halls and premium dining. Nice late night options, a great variety of foods.

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4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Objectively a very attractive campus. Many passionate, good-looking people. Ithaca is known for being more of a "hook-up" school, but I found a long-term boyfriend and am confident others could do the same, but it's also easy to find casual connections.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: Being a math major at Ithaca College is great. The professors are highly educated and since it's a small school it's easy to get the attention that you need.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Ithaca has some of the best dining halls I've heard of as compared to other schools. There are tons of healthy options (and it kept getting healthier as my year progressed), vegetarian and kosher stations, and all the ice cream sundaes you could ever want. The pub is also a great option for non-dining hall food, and subconnection has great food at more flexible hours as well.

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3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I received a pretty good amount of financial aid but it's a really expensive school and the process wasn't easy.

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3 College Sophomore

Administration: The official school policies are fairly strict, with any transgressions following you throughout all four years. However, I don't think they are enforced that strictly, as in my whole year I only heard about two people getting in trouble.

5 College Junior

Local Area: The local atmosphere in Ithaca can be described in two words: Easy going. For the most part, everyone is very friendly and willing to help out when someone is in need. The food is amazing and there are always fairs to spend time at. They have local farm markets that occur either daily or on weekends. The commons, which is this very long strip of stores and restaurants, is a great place to spend time. I would be walking back to campus from the commons and I never felt unsafe or worried that something bad would happen. The kind of people that gravitate towards Ithaca are very personable.

3 College Junior

Transportation: The TCat is a great source for transportation. The only problem is if you have a car, parking is very hard to find. Also, cab drivers charge high for transportation between the school and the commons. Walking is a great way to get from place to place and also great for exercise because of the constant hills.

4 College Junior

Scholarships: Ithaca College has helped me tremendously in the financial department. I wouldn't have been able to attend this wonderful school if I didn't receive the grants and scholarships from them. With the help from the school, I was able to have amazing experiences, meet memorable people, and learn an immense amount of substantial information pertaining to my major. I suggest getting your FAFSA application done early so it can be processed quickly. Also, check the website before you enroll and check out the scholarships they provide for incoming freshman and transfer students. They will definitely help aid you in your financial process!

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2 College Junior

Transportation: The buses are generally late, and it takes forever to get anywhere

3 College Junior

Administration: Not to strict. If you don't cause any huge amounts of noise you will be fine.

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3 College Junior

Campus Quality: Kind of outdated, some of them especially dorms need to be redone.

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3 College Senior

Drug Safety: The drug scene at Ithaca College is mostly consuming alcohol and smoking but like any college there's a group of people that indulge in harder drugs. There's plenty of underage drinking taking place on campus but there's also a lot of on campus cops and students that patrol to ensure safety. If you're drinking or smoking in the dorms, most of the time you will be caught and hit with a fine and online course to take.

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2 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Students at IC aren't allowed to move off campus until senior year but then it's completely up to them to find their own housing. A lot of the houses are pretty beat up but it all depends on where you look and how much your rent will be. It's not too difficult to find local landlords to show you around but looking for housing is competitive.

4 College Senior

Local Area: Ithaca College and the greater Ithaca area has something for everyone. It's a great place to attend school and inviting friends is always exciting because it's so easy to keep them entertained. From on campus clubs that'll suit anyone's needs to the amazing places to shop and dine in Ithaca's Commons, there's never a fun shortage. The Commons is a fantastic place to shop and grab a bite to eat. There's also plenty of natural areas and trails to hike and hangout in that are absolutely breathtaking. Ithaca's commitment to supporting local and sustainable food sources adds to it's appeal and makes you proud to be a part of the community.

5 College Junior

Guys & Girls: People look good. A lot of different types of people that all come together and get along really well for the most part.

5 College Junior

Party Scene: So much fun. Options for people who drink and who don't drink. Always something to do on and off campus. Ithaca really shines in this.

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4 College Junior

Transportation: Works well, usually on time, can take you where you need to go. It would be preferred for it to be free, but the cost isn't bad.

5 College Junior

Campus Food: Great options. I'm allergic to gluten and haven't once had an issue. The dining hall staff are cheerful and helpful, and the food is very good.

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5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Ithaca has more off campus restaurants per-capita than NYC. A great variety with incredible choices. Never gets boring.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Public transportation is extremely convenient for Ithaca College students. It runs frequently and can get you anywhere you want. There are also cab services that have a quick response time. However, most of the places you will most likely visit outside the university are located within a walking distance.

5 College Junior

Majors: As a vocal performance and music education double major, I don't have much time to explore other majors in my school, but I know that there are a variety of classes that appeal to any and all interests.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: I really love the facilities at Ithaca College. There are constantly improvements being made and it's clear that the campus management takes great pride in the aesthetics of the campus. I also particularly enjoy that the music school, athletic centers, and worship spaces are open at convenient times and are safe spaces for people of all majors and interests.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: I really love the way our school is set up because of the five different schools. (Ex. School of Music, School of Business, School of Health and Human Performance). Communities are therefore set up within the individual schools because the campus is relatively small and class aren't all lectures. The School of Music is very unique because we have an integrated double major for music education and music performance, if that is a path students choose. The music school, while very intense, is also extraordinarily welcoming to non majors and minors who want to keep up their technique with non major ensembles and choirs.

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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Ithaca College is located in upstate NY, right on Lake Cayuga. The ethnic diversity at this school is limited, however, it is very evident that the school is working toward making our campus more diverse in all aspects. During my first year, I lived in International Housing with many international students, as well as students who were a part of the Martin Luther King Scholars Program. These students were all of an under represented race at IC and they worked together to have deep discussions and took classes about diversity awareness. Being a part of these conversations reminded with my classmates who were a part of this program reminded me of why I loved our school so much.

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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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