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  • senior87senior87 4 replies3 threads New Member
    I know that Ithaca is a very musical school and they put a lot of focus into that area of the school. I’m coming in as a business major so as a person who’s major is outside of the musical area do you ever feel out of place at Ithaca?
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  • gorgesbeegorgesbee 27 replies1 threads Junior Member
    @senior87 Absolutely not! While the music program is taken very seriously (we actually got our start as a conservatory on the Commons!), most people at Ithaca College are not music majors. All of the individual colleges under the IC umbrella are pretty closely knit, and IC as a whole is pretty closely knit, so I've never felt out of place.

    I know the business school in particular puts on a lot of social programming and networking events for students and faculty/staff, and that is something I'd definitely recommend you involve yourself in because it helps with gaining that feeling of belonging and can come in handy later when it is internship/job search time. Clubs are also a great way to kind of figure out where you belong and gain that sense of community.
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  • AcersaccharumAcersaccharum 287 replies0 threads Junior Member
    @gorgesbee Are you still checking this thread? My D was accepted (yay!) but is still waiting to hear from her other schools. I am wondering what the geographic diversity is like on campus. We are from the southeast and while she loves the school, she doesn’t want to feel like the only kid from far away.
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  • gorgesbeegorgesbee 27 replies1 threads Junior Member
    @Acersaccharum Hi! Congratulations to your daughter on getting accepting here - and good luck to her with her other schools! I have a sibling going through the college admissions process right now, and I had kinda forgotten how brutal they can get!

    There are definitely some states that have larger contingents than others here on campus. A lot of people are from New Jersey, Massachusetts, or somewhere in New York City. That being said, I know more than one person from California and a handful of people from Texas, as well as a lot of some international students. She definitely won't be the only person from far away, so she doesn't have to worry about that!

    Also, for what it's worth, I've noticed that as school goes on and you start to love it here, people start to talk less about where they're from and more about where they dream of going. It can be nice to have a group of people from home at first as a security blanket, but I personally think that feels less important to me now as I've grown in my identity as an Ithaca College student - and I was someone that really struggled with homesickness at first!

    Let me know if you have any other questions/need clarification. I do this thing sometimes where I write a lot of words without actually answering the question, so call me out if I just did that to you!
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  • AcersaccharumAcersaccharum 287 replies0 threads Junior Member
    Thanks! She’s not so worried about having friends close as she just doesn’t want to be the only one “not from around there”.

    Do you know if it makes a difference in housing to submit your deposit early, or does the college wait to assign after acceptances?
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  • gorgesbeegorgesbee 27 replies1 threads Junior Member
    @Acersaccharum Oh yeah most people aren't from around here so she'll be just fine.

    The timing of the deposit doesn't matter. We have a lottery system for housing, so numbers that determine your selection date/time are randomly assigned some time during the summer. She'll get to pick her own building/room; the college doesn't assign it - so tell her to pay attention to which dorms she likes best if/when you visit again!
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  • Music2023Music2023 130 replies5 threads Junior Member
    Hi! Is it possible to get a single dorm
    room as a freshman?
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  • gorgesbeegorgesbee 27 replies1 threads Junior Member
    @Music2023 Hi! It's definitely possible for freshmen to live in single rooms - one of my closest friends lived in a single last year! I'm not sure how many singles there are in the freshmen buildings, though, so it may be a little hard depending on how the lottery goes for you, but I think you'll be fine. My friend with the single last year actually moved in to the single midway through the semester, so you'll probably be fine.
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  • northjerseymamanorthjerseymama 30 replies2 threads Junior Member
    When do they start notifying students if they qualified for the Leadership Scholarship? How long after applying might we hear? I know it's on a rolling admission basis. My daughter applied earlier this month. She's very interested so we have our fingers crossed. And, the same question for the Honors program. She was invited to apply. I know it's also on a rolling admission basis. I am wondering how quickly it fills up, and how quickly they notify people. Thanks for any insight you may be able to give!
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  • BobMahloongaBobMahloonga 88 replies3 threads Junior Member
    Can anyone here talk about what there is to do during the weekends and what it is like being in Ithaca? My son was accepted into the film department and I think he has reservations because he will be so far away from home and feels like he won't have anything to do. He also remarked that the students at another school he was accepted to (but less of a known film program) seemed happier. I loved Ithaca's programs (and school) and actually believe it is a better fit for him (including financially). Thoughts? I need some help "guiding" him to the right decision.
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  • SardenSarden 22 replies0 threads Junior Member
    I went to the school on the other hill, and am in Ithaca a few times a year. Ithaca is consistently named as one of or the top collegetown in America. The Commons is a pedestrian mall downtown that has many interesting and affordable restaurants, funky shops, with festivals and concerts held there throughout the year https://www.downtownithaca.com/visit-downtown/ The Farmer's Market is a popular destination on Saturdays early spring to late fall - it's right on the lake, and besides the produce there are local crafts and streetfare type food vendors http://www.ithacamarket.com/ Too much to cram into a post https://www.visitithaca.com/ A quick google will yield lots of love letters to Ithaca https://www.businessinsider.com/why-ithaca-new-york-is-the-best-college-town-in-america-2013-11#its-really-easy-to-get-around-7

