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Ithaca Achievement Program

"There are within us seeds of who we might become."- Thich Nhat Hanh

Ithaca College students will be ready for their future upon reaching graduation day. The Ithaca Achievement Program is a community of ALANA learners dedicated to academic achievement, leadership development, professional advancement, and civic engagement.  Participants engage in a variety of educational, cultural, social, and community service opportunities to enhance their success as an achiever.  The Achievers progress through 4 phases during their time at IC.

EXPLORING- The Exploring phase is geared for 1st year or transfer students. The purpose of this entry experience is to introduce participants to the IC community and establish a foundation of support as they transition from high school leaders to capable collegiate achievers.

After completing the Exploring Phase of the IAP, students will be able to

  • Identify their personal values and understand how they influence their leadership identity.
  • Develop and manage a personal action plan for academic and social success, based on SMART goals, and demonstrate a sense of self-advocacy.
  • Examine and investigate social identity.
  • Define Ithaca College resources and services available to the community that will aid in their success.


EMERGING- The Emerging phase is geared for sophomore students, or students in their 2nd year of the IAP. The purpose of this experience is to continue building on the foundation Achievers established during the Exploring phase. The year will focus on discovering a healthy balance between academics and involvement and discovering personal strengths to advance the mission statement of Ithaca College.

After completing the Emerging Phase of the IAP, students will be able to

  • Identify their top 5 strengths via Strengths Finder.
  • Demonstrate self-awareness and the ability to make meaningful and intentional involvement commitments.
  • Identify leadership styles and analyze strengths in a team setting.


ADVANCING- The Advancing phase is designed for junior students, or students in their 3rd year of the IAP. The purpose of this experience is to highlight the advanced leadership skills of the Achievers and provide opportunities for practical application of acquired knowledge. The Advancing Achiever begins to become fully invested and engaged in their personal commitment to leadership. Here, we will work to make their vision become clearer by working through the golden circle of leadership.

After completing the Advancing Phase of the IAP, students will be able to

  • Integrate the Golden Circle of Leadership principles in their academic and involvement efforts.
  • Design a program, event, or opportunity and present, as a group, at an SLI.
  • Assess their academic commitment and involvement using the principles presented by “Start With Why.”


TRANSITIONING-The Transitioning phase is designed for senior students or students in their 4th year of the IAP. The purpose of this experience is to allow students the opportunity to reflect and synthesize their learning and development. The Transitioning Achiever prepares for their post-graduate experience. Leadership is celebrated while guidance and insight is provided to the next generation of student leaders.

After completing the Transitioning Phase of the IAP, students will be able to

  • Reflect on their program experience and synthesize learning.
  • Assist in the development of the next generation of student leaders.

Successful completion of the program within that academic year and maintaining a 3.0 grade point average, will deem the Achiever "Active" and "program eligible" for a $1000 Ithaca Achiever's Grant to be applied to their financial aid package for the following year.  Additionally, in order to be financially eligible for the Ithaca Achiever's Grant, the student must have filed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA); and, have unmet need and/or have need-based loan(s) such as a subsidized Stafford loan or Perkins loan in their aid package.  If you are unsure as to whether you would be eligible to receive the Ithaca Achiever's Grant, please contact the Office of Financial Aid at 800-429-4275.

The intent of the Ithaca Achiever’s Grant is to help students reduce need-based loan debt and/or to fill in the gap between other aid offered and the expected family contribution.