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Guide to the New Student Checklist

The following is the information your student needs in order to get started. Please note that items must be completed before the first-day of classes.

Do These First

Set up your Netpass credentials.
Available: May 3
Due: ASAP

Starting May 3rd, you will receive an email from registrar@ithaca.edu to your personal email provided on the Common Application containing your new Student ID number and Activation Pin. Please follow the steps contained in this email to set up your Netpass username and password. Your Netpass will allow you access to most of Ithaca College's technical platforms.

Send your official final transcript(s) to the Office of Admission.
Available: May 1
Due: ASAP
Have your high school (or college) send your final transcript to the Office of Admission. If you have this, please share as early you can.

Send your official AP or IB score report(s) to the Office of the Registrar.
Available: May 1
Due: ASAP
Have the College Board send your official AP Score Report to the Office of the Registrar. If you have this, please share as early you can.

New Student Checklist by Category

This is a comprehensive list of all possible checklist items that a new student may or may not see on their personalized checklist. Students must log in to their IC Connect Portal to view their personalized checklist.

Submit your housing preferences
Available: May 3rd | Due: June 10th 
Learn about housing options at Ithaca College—including Residential Learning Communities—and familiarize yourself with housing policies. Housing preferences will be due no later than 12:00pm on June 10th.

Select a roommate (optional)
Available: May 3rd | Due: June 10th
Create a roommate group if you have a specific person you would like to live with on campus.  Roommate groups will be due no later than 12:00pm on June 10th.

Apply to a Residential Learning Community (RLC) (optional)
Available: May 3rd | Due: June 7th
Explore the Residential Learning Communities and apply along with your housing preferences.

Sign the Residence / Off-Campus Policy Acknowledgment
Available:
May 3rd | Due: 24 hours before registration
Please read the "Residence / Off-Campus Policy" (Section 7.5.1 of the Ithaca College Policy Manual) and sign the acknowledgment.

Meet your classmates
Available:
May 3rd
Learn about your fellow classmates, create a profile, and get matched with those who have similar interests.

Upload your photo for your Ithaca College student ID
Available:
May 24th | Due: July 25th
Upload a photo so you can pick up your ID card on move-in day!

Complete the "Becoming an IC Bomber 101" course
Available:
July 1st | Due: Before move-in
Start preparing for life on campus as an Ithaca College Bomber by reviewing some of the important resources that will support your transition to IC.

Sign-up for your August move-in date
Available:
July 12th | Due: July 31st
Sign up for your August move-in date/time on the Housing Portal. Information about signing up for move-in will be sent out in early July. New first-year and transfer students will be given priority for move-in dates that are prior to the start of Orientation.

Register for first-year OR transfer orientation
Available:
June 23 | Due: July 16th

  • New student orientation is a 3-day on campus program from Thursday, August 19th until Saturday, August 21st. 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 & staff, learn about key support resources, connect with other students, and navigate life at IC before classes begin.
  • Transfer orientation is a one-day on campus program on Friday, August 20th. Orientation is a critical first step for all new students in their transition to college. Transfer orientation is designed to offer an individualized experience designed to meet the needs of our diverse transfer population.

Apply for the Jumpstart program (optional)
Available: June 1
Jumpstart, which takes place shortly before Orientation, is a set of 10 programs that students can select from to explore the local community, learn about resources on campus, and meet new friends with similar interests.

Review the Student Handbook
Available:
Now
As a new IC community member, it is critical for you to take some time to read through the Student Code of Conduct, Title IX, and Alcohol & Other Drugs Policy, and the Community Agreement related to COVID-19.

Review a helpful packing list (optional)
Available: Now
Learn what to bring to Ithaca—and what to leave at home!

Register for Ithaca Summer Seminars (optional)
Available: Now | Due: June 13 
Take one, two, or even three one-credit courses designed to welcome you to IC’s intellectual community. Your first Ithaca Summer Seminar is free!

