Diversity is an integral part of the educational experience at Ithaca College.  We offer an inclusive and welcoming community of individuals with diverse talents and skills from a multitude of backgrounds.  We promote civility, mutual respect, social justice, and the free and open exchange of ideas.  ESP fosters enjoyment of diversity through social and educational activities that celebrate our success. ​


Participants agree to use tutoring and other academic support services. Periodic learning skills workshops are designed to address the typical developmental issues that new college students face.  If you earn a certain grade point average in a given semester or academic year, you will be eligible to receive awards at the annual Academic Achievement Awards Celebration in the Fall semester.  You might also be eligible for other participation incentives.  


It is important for all college students to cultivate leadership and professional development skills.  This includes proficient technological skills; networking and interviewing skills; and the ability to present your best self in professional situations.  Each year we host a leadership retreat to support this process.


Part of the mission of Ithaca College is to develop character in every student.  ESP contributes to this mission by encouraging personal growth via activities such as community service and other forms of civic engagement; diversity education to engender respect for all people from all walks of life; and off-campus retreats to assist students with developing life long bonds with their program peers.   We also work with students to encourage mature self-regulation and enhanced self-confidence.


ESP students with a strong commitment to learning with graduate from IC!  These students will take advantage of program and campus services and activities; they will use the services of the Center for Academic Advancement; they will become involved with the Office of Student Engagement and Multicultural Affairs and Civic Engagement; and they will network with successful faculty, staff, and professional alumni mentors.  


ESP students are introduced to Career Services very early on in the college experience.  Not sure of what you want to do?  Career Services can help! Internships, externships, and research experiences will build your equity and make you more competitive for jobs and other experiences after you graduate from College.  We also encourage network with recent alumni and older alumni with long-term career experience. In any case, we want you to leave Ithaca College with a job or acceptance to graduate or professional school.


All members of the College community are encouraged to achieve excellence in their chosen fields and to share the responsibilities of citizenship and service in the global community (from https://www.ithaca.edu/about/mission//strategic-vision/).


According to our College mission statement, our goal is to provide a foundation for a lifetime of learning.  Our community thrives on the principles that knowledge is acquired through discipline, competence is established when knowledge is tempered by experience, and character is developed when competence is exercised for the benefit of others (adapted from https://www.ithaca.edu/about/mission//strategic-vision/).