Cornell University

Orientation

What's Coming Next

Check out the January Orientation Guide and CornellConnects—your source for all things Orientation.

We are excited to welcome you to the Cornell community! Orientation begins on Wednesday, January 16 and runs through Monday, January 21; classes begin on Tuesday, January 22. 

Orientation offers both required and optional events intended to introduce you to life at Cornell, and to 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. Students must attend all required Orientation events. You are strongly encouraged to attend optional events 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 for new students. You will also participate in a small orientation group led by a student mentor (January Orientation Leader/OL) from your college. These student volunteers are here for you; don't hesitate to ask them questions.

The Orientation Guide and CornellConnects will be your guide for all of the university and college events happening during Orientation.

Beyond the First Week

Orientation opens the door to the richness and diversity of life at Cornell, and the many opportunities to be discovered during your first year here and beyond. As you settle in to your first semester on campus, you will find more information and support, events and programs, and faculty, staff, and students who are here to help you identify and pursue your interests.

Your time at Cornell is precious. Use it wisely, and be proactive about your needs and interests. If your path seems blocked at any point, or you are not sure where to find what you need, reach out to advisors, student services staff, your residence hall staff, and others for information and support.

Ask questions, seek out information, and take full advantage of the programs, information sessions, and presentations during orientation and throughout the academic year as you pursue your interests and goals.