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Student Communities

Individuals are central to our notion of community, and it’s the collection of inspiring students, dedicated faculty, and caring administrators who make Cornell a community that is easy to call home. Below we've compiled a list of communities that our graduate students typically join in order to encourage your active participation in the broader University community.

International Students: The International Students & Scholars Office (ISSO) is available to assist international students, academic staff and their families by advising on US federal immigration, tax and labor regulations, by providing counseling on personal, academic and cultural matters, and by promoting cross-cultural awareness in the Cornell community.

LGBT Students: The Cornell Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) Resource Center has a wide variety of resources, information about the LGBT community at Cornell, and ways to become involved.

Students of Color: The Office of Inclusion and Student Engagement has a wide variety of resources, information about the students of color graduate and professional community at Cornell, and ways to become involved.

Students with Families: We recognize that some of our students embark on this new journey with partners and/or children. Our Students with Families website compiles information about resources, ways to stay informed and get involved, along with valuable contact information.

Student Veterans: The Graduate School has a supportive community that includes other veterans among our faculty, staff, and your graduate and professional student peers. Cornell’s Military Community is a clearinghouse for information and resources for veterans among our faculty, staff, and students.

Womens Communities: There are numerous graduate and professional student organizations designed to promote a more vibrant campus community by supporting women students in their personal and educational pursuits at Cornell.

General Clubs, Engagement, and Community-Building Opportunities

Campus Clubs: Although graduate and professional students are welcome to join most Cornell organizations, the Graduate School has over 300 student organizations that specifically support graduate and professional students.

Cornell Public Service Center: This center was founded to support the public service initiatives of students and faculty members that connect academic study with practical experiences in the Ithaca community. 

Cornell United Religious Work (CURW): Comprised of thirty affiliated communities, CURW offers programs of worship, study, and social activities, as well as opportunities for students to engage in interfaith dialogue.

Student Governance: The Graduate and Professional Student Assembly (GPSA) is the official voice of graduate and professional students at Cornell. In addition to representing the students in matters of university governance, the GPSA has the responsibility for setting and administering the Student Activity Fee for graduate and professional students.