First-Year Transition Programs

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

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 Guest Orientation!

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 and inclusive educational community. Transfer students are encouraged to live the "transfer community" in Terrace 11. Click here to learn more!

AlcoholEdu

All students- those who choose to drink alcohol and those who choose not to- are expected to complete AlcoholEdu, a personalized and interactive online course, prior to the start of the fall semester. This brief, online course will be available from August 6th, 2019 until August 19th, 2019. Click here to learn more!

First-Year Pre-Semester & Transition Programs

Students may apply to participate in the following optional programs:

One Summer Weekend

You’re invited to participate in this pilot program to get a taste of Ithaca in the summer: Live on campus for a weekend, connect with current IC student leaders and incoming classmates who share similar interests, and enjoy social activities. Ithaca is a great place to be in the summer! Click here to learn more.

Jumpstart

Each of four pre-semester programs in August offers activities focused on leadership, community service, outdoor adventure, or sustainable living (choose one). Applications open June 3rd and close July 12th. Click here to learn more.

FIRST Look

FIRST Look is a pre-semester experience for new first-year and transfer students who identify as first-generation college students (first in their family to attend college). Click here to learn more.

Hillel FreshFest

Every year Hillel welcomes first-year students and their families to its Fresh Fest celebration. You'll meet in-coming and current Jewish students and Hillel staff and start your college experience surrounded by friends and a caring community. Click here to learn more.

First-Year Speaker Series

Guest speakers focus on respectful community development and successful transition strategies. Stay tuned for more information!

Leadership Weekend

This overnight 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.