StudentsReview :: Ithaca College - Comments and Student Experiences
-or-
Search for Schools by Region
 

or within distance of city

Similar Schools
Syracuse University -- Syracuse, NY
Boston University -- Boston, MA
New York University -- New York, NY


  Who's got the Best?

Perceptual Rankings:
You Make 'Em.
We Post 'Em.
You Vote 'Em Up.
You Vote 'Em Down.
Aww yeah.


Ithaca College

There are 21 Comments

View:

Sort By: [Date] [Major] [Rating]

Select Comments:

Positive Negative Neutral Advice
The music program especially is very good atBrightMusic - Performance
The music program especially is very good at Ithaca. As a music major, I have certainly been put to work and stretched here and I do not regret the academic scene. The professors and faculty are really helpful and are interested in your progress, which is comforting.

The social scene here, though, is my least favorite. Being an introverted Asian Christian, it's been challenging here to find my niche. I find that most students are not really friendly and that there's a lack of community. The majority of students define a "fun time" as getting drunk and partying.

1st Year Female -- Class 2015
Education Quality: A, Extracurricular Activities: C
Rate this comment:
Useless (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) Helpful
Question
Ithaca, Ithaca, Ithaca.Quite BrightJournalism
Ithaca, Ithaca, Ithaca. I am a firm believer that with college being such a personal decision, you can't really tell how you'll like a school from what other people tell you. But this is just what I have to say...

I came to Ithaca from the west coast looking for a change of pace, looking to mix things up. I wanted to do journalism, and after hearing it's a great school for communications I decided to go with it, over schools like Bates and Colby. For me, big mistake. I wanted a liberal arts education to go along with a communications degree...and Ithaca does not do that all. You could almost say it's a technical school for journalism...you take writing/reporting class after writing/reporting class, with no real "learning". Make sure you remember this, because they will tell you differently. If you want and liberal arts education DO NOT COME HERE. The Park school is also very elitist, and although I consider myself quite smart the smugness of people got to me.

I don't know much about the other programs, but I know outside of the communications, theater, and music departments Ithaca has no clout and isn't worth the money.

The social life is mediocre. I come from a small town myself, so being away from the city didn't worry me...but Ithaca seems EXTRA small. There honestly is very little to do, even if your outdoorsy like me. Parties are everything here, it feels like a big state school how much people drink. I grew up in high school definitely enjoying myself, drinking and partying with friends, but amazingly this school has turned me off that. It's just too insane, and gets boring after awhile. Also, 99% of people are from within 200 miles of the school, making it so (while most people are nice) they're very monogamous and fall into cliques quite quickly. The college honestly seems like high school, part 2.

Ithaca is a good school if your in music, theater, and communications, and you want professional educations in them. It is not good for learning things about the world. I would not advise people coming from outside the Northeast to come here, cause you'll sort of be treated as an outsider. If you want to go a northeast school, go to a more prestigious one like Williams or Bowdoin.

I'm transferring back to the West coast, to save money (Ithaca is amazingly expensive for what you get, and they nickel and dime you for everything), but also to learn more about the world rather then just be molded into a future profession. Ithaca is quite boring and uninspiring, it, and everyone who goes there, seem to be caught in a little bubble. Just my advice, take it for what you will, I know a lot of my "friends" here absolutely love it, but they are all the cliches i mentioned above. If your not one of those cliches, avoid this school.

1st Year Male -- Class 2011
Collaboration/Competitive: A, Scholastic Success: C
Rate this comment:
Useless (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) Helpful
Question
To be happy at Ithaca, you really needBrightUndecided
To be happy at Ithaca, you really need to find your niche. When I first came here, I felt alone and bored, but once I found particular clubs that I enjoyed, I began making friends, and since then, I haven't really been bored. It's also important to find a place to live that meets your desires. If you don't like to walk a lot and you don't like a ton of parties every night, live in the quads. If you don't mind 7-minute walks to every building on campus and you love (almost) nightly parties, live in the terraces. The off-campus apartments and Emerson dorms are rather nice as well if you can pony up the dough.

