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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. 

Cornell Family Conversation Series

This semester we have our Cornell Family Conversation Series just for you! This will be an opportunity for families to learn more about key offices on campus to better support your student. Conversations will be hosted live, and recordings will be available with a week of each session.

Education Abroad | Friday, April 14 at 12:00 pm ET

Join us to learn more about education abroad opportunities for students. We will have Emily Doughtry from our Education Abroad and the Office of Global Learning to discuss the available resources, how it can imact your student’s future, and how you can support your student’s experience abroad.

Register here | Submit questions

Career Exploration and Preparation | February 21, 2023

Supporting your First-Generation Student | March 16, 2023