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Reviews 1659 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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2 College Sophomore

Athletics: Athletics aren't really a big deal at Ithaca. Cortaca is the one big football game in the year, other than that, there is no real fan support.

1 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Every experience I have had with Public Safety has been dismally ineffective. They don't care about the well-being of students, they just don't want to do anything.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: There are a lot of white people. Still not wildly accessible to POC. Lots of liberals, not a lot of conservatives. Pretty diverse in regards to sexuality.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: The professors are usually nice, friendly, and helpful. Workload varies from course to course and professor to professor. There is usually a moderate amount of out of class work to complete. The registration process is horrible and convoluted.

1 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: No drug safety whatsoever. Don't attend Ithaca if you aren't comfortable around copious amounts of weed/alcohol.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: The physics department is tight. Plenty of research opportunities and there is only one professor I wouldn't take a class from again. The chemistry department is probably the greatest department I've been a part of on campus. The classes are challenging the professors make it super easy to learn the material. The Mathematics department is the only weak department I've been a part of. There are some terrible professors in the Mathematics department and there is not a community among math majors. If you want to major in math do not go to Ithaca College. But physics and chemistry are tight.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The only crime I've heard on campus is people who deal drugs getting robbed by other students. No guns, no body getting jumped, I've never heard of a sexual assault victim, no stabbings. I stay away from trouble and trouble hasn't really found me.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Class sizes are small and it's easy to get to know a professor. My largest class was principles of chemistry 50 kids in a lecture hall. Not bad at all. I'm a relatively out going dude so it was easy for me to know the professor. Most of my professors are science professors and they aren't super busy with research to the point where they cannot meet with a student. One advantage of being at liberal arts school than a big research university.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: As a sophomore physics major I have seen one class graduate. There was about 14 of them and they are all doing well now. They are in grad schools or have jobs. Also older alumni are doing well too. Some PHD's have come out of IC and a lot of people have come out with interesting careers.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I've only lived in dorms so far which honestly isn't that bad. I blocked house for my sophomore year with a bunch a friends and we all live right next to each other so that's tight. The rooms are decent sized. The floor bathroom gets cleaned week day. What is bad is that it is super expensive for mediocre living. The nicer apartments on campus are super expensive. I never thought anything of campus housing before I talked to my friends at other schools. They came and visited instantly thought the rooms were pretty small. This friend was from University at Buffalo. They claimed their room was much bigger. Also at IC room and board is about two grand more.

1 College Sophomore

Greek Life: There are unaffiliated frats at Ithaca College and they throw parties sometimes. Besides that there is no Greek life at IC

2 College Sophomore

Athletics: My high school games were way more exciting than an Ithaca College game. Cortica is the only game people go to. I've gone to a few foot ball games besides Cortica and honestly my little brothers peewee football games are more exciting. There aren't many other students who go to the games. Only friends of players on the team.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: So many rich kids I cannot connect too. So many LGBTQ people that pose as the super accepting person that's actually more judgmental then you will believe. Freshman year wasn't great because the people I made friends were terrible. They were just really mediocre and made me miss my friends from back home. One reason I had a disconnect with my friends from school is the wealth. is all of kids on my floor I would hang out with would never go to late night. They smoke pot just order food every night instead of making the walk to the dinning hall. My parents don't have money to just feed into my bank account. Not like my family struggles through poverty but they're not going to just put $1,000 in my checking account every month. That's insane and these kids don't even realized that their mothers and fathers are paying for their unnecessary meals and marijuana. Not everyone is like this eventually I found some people I could connect too. But people have this problem at every school. It's luck to find people you like right off the bat and stick with them.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The only security here is public safety which isn't very reliable at "protecting" students.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Some professors are really good at what they do others have no clue what they are talking about and it shows in the way they answer questions.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Career services is as useful as you allow it to be.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Its not that bad most living options are close to classes unless you're an upperclassman who lives in circles or terraces which still isn't too far. Garden apartments and circle apartments are the most comfortable on campus residences.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: There isn't any official greek life on the campus so people have to go to Cornell to join their greek life which is pretty good.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Its a D3 school so the athletes are okay which is why most people here probably aren't very into the sports teams.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The school isn't all that it claims to be. Its pretty in the fall but thats about it.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Overall Ithaca is an amazing school for relations within your department. The learning atmosphere, at least as far as I've experienced, houses people who have all been successful in their field and have come back to pass on what they've used. The student relationships are strong within your specific school/department, but I can't say I really know many people outside of the department i'm in. The freshman year residential experience stuff is a pain and the on-campus tensions are extrodinarily high for POC issues. But overall I would definitely pick the school over if I had the chance.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Ithaca does not support Greek Life

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Sports matter, but grades do as well

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The teachers genuinely care about the students

2 College Freshman

Athletics: It's not a huge part of the Ithaca experience


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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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