Arrival Dates

New incoming international students should plan to arrive on campus mid-January for the Spring semester and mid-August for the Fall semester. It is important to note that the International Pre-Orientation is mandatory for new international students; it takes place before the Fall and Spring Orientations. Specific date information will be mailed to you well-before arrival so you are able to plan accordingly.


Early Arrival Move-In: TBD
Pre-Orientation: TBD
Spring Orientation: TBD
First Day of Classes: Monday, Jan 25

FALL 2020

Early Arrival Move-In: TBD
Pre-Orientation: TBD
Fall Orientation: TBD
First Day of Classes: TBD

Travel Arrangements

Flying to the United States

Start working with your travel agent or airline of choice as early as possible to arrange your trip to the United States. Most international students travel to Ithaca from the East Coast via New York City (JFK or EWR), Philadelphia (PHL), Washington - Dulles (IAD), and from the West Coast via Los Angeles (LAX). 

Getting to Ithaca

If your international flight arrives at one of the following three major U.S. hubs: Detroit (DTW), Philadelphia (PHL), or Washington - Dulles (IAD), you may be able to find a direct flight to the Ithaca Tompkins International Airport (ITH) via American Airlines, Delta, or United Airlines. ITH is located just 15-minutes from the Ithaca College campus. *This option is highly recommended for your first trip to Ithaca!*

Another option is to fly into Hancock International Airport (SYR). Please note that this airport is an hour and 15-minute drive to Ithaca. Students arriving at SYR are responsible for arranging their own transportation from Syracuse to Ithaca via taxi (Ithaca Dispatch - very expensive option) or by bus (Trailways - picks-up at at SYR Terminal A - Lower Level 1 - at 4:05 p.m. daily > bus change at Syracuse bus terminal > departs Syracuse bus terminal at 5:00 p.m. > arrives in downtown Ithaca at 6:30 p.m. > taxi to campus.) 

IMPORTANT - WE DO NOT RECOMMEND USING BUS OR RAIL SERVICE FOR YOUR FIRST TRIP TO ITHACA! These modes of transportation are relatively inaccessible from U.S. airports, difficult to use with luggage, and are quite slow.