Getting Started

New Students

Account Information

The Registrar's Office will provide you with an account for the Student Information System (HomerConnect). Next, you will need to activate your IC Netpass account. All incoming freshman are required to take the Math Placement Exam prior to attending orientation. In order to do that, your IC Netpass account must be activated.


The HomerConnect User ID is your 9 digit IC ID number, and the default PIN is a randomly-generated password provided to you by the Registrar’s office. When you log into HomerConnect for the first time, you will be prompted to reset your password. The Homer system will provide you with access to view your academic records and to register for classes, which will be done during summer orientation.

Netpass Activation

Your Netpass username and password are used to access myHome, email and many other systems and services at IC. This account is activated using your HomerConnect User ID provided by the Registrar’s Office and the PIN which you create.


Official email communications from the college will only be sent to your IC email address. It is important that you check this account regularly, or set mail forwarding to your preferred email account. Email is accessed with your Netpass username and password.

Math Placement Exam

All incoming freshman are required to take the Math Placement Exam. This exam should be completed one week prior to your coming to campus for summer orientation. In order to take the exam, your IC Netpass account must be activated. Once activated, you can then log into Sakai and click on the Math Placement Exam tab at the top of the page.

You should allow 90 minutes for this exam. Once you start you must finish within the time allowed. Make sure you have scrap paper and a calculator available and good luck!

This exam is intended to help determine the mathematics based course you should take first at Ithaca College. If you feel the results of the exam do not properly reflect your mathematical preparation, you will have the opportunity to retake the exam prior to the start of classes in the fall. is the college’s new hub for providing access to web-based applications like:


The myHome web portal is a customizable web resource that brings together online elements from Ithaca College and the rest of the Web into one central location. Login to myHome with your Netpass username and password.

myHome Community is a component for social networking exclusively within the IC community. myHome Community offers many "Facebook-like" tools such as friends, discussion forums, photo albums, polls, status updates, and much more.


Many faculty members use the Sakai online course management system to distribute course materials, assessments, exams and learning modules for class. Login to Sakai with your Netpass username and password.


Parnassus is the Human Resources and Financial Services system for employees. If you have a job on campus, you will use Parnassus to record your time worked and view your personal employee information. Parnassus is accessed with your Netpass username, and the default password is "IC", a percent (%) sign, and the last six digits of your IC ID, together without any spaces.  For example, your default password could look like IC%000000. When you log into Parnassus for the first time, you will be prompted to reset your password.

Personal Computer Recommendations

There are no standard computer requirements. Almost any new computer from one of the leading computer manufacturers (Apple, Dell, etc.) should be adequate for basic student computer use on campus. It is recommended that you consult your adviser or a faculty member in your major for advice.

Computer and Software Discounts

IC students are eligible for educational prices on computers and software from a number of vendors and through the Ithaca College Bookstore.

Additional information is available under Discounts to the right.

Personal Computer Repair (fixIT shop)

The fixIT Shop, located in 104 Job Hall, provides convenient on-campus computer advice, support, and service to students, faculty and staff at IC. The fixIT Shop is an authorized warranty repair center for Apple computers and can perform non-warranty services on all computer brands.

Wireless Access

Ithaca College has three wireless networks, accessible from various locations around campus: My-ResNet, IthacaCollege and IthacaCollege-Guest. The My-ResNet wireless network is available in all academic, administrative, and residential buildings. IthacaCollege and IthacaCollege-Guest are only available in academic and administrative buildings. IT manages wireless in academic and administrative areas, while Apogee manages wireless in the residence halls.

Internet in Residential Halls (Apogee)

The Residential Hall computing network (ResNet) is managed by Apogee Telecom. Prior to using My-ResNet, students must set-up an Apogee account. This can be done prior to coming to campus or when you arrive in your residential hall.

Apogee offers both wired and wireless internet connections in the residence halls. If you forgot to bring a network cable to campus, you can purchase a standard 25’ network cable at the Ithaca College Bookstore.

Computer Labs

There are a number of computer labs available on campus for student use, including the library as well as a 24-hour access lab in Friends Hall 110.


Black and white printing and color printing is currently available in the public computer labs. Students receive a $15 printing allowance for the fall, a $15 printing allowance for the spring, and a $7.50 printing allowance for the summer. During the fall and spring semesters, printing is available on a twenty-four hour basis. Poster printing, laminating, binding and more services are available through the Print Shop at specific costs.