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Tatkon Center for First-Year Students

Tatkon Center Students

From all of us @ the Tatkon Center:
Congratulations Class of 2025!

Click here to Zoom into our virtual info desk.  We're here for you and ready to talk all things Cornell!
The Tatkon Center was created for you!  We are staffed by juniors and seniors ready to answer your questions, help you make connections on campus, and tell you about the many resources and opportunities Cornell has to offer. Ask about our diverse interests, academic experiences, and career paths. We'll give you the student perspective on campus life and how to make the most of your time at Cornell. Fall 2021 admits: you are invited to zoom into our virtual Info Desk and chat with us now before you get to campus!

Discover Tatkon!

In addition to informal peer advising and guidance, Tatkon's many programs throughout the year foster academic and career exploration, personal growth, health and well-being, student connectedness, and interaction with faculty and older student mentors. Watch your inbox for our weekly e-newsletter with virtual programming designed for you and presented when you need it. All new students are automatically signed up. Check out our Zoom Room where you can chat with our super friendly student staff.  From feeling homesick to sorting out the best dining options, ask us anything! Join in our themed Tat Chats with changing daily topics. We are here to informally advise and share our knowledge to make your first year the best it can be. Check out our student staff profiles and connect with a junior or senior through our Tat Buddies Program. Get paired with a junior or senior on the Tatkon Center staff and check in throughout the term for informal support and mentoring. Joining Tat Buddies can help you feel less isolated and fast track your knowledge of Cornell! Tap into their experience to make the most of yours! Request a Buddy here. Join us on Wednesdays at 7pm for a free Zumba® class.

Join Tat Buddies

Tatkon Buddies Program
 Request a match!

Join Tat Buddies and fast track your knowledge of Cornell! Get paired with a junior or senior on the Tatkon Center staff and check in throughout the term for informal support and mentoring. Tap into their experience to make the most of yours. Benefit from the perspective of those a few years ahead in their Cornell journey. Be better informed and more connected! Ask about navigating courses, study tips, organizations, minors, balancing work and play, research opportunities, iconic Cornell classes. Ask anything!
Open to all first years and transfers studying on or off campus.

Request a match!

Discover our Zoom Room!

Zoom Room

Whether you're studying on campus or at home, or it's your first semester or second, or you're a transfer, Tatkon is designed for you. The Zoom Room is Cornell's virtual help desk for first years and transfers. Zoom in and meet the juniors and seniors on our staff and ask anything.
Click here to Zoom into the Tatkon Center Zoom Room.
We also offer themed Tat Chats in our Zoom Room on everything from the best campus dining options to advice for getting involved in research. Watch for Spring 2021 topics and times in our weekly e-newsletter and here on our site. Stop by for as little or long as you like.

Past Tat Chat Topics 

Tat Chats

Engineering Prelims, Work Life Balance, Around the Globe, Hiking Trails Near and Far, Finding Opportunities in the Social Sciences, Starting your own online project or business while trapped at home, Designing Confidence, Navigating Life Sciences Classes, Have you been listening to any good music lately? Brag About Your Hometown! Hidden gems on campus, Navigating A&S and the Humanities, Navigating Life Sciences Courses, Trains, Planes, and Automobiles: Getting Home for Out-of-State Students, Professional Development: Online Networking 101, Write like Shakespeare, Still looking for Orgs to Join? Binge + Dinge, All Things ILR! Wondering about your Major: Arts and Sciences, Discovering Minors, Figuring Out Studying @ Home, Technology Industry Crash Course, What are you thankful for? Careers in Biology, International Interactions,  Saving & Budgeting: College Edition, Summer Research Programs, What to do in an Ithaca Winter? Time Budgeting Tips for Finals, Brand Yourself, Iconic Cornell Classes, Get a senior’s perspective on the Cornell experience, Hey, it’s anime! Self-Care 101, Navigating Pre-enroll

If you missed our Academic and Wellness Resources Fairs, don’t worry!
We’ve got you covered! You can still access the materials in the fair booths until March 15.

Explore Academic Resources
Discover Cornell’s amazing academic support network. Learn about the Learning Strategies Center, Math Support Center, Economics Tutoring Center, Cornell Writing Centers, Office of Undergraduate Biology, Language Resources Center, Cornell Information Technology, Department of Chemistry, and the programs of the CU Library, Public Service Center, Tatkon Center, and the Office of Engagement Initiatives.

Discover Wellness Resources
Cornell has an extraordinary number of resources to help you stay healthy, de-stressed and fit. Check out the options as you start the year. Discover Cornell Health, virtual classes through Cornell Fitness, Cornell Cinema, Cornell Minds Matter, the Johnson Museum, Tatkon Center, Office of Engagement Initiatives, and Cornell Outdoor Education.

History of the Tatkon Center

Learn about the history of the Tatkon Center.

Reserve Space at the Tatkon Center

Learn about our facility and reserving space at the Tatkon Center.

Instructor Information

Learn more about offering a course-related or extracurricular program at the Tatkon Center.