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Cornell University

David M. Einhorn Center for
Community Engagement

An integration of the Public Service Center and
the Office of Engagement Initiatives

Pre-Orientation Service Trips

Program Details

POST participants

POST offers a unique opportunity for incoming students to explore and engage with the Ithaca and Tompkins County communities while transitioning to college life at Cornell University. The program includes daily community-service projects, learning about pressing community issues and participation in fun group evening events.

POST is led by student leaders who play a pivotal role in your transition to Cornell University while creating a fun and memorable experience. Previous service projects have included: painting and light demolition work, trail maintenance, visiting with residents at area nursing homes, working in local community gardens and local schools.

The 2022 POST program will run from the afternoon on Saturday, August 13 to the morning of Wednesday, August 17.


Students who arrive on campus without having met their New Student Health Requirements will have a temporary hold placed on their registration status (students will be able to access campus housing and enroll in / attend classes, but will not be able to access some other campus facilities). In order to have your registration hold lifted – and to avoid penalties and late fees – you must contact Cornell Health’s Requirements staff as soon as you arrive on campus (call 607-255-4364) and/or attend a Requirements Clinic at Cornell Health. Refer to Cornell Health’s website for details.


POST participants sweeping

The cost to participate in POST is $390 per person (billed to your Cornell University bursar account). This fee covers meals, transportation, project and safety supplies, housing, and evening activities. Financial scholarships are available.

POST enables Cornell Tradition and Meinig Family Cornell National Scholar (MFCNS) with the opportunity to earn service hours.  The POST program fee will come directly out of your student service or leadership support account.


POST has a long-standing relationship with the local school district allowing students to be housed at a local middle school.