College Planning Guide

What to Expect Your First Year

It won't take you long to discover that being a college student at Ithaca isn’t about memorizing facts and cramming for tests and memorizing facts. It’s about gaining real knowledge you need in and out of the classroom. Here's a sampling of what you can expect your first year in each of our schools:

School of Business: One first-year course offers you strategies for success, such as time management, goal setting, and communication skills. You'll also hear stories of how professionals adapt to a dynamic marketplace. You can even reinforce your coursework by joining one of our business clubs and professional organizations.

School of Music: Fundamentals of Music Theory brings all the basics into harmonious focus: rhythm and meter, signatures and relationships, terms and symbols, pitch, scales, intervals, and tonality. Majoring in music? Expect the foundation you need to succeed in college and beyond.

School of Communications: Introductory courses prepare you for in-depth study and practice in your chosen field. For instance, journalism majors exercise the skills they need for internships and entry-level jobs in print, broadcast, and online journalism. Cinema and Photography majors debate what gives an image impact and meaning. Students in any program may also join one of our student media organizations.

School of Health Sciences and Human Performance: Our Foundations and Careers seminar helps you explore various health and sport-related career paths. Small-group discussions create a relaxed environment for learning, while guest lectures by leading experts give you real-world insights.

School of Humanities and Science: Our introductory writing courses prepare you to tackle any college-level writing assignment with confidence and skill. You'll get step-by-step guidance through the composition process, then learn to edit your work, polish it, and hand it in with time to spare.