Family Weekend FAQs

Any questions you have that are not listed below can be emailed to

Yes! We needed a general idea of attendance early enough for planning purposes, but we're continuing to accept registrations after Sept. 12 to be able to continue monitoring numbers.

Parking is permitted in all lots with the exception of P lot, closest to the Peggy Ryan Williams (PRW) Center (unless you need ADA parking spots for visiting PRW specifically, then please use P lot). Parking passes are not required for Family Weekend. Click here to access an interactive campus map of IC, which includes parking lot locations.

Please note that emergency vehicles must have immediate access to all buildings at all times. Improperly parked vehicles present hardships for emergency response and pose a real threat to public safety. As such, the College must respond to traffic infractions that impede emergency access such as parking in fire lanes, loading docks, walkways, sidewalks, or other non-designated parking areas and spaces. In the interest of public safety, improperly parked vehicles may result in the vehicle being towed at the owner’s expense.

If you plan on attending on-campus Family Weekend and/or Inauguration events, we recommend bringing:

  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Layers (from t-shirts to coats) - it is autumn in Ithaca, it could be 80 and 40 degrees in the same day
  • Refillable water bottles
  • Easily portable snacks
  • Umbrellas (if rain is in the forecast)
  • Consider bringing homemade or local treats for your student

If families cannot make it to one of the check-in sessions listed below, you can pick up a program booklet and your IC Family pin at the Campus Center Info Desk in Egbert Hall.

  • Fri., Sept. 30 @ 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. | Welcome and Check-In Reception (PRW Lobby)
  • Sat., Oct. 1 @ 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. | Late Arrival Check-In (PRW Lobby)

No, it's a build-your-own-weekend event! Choose whichever programs and activities you'd like, and go with or without your student.

  • Ithaca College Dining Halls Hours of Operation
  • Additional On-Campus Dining Options for Saturday, Oct. 1 (save time, order ahead on GrubHub for IC)
    • Ithaca Bakery @ 8:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
    • Food Court @ 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Complimentary refreshments will be provided at the following Family Weekend & Inauguration events:
    • Donuts & Coffee with Residence Life, Friday, Sept. 30 @ 2-4 p.m. at Towers Marketplace
    • Family Weekend Welcome/Check-in Reception, Friday, Sept. 30 @ 4-7 p.m. at Peggy R. Williams Center lobby/lounge
    • 'Quick Snack' outdoor tent Saturday, Oct. 1 @ 12-2 p.m. in the Campus Center Quad
    • Inauguration Celebration Dessert Reception, Oct. 1 @ 9 p.m. at the Athletics & Events Center
  • Ithaca Restaurants

    Registering for Family Weekend and/or Inauguration is free! The only event throughout the weekend that requires purchasing tickets is the IC Theatre Production of Sweat (tickets available at and the Dillingham Center Box Office).


    Contact New Student & Transition Programs at