Academic Services

Academic Advising

Effective academic advising is an essential component of an Ithaca College education. The College community is committed to providing the individual support, advice, and direction that students need to explore life and career goals and to develop educational plans. This advising relationship, as a collaborative, ongoing conversation, transcends mere course selection and attempts to assist all students as they explore academic programs, experience college life, focus on a major, and prepare for a lifetime of learning, citizenship, and service in a global community.

Each student is assigned an academic advisor from his or her school or division. The advisor maintains advisee records and provides information on major, minor, general education/distribution, and graduation requirements. The advisor also refers the student to appropriate persons or offices when extra assistance is needed and can help locate information on academic policies, procedures, and deadlines. In addition to meeting with their advisors during registration periods, students should actively seek their advisors’ assistance before academic problems develop. By working closely with their advisors, students can be better informed about the wide range of educational opportunities available at the College. The most productive and enjoyable student-advisor relationships develop with frequent interaction and open communication.

The Academic Advising Center

In addition to the academic advisor assigned to each student from the school, the College also has an Academic Advising Center, designed to help students navigate their academic choices.  Professional academic advisors are available at the Center to help students identify and explore academic alternatives, discuss the consequences of academic decisions, and be introduced to additional campus resources. The Center is available to all students by appointment, or on a walk-in basis. The Academic Advising Center is located in Rothschild Place.

Academic Enrichment Services (AES)

AES offers individual and small group tutoring, as well as Peer Learning for undergraduate groups, known as PLuGS.

All peer tutors and PLuG leaders have excelled in their academic coursework and are trained according to standards set forth by the College Reading and Learning Association (www.crla.net). Tutoring is a content-based academic support activity, designed to complement what you are learning in the classroom. Tutors can assist you with understanding course content, and may help you find strategies for learning the course material more effectively. 

In partnership with the African Latino Society, AES is also home to the Emerging Scholars Program (ESP), a learning community that offers academic, professional development and cultural support to students in all majors. 

For more information on tutoring services or the Emerging Scholars Program, contact Academic Enrichment Services at 607-274-3381, or visit their website at http://www.ithaca.edu/tutoring/.

Student Accessibility Services

Ithaca College seeks to ensure that all students have access to its programs and activities. Student Accessibility Services assists students in accessing reasonable accommodations and in determining which accommodations are appropriate.

Reasonable accommodations may include, but are not limited to, testing modifications, academic accommodations such as note-taking support, adaptive technology, materials in alternate format, special housing arrangements and referral for other support services.

The Office of Employee Relations and Equity Compliance oversees the College’s compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA).

For additional information, contact Student Accessibility Services at 607-274-1005 or online. (http://www.ithaca.edu/sas/)

HEOP and CSTEM

Sponsored by the New York State Education Department Collegiate Development Programs Unit, Ithaca College partners with SED to co-sponsor the New York State Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP). HEOP provides a broad range of services to state residents who, because of academic and economic circumstances, would otherwise be unable to attend a postsecondary institution. HEOP students meet both academic and financial guidelines set by the New York State Education Department and the College.

In addition, Ithaca College sponsors the Careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (C-STEM) Program. C-STEM provides academic enrichment and career-oriented experiences for students who are aiming for careers in science- and health-related fields or in licensed professions such as law and accounting. C-STEM students participate in internships, conduct research, and become involved with faculty or professional mentors to learn more about their areas of interest. Eligibility for C-STEM depends on a number of factors, including New York residency, ethnicity, and family income levels.

More detailed descriptions of the programs, including application procedures, may be found under “Higher Education Opportunity Program” in the “Admission Information” section. (https://nextcatalog.ithaca.edu/undergrad/admission-information/higher-education-opportunity-program/)

Orientation

The Office of Student Engagement and Multicultural Affairs coordinates the Ithaca College orientation programs for students and their family members. These programs provide much of the necessary information for incoming students to complete a smooth transition to the Ithaca College community. During orientation students meet with an academic advisor, register for first-semester classes, and learn about academic procedures, support services, and resources available to them. Students and family members also engage in a variety of programs and activities facilitated by the orientation leaders and orientation staff during their time on campus. On the College’s receipt of the enrollment deposit, students receive information about signing up for summer orientation. Further information can be obtained by contacting First-Year Experience in the Office of Student Engagement and Multicultural Affairs. (http://www.ithaca.edu/fye/)

Special Academic Opportunities

Qualified students can pursue special prestigious academic opportunities such as the Rhodes Scholarship, Truman Scholarship, Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, Minority Leaders Fellowship Program, and the All-USA College Academic Team recognition. For information on the institutional nomination process and other details, contact the Office of the Provost. Students interested in the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship should contact the Office of the Dean in the School of Humanities and Sciences.

