Fall 2020 Jumpstart Program for new IC students

Jumpstart is a collaboration between several departments on campus that offers new students a chance to explore the local community, learn about resources on campus, and meet new friends. We are offering 10 half-day Jumpstart programs on a variety of topics on three Saturdays after first-year students move in and before in-person classes begin.

There is no cost for new first-year and transfer students to participate in this program, but there is a registration process. Read about each program and its distinct focus, then choose your favorites. Registration opens on September 1 on IC Engage. 

Want to watch the video recording of the ECHO-online hike through the IC Natural Lands that took place on September 22? Just click here to walk along with Matt, Natalie, Lydia and the rest of the crew! 

Important Dates for Jumpstart 2020

September 1: Online REGISTRation process opens. 

September 8 through October 3:Jumpstart programs are held! Programs run for 1-2 hours on a variety of dates and times - all held virtually, so you can participate no matter where you reside!

Contact Us

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

Thank you to the following departments for sponsoring Jumpstart programs: BOLD Women's Leadership Network, Campus Center, LGBT Center for Education and Outreach, New Student and Transition Programs, Office of Religious and Spiritual Life, Office of Student Engagement, Recreation and Leisure Studies, and Residential Life. 

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

Note that the programs listed below are from 2019 just for your reference, the 2020 Mini Jumpstart programs are different due to the unusual move-in and start of classes schedule!

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