Jumpstart Your IC Experience

In one of our pre-semester programs for incoming first-year and transfer students, you can make early connections within your new community on campus and beyond. Each program has a different focus, and selected participants will join in activities and exercises designed around those themes.
Community Plunge

Connect with your new neighbors in the Ithaca community as you work with a team of other incoming first-year students on local service projects.

Commit to Serve

Sleep under the stars with your classmates along the Finger Lakes Trail as you use and grow your outdoor adventure skills.

Connect With Nature
The GREEN Tour

Learn about sustainability in Ithaca as you tour farms and food production systems, hike gorge trails, and eat like a locavore. 

Save the Planet

Learn what leadership looks like at Ithaca as you meet successful student leaders, build your skills, and lead your peers through an adventure challenge course.

Take the Lead

Important Dates

June 17

Online application process opens  

July 16

Online application process closes at 11:59 p.m. EST

July 18

Applicants notified about their status via email

July 25

Selected applicants must confirm their acceptance

August 22

Students move into their fall room assignment on Wednesday, August 22.

General Contact Information

For general questions about the Jumpstart Program, please contact the Office of Student Engagement and Multicultural Affairs. Please see the program descriptions for specific contact information for each.

(607) 274-3222