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New Student Orientation

Make the Most of Orientation

We are excited to welcome you to the Cornell community! Your arrival in August or January begins your Cornell journey. This will be a path you create for yourself with the help and support of family, friends, and the faculty and staff at Cornell.

Regardless of the season, the Orientation schedule is packed with events. You will attend required and optional events designed you to introduce you to your new living-learning community. Programs are designed to welcome you to Cornell’s intellectual community, explore interests, make you aware of resources and opportunities, and meet new people.

Utilize Your Resources

  • 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 it often.
  • Use the official Cornell Orientation app to download the Orientation schedule, make your way around campus, and explore Cornell's resources and opportunities. Available a couple of weeks before orientation begins (January and August).

Consider Your Course

Your time here at Cornell University is precious; use it wisely, and be proactive with regard to your needs and dreams. Consider what you want to be a part of while you are here. Will you be active in a club? Choose to explore the arts? How about community service? Do you want to be in an honors program? Are you looking for research opportunities? Does participation in student government interest you? It is up to you to ask questions, seek out information, and take full advantage of the programs and opportunities that will begin during Orientation and continue throughout the year.

Learn from Students and Faculty

Current students play a huge role in planning your Orientation. The Orientation Steering Committee (OSC) plans and executes New Student Orientation. Hundreds of students serve as Orientation Leaders and Transfer Orientation Leaders in both August and January. You will be matched with an Orientation Leader (OL) from your college who will meet with you and other new students in a small group. Perhaps as you become involved as a student at Cornell you'll volunteer to be an Orientation leader yourself.

In addition to your OL, make an effort to get to know these people to make the most of your Cornell experience—and to provide a support team—if you need help.

Meet the Staff

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