Participant FAQs and Forms

All participants who have verified their attendance in the precollege STEM Institute by the June 1st payment deadline will receive a detailed participant email. This email will include information about which research project you've been assigned to, what to bring to the program, and where and when to arrive at Ithaca College.

In the meantime, these FAQs will help answer your questions.


I understand I have to complete some required forms. Where can I find them and when are they due?

Several forms are required for participation. Participant forms are due by June 1st. Completed forms can be found on the landing page of your parent/guardian account LOGIN. They can also be found at the right of this page. They can be uploaded directly to your account. They can also be scanned and emailed to:, or faxed to: 866-924-6272. Alternatively, completed forms can be mailed to:

STEM Institute
Ithaca College
Office of Extended Studies
953 Danby Road
Ithaca, NY 14850


When am I expected to arrive?
You are expected to attend check-in. Please plan to arrive sometime between 3:00 & 4:00 p.m. on the day prior to the session’s first day of classes as specified in our communication with you. (Check-in is usually on a Sunday.) At that time you will also be given your room key and meal pass. You will then go to your residence hall to find your room, meet your roommate, other program participants, and your summer resident assistant.

When am I expected to check-out?
Classes end at 11:30 a.m. on the final day of the session (Friday). You are welcome to eat lunch in the dining hall before leaving campus, or you can turn in your room key and leave directly from the residence hall after class. You must surrender your room key to the resident assistant on call no later than 12:30 p.m.

What is the schedule for the program?
Full day participation in lab and field research is expected. Some students may travel off-campus with faculty supervisors to conduct field research. A typical day may begin as early as 8:30 am and end at 4:30 pm; however, schedules are to be determined by individual faculty. Panel discussions, lectures and social events are scheduled in the evenings and on weekends.

What types of activities will there be after class each day?
Students can visit the downtown Ithaca Commons (parental permission required for unsupervised trips off campus), work out at our award-winning Fitness Center (students must be at least 16 years old to use the Fitness Center), play games on the quads, scan the stars in our very own observatory, attend local theater, and hike and picnic in area parks. Additional activities will be planned based on student interest. Some may include a nominal fee.


Will I need to bring additional money?
Pocket money will provide for incidentals such as snacks, supplies, movies, and miscellaneous purchases at the Campus Store. ATMs are available on campus. Unfortunately, personal checks cannot be cashed on campus.

What attire would be appropriate and what should I bring?
Dress will be informal. Be prepared for warm (occasionally hot) days. Nights are usually cooler and a sweater or light jacket may be needed. Bring a swimsuit for the outdoor pool and if you plan on participating in sports, bring tennis racket, golf clubs, soccer ball, softball glove, etc. Opportunities for walking, hiking, and just being outside in nature abound in Ithaca, so bring shoes suitable for outdoor recreation.

Do I have to bring anything for my dorm room, like bedding or snacks?
The College provides sheets, a blanket, a small towel, and will provide a linen exchange once per week. You may want to bring your own pillow and an extra towel. You may also want to bring a hair dryer, coat hangers, a reading lamp, a telephone, and a fan, because dorms are not air conditioned.

No appliances will be permitted in the dorm room. All dorms do have coin operated snack machines. (Some dormitories may have lounges equipped with microwave, refrigerator, etc…) Also, the residential life staff make routine trips to Wegman’s market and will bring in additional snacks for summer college students.

Should I bring a computer?
Computer labs with very fast Internet access are available for your use, but you may want to bring your own computer for use in your room.


Where will I stay during the program?
You will stay in a campus residence hall with one or sometimes two other roommates. Students are housed by gender, with dorm floors, or wings of floors, separated by gender. Bathrooms are also separated by gender and each have individual shower stalls. Curfews are imposed for all residential students, and students are checked into the dorms at curfew. Students are also required to be in their rooms by a certain time. Residence staff make regular checks of rooms after check-in.


Who is in charge?
A residential coordinator is in charge of non-academic portions of the program including life in the residence hall. A staff of three or more resident assistants, in addition, live on the residence hall floors throughout the duration of the program. This team of RAs is supervised by both the residential coordinator and the program director. The program's faculty coordinator, Dr. Mike Haaf (Chemistry), also has specific responsibility for academics and academic advising. (Dr. Haaf's cell phone number is made available to the entire residence hall staff for use as needed.)

The Office of Public Safety open 24 hours and can be reached at 607-274-3333 for actual emergencies.

The J. David Hammond Center for Student Health Services is open Monday through Friday. If necessary, referrals are made to local physicians and medical facilities. Payment for off-campus services and for medications is the student's responsibility.

The Office of Extended Studies can be reached at 607-274-3143 during normal business hours – 9:00am to 4:30pm.

More information about safety and security can be found on our summer college Campus Life page.

Where will I eat?
Meals are served at the Campus Center Dining Hall. You can review more about the college's dining options here at the Dining Services website. Yes! Gluten-free menu options are available. For more information or to schedule gluten-free meals during your stay, contact the college's executive chef at 607-274-3009.

Are there laundry facilities and are they coin operated?
Each dormitory has laundry facilities and are free. You may want to bring a small container of detergent and a laundry bag.

Will I be able to receive mail/packages while at Ithaca College?
Yes, your mail will need to be addressed as follows:

Your Name
Ithaca College
c/o Precollege STEM Institute
Phillips Hall Post Office
Ithaca, NY 14850-7076


The Ithaca Bus Terminal is located at 710 W. State Street and N. Fulton Street and is less than 10 minutes driving distance from Ithaca College. The Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport is located on Brown Road and Warren Road. Below is contact information for the transportation you plan to use.

  • Greyhound Bus Lines (800-229-9424)
  • Shortline Bus (800-631-8405)
  • New York Trailways (800-225-6815)
  • Swarthout Coaches (800-772-7267), (607-257-2660)
  • Cornell University- express bus service from campus to campus (607-255-4628)
  • Amtrak’s Syracuse Station (800-872-7245)
  • Ithaca Airline Limousine (607-273-3030) will also pick up from Amtrak in Syracuse and the airport.
  • Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport is 15 minutes driving distance from Ithaca College and serviced by these airlines:


  • Local taxi service is operated by Ithaca Dispatch, 1-888-321-1149 or 607-277-7777

Where should my family stay while in Ithaca?
Families who wish to accompany participants to Ithaca are encouraged to stay at the Country Inn & Suites where a block of rooms has been reserved at a reduced rate of $139 per night. Call the front desk to make your reservation and reference Ithaca College's "Summer College for High School Students" to receive the special rate. Reservations must be made by May 22 in order to receive the discounted rate.

Country Inn & Suites Ithaca
1100 Danby Road (Route 96B)
Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 256-1100

How do I find out about Ithaca College and the town of Ithaca?
To find out about Ithaca College and the surrounding area please peruse the following informative websites:

About Ithaca College:

Ithaca Guide: /ithacaguide

The Ithaca Guide is the Ithaca College information guide to Ithaca, NY. Get information on anything from apartments, banks, transportation, and where to eat!

Ithaca College campus tour:

Campus map: /map/