Campus Visitation Policy

Please see the below message from our Executive Director of Undergraduate Admissions on our campus visitation policy and learn about all the exciting opportunities to engage with other admitted students and learn more about Cornell. 

This is an exciting time for you and your family, and while things may look different this year, we look forward to celebrating with you throughout April. Admitted students will receive a special invitation to join CUontheHill, a virtual engagement hub, to chat with and learn from current Cornell students, alumni, faculty and staff. Online, virtual, social media, and texting events are planned so that you can experience Cornell for yourself.

When you attend Cornell University, you join a tradition of more than 150 years in the making, filled with countless opportunities. As a Cornellian, you'll live and learn alongside classmates and professors from all over the world, use innovative approaches to find new solutions to societal challenges, and create connections and memories that will last a lifetime.

While COVID-19 restrictions prevent us from offering in-person programs and tours at this time, there are still many ways to learn more about the campus and our community remotely. In addition to CUontheHill, the Welcome to Cornell website, designed for newly admitted students and their families, includes important information about student and residential life, housing, dining, athletics and recreation, traditions, financial aid, connecting with us on social media, and so much more. Undergraduate Admissions also has a Virtual Visit page that includes blogs featuring current students and more information about academics in our colleges and schools. Visitor Relations offers both live and pre-recorded virtual campus tours, and, for a closer look at what the Ithaca area has to offer, you can check out Life at Cornell, the Ithaca webpage or the Visit Ithaca website.

Should you choose to come to campus on your own, please know that you will need to abide by Cornell's Travel and Visitor Policy, which expressly prohibits visitors from entering campus buildings or facilities. In addition, you must follow public health guidelines, regardless of whether you have been fully vaccinated.

  • Wear a mask or face covering when it is not feasible to maintain physical distancing (i.e., at least six feet of separation between you and others).
  • Practice physical distancing.
  • Visit alone or in a family group (no groups larger than 10 people are allowed on campus, including recreational areas, such as the Botanic Gardens).
  • Do not attempt to access or enter campus buildings or facilities.
  • For more information, please visit the university's COVID-19 Planning and Response website.

When appropriate public health measures are followed, outdoor visits to campus and the surrounding area can be done safely. However, please bear in mind that simply visiting campus is not a substitution for engaging with online programs that will allow you to gain firsthand insights from faculty, staff and fellow students on what life on the hill is all about.

Once again, welcome to Cornell! We cannot wait to see what the future has in store for you here.