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Tatkon Center for First-Year Students

Welcome to Cornell! The Tatkon Center for First-Year Students is your virtual home base!

The Tatkon Center is a support & resource center uniquely focused on the needs of first-year undergraduate and transfer students. In response to COVID-19, we will be staffed virtually during Fall 2020, by friendly upper-level students ready to help you make a smooth transition to campus life. Collectively the staff represents six of Cornell's colleges and dozens of majors, minors, and student organizations and eagerly share this enormous amount of knowledge about the university and personal experience with new students.

Our programming fosters academic and career exploration, personal growth, health and well-being, student connectedness, and interaction with faculty and older student mentors, and celebrates the diversity of our campus community. Watch your inbox for our weekly e-newsletter with programming designed for you and presented when you need it. All new students are automatically signed up. 

Check out our Zoom Room (schedule TBA) where you can chat with our super friendly, upper-level student staff.  From feeling homesick to sorting out the best dining options, ask us anything! We are here to informally advise and share our knowledge to make your first year the best it can be. Watch for our Cornell 101 series through September to discover essential campus resources and tips for study skills, time management, self-care, and more. Take a break mid-week with our Wellness Wednesday programming, every Wednesday from 8-9pm. From a virtual study break with pets to meditation with live music to poetry readings to journal writing, we provide a fun, relaxing mid-week breather.  Check out our Learning about Disparities and Advocating for Change series plus Cornell Votes, Career Services events and so much more!

Let us help you figure out university life. Think of us as your virtual home base and discovery center! Congratulations Class of 2024! We look forward to meeting you!

Tatkon Center Students Posing on a Bridge