Coursework and Daily Schedule

Get a jump start on college, meet new people, and learn what campus life is all about!

Course Offerings

Enroll in one course, learn how to work with college faculty, and earn three undergraduate credits.

Course Name Faculty Description
Public Speaking and the Career Pathway
Ann-Marie Adams

Learn how to deliver speeches and improve your public speaking skills! Together we will explore communication styles in the workplace and in groups. You'll learn by doing - with activities, group discussions, or analyzing videos. For required textbooks or course materials, see here.  

Course Name Faculty Description

Wildlife Tracking and Nature Observation

Jason Hamilton

You will be out in the field during this course, developing your skills in nature observation and animal tracking in the context of modern ecology. You will become familiar with the details of the lives of local wildlife including coyotes, deer, foxes, raccoons, opossums, weasels, mice, and bobcats. Topics and skills covered include local natural history, wildlife habitat assessment, clear print track identification, wildlife conservation, and the role of humans in today's ecosystems. For required textbooks or course materials, see here.

Course Name Faculty Description

Introduction to Personal Health

Joanie Groome Explore what it means to be a healthy college student in our modern world. We will discuss resilience, mental health, communication, fitness, alcohol, addiction, sleep, disability sensitivity, inequities in health resources, and much more. By the end of the course, you will have a solid foundation and a toolbox of strategies you can use to improve your own health and recognize ways to support others. For required textbooks or course materials, see here.

Please see our Summer Theatre Conservatory.

Course Name Faculty Description

Chemsational: How to solve puzzles with chemistry in everyday life

Mike Haaf, Becky Craig, and Anna Larsen Using a theme-based and interdisciplinary approach, we will explore selected fundamental concepts of chemistry along with its societal applications.  You will consider topics such as art, material science, medicine, food, environmental sustainability, and others using active problem-solving and hands-on laboratory activities. You will use the tools and methods that modern scientists use to study various subjects in chemistry. With close faculty mentorship, you will use the state-of-the-art facilities and instrumentation at the Chemistry Department of Ithaca College and participate in several field trips.  In-class activities, home assignments, and a final project will help you make connections between chemistry and your everyday lives and specific areas of interest, while developing skills for making informed educated decisions based on the availability of reliable data. For required textbooks or course materials, see here.

Please see our Ithaca Young Writer's Institute.

“I really enjoyed bonfire nights, movie nights, and a lot of the activities that just encouraged everyone to hangout on the quad or lawn together. There were no activities that weren't enjoyable.”

2022 participant

Daily Schedule

Classes are held Monday through Friday. Students engage with faculty and one another regularly during the week, and during social activities after scheduled class periods, in the evenings, and on weekends. Over the weekend, students will enjoy more opportunities to explore Ithaca — including the Farmers Market and Taughannock Falls State Park — as well as to interact with students participating other pre-college programs operating on campus. 

What follows is a general schedule of day-day activities for participants in this program.

Time Activity
08:00 - 09:30 Breakfast
09:30 - 11:30 Class
11:30 - 01:00 Lunch
01:00 - 02:30 Class
02:30 - 03:30  Optional meetings with faculty, teaching assistants, or downtime
3:30 - 5:30 Campus Activity
5:30 - 7:00 Dinner
7:00 - 9:00 Homework or Social Activity

A final schedule will be shared with participants and families about one week prior to the program start date.