Orientation Leader holding their binder/sign with their small group
IMG from Fall Orientation '21
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Orientation Guiding Principles

Orientation is intentionally created to support all new students' transition to the Ithaca community and is guided by our commitment to the following values;

Balanced Schedule: Balancing a schedule that creates experiential learning opportunities that allow students to learn, engage, reflect, and re-energize.

Academic Transition: ​Preparing students to be engaged learners, readied for academic success.

Class Cohort/Identity: Founding class cohort through tradition and connection​, focusing on the personal and social transition of students with an emphasis on a need for meaningful connection points.

Community Connections: Introducing students to the broader Ithaca community through service, civic engagement, and exploration.

Family Program: Committing to a high-caliber, family & friends orientation program that informs, reassures, and establishes key partnerships​. Sharing timely and instructional information with students/families at key communication points that is simultaneously encouraging and engaging.

Specific Populations: Intentionally creating spaces that allow students who hold multiple identities to participate in and celebrate all aspects of themselves​ through affinity programming.

"The highlight for me was seeing the mentor video and hearing the leader’s personal introductions"

IC Family Member

New Student and Transition Programs

9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. EST