Recently Accepted for Fall 2015?
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
- Graduate Students: log in with your ApplyWeb credentials to activate your NetID and email
- Johnson, Law and Vet Students: If text messaging activation is available, attempt or wait for postal delivery. Then 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.
As soon as the university receives your response to your offer of admission, and deposit if your program requires one, you will receive an email (at your admissions email address) that your NetID was created and what to expect next. You are expected to activate your NetID and Cornell email account immediately.
Johnson School students: once you have activated your NetID, please visit johnson.campusgroups.com/techservices/mba-students/.
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 15 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 15.
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.
If you failed to submit a photo online, you can have your photo taken at your check-in event or, after that date, at the Office of the University Registrar in B07 Day Hall, Mon-Fri, 8:00-4:15.
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
International Students: Additional Requirements
If you are not a United States citizen or permanent resident, you may need to obtain F-1 student visa status in order to study at Cornell.
Please read the International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO) guide for newly accepted international students. Complete the requirements to get your F-1 certificate of eligibility (called an "I-20") and F-1 entry visa stamp as soon as possible!
- Submit your final, official transcript to your Student Service Representative
at the Graduate School by February 6, 2015:
ATTN: Graduate School Admissions
143-B Caldwell Hall
Ithaca NY 14853-2602
- Or, if there is not time to mail your documents to the Graduate School before you arrive on campus, you may submit them in person at Graduate Orientation or at 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 a final, official transcript of their undergraduate degrees to the Graduate School. Please mail transcripts to Graduate School Admissions as soon as your degree is marked as conferred or awarded.
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.
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.
- Log in and review instructions now
- Obtain copy of your immunization history and schedule a 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 19
- 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
- Submit by December 19 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
Fitness Centers Enrollment
Cornell Fitness Centers provide safe, convenient, effective, and enjoyable exercise programs with five centers located around campus, more than 80 group exercise classes each week, and an extensive variety of cardio and weight equipment.
Access form: Fitness Centers Enrollment
Submit by January 9
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
- Deadline for appeal: February 28, 2015
- Deadline for enrolling in optional dental/vision plans or enrolling dependents: February 28, 2015
ALL STUDENTS are required to have quality health insurance that meets Cornell's requirements. Every graduate and professional student will be automatically enrolled in Cornell's Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP). The premium will be reflected on your January Bursar bill. The SHIP coverage period is January 16, 2015 through August 16, 2015.
FULLY-FUNDED graduate students: you will see a credit in the same amount from your field of study on the January or February Bursar bill.
SELF-PAY graduate and professional students:
- International students: You do not need to do anything about this item because Cornell requires all international students to be covered by the Cornell SHIP.
- Domestic students: If you have other insurance that meets Cornell's requirements, and do not want the SHIP, you must file an application to appeal the SHIP requirement
MORE INFORMATION at studentinsurance.cornell.edu:
- benefits and coverage provided to SHIP members
- enrolling in optional dental and vision plans
- enrolling spouses, domestic partners, and children in SHIP
- appeal application and instructions
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 Essentials at studentessentials.cornell.edu to make sure that all of your information including addresses and emergency contact/notification are correct.
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, a copy will be sent to your email address for your records.
Access form: Bursar Disclosure Statement
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)
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 beginning November 1. 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 12.
For more information including a complete bill schedule, visit the Bursar website.
Transit Access, Parking Permits, Bicycle Registration
Transit Access: New-to-Cornell students automatically receive free, unlimited-ride TCAT bus privileges until August 31, 2015. No need to submit a form. Students must use their Cornell Student ID Card at the fare box and remain registered to access this privilege.
Parking Permits: Parking on campus is restricted to permit or payment. Students can register their vehicle (required; free) and purchase a parking permit (optional; price varies) for their residential area or a commuter lot prior to their arrival.
Bikes: Bicycle registration (free) is mandatory if you ride or store a bike on campus.
Check Registration Status
Beginning January 13, the university will update your registration status on Student Essentials.
Log in to Student Essentials (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.
Attend Your Check-In Event
All new graduate students must attend the Orientation event on Tuesday, January 20, 12-1:30pm in G10 Biotech.
In addition, new graduate students (MA, MS, PhD) may pick up their ID card from the Office of Student Services, 143 Caldwell Hall on Friday Jan 16 or Tuesday Jan 20 between 8am-4:15pm. Professional master's students (MEng, MMH, etc.), check with your college registrar regarding ID card pick up.
Graduate Students - If you have arrived after January 20, 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 21, Mon-Fri, 8:00-4:15, to have an ID card made.