How to Apply

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Important Policies and Procedures to Read Before Applying

Before applying to the program and paying any fees or deposits, please review our Pre-College Health and Safety Protocols. Your application to our pre-college program indicates your agreement with these health and safety protocols. You will also sign an agreement to these protocols upon acceptance into our program.

COVID-19 Positive or Other Serious Illness or Injury Protocol 

We strongly encourage that participants are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, including appropriate booster doses, as defined by the CDC, before arriving on campus for program participation. We are not requiring proof of vaccination to participate in our summer 2024 programs. You can view the current COVID-19 College policies here. The College does not offer isolation or treatment services for COVID-19. If your child tests positive for COVID-19, they will be required to isolate. People who are isolated must remain separated from others for a minimum of 5 days since symptoms first appeared and resolution of fever for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing medications, and with improvements of any other symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath). Isolation must occur under the supervision of a parent/guardian at home or off campus. The College cannot provide isolation facilities or supervision. 

The College will arrange for appropriate medical care and monitoring of your child in the case of a COVID-19 positive test or other serious injury or illness that may occur during the program. You are required to retrieve your child within 24 hours of notice by the college should such an incident occur. Please carefully consider this as a possibility prior to enrolling your child in a summer program at Ithaca College and have a plan to retrieve your child if needed.  

If you do not retrieve your child within 24 hours after notice by the college, you will be charged a fee of $250 per day, subject to further charges for any additional required support services or resources. 

Costs of Medical Care Services  

If your child requires urgent medical care services, Cayuga Health at Ithaca College Student Health Services will provide treatment for acute illness and injuries. Student Health Services is open Monday-Thursday 9 am-3 pm. If your child needs urgent medical services outside of this period, Ithaca College staff will make arrangements for transportation to a local urgent care center or Cayuga Medical Center.   

Student Health Services can provide services to individuals ages 12 – 23. Many laboratory tests are offered on-campus and we work closely with local off-campus laboratories where additional tests are processed. If your child requires more intensive care, transport to Cayuga Medical Center will be arranged via ambulance at your cost. 

We partner with an off-site pharmacy to have prescriptions delivered to Student Health Services if needed. Some over-the-counter medications are available for purchase at Student Health Services with parental or legal guardian consent. Participants must have a form of payment for prescriptions or over-the-counter medications.  

Your child’s insurance will be billed in the same manner as when you visit your primary care provider. Therefore, you will be responsible for copayments and deductibles for office visits and labs similar to what you experience at home. Please contact your insurance company for any questions you may have. Billing assistance is offered by Cayuga Medical Associates. It is important to know if our Student Health Services participates with your insurance company to differentiate “in-network” charges from “out-of-network" charges.  It will also be important to understand your deductible.   

You can find a list of participating insurances accepted by Cayuga Health Systems here.  

College Academic Credit 

If your child must be absent from classes for more than 2 days, and given the short duration of the program, your child may not be able to satisfy the requirements for college credit. If they are medically eligible and choose to return to the program, they may have limited participation in program activities but will not receive course credit.   


Refunds are not issued for any program fees, housing, board, travel costs, or other expenses due to a COVID-19 positive test, other serious illness or injury, or removal from program due to violation of the student conduct code. 

Violations of the program or student conduct code are addressed in accordance with our Summer Pre-College Program Conduct and Disciplinary Procedures process.

Applications for 2024 are now Open!

Take your first steps toward college by living and learning this summer at Ithaca College. Please read the important information regarding health and safety protocols AND student conduct code policies before applying to any of our programs. Program dates are July 15 - August 02, 2024 (participants must arrive on campus on Sunday, July 14, between 2-5 pm).

The Application Period for Summer College for High School Students (including Ithaca Young Writers Institute) closes on Friday, May 17, 2024.

Apply now!

Eligibility Requirements

Participants must be age 14 or older, and be entering 9th grade or in high school (or equivalent) in fall 2024. 

While a strong academic profile is normally needed for acceptance, students may be accepted into courses where they have already demonstrated a strong background or ability in a specific field or subject. Apply early to reserve your spot and increase the likelihood you will receive your choice of courses.

Acceptance to any pre-college for high school students summer programs does not guarantee admittance to Ithaca College.

Gather Your Materials - Summer College and Ithaca Young Writers

For Summer College for High School Students and Ithaca Young Writers Institute

To apply, you must submit the following documents, so get these two documents ready to submit BEFORE clicking on the application.

