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Our Community

Start off on the right foot.

Exploratory students meet as a group during Fall Orientation to build community. In the past, exploratory orientation events have included a confidential Q&A with peer mentors and more informal bonding over s'mores. Students are are also provided practical support in the form of group information sessions and one-on-one advising check-ins. 

Built-in mentors and friends.

Peer Ambassadors and Leaders, also known as PALs, are there for incoming explorers from day one. PALs are just a message away for any student in need of resources, advice, or even someone to get lunch with!

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Leighann Guardino '21

"Take advantage of each and every opportunity presented to you. Sometimes the most valuable and beneficial experiences are those that happen outside the classroom and when you least expect them to!"

Exploratory students are in good company.

As much as 40 percent of Ithaca’s incoming class in the School of Humanities and Sciences (20% of IC's entire incoming class) begins their academic journey in the Exploratory Program. To help you get to know your fellow travelers and guides, we sponsor a variety of academic, informational, and social events:

  • Midterm study break featuring pizza and Q&As with peer mentors about the next semester’s courses
  • Spotlight presentations on different majors each semester
  • A majors and minors fair featuring live advising stations, games, food, and prizes

But don't take our word for it...

Watch these videos to hear what current IC students know about the Exploratory Program!

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