Effective academic advising is an essential component of an Ithaca College education. The College community is committed to providing the individual support, advice, and direction that students need to explore life and career goals and to develop educational plans. This advising relationship, as a collaborative, ongoing conversation, transcends mere course selection and attempts to assist all students as they explore academic programs, experience college life, focus on a major, and prepare for a lifetime of learning, citizenship, and service in a global community.
Each student is assigned an academic adviser from his or her school or division. The adviser maintains advisee records and provides information on major, minor, general education/distribution, and graduation requirements. The adviser also refers the student to appropriate persons or offices when extra assistance is needed and can help locate information on academic policies, procedures, and deadlines. In addition to meeting with their advisers during registration periods, students should actively seek their advisers' assistance before academic problems develop. By working closely with their advisers, students can be better informed about the wide range of educational opportunities available at the College. The most productive and enjoyable student-adviser relationships develop with frequent interaction and open communication.
Academic Enrichment Services
Academic Enrichment Services (AES) offers free peer and professional tutoring to support the scholastic achievement of all Ithaca students. AES accommodates those students who prefer to work one-on-one with a personal tutor, and students can also choose and benefit from facilitated study groups and supplemental instruction in select courses. Peer tutors and supplemental instruction leaders have superior academic credentials and are highly recommended by Ithaca faculty. Professional tutors are departmental academic consultants who work with AES on broader academic support initiatives and also have expertise in particular disciplines. For more information, visit the Academic Enrichment Services website or call 607-274-3381.
Academic Enrichment Services Website
Student Disability Services
Ithaca College seeks to ensure that all students have access to its programs and activities. The Office of Affirmative Action oversees the College's compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The Office of Student Disability Services assists students in accessing reasonable accommodations and in determining which accommodations are appropriate.
Reasonable accommodations may include, but are not limited to, testing modifications, note-taking support, special parking permits, assistive technology, and assistance with class registration.
For additional information, contact the Office of Student Disability Services at 607-274-1005 (TDD: 607-274-1767), or online.
Student Disability Services
HEOP and CSTEP
Ithaca College sponsors the New York State Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP). HEOP provides a broad range of services to state residents who, because of academic and economic circumstances, would otherwise be unable to attend a postsecondary institution. HEOP students meet both academic and financial guidelines set by the New York State Education Department and the College.
In addition, Ithaca College sponsors the New York State Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP). CSTEP provides academic enrichment and career-oriented experiences for students who are aiming for careers in science- and health-related fields or in licensed professions such as law and accounting. CSTEP students participate in internships, conduct research, and become involved with faculty or professional mentors to learn more about their areas of interest. Eligibility for CSTEP depends on a number of factors, including New York residency, ethnicity, and family income levels.
More detailed descriptions of the programs, including application procedures, may be found under "Higher Education Opportunity Program" in the "Student Information" section.
Higher Education Opportunity Program
The Office of Student Engagement and Multicultural Affairs coordinates the Ithaca College orientation programs for students and their family members. These programs provide much of the necessary information for incoming students to complete a smooth transition to the Ithaca College community. During orientation students meet with an academic adviser, register for first-semester classes, and learn about academic procedures, support services, and resources available to them. Students and family members also engage in a variety of programs and activities facilitated by the orientation leaders and orientation staff during their time on campus. On the College's receipt of the enrollment deposit, students receive information about signing up for summer orientation. Further information can be obtained by contacting the Office of Student Engagement and Multicultural Affairs.
Office of Student Engagement and Multicultural Affairs
Special Academic Opportunities
Qualified students can pursue special prestigious academic opportunities such as the Rhodes Scholarship, Truman Scholarship, Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, Minority Leaders Fellowship Program, and the All-USA College Academic Team recognition. For information on the institutional nomination process and other details, contact the Office of the Provost. Students interested in the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship should contact the Office of the Dean in the School of Humanities and Sciences.
