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New Student Programming

Meet our friendly student staff at our Info Desk in the Robert Purcell Community Center 101 and come to our programs designed to help you settle in and fast-track your knowledge of Cornell. Check out our study areas and friendly gathering spaces and watch out for our biweekly newsletter, New Student Connections, to take advantage of all we have to offer. We can’t wait to meet you!   

On-Going Services at the Tatkon Center 

Let's Talk | Mondays, 2:30-4pm | RPCC 105 

Let's Talk is a drop-in service that offers informal, private consultation with a Cornell Health counselor. Come by and speak with Dr. Karen Williams; view Karen’s Bio Here 

Study Skill Tutoring | Tuesdays, 6:45-7:45pm | RPCC 101 


Beginning September 12th, each week, study-skills tutors from the Learning Strategies Center host open drop-in hours at the Tatkon Center. Students can stop by with a quick question or for a more in-depth consult. Study skills tutors can help with: 

  • Figuring out a plan to study for your upcoming prelim or to complete your class project 

  • Helping you and your classmates organize your groupwork and manage partner-based projects 

  • Managing your schedule and making plans that will help you stay (or get) on track to finish your semester successfully 

  • Learning about evidence-based methods for studying, note-taking, and time management & figuring out which of these strategies will work best for you 

  • Discovering the best methods for learning from your digital course materials 

  • Pointing you toward the best resources and support services at the LSC and throughout Cornell 


Programs planned for Fall 2023: 

Academic Preparation: the Tatkon Center for New Students collaborates frequently with the Learning Strategies Center to provide study skill tutoring and academic planning for new students as they navigate their transition to University level courses.

Touchdown's Guide to Thrive: a series intended to support new students in making connections to resources across campus. Workshops for this semester include Grocery Store Bingo, Involvement Vision Boards, Study Skill Workshops, and more. This program series runs every other Thursday from 7:00-8:00pm in RPCC 101 beginning Thursday, September 14th
Wellness Programs:  throughout the semester, the Tatkon Center for New Students hosts multiple programs geared towards supporting your whole self, this includes wellness-based programs. We offer large- and small-scale programs to support you in exploring what wellness means to you while on campus

Trivia Nights:  throughout the semester, the Tatkon Center for New Students hosts trivia nights geared towards building community and learning. Make sure to come on by to meet new students, engage in healthy and fun competition, and win cool prizes


Learn more about all the programs we have to offer by visiting our Campus Groups page: