Finding Their Future

By Grace Collins '22, March 2, 2023

Accepted student events excite and encourage future Bombers.

For members of the class of 2027, the time is nearing to weigh their options and make a big decision—choosing which college will be the right fit for their future. That’s why more than 400 students made the trek to Ithaca to attend a pair of events put on by the Office of Admission: IC Open House and Connect over Cocoa. 

Held on February 20, the open house event provided a glimpse of life at Ithaca College. With more than 1,000 total attendees hailing from 25 states, the campus was abuzz with activity and excitement throughout the half-day program, which included tours, meetings with faculty representatives from each academic school, and presentations about campus life.

The event also featured a student life fair, with representatives from campus offices (such as Student Financial Services and Dining Services) and student organizations (like Premium Blend and Guiding Eyes for the Blind) lining the perimeter of Glazer Arena in the Athletics and Events Center to share information with those in attendance

“It’s such a pretty campus, and the tour was great. It was really great to see classrooms and lecture halls. I really liked the entire school. I wasn’t originally considering IC as a top choice, but now I’m thinking it’s a real possibility.”

Prospective student Anusha Bhargava

Megan Parker ’23, a student leadership consultant with the Office of Student Engagement, was at the open house representing Jumpstart, a selection of pre-semester programs for first-year students. Throughout the day, she connected with dozens of prospective students about opportunities for on-campus involvement.

“It was wonderful being able to welcome students and their guests to Ithaca College,” Parker said. “The students seemed very engaged and interested about all the exciting things that IC has to offer.”

Anusha Bhargava is a high school senior from Westchester, New York, who attended the event with her parents. Interested in pursuing an art degree, she mentioned visiting the Ceracche Center as a highlight of her campus tour.

“It’s such a pretty campus, and the tour was great. It was really great to see classrooms and lecture halls,” she said. “I really liked the entire school. I wasn’t originally considering IC as a top choice, but now I’m thinking it’s a real possibility.”

“The competitive advantages at IC really stand out. I can see a future where I can be successful and apply the knowledge that is taught at IC.”

Prospective student Charlotte Schneider

“I’ve heard from colleagues about how great this school is, especially for its music program. It’s very nice to be here and see it,” her mother added.

“My favorite part of the day was definitely walking around the Park School,” said Charlotte Schneider, who came to IC from Rochester. “One room that was very memorable was the newsroom. The cameras and the energy were so intriguing that when I was there, I realized I have to go to Ithaca.

“Having the ability to study abroad in London and in Los Angeles is something that is important to me,” she continued. “The competitive advantages at IC really stand out. I can see a future where I can be successful and apply the knowledge that is taught at IC.”

(I)C It for Yourself

The Ithaca College Office of Admission has several virtual and on-campus events for prospective and admitted students leading up to National College Decision Day on May 1. These events allow students and their supporters to hear from campus leadership; interact one-on-one with current students, faculty, and staff; and tour campus while getting acquainted with South Hill.

A list of events is below. You can read more about the events and register here.

  • Online Admitted Student Program: March 5, 2023
  • Experience Ithaca: March 25 and March 31, 2023
  • Ithaca Today: April 15, 2023
  • You See IC: April 22 and 29, 2023

While the open house showed off everything Ithaca College has to offer and had scores of current students, faculty, and staff ready to share their experiences, the college also wanted to offer prospective students an opportunity to learn about IC in a more relaxed setting. That’s where Connect over Cocoa came into play.

The event gave prospective and current students a chance to chat together while sipping hot chocolate. Providing a strong contrast to the hustle and bustle of the open house, the low-key nature of the cocoa event was appreciated by attendees.

Students at a table

The Connect over Cocoa event gave prospective students the chance to meet with current Bombers in a one-on-one setting. (Photo by Casey Ingraham '24)

“I really liked that nothing was forced on us. They kind of just let us meet fellow students and honestly I made some friends for sure,” said Zoe Lipman. “I’ve been to events like this where there were 45 students and that feels a little overwhelming, so I liked that it was a smaller setting.”

“The student representatives would come up to you, so you didn’t have to approach anybody,” said Anabel Pimenta Velloso. “These people especially were perfect examples of how warm and engaging everyone is here.”

Nicole Eversley Bradwell, executive director of admission, says these types of programs provide special opportunities for prospective students to make real connections and get a sense of what makes IC so special—they’re also one of her favorite parts of her job.

“We love welcoming students and their supporters to South Hill and engaging with them around our living and learning environment,” she said. “We feel that getting to know this place is an important aspect of the college search, and we’re excited by the variety of programs we have planned for the spring.”

Those who attended either of the events can benefit from more than just their time on campus. They also became eligible for the Ithaca College Visit Grant, a $500 credit on their fall 2023 bill that the college is offering to accepted students who ultimately enroll.

The grant is an incentive for students to come and experience Ithaca College for themselves before deciding to enroll. Students who attend any of the upcoming accepted student events will also be eligible for the grant.

Diana DeLuca '23 contributed reporting to this story.