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January 23 and 24 Arrival Assignments

International and Non-Contiguous State Arrivals

January 23 and January 24, 2021

As has been the case these past nine months, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve. While we are doing our best to anticipate the local, state, and national environment, there are a number of factors that could impact the plan that we are currently sharing with you. If there is a need for an adjustment to what we are planning for the spring check-in, we will share that information as quickly as we can. 

Please continue to watch for future emails with more specific information on spring semester arrival and detailed check-in instructions. If you have any questions, please contact

Stage I arrival will be for students who will be arriving on campus from international locations or states that are not contiguous to New York. These are all states other than New York, Vermont, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.

For students arriving from the non-contiguous states or international locations:

  • To comply with NY State travel quarantine orders, you must arrange to receive a COVID-19 test at your location no more than three days prior to your return to NY. Please begin now to investigate how and where you can receive the test. Please be aware that if you are not able to secure a COVID-19 test prior to your return to New York, you will need to make your own arrangements, at your cost, to complete a full 10-day quarantine in New York or a contiguous state (Vermont, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, or Pennsylvania) prior to your return to campus.
  • Complete the New York State Travel Health Form.
  • If you are assigned to live in the following communities, you will need to plan to arrive on Saturday, January 23.
    • North Campus: Balch, Jameson, Low Rise 6, Mary Donlon, Mews, and Townhouses
    • Program Houses: Akwe:kon, Eco House, Holland International Living Center (HILC), and Loving House
    • South Campus: Sheldon Court and 112 Edgemoor
    • West Campus: Cook House Baker Tower, Cook House Boldt Tower, Cook House Boldt Hall (Language House), Becker House, and Keeton House
    • Co-Ops: Von Cramm Hall, Prospect of Whitby, Wari, 308 Wait Terrace, Watermargin
  • If you are assigned to live in the following communities, you will need to plan to arrive on Sunday, January 24.
    • North Campus: Clara Dickson, Court/Kay/Bauer, High Rise 5, and Low Rise 7
    • Program Houses: Just About Music (JAM), Latino Living Center (LLC), McLLU, Risley, Ujamaa, and Equity and Engagement (EEC)
    • South Campus: Cascadilla
    • West Campus: Cook House Main, Cook House Baker North, Cook House 625 University, Cook House 109 McGraw, Bethe Main and Bethe McFaddin, and Rose House (all buildings)
    • Co-Ops: 660 Stewart, Triphammer, 302 Wait Avenue
  • The first step of your arrival to campus will be a COVID-19 test. You must schedule an arrival testing/move-in timeslot in the housing portal by noon on January 6, 2021. You will receive additional information in mid-January confirming your arrival timeslot, testing location and temporary on-campus or hotel location.
  • If you are assigned to a single room or to a double room with a roommate from New York or contiguous state, you will secure your room key and quarantine in your assigned room. If you are in a double room with both roommates from non-contiguous states, one individual will quarantine in the assigned room and the second will be assigned to quarantine in a temporary on-campus or hotel location. Individuals assigned to temporary or hotel locations will be notified in advance. Transportation will be provided to students assigned to quarantine in a hotel.
  • Students will be expected to quarantine for a period of five days. A second COVID-19 test will be administered during this period of quarantine. Students will only be permitted to break quarantine for the purposes of receiving the second test and obtaining meals. Meals will be provided during the quarantine period. Once all three tests come back negative (from point of origin, day of arrival, and second quarantine test), the quarantine period will end and any students in temporary or hotel locations will be permitted to move into their room. Transportation to campus will be provided. Students who test positive at any time during the quarantine will be moved into isolation by Cornell Health.
  • Once out of quarantine, students will begin regularly scheduled surveillance testing.
Personal Belongings

Please note that you will need to be able to transport your own belongings to your room, which is why we've limited students to the equivalent of two large suitcases and a backpack on your selected move-in day. If you need accommodations for the move-in process, please contact Student Disability Services at

Visitors to Campus

Friends or family members traveling with you are welcome to say goodbye when they drop you off, but will not be allowed in any campus building or your hotel room, to safeguard the health of all members of the Cornell community.