Participant Forms and FAQs

Attending Ithaca Writers Institute?

All participants who have verified their attendance in the Ithaca Writers Institute by the June 1 payment deadline will receive a detailed participant email. This email will include information about what to bring, and where and when to arrive at Ithaca College.

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


I understand I have to complete some required forms if I am accepted into the Ithaca Writers Institute.  Where can I find them?

You can download the required forms - due June 1st -  at the right of this page. Please submit them via fax to: 866-924-6272 or scan and email them as PDFs to: Alternatively, you can mail them to:

Ithaca Writers Institute
Ithaca College
Office of Extended Studies
953 Danby Road
Ithaca, NY 14850


When am I expected to arrive and depart? 

You are expected to attend check-in. Please plan to arrive sometime between 3-4pm on Sunday, July 2, 2017. At that time you will be given your room key and meal card. You will then go to your residence hall to find your room, meet your roommate, other program participants, and the summer resident assistants. At 4:30pm there will be a welcome, followed by dinner, campus tour, floor meetings, an orientation and social.

On the last day of the program, there is a closing reception for participants and their families. The program begins at 12:30 and usually runs until 2:00 p.m. Students will check out of the dorm just prior to this closing event.

What is the course schedule for the program?

Accepted students will receive information about the schedule upon arrival.

What types of activities will there be after class each day?

Students can visit the downtown Ithaca Commons, work out in our award-winning Fitness Center (students must be at least 16 years old to use the equipment in 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 interest, including readings and workshops with the program's special guests.

I'm a commuter. How much of this applies to me?

Commuting students should plan to attend, if possible the program orientation between 4:30-5:30 on the day of check-in. Commuting students will start their days at 9:00, so should be on campus between 8:45 and 9:00. Classes end at 3:30, but commuting students are welcome to stay for programming later in the day (ice cream socials, hikes, concerts, etc). Lunches and dinners are also included for all commuters. 

The weekend activities include trips to local sites like Taughannock Falls and the Ithaca Farmer's Market. Commuters are welcome, but not required, to attend. Commuting students' travel to and from these trip sites can be arranged as needed.


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, soccer ball, golf clubs, 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 have coin operated snack machines. (Some dorms have lounges equipped with microwave, refrigerator, etc…) Also, RAs make routine trips to Wegman’s market and will bring in additional snacks for program participants.


Where will I stay during the program?

You will stay in a dorm on campus 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 residential coordinator is in charge of non-academic portions of the program including life in the residence hall. A staff of resident advisers, 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 faculty director. The faculty director, Jaime Warburton, also has specific responsibility for academics and academic advising. She can be contacted by phone at 607-274-3599 or email

The Office of Public Safety is 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 – 9:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m., M-F.

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

What do I eat?

Meals 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 (and vegetarian) 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.

What equipment/appliances are in my dorm room?

No appliances will be permitted in the dorm room. All dorms have coin operated snack machines. (Some dorms have lounges equipped with microwave, refrigerator, etc…) Also RAs make routine trips to Wegman’s market and will bring in additional snacks for program participants. 

Are there laundry facilities and are they coin operated?

Each dormitory has free laundry facilities. You may want to bring a small container of detergent and a laundry bag.

Will I be able to bring my own computer and are there computers on campus?

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. All academic and administrative buildings, as well as all residence halls, have wi-fi coverage.

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 Writers Institute
Ithaca College
Phillips Hall Post Office
Ithaca, NY 14850-7076


The Ithaca Bus Terminal is located at 710 W. State Street and N. Fulton Street and is less than 10 minutes 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 from Ithaca College and serviced by these airlines:


  •  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 "Ithaca Writers Institute" to receive the special rate. Reservations must be made by May 22 in order to receive the reduced rate.

Country Inn & Suites
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/