Is there a reason some physical education classes are restricted to undergraduates?

Date: February 2021


Dear Deans,

I’m a grad student here interested in taking archery, but it’s restricted to undergraduates only. Is there a reason for that? Is it due to COVID or is it always the case? And is there a possibility that could be changed?

Prospective Archer


Dear Prospective Archer,

Thank you for asking about Cornell’s physical education classes. Actively learning new skills is a very smart strategy to undertake during this pandemic period.

Here’s what I learned about the archery classes that are held through Cornell’s physical education program. In general, we offer multiple archery classes. This semester (Spring 2021), Cornell is offering four classes. The only one that is not currently full is open only to first year students due to the fact that undergraduates are required to take PE to graduate. The other three classes are reserved for undergraduates UNTIL the first day of classes. If there are any openings at that time, any student can enroll in archery. The PE offices advises graduate students to keep an eye on the archery courses during that first week of classes because it is likely that a spot may open up.

Good luck!


Kathryn Boor
Dean of the Graduate School and Vice Provost for Graduate Education