In terms of education, as an exploratory student, I've gotten a pretty decent look at most of the departments. The arts are very well-funded and not easy to get into from what I understand. If you're good enough and are willing to work hard, you will get out what you put in. Computer science is another great department. All of the professors that I have had for computer science know what they're talking about and are very friendly and helpful. In terms of english and languages and mathematics, it's all pretty much what you'd expect. Nothing too fancy. However, all of the professors are very helpful. They give you their e-mails, phone numbers, sometimes their AIM screen names, and their office hours if you ever need help. On the whole, Ithaca's academics are impressive and pretty high quality.

Now for the not-so-impressive facet of Ithaca... The cost. At first, the rather high expense seems intimidating, but I can assure you that it's much worse than that. Ithaca has a really bad habit of nickel-and-dime-ing you to death. You have to pay for cable and internet access, parking permits cost you an arm and a leg, they hand out parking tickets like candy, and the expense just keeps going and going. Then they have the nerve to ask for donations from their alumni. They seriously need to think things through a little better.In conclusion, Ithaca is a fine institution with something for just about anybody... as long as you are willing to foot the bill.

1st Year Male -- Class 2009
Faculty Accessibility: A-, Innovation: B
Rate this comment:
Useless (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) Helpful
Question
Compare IthacaSave Ithaca

StudentsReview Advice!

• What is a good school?
• Statistical Significance
• How to choose a Major
• How to choose your Career
• What you make of it?
• How Ivy League Admissions works
• On the Student/Faculty Ratio

• FAFSA: Who is a Parent?
• FAFSA: Parent Contribution
• FAFSA: Dream out of reach

• College Financial Planning
• Survive College and Graduate
• Sniffing Out Commuter Schools
• Preparing for College: A HS Roadmap
• Talking to Your Parents about College.
• Is a top college worth it?
• Why is college hard?
• Why Kids Aren't Happy in Traditional Schools
• Essential College Tips
Ah, college. Considered by many to be the time of a young person's lif... more→
• Cost of College Increasing Faster Than Inflation
According to NPR, the cost of college... more→
• For parents filling out the FAFSA and PROFILE (from a veteran paper slinger)
Just so you know, filling out these forms is a lot more than penciling... more→
• How to choose the right college?
My name is Esteban Correa. I am currently a second year INTERNATIONAL ... more→
• Create The Right Career Habits Now
Getting ahead in your career can be easier if you make the choice to b... more→

• Senior Year (Tips and experience)
It's the end of junior year and everyone is anticipating the arrival o... more→
• Informational Overload! What Should I Look For in a College or University?
We are in an instant information age, where you can find almost anythi... more→
• Personality Type and College Choice
Personality type is something very important to consider when deciding... more→
• A Free Application is a Good Application
As a senior finishing her scholastic year, I feel that it is my duty ... more→

• College Academic Survival Guide
The leap from high school to college academics is not an insignificant... more→
• Getting Involved: The Key to College Happiness
As a tour guide, the absolute, most frequently asked question I got wa... more→
• Choose a Path, Not a Major
Unless you're one of the fortunate souls who's already found their cal... more→
• The Scoop on State Schools
A recent college graduate, I vividly remember touring campuses as a p... more→

• The Purpose of a Higher Education
You are one of the millions of people this year applying for admission... more→
• The Importance of Choosing the Right College Major (2012)
One of the most important academic choices you'll make while in colleg... more→
• How to choose a college major
I was not sure what college major to choose. When you are in your late... more→
• How to guarantee your acceptance to many colleges
Are your grades are not what you think they should be from high school... more→

• Nailing the College Application Process
College applications seem to always be put on top of students procrast... more→
• What to do for a Successful Interview
Interviews seem to become more commonplace in every facet of life as o... more→
• I Don't Know Where to Start (General College Advice)
Preparing for college is a difficult time for every student and it?s o... more→
• Attitude and Dress Code for an Interview (General College Advice)
An interview is something we all have to go through when we get a job... more→

• Starting College (General College Advice)
College is a huge milestone in your life. You?ve seen the castle like ... more→
• Boston Apartment lease: Watch out!

Are you a student and about to sign the very first lease in your li... more→

• What college is right for you?
When thinking about their choices for colleges, many students and pare... more→