Plan Your Visit

Experience Cornell for yourself.

Find out what it's like to study and learn at Cornell. Get a glimpse of campus culture, and discover how students live, eat, and play while they're here. There are many ways to explore Cornell to see if it’s the right fit for you. A recommended campus visit schedule includes an information session and a campus tour. You may also be interested in sitting in on a class, and sampling our award-winning food in one of our several dining areas.

Campus Tours

We offer walking campus tours at select times throughout the year. Reservations are required for a group of 10 or more, but we don't take reservations for individuals or small groups. Tours are mostly outdoors and last about one hour. Tours begin at the Information and Referral Center in the Day Hall lobby. Click here for tour times. Make sure to follow all parking procedures.

It may take you some extra time to get directions and find parking. Allow a minimum of 30-45 minutes to park and make your way to your destination. Weekdays between 7:30a.m. and 5:00 p.m.: Stop at an Information Booth to receive a complimentary parking permit and directions to appropriate parking areas. Booth locations: Booth 1: 165 Hoy Road, Ithaca, NY 14853, Booth 2: 360 Tower Road Ithaca, NY 14853, Booth 3 311 Campus Road, Ithaca, NY 14853 Evenings and weekends: Information booths are not staffed during this time. Free parking is available in some campus lots after 5:00 p.m. on weekdays and throughout the weekend. Read posted signs carefully to be sure lots are not permit-resticted during the time of your visit.

Information Sessions

We offer two types of information sessions: general university information sessions about Cornell, student life, and our overall admissions requirements; and college-specific sessions offered by each individual undergraduate college or school. These one-hour presentations are offered during select times throughout the year and reservations are requested. Groups of 10 or more should contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office at least two weeks in advance of their visit. While individual appointments with admissions officers are not possible, the information sessions are presented by admissions officers who are happy to answer your questions. Session times and registration are online.

Classroom Visit

When school is in session, visitors can attend select classroom lectures. Please be sure to follow all classroom visit guidelines.

Overnight Stay

Prospective students may stay overnight with current students through the Red Carpet Society during select times each semester. You may also want to consider overnight accommodations in Ithaca or at the Statler Hotel on Cornell's campus.

About Ithaca

Ithaca is situated at the southern tip of Cayuga Lake in the Finger Lakes region of central New York. For many visitors, Ithaca's natural beauty inspires love at first sight. Learn more.