Participant FAQs

All participants who have verified their attendance in the Summer College for High School Students by the May 15th payment deadline will receive a detailed participant email. This email will include information about what to bring to the summer college program, and where and when to arrive at Ithaca College.

In the meantime, these FAQs will help answer your questions.

FORMS

I understand I have to complete some required forms. Where can I find them?
You can find all the required forms for participation in summer college here. Please submit them via fax to: 866-924-6272 or mail to:

Summer College for High School Students
Ithaca College
Office of Extended Studies
953 Danby Road
Ithaca, NY 14850

Or scan and email (as PDFs) to: summercollege@ithaca.edu.

COURSE SCHEDULE & ACTIVITIES

When am I expected to arrive and depart?
You are expected to attend check-in. Please plan to arrive sometime between 3-4pm on the Sunday prior to the session’s first day of classes. At that time you will also be given your room key and meal pass. You will then go to your residence hall to find your room, meet your roommate, other program participants, and your summer resident assistant. At 4:30 pm there will be a welcome/orientation, followed by dinner, a campus tour, floor meetings, and a social.

What is the course schedule for the program?
All courses in the one-week session meet from 9:30 to 11:30am and from 1:00 to 2:30pm. In the three-week session, 2- and 3-credit courses take place from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m; 4-credit courses meet on the same schedule but continue to meet each day until 3:30 p.m.

What types of activities will there be after class each day?
Students can visit the downtown Ithaca Commons, watch one of the largest Fourth of July fireworks displays in central New York, work out at our award-winning Fitness Center (students must be at least 16 years old to use the Fitness Center), play games on the quads, scan the stars in our very own observatory, attend local theater, and hike and picnic in area parks. Additional activities will be planned based on student interest. Some may include a nominal fee.

WHAT TO BRING

Will I need to bring additional money?
Pocket money will provide for incidentals such as snacks, supplies, movies, and miscellaneous purchases at the Campus Store. ATMs are available on campus. Unfortunately, personal checks cannot be cashed on campus.

What attire would be appropriate and what should I bring?
Dress will be informal. Be prepared for warm (occasionally hot) days.  Nights are usually cooler and a sweater or light jacket may be needed. Bring a swimsuit for the outdoor pool and if you plan on participating in sports, bring tennis racket, golf clubs, soccer ball, softball glove, etc…

Do I have to bring anything for my dorm room, like bedding or snacks?
The College provides sheets, a blanket, a small towel, and will provide a linen exchange once per week. You may want to bring an extra towel and your own pillow. You may also want to bring coat hangers, a reading lamp, a telephone, and a fan, because dorms are not air conditioned.

No appliances will be permitted in the dorm room. All dorms do have coin operated snack machines. (Some dormitories may have lounges equipped with microwave, refrigerator, etc…) Also, the residential life staff make routine trips to Wegman’s market and will bring in additional snacks for summer college students.

Should I bring a computer?
Computer labs with very fast Internet access are available for your use, but you may want to bring your own computer for use in your room.

Will my course have a textbook that I need to purchase in advance?
Textbooks for Summer College courses will be purchased at the Ithaca College Campus Store. The cost may vary upon the course but usually run between $150 to $250.

In order to purchase textbooks you will need to know what course you are enrolled in. Be prepared to make payment at the time of purchase. You may pay with cash or with your own credit card or check. You may also pay with your parents’ check; it should be made out to Ithaca College Campus Store and signed, but the amount should be left blank. It should also include your parents’ name, address, phone number and drivers’ license number.

HOUSING

Where will I stay during the program?
You will stay in a campus residence hall with one or sometimes two other roommates. Students are housed by gender, with dorm floors, or wings of floors, separated by gender. Bathrooms are also separated by gender and each have individual shower stalls.

Who is in charge?
A live-in residential coordinator is in charge of non-academic portions of the program including life in the residence hall. A staff of 7 or more resident assistants, in addition, live on the residence hall floors throughout the duration of the program. This team of RAs is closely supervised by both the residential coordinator and the program director. The program director, Warren Schlesinger, also has specific responsibility for academics and academic advising. He can be contacted by phone at 607-274-3951. His cell phone number is made available to the entire residence hall staff for use as needed.

The Office of Public Safety open 24 hours and can be reached at 607-274-3333 for actual emergencies.

The Office of Extended Studies can be reached at 607-274-3143 during normal business hours – 9:00am to 4:30pm.

More information about safety and security can be found on our summer college Campus Life page.

Where will I eat?
Meals each are served at the Campus Center Dining Hall. You can review more about the college's dining options here at the Dining Services website. Yes! Gluten-free menu options are available. For more information or to schedule gluten-free meals during your stay, contact the college's executive chef at 607-274-3009.

Are there laundry facilities and are they coin operated?
Each dormitory has laundry facilities and are free. You may want to bring a small container of detergent and a laundry bag.

Will I be able to receive mail/packages while at Ithaca College?
Yes, your mail will need to be addressed as follows:

Your Name
Ithaca College
c/o Summer College for High School Students
Phillips Hall Post Office
Ithaca, NY 14850-7076

HOW DO I GET THERE?

The Ithaca Bus Terminal is located at 710 W. State Street and N. Fulton Street and is less than 10 minutes driving distance from Ithaca College. The Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport is located on Brown Road and Warren Road. Below is contact information for the transportation you plan to use.

  • Greyhound Bus Lines (800-229-9424)
  • Shortline Bus (800-631-8405)
  • New York Trailways (800-225-6815)
  • Swarthout Coaches (800-772-7267), (607-257-2660)
  • Cornell University- express bus service from campus to campus (607-255-4628)
  • Amtrak’s Syracuse Station (800-872-7245)
  • Ithaca Airline Limousine (607-273-3030) will also pick up from Amtrak in Syracuse and the airport.
  • Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport is 15 minutes driving distance from Ithaca College and serviced by these airlines:

- DELTA
- UNITED
- US AIRWAYS

  •  Local taxi service is operated by Ithaca Dispatch, 1-888-321-1149 or 607-277-7777

Where should my family stay while in Ithaca?
Families who wish to accompany participants to Ithaca are encouraged to stay at the Country Inn & Suites where a block of rooms has been reserved at a reduced rate of $139 per night. Call the front desk to make your reservation and reference Ithaca College's "Summer College for High School Students" to receive the special rate. Reservations must be made by May 25 in order to receive the discounted rate.

Country Inn & Suites Ithaca
1100 Danby Road (Route 96B)
Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 256-1100

How do I find out about Ithaca College and the town of Ithaca?
To find out about Ithaca College and the surrounding area please peruse the following informative websites:

 About Ithaca College:

Ithaca Guide: /ithacaguide

The Ithaca Guide is the Ithaca College information guide to Ithaca, NY.  Get information on anything from apartments, banks, transportation, and where to eat!

Ithaca College campus tour:

Campus map: /map/