Welcome to the First-Year Residential Experience (FYRE) Program at Ithaca College! FYRE is an educational community experience that provides fun and engaging opportunities during a student’s first year of college. As a first-year student in FYRE, you will have the opportunity to meet new people, attend enjoyable activities, connect with faculty, and learn about the Ithaca College community.
The Mission of FYRE is to provide a year-long intentional living-learning environment where first-year students will make a successful transition to the Ithaca College community.
At Ithaca College, we hope students achieve a set of learning outcomes through a combination of interactive learning experiences during the course of their first year. Specifically, the FYRE program strives to contribute to the following student learning outcomes:
- Have meaningful interactions with peers, faculty, and staff in and outside of the classroom.
- Achieve academic success in the first year of college.
- Engage diverse and competing perspectives as a resource for learning, citizenship, and work.
- Understand how to lead healthy and sustainable lifestyles.
FYRE is located in:
- Boothroyd, Rowland, & Tallcott (BRT) Residential Cluster
- Hood, Hilliard & Holmes Residential Cluster
- Eastman & Lyon Residential Cluster
- Landon, Bogart & Clarke Residential Cluster
- East Tower
- West Tower
There are five signature components of the FYRE program designed to help students successfully transition to Ithaca College, succeed academically, explore their ICC themes, and make meaningful connections with faculty, staff, and other students.
Live with other First-Year Students. The FYRE program provides the opportunity for incoming first-year students to live with one another as a cohort. Research signals that living with other students who are going through similar transitions academically and socially, who are seeking friendships, and who are exploring extracurricular involvement opportunities provides a significant advantage to transitioning first-year students.
Experience an Excellent RA to Student Ratio. Within FYRE, students will experience an excellent Resident Assistant (RA) to student ratio so that they have access to and attention from their RA year-round. In a typical FYRE building, there is approximately one RA for every twenty students. This means that students living in FYRE have more personalized attention, guidance, and mentorship from a highly-selective and highly-trained group of upper-division student leaders.
Have Structured Points of Contact with your RA. We guarantee at least three structured points of contact between each student and their RA. While students and RAs will touch base throughout the academic year, these meetings are opportunities to focus more specifically on transitional issues and academic goals. Students have the opportunity to share their IC experience, ask questions, and hear about important campus resources like the Writing Center, Tutoring Services, Academic Advising Center, Career Services, Counseling Center, and more.
Benefit from a Faculty or Staff Mentors. The FYRE program boasts an impressive group of Ithaca College Faculty and Staff who take responsibility for a group of first-year students. Within their assigned group, Faculty/Staff Associates serve as resources, mentors, and guides for a first-year student’s theme exploration and transition to Ithaca College. Faculty/Staff Associates also plan FYRE Theme Programs for their group. It is important for students to attend these events in order to establish a connection with their Faculty/Staff Associate.
Connect (even more) with your ICC Theme. FYRE connects a student’s academic coursework with their residential experience through the exploration of Integrative Core Curriculum (ICC) themes. Every incoming student at Ithaca College selects an ICC theme to explore during the course of their undergraduate career. This exploration occurs both in classes and outside of class through carefully planned FYRE Theme Programs. In a given semester, there may be more than 200 FYRE Theme Programs a student can participate in to further their understanding and exploration of their ICC theme. Some examples of FYRE Theme Programs are available on the FYRE Calendar.
FYRE residence halls are all located within a short walk to three Dining Halls, the Campus Center, Academic Enrichment Services Office, Library, Academic Quad, Residential Life Office, the Fitness Center, and more. Within each residence hall there are social lounges, a TV lounge, laundry facilities, and a kitchen/kitchenette. View all the amenities by residence hall by viewing the Residential Life Guide.