Ithaca College Reviews
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Ithaca College is a small liberal arts college located in the Fingerlakes Region of New York. Though their endowment is small, IC has made a commitment to provide scholarships for students from among those funds which stands in contrast to Ithaca's other well-known college, Cornell University. Often called a "potted ivy," the lesser-known programs are among the most highly regarded of their kind across academia, them being Physical Therapy, Music, and Communications. While Ithaca College may not be able to compete with MIT's Engineering program, it is probably the best when it comes to training music educators. Ithaca College is, in fact, several colleges including The Park School (Communications), the Music School, and the school in which I matriculated, Humanities & Sciences. The Politics (Political Science) degree is based in large part on social contract theory, critical thinking on a number of topics, Philosophy, and the other standard bearers of a liberal arts degree (science, maths, literature, english composition, economics). The professors during my matriculation were radical - left-leaning academics thoroughly accomplished in their respective fields of study. This is not a school that will coddle you; you must do the readings and write the assignments or you will be left in the dust.
I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Applied Psychology and a minor in Counseling from Ithaca College in May 2016. My career at Ithaca College was not only the best four years of my life, their psychology department sparked an incredible passion for which I am now pursuing a Graduate degree for. The small class sizes allowed for a personal connection with the professors. I was able to learn from professionals of all backgrounds and areas of interest. In my Sophomore year I was able to join a research team as part of my degree. The research team allowed hands-on experience formulating grant proposals and literature reviews. My research experience helped me stand out among candidates for an incredibly competitive program.The outstanding academics aside, the open-minded community and vast natural resources ensured I fell completely in love with this charming town. My friends and I enjoyed swimming in the gorges, hiking, paddle boarding and several wine tours throughout our career. It is difficult to enumerate the love and appreciation I hold for Ithaca College.
Ithaca College is a great place to study! I am proud to call myself an Alumni. I was the only person from my class that completed her four years of college as a Biochemistry major. Throughout the four I saw multiple students switch in and out of the major. This made me realize that IC gives you the opportunity to have a smooth transition when it come to changing majors.
Ithaca College will give you back what you put in. I was lucky to be in a program where there were always opportunities. There is nearly something for everyone and if you feel there isn't, there is almost always a professor ready to help you find what you want. For example, a course I created with my instructor for my independent study has been taken several times since its creation and now may possibly become a course offered regularly. Professors realize that the industry is always growing and changing and thus so are our interests, and they are flexible to that. The professors at Ithaca College have a commitment to teaching, as the college has been through several spats on an administrative level for the past few years. Despite these spats, however, the professors show up to class every day, ready to teach and work with students to ensure we get what we need from them. Ithaca College, with its rocky recent past, has been going through many changes, but the opportunities students have after they graduate are still as abundant as ever. With willing-to-work students, ready-to-teach professors, and several interesting classes (from Box Office Archaeology to Live Event Production) Ithaca College remains a great choice for any liberal arts student, no matter the number of passions they have.
The undergraduate program at Ithaca College for physical therapy is an advanced program that last 6 years. During 3 years of undergraduate, you take science and liberal arts credits to fulfill your undergraduate degree. During your fourth year, you begin graduate level courses. During my undergraduate education, I have felt well prepared to start my graduate career with comfort of knowing the college, professors, and other students. The best way to succeed is to apply yourself throughout your entire undergraduate degree and actively engage in the classroom.
My major in college was Exercise Science, and I enjoyed every bit of it. From freshman year to senior year, I have had the best professors that are experts in their fields. They know how to break down information so that new learners understand and are able to apply the information that they have learned. I came to college not really knowing what I wanted to do with my major, but my professors helped me through that decision process by responding to my curiosity. They incorporated me in their research so that I could gain experience, learn how to think critically and independently, and gain confidence in my abilities. This major is ultimately amazing because of the many opportunities students are given to apply their knowledge in job-like settings.
Ithaca, first of all, is in a beautiful location with an amazing college town. When I was there, we joked the small city was its own socialist democratic republic - it was an extremely liberal pocket of the mostly conservative farm country around it. It share's its town with Cornell University, so there were plenty of young people around and many jobs for students and young grads who stayed in the city after graduation. I was a Writing Major, and Ithaca was an amazing place to study that. I had excellent instructors, and excellent support from my peers, professors, advisors, and the school's writing center. The on campus housing is pretty standard, and the Circle Apartments, while expensive, were excellent accomadations as a Junior and Senior who wanted to be more independent. The college had a great study abroad program to London and the Honors program, for high achieving students, gave me a minor right off the bat, and excellent training in critical and creative thinking. It had a variety of clubs, great student culture, and tons of nerds (Humans Vs. Zombie LARPing and the Quidditch Team were both big clubs I was involved with) Ithaca was subparly managed by the administration while I was there: It was not good at listening to the needs of current students (built a pretty useless sports complex for a rich guy when it could have updated facilities students could actually use) and it was not very cooperative when criticisms were raised about its treatment of the BLM movement and of its handling of sexual assault on campus. That said, it has a new President as of 2016/17, so I expect improvements to come with the new administration.
My experiences at Ithaca College were life changing and eye opening. I not only learned my studies, but also about an entire population of people striving who strive to be kinder and better the world. I made more connections through internships and work study experiences than ever imagined. Although I am now going to graduate school for Occupational Therapy instead of psychology, I wouldn't change my experiences at Ithaca that made me a more well rounded person for anything. I would recommend this college to others who wished to be involved in a community that strives for higher level learning.
Ithaca College is a good school to go to if you are looking for small classes, Individualized attention from your professors, and lets you join different clubs that suit whatever your interests are.
I had a great time. I felt that the teachers were pretty good for the most part, and they seemed to care about the students and helping them succeed.