College Planning Guide

Consider Ithaca's Exploratory Program

The Exploratory Program gives you four full semesters (up to two full years!) to sample your options all over the College. That means you can take courses in a variety of fields, not only in the liberal arts but in our professional schools as well. You'll follow your interests, learn more about yourself, find new interests -- and discover the major that's right for you.

What's more, you'll get lots of help along the way. Exploratory Program advisers are selected just for this program and have been trained to become mentors to the students they advise. As an exploratory student, you'll be assigned an adviser who will take personal interest in your success and guide you as you investigate the College’s 100 academic programs.

Check out Ithaca's HSHP Preprofessional Program too!

If you picture yourself in a health, health care, sport, or leisure field but aren't sure which career path interests you most, our HSHP Preprofessional Program is an excellent choice. As in the Exploratory Program, you'll have up to four semesters to sample classes in different subject areas, plus the help of an adviser to determine which of Ithaca's health-related majors suits you best.

Get a flexible fit

Keep in mind, too: In today's world, it's not uncommon to change jobs or career paths many times in your lifetime. That's why we believe in the value of a broad-based education. Even if you've settled on a major, most of our degree programs allow you to pursue electives or minors in other Ithaca schools. Ithaca College offers exciting academic options that blur traditional boundaries and encourage the pursuit of knowledge on a global scale.