"CIU has been a small victory which is going to start the domino effect of victories in my life. Seeing it through was a small reminder that I am capable of doing anything I set my mind to. It started a fire inside of me and reignited a passion that I thought was burned out a long time ago. I know where I want to go, better yet, I know I can get there."
- College Prep Graduate
Spring 2024 College Prep Information
College Prep is a FREE seven-week program for new and returning college students.
- Spring College Prep Orientation is Friday March 15!
- College Prep classes begin on Monday, March 18 at 10:00am!
- Come early! Light breakfast available from 9:00 to 10:00 every day!
- Classes are held every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday for six weeks.
- Students who successfully complete College Prep will receive a Chromebook!
607-351-3201 REGISTER TODAY 607-351-5028
College Initiative Upstate (CIU) is a learning community of students, educators, and volunteers who are working together to build pathways to and through college for people who are court-involved or formerly incarcerated, people in a stable place in their recovery, or low-income (including housing choice voucher recipients). CIU’s model provides the resources for college preparation, college enrollment, and community leadership – all free of charge. The only requirements are a high school diploma or equivalency, residency in Tompkins County, and a strong desire to continue their educational goals. By effectively addressing the individual and structural barriers to higher education, including the gap in preparation for college, CIU offers a life-changing path for non-traditional students experiencing issues related to legal involvement, poverty, and recovery.
CIU's office is located at the TC3 Extension Center, Room 501
Above the M&T Bank Building on the Ithaca Commons
Office Hours at TC3 Extension: M - Thurs. 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Meet the CIU Staff
Sherron Brown: firstname.lastname@example.org, (607) 351-3201
Benay Rubenstein: email@example.com, (607) 351-5028