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New Student Orientation

Cornell Bear with students


New Student Orientation will take place January 20-21, 2023.
Welcome to Cornell! We have an exciting orientation program planned for you. Orientation will help you meet new people, begin to explore campus, learn about ways to get involved, and make discoveries that will impact your Cornell experience. Orientation is an opportunity to try something new, make connections, and ask any questions you need answered. We hope you’ll continue to engage and cultivate curiosity throughout your time at Cornell, and we can’t wait to welcome you into the Big Red Family! 

Make the Most of Orientation

Your arrival in January begins your Cornell journey. The New Student Orientation schedule is packed with required and optional programs designed to welcome you to Cornell’s intellectual community, allow you to explore interests, make you aware of resources and opportunities, and introduce you to new people. 

Utilize Your Resources

  • The New Student To-Do List (available Nov. 15) contains everything you need to know about being a new student at Cornell. Think of it as the launching point for your Cornell experience!
  • Check your email in December for the orientation schedule and to register for New Student Orientation. 

Connect with Students, Faculty, and Staff

Current students play a major role in planning your Orientation. Hundreds of students serve as Orientation Leaders (OLs) whose role is to serve as a GPS as you make your way to campus. You will meet your OL at New Student Orientation and will engage with them in a variety of ways, most notably, in small groups. These sessions bring you and a small group of other new students together to engage in conversations about being a Cornellian. In addition to your OL, there are several other avenues of support to connect and engage with!

  • Your resident advisor (RA) in your residence hall
  • Your college may offer the chance to connect with a faculty advisor, advising staff, and peer mentors/ambassadors.
  • Tatkon Peer Leaders in the Tatkon Center (Robert Purcell Community Center, room 101)
  • Faculty fellows and faculty-in-residence who engage with students and develop programs where they live.