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4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: I like the overall look and feel of campus. The gym, library, Pub, and student center are all great places.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: The library is one of my favorite spots to study at. There are three floors and the higher you go, the quieter the spots are.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: I love Ithaca. It's beautiful with the fountains on-although they notoriously shut off right after parents weekend. The Textor ball is a well known meeting spot on campus. The performing arts are top quality with Broadway results- absolutely amazing. Some dorms are modern but there are some (lower quads) that are in desperate need of renovation. On warm days-which are rare in Ithaca-the lawns are covered head to toe with students socializing, long boarding, slack lining, juggling, playing frisbee or kanjam or soccer. The athletic centers are very well maintained and have plenty of machines that only get full every so often at certain times a day.

5 College Junior

Campus Quality: Very clean, mostly new, very useful, not outdated

5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: There are always theater performances and music performances going on.

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Most of the buildings on Ithaca College's campus are fairly old looking, with a look of dirty cement and faded paint. The dreadful winter weather can make the buildings seem even more unappealing than they are. With that being said, there are several buildings that have recently been redone. One campus bright spot is outside of Dillingham, the theater building, where beautiful fountains spray high into the air. When the sun is shining, this is a great sight to come across. Unfortunately, the fountains are only on from summer up until fall break. 

The Roy H. Park School of Communications has state-of-the-art facilities, including the most updated Apple computers and software. Although many of the classrooms in the Park School do not have windows, the overall feel of the school is very aesthetically pleasing. Park has a plethora of media resources for students, including a dark room and television and radio equipment. The Center for Natural Sciences has extensive laboratories, while the Center for Health Sciences has a speech and hearing clinic, physical and occupational therapy clinics, and a wellness center. Whalen Center for Music has recording facilities and practice rooms. The College even has an observatory, which is the perfect place to look out into the sky. The business school houses the Center for Trading and Analysis of Financial Instruments, and the lag time between the NY Stock Exchange and IC’s trading data is one-fourth of a second. The business school also has mahogany lockers and is a prime example of environmental stewardship, incorporating the highest principles of sustainable design.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
Campus Size
757 acres
Student Centers
The Campus Center
Campus Library?
Main Libraries
Ithaca College Library
Popular Places to Chill
  • Library
  • Lounges
  • The Pub
Bar on Campus
Bowling on Campus
Coffeehouse on Campus
  • CHS Coffee Cart
  • La Vincita in the Pub
  • Park Hall coffee cart
  • Second floor of business school
Movie Theater on Campus
None, but films are shown almost every weekend in Textor Hall and nearby Cornell University has a theater.
"Green" Initiatives
The Dorothy D. and Roy H. Park Center for Business and Sustainable Enterprise was among the first 100 buildings in the world to receive platinum LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification, the highest level granted by the U.S. Green Building Council.
School Slang
  • Ball: The sculpture on top of Textor Hall. Some people say it's supposed to be a fish.
  • Bo-ghetto: Bogart Hall. This is one of the Lower Quad dormitories on campus.
  • Circles: The Circle Apartments. These fully-furnished apartments are very popular among upperclassmen.
  • CSLI: Center for Student Leadership and Involvement. This office is involved with the student organizations on campus.
  • C-Squared: Campus Center. This is the main student center on campus.
  • Gardens: Garden Apartments. Although not as new as the Circle Apartments, these are popular with students who want to live closer to campus.
  • Gym: The Fitness Center. Students don't say they are going to the Fitness Center to work out. They go to "the gym."
  • H&S: The School of Humanities and Sciences
  • Parkies: Students enrolled in the Roy H. Park School of Communications
  • Pub: Popular place (that doesn't actually serve alcohol) for students to study and socialize, home to La Vincita
  • Rape Trail: Trail leading from the top of campus to the Circle Apartments. Until very recently, this trail had almost no blue-light phones to contact Public Safety, making it sketchy to walk without a group of friends.
  • SAC: Student Activities Center. All clubs and organizations on campus have their mailboxes here, and this is where the offices for the Student Government Association are located.
  • SASP: Student Auxiliary Safety Patrol. Members of SASP make rounds at 11 p.m. and 2 a.m. or if they get a call about an on-campus party. Because this is a student group, it is often referred to as "Students Against Students Partying" because they have a reputation for breaking up parties.
  • Suicide Bridge: The bridge at Cornell University. Sadly, some Cornell students have taken their lives on this bridge.
  • TCAT: Tompkins Consolidated Area Transit. Bus fare is $1.50 each way.
  • Whalenites: Music student
  • Z Lot: Another name for one of the freshman lots. Its name fits well because of its distance from most of the dorms freshmen live in.
  • Convocation: During the first few days after arriving on campus and before classes start, freshmen attend the convocation ceremony where the College president and other school officials address the class. After convocation, the campus community gathers on the quad to enjoy a picnic. This is the last time the class is together as a whole until commencement.
  • Cortaca Jug: In November, everyone on campus gathers at the football stadium to watch the Bombers take on their rivals, the Cortland Red Dragons. This game is known as the Cortaca Jug, and Sports Illustrated calls it the "biggest little game in the nation." Some game-goers like to participate in what is known as "Kegs and Eggs" before kickoff, but being drunk is definitely not required to have a good time.
  • Prospect Day: This is a celebration on the last day of classes in the spring semester on Prospect Street, where a lot of seniors have off-campus housing. Many residents have house parties to celebrate the last day of classes, and it is somewhat meant to be equivalent to Cornell's "Slope Day" celebration. Be aware, though: This gets broken up by the cops pretty quickly, so some students prefer to drink on campus or with a group of friends rather than make the trek downtown.
  • Slope Day: This is a celebration of the end of classes at Cornell University.
Urban Legends
  • Another legend remains that if your roommate dies during the year, you get an automatic 4.0-again, no such thing.
  • Legend has it that a student once jumped out of the top floor of one of the towers on campus. That room supposedly has been uninhabited since, but no one can seem to find that empty room or record of a student falling to his or her death.
  • Some students claim to see the image of a swan made out of streetlights when they are in the towers, and others even claim to see a certain four-letter word spelled out with the lights.
  • The sculpture on top of Textor Hall, which is supposedly a fish, might roll down South Hill if you're a virgin when you leave IC.
Favorite Things To Do
Many students enjoy going to concerts at the music school or plays done by the theater department. The College brings in many speakers and performers, which also bode well with students. The campus group IC After Dark sponsors theme nights on the weekends as an alternative to alcohol, which are always well attended by students.