Multicultural Academic Program
The Ithaca Achievement Program (IAP) is a community of learners dedicated to personal and academic success. African American, Latino American, Native American, and Asian American (ALANA) students who choose to participate in this academic program receive academic support and career assistance tailored to meet their needs. They take part in a wide variety of educational, cultural, social, and community service activities to enhance their success. Students may join the IAP as entering freshmen or as rising sophomores or juniors. Entering freshmen may choose to attend a summer institute. IAP participants who obtain or maintain an annual grade point average of 3.00 or better will be recognized as "achievers" and may be eligible to receive an Ithaca Achievers Grant, renewable each year, to reduce the loan portion of their financial aid packages. (Students without loans, HEOP students, and recipients of merit-based scholarships are not eligible for this grant.)
The Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) Scholar Program is open to academically talented students from ethnic and racial backgrounds that have been historically underrepresented in American higher education. Scholars receive up to full tuition in aid every year, with a minimum merit-based scholarship of $18,000. MLK scholar awards are renewable annually. MLK scholars are expected to maintain a cumulative B+ average; participate in community service each semester; live in the Housing Offering Multicultural Experience (HOME) program, the College's residential multicultural living learning community, during their first year; travel annually; complete a three-year independent research project; produce a learning portfolio reflecting on service, travel, and leadership experiences; and participate in all required programs, including orientation, seminars, and meetings, and in at least 80 percent of other planned events and activities.
The primary mission of the Ithaca College library is to enhance teaching and learning through the provision of flexible, diverse, and user-centered information services and resources. The library staff works to create an organization that is receptive to change, recognized for efficient management, and committed to user service and satisfaction. Librarians assist users with curricular and research information needs in person and online. Individual appointments for in-depth assistance are also available. Instructional workshops focusing on introductory and advanced research in subject areas are offered across the campus. Course-related reserve materials are also available in print and electronically.
In consultation with faculty and students, librarians develop a collection of materials in print, audio, video, film, and electronic formats, accessible through the library's research portal. The current collection contains approximately 386,000 monograph volumes, 33,000 e-books, 7,000 visual recordings, and 23,000 audio recordings selected to meet the teaching and research needs of students and faculty. The library provides print and electronic access to 2,500 individual serial titles. Access is provided to approximately 10,000 serial publications via subscriptions to over 100 databases. A web-based interlibrary loan service provides access to materials not owned by the library. The library facility is open more than 112 hours per week and supports wireless functionality. A collection of wireless laptop computers circulates for three-hour periods in the library. Digital-audio reserve services, workstations equipped with a full suite of software applications, public scanners, and enhanced electronic journal collections are additional technology-enhanced services.
The library staff is committed to continually improving its services, resources, and facilities, maintaining a community dialogue on its website and purchasing new resources in response to user requests.
For current information on library services and resources, visit the library website.
The writing center, located on the ground floor of Smiddy Hall, serves all students who wish to become better writers. It offers one-on-one tutorials to work on any stage of the writing process in any discipline, from brainstorming ideas to revising drafts for clarity, coherence, correctness, and documentation of sources. Assistance is also offered in improving reading comprehension and refining written English skills for international students.
Information Technology Services
All computers in the library, classrooms, campus computer labs, and other College facilities are supported by Information Technology Services (ITS). Every school in the College offers courses that include computing. Students studying such diverse topics as music theory, developmental psychology, finance, physical therapy, or writing will find opportunities to use computers for class. An extensive collection of programming languages, data analysis packages, and business programs supports the curriculum.
The ITS staff consists of an associate vice president and 70 full-time professional employees. Members of the staff provide free workshops and consulting services to Ithaca College students and faculty. ITS offices are located in Job Hall; phone 607-274-1000.
ITS supports student computer facilities located all over the campus, containing more than 650 computers on a campuswide network. This includes Macintosh and Windows computer classrooms, along with a number of open-access labs staffed by student consultants. The largest and most popular facility is the computer complex on the first floor of Friends Hall. One of these labs is open 24 hours a day, and the others are open from early morning to late at night throughout the school year. All Ithaca College students automatically receive an account for using e-mail and storing files on a network server.
The College has installed network connections for students in all of the residence hall rooms. Students who have their own computers can use these connections for high-speed access to campus computer resources. Apogee Telecom offers Internet access service plans for Ithaca College students, which provide reliable, high-speed access to on-campus networked services.