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Student group meeting in Willard Straight Hall

Making the most of your Cornell education means participation in life beyond classrooms and labs, which will also improve your academic success.

Ithaca, New York is a culturally rich community with a hometown feel.

Tips & Topics

  • Come to the Big Red Barn

    The Big Red Barn Graduate and Professional Student Center provides both a physical space for students to relax, but also offers dining facilities and hosts many events each year.

  • Welcome students with families

    Ithaca is a family-friendly community and Cornell provides many resources for students with families

  • Hear live music

    In Ithaca and on campus, live music opportunities abound — for those who want to participate or just listen. The music department sponsors more than 140 free events each year. A capella is popular on campus. Watch for local and national artists and bands in the Ithaca clubs and coffeehouses, and on campus in Barton and Bailey Halls, The Bear's Den, and the Café at Anabel Taylor Hall.

  • Go to the movies

    Cornell Cinema screens close to 200 films a year. There are also two movie theaters in Ithaca that are accessible by bus.

  • Discover exhibits, concerts, festivals, and other events

    Check out the Ithaca Times, a free Ithaca weekly distributed all over campus or consult the Cornell Daily Sun and its weekly "Red Letter Daze" insert, as well as events.cornell.edu. Keep your eyes open—events are publicized through e-lists notices, campus message boards, chalkings and posters.