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Fees and Membership

Use the following table to determine which pass is right for you, or ask a staff person for clarification.
When you are ready to make a purchase, head to our Pass Purchasing Portal.

First time? Take advantage of our First Time Special deal, and if you'd like to climb more, ask our desk staff about applying the cost to a longer term pass before you leave that day.

Information on Financial Assistance is below.

Refunds are not available for Pass purchases.

Standard Pass and Membership Options

Pass TypeYouth
(Under 13)
(Cornell, or Under 18)
(Over 18)
First Time Special
Valid for your first visit, includes shoes
*not available for online purchase
Day Pass
Valid for one visit
30-Day Pass
Valid 30 days from day of purchase
6 Month Semester Pass
Valid 7/1-12/31 or 1/1-6/30
Summer Special
Valid 6/1-8/31
Annual Pass
Valid 365 days from day of purchase
10-Visit Punch Pass
Valid indefinitely, non-transferable

Cornell Fitness Center (CFC) and Wellness Member Fees

The following ADD-ON passes are specifically for Cornell students, staff, and faculty that have an active qualifying CFC or Wellness Membership (Group Fitness Class membership does not qualify).

Additionally, CFC or Wellness members can purchase climbing ADD-ON passes for their partners and/or children (under 18) at the same price, either at the Front Desk or by contacting the COE Office at 607-255-6183.

Refunds are not available for Pass purchases.

Pass TypeStudent
(Cornell, or Under 18)
(Over 18)
CFC 6 month ADD-ON Pass
Valid 7/15-1/15 or 1/1-6/30
CFC Academic Year ADD-ON Pass
Valid 8/1-5/24
Wellness 6 month ADD-ON Pass
Valid 7/1-12/31 or 1/1-6/30
Wellness Fiscal Year ADD-ON Pass
Valid 7/1-6/30

Rental Gear Fees

EquipmentFee per Day
Climbing Shoes$3 per day + tax
Chalk Bag$1 per day + tax
Climbing Harness / Belay Kit / Lead RopeFree

With the exception of Lead Ropes, you are welcome to use your own gear, provided it is in good condition and certified for technical rock climbing in an indoor environment.

Financial Assistance for Student Gym Memberships

The Access Fund - The goal of this fund is to provide enrolled full-time undergraduate Cornell students with access to financial support, up to $500, to help mitigate on-campus barriers, and I believe gym membership may be covered. Apply for support here:

Health Insurance Reimbursement - If you have an Aetna student health plan through Cornell, there is a provision where they will reimburse gym membership fees if you have a 6-month long membership and have logged 50 visits over that period. You can find the fine print and reporting process here:
To review your purchase and visit history, login to the Pass Portal to view your Account History.

Employment at the Climbing Center - Wall Staff and Rock Climbing Instructors receive free memberships to the climbing gym. Check out employment opportunities at the wall and throughout COE here:


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