Information for High School Guidance Counselors

After a two-year hiatus due to COVID we are thrilled that Ithaca College, located in beautiful Ithaca, NY, will once again be welcoming pre-college students back to campus for summer 2022!  

Our residential, on-campus experiences are designed for high school students to open their minds, unleash their creativity, and connect with other high school students who share their passion. This is an incredible opportunity for students to experience a glimpse of college life in Ithaca, NY, under the guidance of supportive and talented faculty during the summer. 

Applications for these programs are open and more information on program fees, how to apply, and deadlines are available at ithaca.edu/pre-college-programs. Please check out our YouTube channel for video views of Ithaca College to familiarize yourself with our campus. 

Programs for College Credit

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We are offering two experiences where students can experience residential campus living and earn college credit:  the Summer Pre-College for High School Students and the Summer Theatre Intensive.

Summer Pre-College for High School Students
July 05-22, 2022   

Students earn college credits while experiencing the kind of inventive courses they'll take as an undergraduate. Courses being offered this summer include Computer Information Technologies, Personal Health, Public Speaking, and the Career Pathway, Transformative Climate Justice, and Writing for the Screen Media.   

Summer Theatre Intensive  
July 05-22, 2022   

Students can get training, including preparation for the college interview/audition process, at one of the top-ten theatre arts programs in the country while also earning college credit.   

Programs to Hone a Craft or Passion

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We are also offering two, non-credit bearing opportunities, which also permit residential campus living if needed, where students can focus on writing or piano:  the Ithaca Young Writers Institute and the Summer Piano Institute.

Ithaca Young Writers Institute  
July 03-15, 2022   

Students can share their stories by immersing themselves in creative and professional classes that range from poetry to publishing.   Taught by the distinguished faculty of the College’s Department of Writing the curriculum is designed to give aspiring young writers an immersive conference experience in an authentic college atmosphere.

Summer Piano Institute  
June 30 – July 09, 2022  

Students will work directly with nationally and internationally known Ithaca College piano faculty for daily lessons, workshops, classes, and supervised practice.  


If you have questions or would like to talk more about any of these programs, then please reach out to us. We are here to help you.

Eric Machan Howd 
Director of the Office of Extended Studies
Ithaca College Class of 1990