  • Unofficial High School Transcript (PDF or PNG/JPG format) (Summer College for High School Students and Ithaca Young Writers Institute only). You will need to submit a current high school transcript (scanned or unofficial copies accepted) or your most recent semester grade report as an attachment to your application. Please name the file starting with the applicant's last name, then an underscore character, and then the word "transcript" (e.g. Jones_Transcript). Your application will not be complete without a copy of this transcript.
    • Grade reports and unofficial/official transcripts can be obtained in electronic format from your school. Ask in the main office or from a guidance counselor.
  • Reflection (PDF or RTF format) (All applicants). Upload your written reflection during the application process in response to the following prompt. Please name the file starting with the applicant's last name, then an underscore character, and then the word "essay" (e.g. Jones_Essay).
    • Prompt: What are the three most important things you would gain from participating in the summer pre-college program to which you are applying? 500 words maximum.

Gather Your Materials - Summer Theatre Conservatory

For Summer Theatre Conservatory

To apply, you must submit the following documents, so get these documents ready to submit BEFORE clicking on the application.

For the Summer Theatre Conservatory application0, in addition to the standard application, you must submit an application via Acceptd (a $25 fee applies, fee waiver available, ask here). Please note that the deadline for Summer Theatre Conservatory applications (Standard AND Acceptd) is March 18, 2024. Applicants must submit the following files to Acceptd:

  • A brief résumé (.pdf), including theatrical activities in high school, during summers, honors and awards received, leadership activities or offices held, and other significant non-theatrical activities.
  • A current headshot or recent photo (.pdf).
  • One (1) memorized Contemporary monologue (written after 1900) 60 – 90 seconds in length.
  • Two contrasting songs: Each video should be 60–90 seconds, One song should be written prior to 1970. This song can be either the uptempo or the ballad (student’s choice). One song should be written after 1970 and contrast the style of the first.
  • One dance prescreen is required: 30–60 seconds of dance in whatever dance discipline you are most comfortable with: jazz, ballet, modern, African, hip hop, lyrical, or contemporary – do what you love, move the way you love to move.
    • Dance media can be self-choreographed but must be a solo video of you. This can include a show, competition, or other performance so long as you are clearly featured on your own.
    • All choreography must be performed to music rather than a cappella dance media.  
    • All dance media should be filmed in a “head-to-toe” shot, taking care to keep the applicant’s entire body in the frame at all times.  

Please submit separate video clips for each of the above. These videos can be filmed on a handheld device or phone. It is not necessary to submit professionally filmed or edited video. Simply make sure you can be seen and heard.

If you have questions on this part of the application process, please contact our faculty director for Summer Theatre Conservatory, Courtney Young @


Application Deadlines

  • March 18, 2024 (Summer Theatre Conservatory)
  • May 17, 2024 (Summer College and Ithaca Young Writers Institute)

Once you have gathered your materials, you are ready to apply. Applications are set for rolling reviews. We aim to spend no more than two weeks reviewing completed applications. Theatre Conservatory applications may take a little longer due to the additional audition material to review.


Apply Now! The $35.00 application fee is paid during the application process (Fee waived for Foundation Partner applicants). 

Note: If you are applying to the Summer Theatre Conservatory, please note that the application is due by March 18, 2024, and there is a second step in the application process on Accept'd (see next section for that information) and an additional application fee associated with that program.

Application Decisions

You will be notified of your application status on average two weeks after the submission of a completed application and all accompanying documents. Additional time for application review may be needed by some of our program offerings, like our Summer Theatre Conservatory. Please reach out to the faculty director of each program if you have questions about your application status.

Upon Acceptance - Forms & Payment

Upon acceptance into one of our pre-college programs, you will need to set up your participant record in our Campminder system. Parents/Guardians must create a Campminder account and complete the information on behalf of the applicant. Remember this log-in information as you will need it for future submission of payments and forms. Upon being accepted into our program, a parent/guardian will be required to set up your participation record in Campminder and upload various forms with parent/guardian and participant signatures. You will be notified of this process upon acceptance into the program or can review our CampMinder Overview page. All forms will be delivered and received via the parent/guardian Campminder account so make sure to record your login information for Campminder. All forms must be completed and received by Ithaca College at least 3 weeks before the start of the program. The forms you will need to complete are:

  1. Health Forms
    1. Immunization Record (PDF)
    2. Health History Form (Form in Campminder)
    3. Mental Health Form (Form in Campminder)
  2. Policy Forms
    1. Consent to Treat
    2. Policy Sign-Off Forms
      1. Rules and Regulations
      2. Photographic Consent and Release Form
      3. Medication Administration Policy and Understanding
      4. Parental Consent Form and Liability Release
  3. Room and Activities Form
  4. Transportation Form

All forms must be completed in order to participate in our program.

Billing and Payment

Billing and payment occur through the Campminder software.

See our Program Options and Costs page.

Contact Us

Office of Extended Studies
Peggy Ryan Williams Center, Room 304
953 Danby Road
Ithaca, NY 14850