Recently Accepted for Fall 2014?
Check back in April for your To Do List, Forms, and additional updates.
To Do List
Items are required unless noted otherwise. As you arrive on campus, please take advantage of campus offices and resources.
Return by your school's deadline
- Receive email (at admissions email address) that NetID was created
- If text messaging activation is available, attempt or wait for postal delivery
- Activate your NetID and Cornell email account at netid.cornell.edu
- Check email regularly for official university communications
Activate NetID & Cornell Email Address
Your Cornell NetID is your key to secure online services at Cornell. You will need it to view and pay your bursar (tuition) bill, add and drop courses, check financial aid awards and more. Your Cornell email address will be used for official university announcements.
Your NetID and activation code will be sent to you after the university receives your response to your offer of admission (and deposit if your program requires one). You are expected to activate your NetID and Cornell email account* immediately.
*Johnson School students should refer to instructions from their program regarding email.
For more information, visit NetID & Email.
You will see your Cornell ID # in the To Do List only when you are able to login with your NetID and password.
Memorize Your Cornell ID #
All new students must memorize their 7 digit Cornell ID #.
This is your unique personal identifier at Cornell. It will be printed on your Cornell ID card. You will be required to use it for:
- paying your bill
- security verifications and more.
Your Cornell ID # is different than your Cornell NetID.
Your NetID consists of your initials plus a number. You use it, along with a password, to obtain secure access to online services at Cornell.
- Submit housing application by December 16 or as soon as possible
- Review housing assignment
- Sign housing contract online (NetID required)
Whether you're a single student or have a spouse, partner, or family, our friendly housing complexes, convenient dining options, and abundance of supportive resources will ensure that you feel at home while pursuing your academic interests.
Learn more about your housing options—and apply for housing—at housing.cornell.edu. There is no deadline to apply for graduate and professional student housing, but it is recommended that you submit your application before December 16.
Learn more about Off-Campus Housing.
Dining/Meal Plan Enrollment
To review your dining options, visit dining.cornell.edu
In addition to the traditional meal plans, be sure to check out City Bucks - a pre-paid declining balance account accessed through your Cornell Student ID Card that eliminates the need to carry cash at many off-campus locations.
International Students: Additional Requirements
If you are an international student, (not a United States citizen or permanent resident), there are additional requirements that you may be required to complete based on your status.
- The International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO) has prepared this guide to newly accepted international students. Read through the information and complete the requirements—including VISA and Immigration Information—as soon as possible.
- When you arrive on campus, you must check in at the International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO), B50 Caldwell Hall. Learn more.
Find Caldwell Hall on the Cornell University map.
- Submit your final, official transcript in person to your Student Service Representative
at the Graduate School by February 7, 2014:
143 Caldwell Hall
Ithaca NY 14853-2602
- Or, bring your final, official transcript to the brought to the Graduate School's Student Services Office, 143 Caldwell Hall.
Graduate School Students:
Submit Official Transcript for Previous Degree(s)
Students offered admission by a graduate field must submit—in person—a final, official transcript of their undergraduate degrees to the Graduate School. Transcripts may be brought to the Graduate School's Student Services Office, 143 Caldwell Hall.
Please note: all transcripts and/or diplomas that you submitted with your application for admission are retained by the admitting field. The Graduate School needs an additional official copy.
Please make sure that the degree is marked as conferred or awarded on the transcript for the Graduate School. If you attended an undergraduate institution outside the U.S.A., and its primary language of instruction is not English, you must submit a copy of the diploma and a certified translation of all documents if they are not already in English.
- Log in and review instructions now
- Obtain copy of immunization history and schedule physical
- Fill out form online, submit, and print
- Take printed form to health care provider for information/signatures related to physical exam and immunizations
- Mail signed form by December 20
- Check updated compliance status here
Health History & Immunization Compliance
There are a number of steps involved in this process that may take several weeks to complete. Please log in now to read the instructions. This will give you the opportunity to plan the actions you must take to complete your form, submit it by the deadline, and avoid penalties and registration delays.
Access form: Health History Form
Bursar Disclosure Statement
Read the Initial Disclosure Statement, the Retail Installment Agreement and the important information regarding your rights to dispute billing errors on this form. When you submit the statement, we will send a copy to your email address for your records.
