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Welcome Big Red Families!

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Whether this is your first time having a student in college or you have been through this before, it is always a new adventure. During the transition, and every year after that, we want to make sure that you and your student feel supported every step of the way.  

Cornell University considers parents and family members to be valuable partners in student success. The Office of Parent & Family Programs is committed to helping parents and families support the success of their students by informing, supporting, and engaging you with Cornell. 

At Cornell, we embrace the multi-dimensional diversity of family structures, including families of origin and families of choice. We welcome and encourage the involvement of all family members, friends, and other supporters in the lives of our Cornell students.

We invite you to contact our office with your questions or concerns at or (607) 255-9825. If you have an immediate concern about the health and safety of your student outside of business hours, please contact Cornell University Police Department.   Please be sure to sign up to receive email notifications from Cornell and join the Cornell Families Facebook Page. This includes monthly Family Newsletters, many campus-wide messages, and information to keep you informed all year long. 

Welcome New Cornell Families! 

We are so excited that your student will be joining us this fall! Please check out our For First-Year Families page and our Becoming Big Red: Cornell First-Year Families Newsletter and Conversation Series. If you missed any of our featured session from Family Orientation check out the Family Orientation page for full details. We look forward to working with you over the next few years! 

Are you the parent or family member of a new student, and you are not receiving our emails? You can sign up or update your information to receive our communications to families on our Parent/Guardian Contact form. Also, please ask your student to confirm your information on their New Student To Do List. 

2023 Family Weekend

Join us October 27-29, 2023 for Family Weekend! We hope you can join us for this fun-filled weekend. For more details, visit our Family Weekend page