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Here at Fuse, we address some of the pressing questions that incoming students might have about college life in our Real Deal section. But students aren’t the only ones nervous about the big leap into higher education. Parents, it’s time to put your worries aside as we answer some of your burning questions and put your college-fraught minds at ease!

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A: All incoming students are required to take a math placement exam in order to be placed in suitable math or computer science courses.

If you’ve studied foreign languages, it’s a good idea to take a language placement test, even if you’re not sure whether you want to take a language in college.

Music majors are also required to take special placement...


A: Yes! The School of Music offers some instrumental and voice lessons, either in classes or one-on-one, every semester.

You can also access a large network of IC alumni who give music lessons outside of official College classes.

The best way to find out about lesson options is to call the School of Music office or send them an email.


A: Orientation is your three-day introduction to IC.

It’s your chance to experience dorm life, attend presentations on general topics, such as campus safety and residential life, as well as school- and major-specific sessions.

You’ll meet your faculty adviser and register for classes for the fall semester.

You’ll get your school ID card and your...


A: The Circle and Garden Apartments are fully furnished, independent living options for students who have completed at least one year at Ithaca.

The Circles are air conditioned, carpeted, private-entrance units, while the Garden Apartments have a small kitchen, bathroom, and living/sleeping area, and either a patio or balcony.

Incoming students may live in a single, double, or...


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