Skip to main content
more options

Cornell Orientation – January 15-20, 2015

Moving In

To Do List Item

Download Orientation Guide

Related Links

Congratulations on joining the Cornell community, we are very excited to welcome you to campus for Orientation. Orientation begins on Thursday, January 15 and runs through Tuesday, January 20; classes begin on Wednesday.  The days are filled with both required and optional events to introduce you to academic life at Cornell, meet new people, and explore all that the university has to offer. 

As a transfer student, we know you've already completed Orientation once and while you may not know everything about Cornell, you do know a lot about being a college student. We've created an Orientation Program for you that doesn't repeat things you already know or make you go from place to place. Our focus is to help you get the information you need about Cornell, whether it be transfer credit, the myriad of resources available to Cornell students, the opportunity to meet new people, or the best place to get dinner in Collegetown.

How Does Orientation Work?

Orientation at Cornell is unique; it is planned by students, for students.  The Orientation Steering Committee has designed an Orientation schedule that allows you to interact with upper-class students, choose from a variety of different events, and take care of all of your academic needs. Your Orientation Guide, which will be available online in December, will be your guide for all of the university and college events happening over Orientation. Here are some highlights of the schedule:

  • Wednesday, January 14–Residence Halls open, however, if you are living on campus, we recommend you move in prior to your first scheduled Orientation event (Wednesday for international students; Thursday for domestic students).
  • Thursday, January 15–International Student Orientation at 10:00 am; Dining Halls open at 4:30 pm; First-Night, an Orientation tradition, starts at 7:00 pm.
  • Friday, January 16–Welcome Breakfast for students and parents and New Student Check-In; college and social events throughout the day.
  • Saturday, January 17 - Monday, January 19–University events and social activities are offered to prepare you for the start of classes.
  • Tuesday, January 20–Your final University and college Orientation events occur before classes begin on Wednesday.

What Should I Expect?

All new students are matched with an Orientation Leader (OL) from your college. Your OL also transferred to Cornell and has gone through what you are going through. Each OL has a group of about nine new students they help introduce to Cornell. Your Orientation Leader will be one of your best resources on campus, they have been selected because they want to make your transition to Cornell as easy as possible.

Here is what some OLs, who were in your shoes not long ago, have to say about Orientation:   

"My biggest concern coming to campus as a transfer student was making new friends.  The best thing I did was going to Orientation events–don’t be afraid in asking someone to eat lunch with you."  -Faybeyon '14

"There are a multitude of resources Cornell offers, from academic help to personal and mental support services. There are various ways students can freely access help without fear, judgment, or other negatively perceived consequences. I found out how supportive the Cornell community can be, from the professors, academic advising, and student organizations." -Daphne '13

"Most transfer students I have talked to have said that they initially feared not being able to keep up with their fellow classmates who have been here since their freshman year and aren’t used to the way things work. I certainly felt this way as well. They would go on to say that they often felt they were not as smart as the other students here and in turn felt as though they did not belong here at times.  After my first semester here I quickly realized this was not the case.  My Orientation Leader told me that if the university was not sure that you were able to succeed, they would not have accepted you. New transfers should never forget that the fact that they were admitted to Cornell shows that they do belong here and that, with the help of Orientation Leaders like me, they can succeed here."  -Maegan '12

"My biggest concerns were the workload and making friends. The workload as well is a large concern because we all want to do well and fear that it may be too much. As an Orientation Leader, I’ve shared suggestions about how to manage time, talk about the libraries and encourage them not to be afraid to go to office hours. Some of my closest friends currently are other transfers I met my first week here."  -Hannah '14