Access form: Bursar Disclosure Statement
Submit by January 10
Student ID Card Request
If you have a current, working Cornell Student ID Card, you do not need to get a new one. Once we create a new card for you, your current card will stop working.
Depending on your relationship to the university and the services that you sign up for, your ID card can also be used as an electronic door key and to access a variety of functions and facilities on campus, including athletic events, CornellCard charges, dining units, fitness centers, libraries, and transportation services.
Access form: Student ID Card Request
- Submit by December 20 or earlier
- Send disability documentation to:
Student Disability Services
Ithaca NY 14853-6601
Request for Disability Services and Accommodations
If you have a disability requiring accommodation, please complete this form and return it, along with your disability documentation, to Student Disability Services (SDS).
Access form: Request for Disability Services and Accommodations
The CornellCard account is a service that allows you to make purchases by presenting your Cornell Student ID card. This service can help you manage your day-to-day expenses without having to carry large amounts of cash.
Access form: Apply for CornellCard (NetID required)
Submit by January 10
Spiritual Life at Cornell
Cornell United Religious Work (CURW) coordinates the programs of the major religious traditions that sponsor communities at Cornell. The member groups of CURW sponsor services, social and cultural events and lectures. We are available to counsel you and your family in times of crisis.
Access form: Spiritual Life at Cornell
Fitness Centers Enrollment
Cornell Fitness Centers provide safe, convenient, effective, and enjoyable exercise programs with five centers located around campus, more than 60 group exercise classes each week, and an extensive variety of cardio and weight equipment.
Access form: Fitness Centers Enrollment
Commuter & Parking Services
Register your car or bicycle or sign up for a parking permit.
Access form to register your car or bicycle or sign up for a parking permit: Commuter & Parking Services (NetID required)
- Deadline for appeal: February 28
- Deadline for enrolling in optional dental/vision plans or enrolling dependents: February 28
In accordance with Cornell policy, all graduate and professional students are automatically enrolled in Cornell's Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP). The premium will be reflected on your December Bursar bill. Fully-funded graduate students will see a credit in the same amount from their field of study on the December or January Bursar bill.
Self-pay graduate students and professional students who do not want the SHIP, and have other insurance that meets Cornell's requirements, must file an application to appeal the SHIP requirement by the deadline.
Go to studentinsurance.cornell.edu to learn about SHIP coverage optional dental and vision plans, dependent enrollment, and the appeal process.
Update Primary & Emergency Contact Addresses
Did you move? Did your mailing address change? Cornell must have an accurate mailing address to ensure you receive critical information. Confirm & update your address so you don't miss important information.
Before you activate NetID
Contact the Graduate School to report an address change.
After activating NetID
Visit Student Center at studentcenter.cornell.edu to make sure that all of your information including addresses and emergency contact/notification are correct.
Enroll in Net.Pay and Pay Your Tuition Bill
Bursar bills are electronic, via Net.Pay, paper bills will not be sent.
- Activate your Cornell NetID and email address.
- Sign up for Net.Pay. You will need your Cornell ID number. You will not be able to view or pay your tuition bill without enrolling in Net.Pay.
- Pay your tuition bill by January 7. The December bill including spring semester tuition will be available via Net.Pay on December 14.
For more information including a complete bill schedule, visit the Bursar website.
Check Registration Status
Beginning January 14, the university will update your registration status on Student Center.
Login to Student Center (NetID required) to make sure that you have no holds preventing your university registration. Even if you do not have holds, you should still attend your Check-In Event to pick up your Cornell ID Card.
Check In with Your College
Graduate students (MA, MS, PhD), come pick up your student ID card, events info and guide to graduate studies & life at Cornell at the Graduate Student Service office, 143 Caldwell Hall on Friday, January 17 or Tuesday, January 21, 2014 between 8:00 am - 4:00 pm.
Professional master's students (i.e., MEng, MMH, etc.), check with your college registrar.
Graduate Students - If you have arrived after January 21, but successfully submitted your ID Card Request, you can pick up your ID Card at the Graduate School in Caldwell Hall. If you didn't submit the ID Card Request form, go to the Office of the University Registrar in B07 Day Hall, beginning Wednesday, January 22, Mon-Fri, 8:00-4:15, to have an ID card made.