Cornell University

Orientation

students at orientation event

What's Coming

The orientation schedule will be available for download August 1.

Welcome to Cornell! Orientation runs from Friday, August 21 through Wednesday, August 26. Students will be assigned a move-in time on Friday, August 21 or Saturday, August 22. Regardless of move-in date, all new students and families are welcome to participate in events beginning Friday morning; a similar slate of events will be available on Saturday. New Student Convocation is at 2:00 pm Saturday, after move-in is complete. Classes begin on Thursday, August 27. 

We will make sure that you get the information you need to get started at Cornell. The Orientation schedule will be available August 1. You can pick up a printed copy of the schedule 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?

Our diverse programming comprises both university-wide and college-specific events. Students must attend all required Orientation events. You are strongly encouraged to attend optional events both sponsored by your college and the university. 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 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. Make a note of what you hope to explore, and remember that you'll have time to continue learning about Cornell after Orientation ends.