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When are these courses run?

Our IC Advantage courses are run during Summer Session II, which is between July 08 and August 09, 2024, this year.

What is the cost?

Take one, two, or three courses. The first foundation course is free! Additional courses cost just $155 each.

When do I have to pay?

Tuition will be charged automatically to your student account and due with fall semester bills (end of August / early September). For questions about your financial account, email Student Financial Services (sfs@ithaca.edu).

When can I register?

Registration will begin in April to mid-June! Visit your application status and locate the link for IC Advantage in your New Student Checklist.

How do I register?

For IC Advantage, you'll be registering in your application status portal. Registration will look different for fall, but this summer, the registration system doesn't identify you as a student, yet. So you'll be indicating your course requests in the portal, then we will register you behind the scenes. No, you don't need to know the Course Registration Number (CRN) for IC Advantage courses.

Where can I find the meeting schedule?

The meeting schedule will be posted in April. Just log in to your application status portal, and find IC Advantage on your New Student Checklist. (IC Advantage is an optional program, so look for it among the optional to-dos.) The meeting schedule for each course will be listed beside the course itself on the registration form. You'll select a course and a meeting time both at once, the same as you will in the fall and spring semesters. Registration opens in April and goes until mid-June.

What will be the platform for the synchronous meeting(s)?

Courses will meet synchronously in ZOOM.

Do I have to attend every class meeting?

Participation is required to pass the course. Courses are scheduled with a variety of meeting times. Select a time that will be least interruptive to your work schedule or other personal commitments. Should you have to miss one or more synchronous class meetings, they’ll be recorded, so you can make up for an absence.

Could this ruin my GPA before I even start?

This experience is designed to allow you to take risks and engage with subjects brand new to you. Courses are offered pass/fail. A failing grade will negatively impact your GPA. You may be removed from a seminar in cases of extended non-participation because participation is required for a passing grade.

I'm starting to register, but why do I see only two class options?

Registration in the Deep Dive courses is contingent upon registering for a foundation course. Select one of the foundation courses (College or Community), and you will be given the opportunity to register for the rest.

Do I have to take a foundation course (College or Community) to be allowed to register for a Deep Dive course?


How do I know who's teaching?

Ithaca College faculty designed each of these one-credit courses; however, with courses capped at 20 students with over 1,200 students invited to register, courses have teaching teams. You'll meet the specific faculty member (or team of instructors) in the days leading up to the course launch.

Are these courses available during the fall and spring semesters?

IC Advantage courses are available only for incoming students in the summer before their first year.

How will the one-credit IC Advantage courses apply to my degree?

The answer to this question is different for each student, depending on your major, and whether or not you'll have college credits transferred in. IC Advantage courses are all considered Liberal Arts (LA) courses. That means they will count toward a student's general LA pool of credits toward graduation. So, for example, the Park School has a large pool of LA non-Park credits required, so these credits would apply there.  On the other hand, individual programs might decide to use these credits to satisfy a restricted elective area, if appropriate. If you have questions about how these credits will apply to your degree specifically, you can ask your academic advisor.

Do the IC Advantage courses satisfy my required first-year Ithaca College Seminar (ICSM)?

No. All incoming students must register for a four-credit Ithaca College Seminar (ICSM) in their fall semester as an Integrative Core Curriculum (ICC) requirement. IC Advantage courses are a different, optional program and do not count toward the 4-credit ICSM requirement for all Ithaca College students.