Cornell University


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What's Coming

Our mobile app, containing all Orientation events, will be available for download in early August.

Welcome to Cornell! Orientation programs begin on Friday, August 23 and run through Wednesday, August 28. Students will be assigned a move-in time on Friday, August 23 or Saturday, August 24. University-wide Orientation will begin after move-in is complete, with New Student Convocation at 2:00 pm Saturday. Classes begin on Thursday, August 29. 

We will make sure that you get the information you need to get started at Cornell. Keep an eye out for our free mobile orientation app (web version also available), in early August. You can pick up a printed copy of the New Student Orientation Guide when you get to campus.

What is Orientation?

Orientation offers both required and optional events designed to introduce you to life at Cornell and to the fellow students, staff, and faculty who will help you make the most of your time here. You'll learn about campus resources that support your academic and career goals, interests, and well-being; ways to engage on campus; and a whole lot more about life on the Hill.

This introduction to life at Cornell is only the beginning of what we hope will be a continued exploration of the many opportunities Cornell offers, through your first year and beyond.

How Does Orientation Work?

During Orientation, you'll participate in academic, social, and cultural programs to help you get acclimated to campus. Some of these will be based in your college, and some are hosted by the university as a whole. Students must attend all required Orientation events, and are strongly encouraged to attend optional programs. All are designed to help you get to know campus and connect with the Cornell community.

Cornell student volunteers take the lead on creating many fun and informative events and programs for new students. Orientation Leaders (OLs) are student mentors who meet with small college-based new student groups during Orientation to share the student perspective on life at Cornell. They are here for you; don't hesitate to ask them questions.

As you plan your schedule for your first few days at Cornell, you may find you can't do everything you would like to. Make a note of what you hope to explore, and remember that you'll have time to continue learning about Cornell after Orientation ends.