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New Student Programs

Orientation Leaders and Peggy Arcadi sitting together at move in

New Student Programs supports new students in their transition to Cornell. We coordinate a comprehensive orientation program for all new undergraduate students, including a welcome program for their families. The transition to university life takes time. We are dedicated to creating an informative and engaging New Student Orientation, followed by programs and services throughout students’ first year offered by the Tatkon Center for First-Year Students.


Tatkon Zoom Room - Ask Us Anything

Tune into our Zoom room with upper-level Tat staff to get your questions answered. Our Zoom room is open Monday-Thursday from 12:00 - 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 - 10:00 p.m.; Friday 12-5 p.m.; Sunday 7:00 - 10:00 p.m. All times are Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).

Meet, Greet, & Eat on Thursday

Join us from 6:00-7:00 p.m. on September 24 for dinner and conversation over Zoom. Meet new people and learn from the Tatkon Center staff.

Virtual Orientation 2020

There are still upcoming student orientation programs, and many asynchronous (on your own time) family programs if you missed them. Explore the student orientation or family orientation programs today!


We are here to make your transition to the Cornell community as smooth as possible. Text us with your questions, Monday - Friday between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. EST (U.S. numbers only):

  • Student Message Line: (607) 558-8801
  • Family Message Line:  (607) 228-2129

Or email us anytime at

Meet the Staff

The New Student Programs staff is dedicated to helping students thrive as they transition to Cornell.