The Honors Advantage

Are you ready for a challenge?

As a member of our selective Ithaca College honors program, you’ll feed your curiosity and expand your perspectives in an intellectual community of students from every school at IC. You’ll have access to unique coursework, travel opportunities, and learning experiences with faculty and peers who never stop asking questions. After exploring these pages check out the IC Honors Blog for the day-to-day buzz of the program.

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Are you up for adventure? Whitewater rafting, a weekend of backpacking, exploring a Canadian winter wonderland: the Honors Program has it all.

We believe that learning happens both in and outside the classroom, and we encourage students to challenge themselves in new ways. We provide a wide array of opportunities so students can challenge themselves. These include:

  • Whitewater rafting: At the beginning of every fall semester, the Honors Program offers a whitewater rafting trip that starts in Watertown, NY, on the Black River.
  • Winterlude: You have probably never experienced a winter festival like this one! Honors students travel to Canada’s capital region to skate on the world’s largest outdoor skating rink, marvel at ice sculptures, and play on a playground made of snow. They also visit some great museums and admire the architecture of the capital building.
  • Backpacking: Backpack for a weekend in the Finger Lakes region. The Honors Program provides guides and basic equipment so students can spend three days and two nights hiking in the region.