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Move-In Day

student moving into campus residence

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Learn more about what to bring to campus.

On Friday, August 17, there are two important things to accomplish before your required meetings and events Friday night—move in to your residence hall and attend New Student Check-In.

Move-In Information

Due to the large number of students arriving on campus for Move-In Day, students living on North Campus will be assigned a move-in time based on the first letter of their last name.

If your last name begins with Move in between the hours of
P-Z 8:00 am - 11:00 am
A-G 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
H-O 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Students who arrive early will NOT be able to move in before their assigned time. If you cannot check in during your move-in time, please contact the Housing Office prior to Orientation.

All new students will be required to present an Unloading Permit for Move-In Day. This permit allows you to drive on campus during your assigned move-in time. Beginning August 1 you will be able to print your permit. Please bring your permit and make sure it is clearly displayed on your dashboard at all times on Move-In Day.

Due to heavy traffic on Move-In Day, families may bring only one vehicle on to campus. Vehicles over 14 feet long will not be permitted on campus any time on Friday with the exception of SUVs, pick-up trucks, or standard vans/minivans. Tip: If you wish to use a U-Haul or any other oversized vehicle, you may move your belongings into your residence hall on Saturday, August 18.

New Student Check-In

8:00 am - 4:00 pm in Barton Hall.

You may attend check-in any time Friday. Students who are assigned a 2:00 - 5:00 pm move-in time are expected to attend check-in prior to moving into their residence hall.

At New Student Check-In you will receive your Cornell ID card. Staff from university departments will be providing information and answering questions. Expect to spend 45 minutes at the event. Families are encouraged to attend.

Getting Around Campus on Move-In Day

Numerous free shuttle buses will take you between North and West Campus and Central Campus on Friday. We strongly encourage you to park your vehicle as directed by Commuter & Parking Services on Move-In Day and utilize the free shuttles across campus.

Getting To Campus on Move-In Day

These driving directions direct you to the residential areas on Move-In Day. Tip: Please follow recommended approach routes and directions to your residence halls carefully. With the heavy traffic on Friday, these directions are designed to allow you to move in efficiently. Do not rely on GPS as it has led many families astray.