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.

Hear what current IC students have to say about how Jumpstart helped them "jumpstart" their Ithaca College experience!

August 18–20, 2019

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.)

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 3: Online application process opens.

July 12: Online application process closes at 11:59 p.m. (EST).

July 17: Applicants will be notified of their status via email.

July 24: Selected applicants must confirm their acceptance.

August 18: Students move in to their fall room assignment on Sunday, August 18.

August 18–20: All four Jumpstart programs run simultaneously from 5:00 pm Sunday until 4:00 pm Tuesday. Participants will be involved in activities this entire time, with time reserved for sleeping and eating. All meals are provided during the program.

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

Apply to Jumpstart
Please make sure your application responses are thoughtful and authentic.

Contact Us

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

(607) 274-3222