- Class: Alum
- Major: Sport Management
- Gender: M
- High School: Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk High School
- Transfer Student: N
Best thing about Ithaca is the mix of people (jocks, computer junkies, activists, sport enthusiasts, eco-conscious go-getters) The City's laid back atmosphere. Its very much a college town between IC and Cornell, lots of bars and restaurants and two distinct social hubs including the commons and college-town. Tuition is high and continues to rise but you get your money's worth. Dorms are ok, upper classman housing is much nicer, professors in almost all departments are amazing (knowledgeable, easy to get along with and work with, some are accessible, some not so much) I spent two years living in the dorms then moved off campus with a bunch of guys I met freshmen year, best experience of my life. IC is also a pretty physically fit campus, the fitness center is constantly busy and I spent a lot of time there in my four years. If I could sum up IC in one line... I'd say that students work hard and play hard. For the most part people get their work done and work hard, but come days off or weekends, they love to go out and have a good time.
Professors in my department know my name and almost all other students in the department. It may take a year or two but our department is really close knit both student-student and student-professor wise. My favorite class was probably sport marketing, the professor was great, spent a lot of time connecting with students, and interactive projects, and in-class assignments. Students are not overly competitive but everyone wants to do well. IC requires a well rounded four years with a lot of electives and required electives. In terms of learning for an occupation or just general education, it really depends on the department. The Sport Management spends a lot of time on real world applications and getting students acquainted to the sport industry.
IC is not very diverse. Mostly white upper middle to upper class students. There are minority groups and clubs to help promote diversity but its still mostly a white school... Different groups interact extremely well though because of the education and willingness of student groups to work and learn together. Students are very politically active, with a great communications school and journalism programs, there is a lot of reporting and discussions of politics both US and world. For the most part everything gets a leftist slant to it.
The Best Things
people and education
The Worst Things
Tuition and weather...it gets cold