First-Year Experience

The following programs foster students' learning and achievement in and out of the classroom by addressing academic and personal dimensions of student development throughout the student's first year at Ithaca College.


Orientation is a critical first step for all new students in their transition to college. Orientation includes opportunities for students to confirm their course schedule, meet faculty, learn about key support resources, connect with other students, and navigate life at IC before classes begin. We want to ensure that each of our IC students are prepared to be successful academically, socially, and personally. Click here to learn more about Family and Supporter Orientation!

Ithaca Seminars

Ithaca Summer Seminars

Students can take one, two, or even three one-credit courses! (The first one's free!). Take advantage of this virtual summer initiative to welcome you to IC’s intellectual community and equip you for a successful transition to Ithaca College. One foundation course is free; take up to two additional courses for just $150 each—a significant discount off the usual per credit cost of $500. (Charges will be added as appropriate to your fall semester bill.)  Click here to learn more!

Ithaca Seminars
These interdisciplinary courses are academically engaging with an additional emphasis issues regarding transitioning to college. Click here to learn more!

First-Year Residential Experience

The First-Year Residential Experience (FYRE) provides new students with the opportunity to share their stories, connect with peers, staff, and faculty, and live together in a respectful, inclusive, and educational community. There are multiple residential learning communities available to first-year students. Transfer students are encouraged to live the "transfer community" in Terrace 11. Click here to learn more!


All students, including both those who choose to drink alcohol and those who choose not to, are expected to complete AlcoholEdu. This is a personalized and interactive online course, all students must complete prior to the start of the fall semester. This brief, online course will be available from July 26th, 2021 until August 15th, 2021. Click here to learn more!

Pre-Semester & Transition Programs

Students may apply to participate in the following optional programs:

Pre-Semester PROGRAMs

Jumpstart includes various pre-semester programs offered prior to Orientation in August, where students can choose to focus on leadership, community service, outdoor adventure, sustainable living, and more. Applications will open in early June. Click 
here to learn more.

Transition PROGRAMs

First-Year Speaker Series

Guest speakers focus on inclusive community development and successful transition strategies. Click here to learn more.

Leadership Weekend

This retreat during the spring semester is designed to develop first-year students' leadership skills and to provide an opportunity for them to connect with other emerging leaders. Click here to learn more.