There is no cost for new first-year and transfer students to participate in this program, but there is a selection process. Read about each program and its distinct focus, then choose which one (if any) to apply to. You'll indicate which program you're interested in on the application. (See "Apply to Jumpstart," below.)
Jumpstart Your IC Experience
August 16–17, 2020
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.
Sleep under the stars with your classmates along the Finger Lakes Trail as you use and grow your outdoor adventure skills.
Learn about sustainability in Ithaca as you tour farms and food production systems, hike gorge trails, and eat like a locavore.
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.
Important Dates for Jumpstart 2020
June 1: Online application process opens.
July 3: Online application process closes at 11:59 p.m. (EST).
July 10: Applicants will be notified of their status via email.
July 15: Selected applicants must confirm their acceptance.
August 16: Students move in to their fall room assignment on Sunday, August 16.
August 16–17: All four Jumpstart programs run simultaneously from 4:00 pm Sunday until 10:00 pm Monday. Participants will be involved in activities this entire time, with time reserved for sleeping and eating. All meals are provided during the program.
August 18: Move-in day for Orientation - Jumpstart participants will have the opportunity to volunteer to be on the Move-In Crew!
Note: The application is not accessible via all smartphones. We suggest using a computer or tablet to complete the application.
Please contact the Office of Student Engagement if you have any questions.