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Winter Orientation for New Students

Clock tower drawing with word orientation

Welcome to the Big Red Family! Winter Orientation will be your introduction to Cornell.

  • Plan to move in the morning of Thursday, January 20.
  • Winter Orientation will begin midday on January 20 and run through Sunday, January 23.
  • Spring semester classes begin on Monday, January 24.

We will send you an email inviting you to build your personal orientation program in early January.

You will receive a welcome email from your Orientation Leader (OL), a trained student mentor who will be your orientation guide, together with a small group of students, shortly before Orientation begins.

Make sure your parents and family members check out our family orientation programs.

Questions? Text (607) 558 -8801 or email