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Families of New Students

Welcome to the Cornell community! We encourage you to participate in the many family programs and events offered during Orientation (in August and in January) and First-Year Family Weekend.

Orientation for Families

August 2020

Programs for families will take place on Friday, August 21, and Saturday, August 22. Whether your student's assigned move-in time is on Friday or Saturday, we invite you to come and explore campus and attend events on both days. Additional details are provided on the August Orientation page.

January 2020

Welcome families for spring entrants. Family programs for students entering in January will take place on Thursday, January 16, 2020. Additional information will be available on this website on December 18.

First-Year Family Weekend

This special weekend gives families the opportunity to experience Cornell from their student’s perspective, and to explore the rich offerings on campus and in the local community.

First-Year Family Weekend will take place October 30 through November 1, 2020. Learn more about Family Weekend.

Family Guide

Family Guide

The Family Guide includes information for families regarding the transition to college, academics, student activities and opportunities, health and safety, and other important aspects of campus life.

A printed copy of the guide was mailed to new students this summer. Families with domestic addresses should receive the guide on or around August 1. Families with international addresses should expect to receive the guide the week of August 5. The guide will be distributed to the parents of spring entrants in January.

Resources for Cornell Families provides useful links and information for Cornell families, including a monthly parent newsletter. provides comprehensive visitor information including area lodging and transportation. Visitors are strongly encouraged to make travel plans, including hotel reservations, well in advance of busy weekends i.e. orientation, parents weekend, commencement.