From grabbing some coffee, watching a film on the weekend, listening to a speaker, or attending an IC After Dark event, most students can find something to do on campus. IC doesn't have the many amenities that larger schools offer, but with the surrounding city, no student ever has the excuse that he or she can't find something to do.
Student Organizations Web Site
Student Newspaper
The Ithacan
Clubs and Organizations on Campus
At Ithaca College, involvement in student organizations is an effective way to connect with other students and develop leadership skills. Many students participate in various professional, recreational, and community-driven organizations. With so many different options of clubs and organizations, students are sure to find their passion in one of the many clubs/organizations offered. The department that runs organizations on campus, Office of Student Engagement and Multicultural Affairs, offers a student organization directory on its website to help students view and organize their involvement in campus life.
Student Activities Offered
  • Campus ministries
  • Choral groups
  • Concert band
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • International student organization
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Music ensembles
  • Musical theater
  • Opera
  • Pep band
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student-run film society
  • Symphony orchestra
  • Television station
  • Yearbook
Air Force ROTC: Yes
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: Yes

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 64 responses

Very poor
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

What are the best on-campus student jobs?    Based on 9 responses

  • 31% Office assistants
  • 19% ITS (Information Technology Services)
  • 19% President's host
  • 12% Mailing services
  • 6% Lab monitor
  • 6% Intermural Reffereeing
  • 6% Student caller for alumni

What are your favorite campus events or traditions?    Based on 9 responses

  • 46% Cortaca Jug
  • 31% Kendall Day
  • 15% Slope Day
  • 8% Convocation
  • 0% Prospect Day

Where are your favorite places to just hang out?    Based on 10 responses

  • 37% The Pub
  • 32% Lounges
  • 26% Library
  • 5% Outside

How accommodating is this school to students with physical disabilities?    Based on 12 responses

  • 33% Very accommodating. The school does everything in their power to make sure the needs of every student are met.
  • 42% Pretty accommodating. The school has taken a lot of steps to accommodate the needs of students, but they've missed a few things.
  • 17% Slightly accommodating. The school has taken a few steps to accommodate students, but not nearly enough.
  • 8% Not accommodating. Students with physical disabilities are practically ignored here.

How would you describe the student center/union?    Based on 67 responses

  • 24% The student center is state-of-the-art and the hub of student life.
  • 48% The student center is great but isn't central to student life.
  • 27% The student center serves its purpose but is not a popular hangout.
  • 1% The student center is in need of a major renovation.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 66 responses

  • 27% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.
  • 58% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 9% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 6% I hate my school and have no school spirit.

What are your favorite things to do around campus?    Based on 9 responses

  • 50% Hanging out with your friends
  • 25% Having a blast with my firends in the dinning hall
  • 25% Sitting in the pub

What is the most interesting urban legend about campus?    Based on 11 responses

  • 100% Jumping in the fountain means you won't graduate!
  • 0% Graduating as a virgin means the fish falls

What are the worst on-campus student jobs?    Based on 11 responses

  • 92% Dining hall workers
  • 8% Teaching assistants


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