For Incoming Students, 2015-16
Welcome to all new students for the 2015-16 academic year!
It promises to be another awesome year. Here are a few things to keep in mind as you await the opening of the fall semester.
1. Please follow all instructions as provided by the Office of Admissions, the Registrar's Office, and the Provost's Office. Get your passwords, email accounts, and so forth set up. All the information you need on health insurance, housing, financial aid, assistantship payment (i.e., tax) forms, and so forth will be on the websites or emailed to you or sent as hardcopy mail.
2. Do not worry about registration at this time, unless you have some prerequiste courses you need to take at Ithaca College (by the way, we just call it IC). If you have undergrad prereqs to take, you should register for them now. Please also keep in mind that you may audit some of these prereqs. You may deal with the audit paperwork when you arrive on campus in the fall. Contact the ESS Grad Chair for more information.
3. Be sure to have your FINAL official transcripts sent to Ithaca College. If you are taking prerequisite courses during the summer, please have those transcripts also sent.
4. Registration need not take place until after the ESS Graduate Program Orientation, which is tentatively scheduled for the last week in August. Check back periodically to see when the exact date is posted. You will have a much better idea of what courses to take at that time. You must be at this orientation. If you are on a graduate assistantship and your duties are at this time, please tell your supervisor that this is a mandatory meeting that you cannot miss.
5. If you are on a graduate assistantship is is YOUR responsibility to contact your supervisor prior to the start of school. Athletic trainers and fall sport coaches, especially, must be in contact with the supervisors during the summer. Teaching and research assistants can wait until orientation day to meet with their supervisors. Pay for GAs is in the form of a bi-weekly salary over the fall and spring semesters. The tuition waiver is applied directly to your bill. That is, those tuition costs simply do not appear on the bill.
6. The all-college grad oriention/lunch should be posted on the Office of Admissions webpages. Plan to be there. Please note that there are ongoing changes in how graduate administration works. Please be patient while we work out the kinks.
7. We normally have an informal grad & faculty picnic during the first or second week of class, this year it will most likely be Friday afternoon on the second week of class. You should plan on attending this as well.
8. Classes start late August. You will hit the ground running. Get ready for the ride of your life!