College Planning Guide

How to "Jumpstart" Your College Career

Every year, about 250 first-year and transfer students arrive on campus a few days early to take part in one of four Jumpstart programs sponsored by the Office of Student Engagement and Multicultural Affairs:

Community Plunge
Here's your  chance to join other students and local community service organizations in some worthwhile volunteer projects. Each year more than 100 freshmen and peer leaders pitch in around the Ithaca area, helping with projects such as painting a local animal shelter, making a nature trail wheelchair accessible, and preparing lunch for the elderly.

The Green Tour
Spend your first few days at college learning about sustainability and connect o one another and to the Ithaca community by exploring local food traditions. The group travels travel by bus to see firsthand the diversity of food production systems in use on a variety of farms around Cayuga Lake. Tour highlights also include a gorge hike and dinner at Stewart Park.

Experiencing Connections by Heading Outdoors (E.C.H.O.)
Enjoy the great outdoors in the company of 60 to 70 fellow nature lovers on an overnight camping trip along the breathtaking Finger Lakes Trail. No camping or hiking experience is required, but you should bring your own sleeping bag. We provide tents and backpacks!

This leadership-centered program "leads" the way to a terrific transition into college. You'll meet other new students and learn about your own leadership style by participating in activities and discussions with returning campus leaders.