Admitted Students

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Welcome to Cornell!

Congratulations on your acceptance into Cornell…and welcome! We are excited that you will begin your graduate program soon and look forward to working with you. 

The goal of Orientation at Cornell is simple: We want to warmly welcome you to campus and help your transition to graduate school by introducing you to the values, expectations, and resources of an inclusive Cornell community that will be your home for the duration of your degree program.  You will also learn about graduate study at Cornell along with expectations and tips for success as a new graduate student.  We will introduce you to valuable resources and services to help you throughout your time at Cornell.

Orientation does not replace your field’s orientation program; it supplements it. We hope it will help you experience the benefits of a larger, interdisciplinary community. Please consult your field’s website for field-, college-, and program-specific orientation programs. Please also make sure to keep track of your new student to do list.

You will receive an email with instructions for Graduate School Orientation participation later this summer. 

Orientation Highlights:

July 15, 2022 – Orientation Hub Opens  

We use Cornell’s learning management system, Canvas, to house modules including information, resources, tips, and links to register for our formal program and the Graduate School Primer workshops. The Orientation Hub link was sent to incoming Graduate School students on July 15. Students who did not receive the link should email gradschoolnews@cornell.edu.

Please note: This information and related orientation events are designed for students in programs administered by the Cornell Graduate School, which includes all Ph.D., M.S., M.A., D.M.A., J.S.D., and M.F.A. degree programs. This also includes M.F.S., M.H.A., M.I.L.R., M.L.A., M.P.A., M.P.H. degree programs, as well as the M.P.S. degrees in animal science, biological and environmental engineering, integrative plant science, global development, landscape architecture, natural resources and the environment, applied economics and management, fiber science and apparel design, human resources, industrial and labor relations, information science, real estate, and veterinary medical sciences.

The Graduate School does not oversee the following programs, so please check with your program director for information about your requirements, expectations, and orientation events: M.Arch, M.Eng., M.M.H., MP.S. in management, M.S.L.S., D.V.M., J.D., L.L.M., M.B.A., M.S. and M.Eng. degrees at Cornell Tech in New York City, and Ph.D., M.S., and M.B.A. degrees at Weill Cornell Medicine in New York City.

August 18, 2022 – Dean’s Welcome

9:00 – 10:30 am (ET), Bailey Hall

The formal program features Cornell President Martha Pollack, Graduate School Dean and Vice Provost for Graduate Education Kathryn J. Boor, and a panel of esteemed faculty and students. Please make sure that you register to attend this session.

August 18, 2022 – Welcome Session for New Graduate Teaching Assistants (TAs)

10:30 – 11:30 a.m. (ET), Bailey Hall

Provided by the Center for Teaching Innovation, this session will provide an overview of CTI’s resources to support the success of all new graduate TAs as they begin their teaching at Cornell. In addition, there will be an opportunity for all new international TAs (ITAs) to talk to other ITAs and CTI staff about specific resources available to ensure a smooth transition to Cornell.

Compass graphic with text reading, "The Primer: Navigating Graduate School"July and August 2022 – Graduate School Primer: Navigating Academia Workshop Series (via Zoom)

This workshop series is designed exclusively for first-year graduate and professional students and covers topics like understanding doctoral funding, mentoring, time management, and much more. Sessions are all online via Zoom. View the Graduate School Primer: Navigating Academia Workshop Series page for more information and registration links.

August 22 through September 7 – Social Events for New Graduate and Professional Students

Incoming students are invited to view a list of upcoming events on the Canvas site, including a wellness/fitness challenge, trivia nights, new student and language mixers, an ice cream social, and more.

September 12, 2022 – Resource Fair for Graduate and Professional Students

1:00 – 5:00 pm (ET), Barton Hall

This collaborative resource fair and welcome reception will provide an opportunity for graduate and professional degree students from across programs to engage with each other while also learning more about the resources, office, and organizations that help to support their development and progression at Cornell. 


For Our International Student Community:

Fall 2022 Orientation for International Graduate and Professional Students

Sunday, August 21, 2022

Join the Office of Global Learning for our orientation for new and transferring international graduate and professional students arriving at Cornell in fall 2022. You will learn important information on U.S. immigration and taxes, health and safety, academic integrity, and wellness and inclusion. We will also have a student panel discussion addressing such topics as transitioning to the U.S. and to a new academic culture. Attendance is not required but strongly recommended. Registration closes Friday, August 5 at 11:59 p.m.


Information available in the Orientation Hub:

  • Cornell’s public health requirements, including vaccinations, pre-arrival, and arrival information
  • Important Cornell offices and resources
  • Social events sponsored by the Big Red Barn Graduate and Professional Student Center

Stay Informed

Graduate School Announcements posts Monday nights (ET)

All new students will begin receiving the weekly Graduate School Announcements in mid-July. 


Find Your Community

Knowing where to look can give you a head start

With 23,600 students, Cornell is large. One tip for incoming students is to establish your networks early by getting out and meeting new people. The programs, organizations, and resources below are designed to bring people together.

  • Big Red Barn Graduate and Professional Student Center. The Barn is the heart of the graduate and professional community with numerous events scheduled throughout the fall semester.
  • Student Groups. With over 1,000 student groups, find a group that corresponds to your personal or professional interests. Several upcoming events are listed below.
  • Graduate and Professional Student Assembly (GPSA). Cornell’s system of governance includes an active student component. Becoming part of the GPSA is a great way to meet people.
  • Graduate and Professional Student Diversity Council. Help advance a sense of community, professional excellence, and a climate of inclusion for all graduate and professional students, but especially for those from marginalized communities and backgrounds historically underrepresented in the academy.
  • Student Communities. Review our short list of student groups and links to other places to find community.

If you have any questions, or need any support regarding accommodations, please contact Janna Lamey, senior assistant dean for graduate student life (607-255-5184 or janna.lamey@cornell.edu).