Welcome to Cornell!

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Welcome to the Big Red community!

Congratulations on your student’s acceptance to Cornell University! Here, your student will join a community of students, faculty, staff, and generations of alumni who will support them throughout their academic journey. We know that parents and families are a key part of that academic journey as well, so we hope the information and resources below will help you support your student as they consider Cornell.


Hear a welcome message from our Director of Undergraduate Admissions, Pamela Tan:

Pamela Welcome

Upcoming Milestones & Events

Prepare for these important dates on your student's journey to Cornell. After committing to Cornell, students will get information about next steps.

Date Event
April 13, 14, & 21
Cornell Days, an in-person visit opportunity for admitted students
May 1
Students reply to offer of admission via their Application Status Page
May 15
Students apply for on-campus housing
August 19 & 20
New students move-in & families attend in-person Family Orientation
August 19-25

Students attend New Student Orientation

Virtual Parent & Family Events

Throughout April we will offer a wealth of opportunities for parents and families to connect with Cornell. Students should register for parent and family events via the event portal and add family attendees as guests.

Frequently Asked Questions

For more information, explore all of our admitted student FAQs.

CUontheHill is Cornell’s private admitted student community. Admitted students to the incoming class will receive an invitation to join the network after being admitted to Cornell. On CUontheHill, students can connect with members of the Cornell community: current students, staff, faculty, and alumni.  

If you and your student prefer to visit campus on a different day, we encourage you to follow the self-guided tour and to please feel free to stop by the Undergraduate Admissions Office or the Martin Y. Tang Welcome Center for assistance. Visitor parking options and information is available. Other activities you and your student may enjoy while in Ithaca, NY:

Admitted students receive notification of their admission via their online Application Status Page. Detailed instructions on how to submit the enrollment form and how to pay the enrollment deposit are provided here as well. The enrollment deposit is then credited to the student’s Bursar account and counts toward the first semester fees.

Resources for Parents & Families

Big Red Families

Resources for families of new students during the first year and beyond.

Subscribe to the Parent Mailing List

 Receive newsletters and other timely notifications.

Financial Aid

Get answers to your questions, learn about the types of aid we offer, and connect with a financial aid counselor.

Tatkon Center for New Students

The Tatkon Center for New Students supports all new students during their first year on campus.

Academic Calendar

Plan for important upcoming dates and breaks using the Academic Calendar.

Support your Cornellian's Journey

Plan for the journey from new student orientation to joining the Big Red Alumni family