    That being said, I personally found I had not so much free time to roam and often didn't go past Collegetown (the area adjacent to CU). She's in love with the city of Boston, and I'm trying to make her understand that there's not as much time as she thinks for adventuring.
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  • BobMahloongaBobMahloonga 88 replies3 threads Junior Member
    @Sarden - Thanks for the info. A lot of that is the same info we heard when we visited. My son's other school is in Philly and he is waiting to hear from schools in Boston as well. I too, am trying to convince my child that you typically stay within the confines of the school and the area. I think Boston is a great college town but how often will he really get to go out and about. As long as you are involved (and he will be) in clubs and activities there shouldn't be much downtime.
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  • AcersaccharumAcersaccharum 287 replies0 threads Junior Member
    @BobMahloonga Is your son on Instagram? The Ithaca page is often given over to a student for the day and you can ask questions there. Also, the IC peers is way to connect with other incoming freshmen who might know more about the area. My D is heading there this fall and will be on a team sport that will keep her busy, but I think there are tons of clubs. D is very outdoorsy and looking forward to living in such a beautiful place for those kinds of activities.
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  • BobMahloongaBobMahloonga 88 replies3 threads Junior Member
    edited April 2019
    My son is going to Ithaca!!! I am so happy and excited for him. Now that we have that part completed, does anyone have any insight into the tuition payment process and comments about the freshman dorms and how to pick a roommate? He is unable to go to the admitted student days because of prior engagement.
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  • SardenSarden 22 replies0 threads Junior Member
    Congrats! My D is going too! Is your S your first to go to college? Not our first time at the rodeo. Our strategy is to pay as late as possible, which I imagine is in early August ;)
    We are going back next weekend specifically to get a look at the various dorms - I'm told there will be rooms to view where they can get current residents to volunteer.
    My daughter claims Facebook is for old people, like me, but I have heard there is a group there for Ithaca Class of 2023 and that students sometimes find roommates that way.
    There is a very active and friendly parent's group for IC on Facebook called "Ithaca College Parents" .
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  • BobMahloongaBobMahloonga 88 replies3 threads Junior Member
    @Sarden - Thank you for the info and congrats to your daughter! What will she be majoring in? When I spoke to Ithaca they told me that they will send me an invoice in July and it is due in August.

    I was told the same thing by my son concerning Facebook. Once my son tells the rest of my family, I will join the Facebook group. I'll be anxious to hear, if you don't mind sharing, you and your daughters take on the dorms. We are unfortunately unable to make it to admitted student day.
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  • SardenSarden 22 replies0 threads Junior Member
    She's admitted to Writing, which has been her passion, but is intrigued by Exploratory.
    On the tour they only show the one "example" room in The Terraces (I think?) Next weekend I was told that they try to have student volunteers show their room in the various rooms. If we get to see any, I will post our thoughts.
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  • BobMahloongaBobMahloonga 88 replies3 threads Junior Member
    @Sarden - My son is majoring in Film & TV Production. I look forward to your thoughts about the dorms. Thanks again!
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  • BobMahloongaBobMahloonga 88 replies3 threads Junior Member
    When I received my sons financial package they listed room & board as $15,856.00, yet when I looked on Ithaca's website, I have no idea how they got to that number. Also, which meal plan do you think a freshman needs (10 meal plan, 14 or Carte Blanche)?
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  • SardenSarden 22 replies0 threads Junior Member
    edited April 2019
    I have to go look at Room info...my understanding is the R&B number, just like the Personal Expenses and Books lines, is estimated.
    For food plans, most people like to have 3 meals a day, Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner, and x 7 days that is 21 meals a week. If you are selecting 10 or 14 meal plans, understand that means 2 meals a day (or less on 10), or no meals some days. A 10 meal plan at many schools is for commuters to have breakfast/lunch or lunch/dinner on campus. Unless your S is known to skip meals or only does coffee in the morning, I would recommend a 21 plan for at least the first semester when he can better gauge his habits.
    I'm a little surprised at the sheer number of meal options and wonder they are all available for first years? At my son's school first years (the term "Freshman" is discouraged these days) can only pick from a 21 plan with bonus dollars or a 21 plan with even more bonus dollars.
    Also note I am refering to what I found online, which is for the current 2018-19 academic year. I have been following news that IC has not renewed their contract with Sodexo, a national university food service provider, and will be managing their own food service (as does Cornell and Tompkins County Community College).
    Hope that helps or a current parent can weigh in.
    edited April 2019
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