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.

Applications Now Open

There is no cost for new first-year and transfer students to participate in this program, but there is a selection process, so please make sure your application responses are thoughtful and authentic.

Complete the Application Form.

Note: This application is not accessible via all smartphones. We suggest using a computer or tablet to complete the application.

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
(Experiencing Connections by Heading Outdoors)

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
(Gardening, Recycling, Eating, Enjoying Nature)

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 will be 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.

August 22–24: All four Jumpstart programs run simultaneously from 5:00 pm Wednesday until 10:00 pm Friday. Participants will be in activities this entire time, with time reserved for participants to sleep and eat. All meals are provided during the program.

Contact Us

Please contact the Office of Student Engagement if you have any questions.

(607) 274-3222