Multicultural Academic Programs

The Ithaca Achievement Program (IAP) is a community of learners dedicated to personal and academic success. African American, Latino American, Native American, and Asian American (ALANA) students who choose to participate in this academic program receive academic support and career assistance tailored to meet their needs. They take part in a wide variety of educational, cultural, social, and community service activities to enhance their success. Students may join the IAP as entering freshmen or as rising sophomores or juniors. IAP participants who obtain or maintain an annual grade point average of 3.00 or better and complete all program requirements may be eligible to receive an Ithaca Achievement Grant, renewable each year, to reduce the loan portion of their financial aid packages.

The Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) Scholar Program is open to academically talented students from ethnic and racial backgrounds that have been historically underrepresented in American higher education. Scholars receive up to full tuition in aid every year, with a minimum merit-based scholarship of $25,000. MLK scholar awards are renewable annually. MLK scholars are expected to:

  • maintain a cumulative B+ average;
  • participate in community service each semester;
  • live in the Housing Offering Multicultural Experience (HOME) program, the College’s residential multicultural living learning community, during their first year;
  • be eligible to travel with the program;
  • complete a three-year independent research learning proposal;
  • produce a leadership E-portfolio reflecting on service, travel, and leadership experiences;
  • and participate in all required programs, including orientation, seminars, and meetings, and in at least 80 percent of other planned events and activities.

Library

The primary mission of the Ithaca College library is to enhance teaching and learning through the provision of flexible, diverse, and user-centered information services and resources. The library staff strives to create an organization that is receptive to change, recognized for efficient management, and committed to user service and satisfaction. Librarians assist users with curricular and research information needs in person and online. Individual appointments for in-depth assistance are also available. Instructional workshops focusing on introductory and advanced research in subject areas are offered across the campus. Course-related reserve materials are also available in print and electronically. The Library facility is organized to support a variety of user needs, with group study and quiet/silent study zones on individual floors.

In consultation with faculty and students, librarians develop a collection of materials in print, audio, video, film, and electronic formats, accessible through the library’s online research portal. The current collection contains approximately 386,000 monograph volumes, 109,000 e-books, 11,400 visual recordings, and 25,000 audio recordings selected to meet the teaching and research needs of students and faculty. The library provides print and electronic access to 2,500 individual serial titles. Access is provided to approximately 41,000 serial publications via subscriptions to over 100 databases. A web-based interlibrary loan service provides access to materials not owned by the library. The library facility is open 24/5 (Sunday - Thursday) during the academic semesters and supports wireless functionality. Dining Services also offers an evening cafe service during the academic semesters. The library's collection of wireless laptop computers and tablet pc's circulate for three-hour periods in the library. The library also loans pocket HD camcorders for student media projects. A Digital Media Lab provides space for students to create and edit multimedia projects that incorporate graphic design, audio, and video elements. Students are able to collaborate on projects and refine presentations. Digital-audio reserve services, workstations equipped with a full suite of software applications, public scanners, and enhanced electronic journal collections are additional technology-enhanced services.

The library staff is committed to continually improving its services, resources, and facilities, maintaining a community dialogue on its website and purchasing new resources in response to user requests.

For current information on library services and resources, visit the library website. (http://www.ithaca.edu/library/)

Writing Center

The Writing Center, located on the ground floor of Smiddy Hall, serves all students who wish to become better writers. It offers individual and small group tutorials to students needing assistance at any stage of the writing process in any discipline, from brainstorming ideas to revising drafts for clarity, coherence, correctness, and documentation of sources. Assistance is also offered in improving reading comprehension and refining written English skills for international students.

Digital Instruction and Information Services

All computers in the library, classrooms, campus computer labs, and other College facilities are supported by Digital Instruction and Information Services (DIIS). Every school in the College offers courses that include computing. Students studying such diverse topics as music theory, developmental psychology, finance, physical therapy, or writing will find opportunities to use computers for class. An extensive collection of programming languages, data analysis packages, and business programs supports the curriculum.

The DIIS staff consists of an associate vice president and approximately 70 full-time professional employees. Members of the staff provide free workshops and consulting services to Ithaca College students and faculty. DIIS offices are located in Job Hall; phone 607-274-1000.

DIIS supports student computer facilities located all over the campus, containing more than 650 computers on a campuswide network. This includes Macintosh and Windows computer classrooms, along with a number of open-access labs staffed by student consultants. The largest and most popular facility is the computer complex on the first floor of Friends Hall. Friends 110 lab is open 24 hours a day, and the others are open from early morning to late at night throughout the school year. All Ithaca College students automatically receive an account for using e-mail.

The College has installed network connections for students in all of the residence hall rooms. Students who have their own computers can use these connections for high-speed access to campus computer resources. Apogee offers Internet access service plans for Ithaca College students, which provide reliable, high-speed access to on-campus networked services.

Ithaca College’s website offers a plethora of information about DIIS' services. (http://www.ithaca.edu/its/)