Complete Math Placement Exam
Available: Now | Due: 24 hours before course registration
All entering students must take the Math Placement Exam regardless of any math courses you are transferring into Ithaca College. Please review the available resources before starting your exam.

Complete your Keyboard Musicianship placement audition
Available:
Now | Due: August 10th
All first-year music students except for piano and organ majors are required to take a Keyboard Musicianship course. You may complete a placement audition to be considered for a more advanced level.

Complete your language placement exam
Available:
June 21st | Due: 24 hours before course registration
Please take the Language Placement Exam(s) and review the resources below before starting your exam. Please note that you must take your placement exam(s) at least 24 hours prior to registering for courses.

Prepare for course registration
Available: July 19th | Due: 24 hours before course registration

Log into Sakai to complete your registration modules to prepare for fall course registration (Use your Netpass to log in.) We encourage you to complete your registration by August 11th, when the registration system will once again be open for continuing Ithaca College students, however, registration will remain open through the first week of classes. Please note that you must take your placement exam(s) at least 24 hours prior to registering for courses. The Sakai modules will open at noon, EST, on July 19.

Register for your fall courses
Available for transfer students:
June 14th
You will work directly with a representative in the dean's office of the school that administers your major. See additional details on the Prepare for Course Registration webpage.
Available for first-year students: July 26th
Log in to HomerConnect and register for your fall courses.

Register for a fall first-year OR transfer seminar
Available for transfer students: June 14th
Every IC student takes a 4-credit Ithaca Seminar during their first semester. Visit the ICSM webpage to learn more about this important step in your IC career and how to select your Ithaca Seminar.
Available for first-year students: July 26th
Every IC student takes a 4-credit Ithaca Seminar during their first semester. Visit the ICSM webpage to learn more about this important step in your IC career and how to select your Ithaca Seminar.Schedule your ensemble audition

Complete your Music Theory Fundamentals placement exam
Available: August 7th | Due: August 15th
All first-year music students are required to take the Fundamentals of Music Theory placement exam. You will receive an email with a link to take the placement exam. Your grade on the exam may exempt you from taking the Fundamentals of Music Theory course.

Submit proof of COVID-19 vaccination
Available: Now | Due: July 19th
All students must be vaccinated against COVID-19 disease. This will enable a vibrant fall where in-person teaching, learning, and community-building can occur in ways that resemble a pre-pandemic “normal,” with a greatly reduced risk of infection for our campus community. For the few students unable to receive the COVID-19 vaccination due to medical/disability or sincerely held religious beliefs, we will share more information regarding the exemption process mid-May.

Submit required health forms
Available: Now | Due: June 15th
Complete health certification forms online and submit your official immunization record.

Review the student health insurance plan, and accept or decline it
Available: June 1st | Due: August 15th
Review the 2021-2022 Student Health Insurance Plan benefits. If you would like to keep this plan, please submit the enrollment form.  If you wish to keep your current health insurance, be sure to submit the health insurance waiver and proof of coverage by August 15th, 2021.

Complete the AlcoholEdu online module
Available: July 26th | Due: August 15th
Be sure to complete the AlcoholEdu online course prior to August move-in.

Complete the SHARE online module
Available: July 26th | Due: August 15th
Learn about your personal responsibility to prevent and report sexual harassment and violence.

Complete the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion online course
Available: July 26th | Due: August 15th
Diversity, Equity, & inclusion, engages students with key themes such as identity, power, privilege, oppression, and unconscious bias and teaches strategies for self-care and creating equitable environments.

Finalize your financial aid package, and review your payment options
Available: Now | Due: August 1st
Complete required paperwork with the Office of Student Financial Services and learn about payment options.

Review meal plan options (optional)
Available: June 25
Meal plan assignments for residential students will be available to view in IC Workflow. The meal plan will be charged to your student account shortly after it is assigned.

Check your fall semester balance
Available: July 1st | Due: August 10th
Review your fall bill, check the due dates, and contact Student Financial Services if you have any questions about due dates.

Request a need-based orientation fee waiver (optional)
Available: TBD | Due: August 17th
More information coming soon.