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Welcome Big Red Families!

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Whether this is your first time having a student in college or you have been through this before, it is always a new adventure. During the transition, and every year after that, we want to make sure that you and your student feel supported every step of the way.  

Cornell University considers parents and family members to be valuable partners in student success. The Office of Parent & Family Programs is committed to helping parents and families support the success of their students by informing, supporting, and engaging you with Cornell. 

At Cornell, we embrace the multi-dimensional diversity of family structures, including families of origin and families of choice. We welcome and encourage the involvement of all family members, friends, and other supporters in the lives of our Cornell students.

We invite you to contact our office with your questions or concerns at If you have an immediate concern about the health and safety of your student outside of business hours, please contact Cornell University Police Department.   

Please be sure to sign up to receive email notifications from Cornell. This includes monthly Family Newsletters, many campus-wide messages, and information to keep you informed all year long.