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Family Orientation

Red box with picture of tower and words Family Orientation

Welcome to the Cornell family! 

Cornell is committed to offering resources and support for families of new students. Family Orientation is intended to introduce you to the resources, staff, and information that will support your student's Cornell journey. Learn more about Cornell New Student Orientation.

The Spring Family Orientation Program will be January 20-21, 2023.


Frequently Asked Questions

How do I confirm and save my Family Orientation itinerary?

From a laptop or desktop computer:
  1. Select “View Itinerary” from the top menu above the daily schedules to view your customized itinerary. 

  2. Select “Save for Later” from the top of your itinerary.

  3. Enter your email address to save your itinerary and receive an email confirmation.

From a mobile device:
  1. Select “View Itinerary” from the bottom menu to view your customized itinerary.

  2. Select “Manage Itinerary” from the bottom menu, and then “Save for Later.”

  3. Enter your email address to save your itinerary and receive an email confirmation.

 Can my student attend the Family Orientation events with me?

Yes, students can attend Family Orientation events with their families.

 Where can I learn more about my student’s move-in process and what they should bring?

Cornell Housing will be your best resource for information about the move-in process. They provide a wealth of information on the Cornell Housing website and through regular communications with incoming students.

Some Family Orientation programs are at capacity. Will additional capacity be added? Is there a waitlist?

We understand that it is disappointing to see an activity you would like to attend is at maximum capacity. While most activities are open for all families, some need capacity limits for practical reasons. While we are not able to add additional capacity for those activities or accommodate waitlists, some of the spaces where tours take place are still open to the public and are able to be visited by families independent of tours or other scheduled activities.

 Is Cornell able to assist with finding additional hotel/lodging accommodations during Family Orientation?

We understand it can sometimes be challenging to find lodging in Ithaca during Family Orientation. Unfortunately, we are not able to assist with finding lodging. Families struggling to find a place to stay in Ithaca may find more success in nearby communities such as Cortland, NY or Watkins Glenn, NY. A helpful website for lodging information is

 How can I request access accommodation?

Cornell University is committed to providing universal access to all of our events. Please email to request disability accommodation. Advance notice is necessary to arrange for some accessibility needs.

If you have additional questions or concerns, you can reach us by email at