Seeing Themselves on South Hill

By Rachael Powles ’22, April 15, 2022

Accepted students find community at IC.

Over the past few weeks, Ithaca College has hosted several in-person accepted student experiences to help future Bombers learn more about what the next four years on South Hill can look like.

During the weekend of March 26, the college hosted Experience Ithaca. Prospective students had the chance to tour the campus and speak directly with department chairs, professors, and other campus leaders to get a better grasp of everything IC has to offer.

Ainsley Moran, an accepted student visiting from Worcester, Mass., attended a panel hosted by the Center for Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Social Change (IDEAS), titled “Honoring Your Intersectionality at Ithaca College.” At the event, campus partners shared the resources available for students of many different identities.

Moran said the college’s atmosphere of acceptance made them feel even more excited about attending in the future.

“This has been a really good way to learn about living on campus and engaging with the community. It’s been so helpful to learn about the college as a whole, not just my specific department.”

Accepted student Grace Leininger

“I’m very happy that we have this space. Even the little things people at IC do like asking for my pronouns makes a big difference,” they said.

On April 8 and 9, the Ithaca Today event furthered that spirit of community. Nearly 500 prospective students and more than 1,200 total guests came to campus for the event, which Nicole Eversley Bradwell, executive director of admission, opened with remarks that stressed the entire IC community’s commitment to creating the best experience possible for accepted students.

In Their Own Words

Ithaca Today attendees had strong praise for IC after the events. Below is some of the feedback they shared:

  • I was blown away and think the whole event was absolutely astonishing. All my questions were answered, I got an indepth look at the college, I got to talk with real students, I connected with similar people, and had a really great time.
  • I’m so excited to be coming here in the fall. My friend kept saying, “Guys, look at our school!” One thing that I loved was how even in the rain, we all still were truly enraptured by everything.
  • The sense of family, which you hope is what your kids will find in their campus community, came through today.
  • Great program overall. I especially enjoyed the Welcome Address and the Parent/Supporter Panel. Very well organized and engaging. Having students around on campus to answer questions and direct us was very helpful.
  • What an awesome day.
  • My student and I really appreciated and enjoyed the fair-style portion of the program. It was helpful to be able to interact with students and staff at the various tables. We also really appreciated the student-led breakout discussions!
  • I really enjoyed the program and think IC is a great option for my student after hearing about the program and speaking with current students, alumni, and staff. Well done!

“College is our life here in Ithaca and I’m so grateful that so many of us have made our homes here,” said Eversley Bradwell.

One of the highlights of the day were the “de-constructed panels,” a series of casual conversations between accepted students and current IC students. At one panel, President’s Host Cami Weldon ’25 shared one of her favorite aspects of life at Ithaca.

“I love having professors that know me by name, who know where I’m from and what I’m struggling with and what I need help with,” Weldon said. “My favorite resource is knowing that professors are always available. It gives me the opportunity to engage with things outside of the classroom.”

Grace Leininger, an accepted student in the School of Music, traveled from Albany to learn more about IC.

“This has been a really good way to learn about living on campus and engaging with the community,” she said. “It’s been so helpful to learn about the college as a whole, not just my specific department.”

Kaizer Slater appreciated that the in-person nature of the event allowed the opportunity to connect with current students.

“It’s so nice to be able to talk with the students,” said Slater “I’ve heard about so many of these programs, but it’s great to actually be able to see everything in action.”

In addition to those opportunities, student organizations tabled in the Glazer Arena, and admissions counselors were present. Students were given tours of their respective schools and information sessions as well. There were also opportunities to speak with representatives from the Office of Student Financial Services and the Office of Residential Life, making sure students and their families had access to all the information they needed to make their decision.

After getting the chance to enjoy lunch with current students in a comfortable atmosphere, accepted students and families ended their day with “Cookies on the Concourse,” a relaxed event where students and their families could mingle, pose for pictures in front of balloons that spelled out “2026,” and enjoy some treats.

“I’m thrilled with the success of our Ithaca Today programs,” said Laurie Koehler, vice president for marketing and enrollment strategy. “Numerous students and family members shared with me how impressed they were by not only the organization and content of the programs but also by how welcoming and helpful our IC community members were.”

More to Come

There are still plenty of opportunities for accepted students to take part in an IC admissions event, be it virtual or in-person. On April 18, “The Arts, Sciences, and Humanities: Liberal Arts at Ithaca College” will provide an overview of the nearly 50 fields of study available to a student in the School of Humanities and Sciences.

Register for the event here.

There are still plenty of opportunities to visit Ithaca College — in-person or virtually — and see everything it has to offer.

Learn more about visiting IC here.

“Data support that visiting a campus is one of the most significant influencers in students’ decisions about where to attend college,” Eversley Bradwell said. “We know just how powerful the experience of being in this special place can be – both because of our physical environment as well as the people who comprise the IC community.”