Participant FAQs

Attending Ithaca Writers Institute? Participant FAQs

Alll participants who have verified their attendance in the Ithaca Writers Institute by the May 15th payment deadline will receive a detailed participant email. This email will include information about what to bring, where you will be living, 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 the Writers Institute here. Please submit them via fax to: 866-924-6272 or via mail to:

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

Or via email (as pdf documents) to: iwi@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 card. You will go to your residence hall to find your room, meet your roommate, other program participants, and your summer resident assistants. At 4:30 pm there will be a welcome, followed by dinner, floor meetings, a campus tour, an orientation and a social.

On the last day of the program, a lunch is provided for participants and their families. The closing program begins at 12:30 and usually runs until 2:00 p.m. Students check out from their dorms immediately following this closing event.

What is the course schedule for the program?

Accepted students will receive information about the schedule prior to arrival.

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), 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 available, including readings and workshops with the program's special guests.

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 College bookstore and general 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, 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 RAs make routine trips to Wegman’s grocery store and will bring in additional snacks for 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.

HOUSING

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 live-in residential director 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 resident director and the faculty director. The faculty director, Eleanor Henderson, also has specific responsibility for academics and academic advising. She can be contacted by phone at 607-274-3324.

The Office of Campus 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 business hours – 9:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.

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

What do I eat?

Meals each day 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.

What equipment/appliances are in my dorm room?

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 RAs make routine trips to Wegman’s grocery store and will bring in additional snacks for summer college students. 

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 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. To connect to the Internet we recommend a computer running Windows XP, Vista, or Macintosh OS 10.3 or higher. You must have a 10/100 RJ45 network adapter (an RJ45 adapter looks like a large telephone jack) and a network cable. 

Wireless hotspots are located around campus, including: the Campus Center, Friends Hall  110 Computer Lab, IC Square, the library, and Park Hall and Center for Health and Science’s Atrium.

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
(Your Dorm Name and Room #)
c/o Ithaca Writers Institute
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 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:

- US AIR (800- 428-4322)
- Northwest/KLM (800-225-2525)
- Continental (800-523-3273)

  •  Local taxi service is operated by Ithaca Dispatch (888-321-1149)

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. Mention the Ithaca College Ithaca Writers Institute when you make your reservation, in order to receive the special rate. Reservations must be made by June 8 to receive the discounted rate.

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

Will there be a shuttle from the Ithaca bus station and/or Ithaca airport to Ithaca College?

We will provide shuttle service for students arriving at the Ithaca airport or the Ithaca bus terminal. To arrange for pick up from the Ithaca bus station or Ithaca airport you will need to inform the Office of Extended Studies one week prior to start date of program. Please e-mail information to iwi@ithaca.edu a week prior to the start of the program.

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/