Orientation begins Friday, August 21 with Move-In Day and runs through the start of classes on Tuesday, August 25. Your days will be filled with opportunities to learn about academic life at Cornell, meet new people, and explore all that the university has to offer.
The prospect of beginning college can be daunting. You may be incredibly excited to come to campus but at the same time you may also feel nervous or unsure about what to expect. Everyone has these mixed emotions and the Orientation program is designed to make the transition to Cornell as seamless as possible.
Your Orientation Experience
Orientation at Cornell is unique – most of the programs are planned and run entirely by students dedicated to welcoming you to Cornell. The Orientation Steering Committee, is a group of 15 undergraduate students who plan Orientation. Their goal is to create an extraordinary experience that introduces you to Cornell, helps you cultivate new relationships, and explore your new home.
You will be matched with an Orientation Leader (OL) and a small group of fellow new students, all from your college, to guide you through your transition.
Families and Orientation
Families are invited to join their students for Move-In Day on Friday, August 21 and the President's Convocation and Dean's Welcome on Saturday, August 22 before departing Saturday afternoon. A complete schedule of events will be mailed later this summer as well as a copy of the Family Guide (you will be able to download them later in the summer). Because Ithaca is a small community, it is wise to make travel plans early for Orientation and other large university events including First-Year Parents' Weekend, October 30-November 1, 2015. Visit Ithaca provides comprehensive travel and lodging information.