Navigating Graduate School

Transitioning to Graduate School

To ease your transition, the Graduate School offers a variety of programs at Orientation and beyond to help you integrate into the community, manage your expectations, and get a good start on your academic career. 

Orientation Week Programs - August 22 - 26

  • Orientation, ID distribution, and resource fair - Monday, August 22 from 8:30 am to noon in Bailey Hall
  • Developing Your Strategic Plan for Graduate School Success - Monday, August 22 from 1:00 – 2:00 pm.  RSVP by Friday, August 19
  • Ice Cream Social - Monday, August 22 from 3:30-5:30 at the Big Red Barn Graduate and Professional Student Center
  • Ithaca By Night - Tuesday, August 23 from 5:30-9:30: Ithaca By Night. Meet up with other incoming students for dinner at one of the many great Ithaca restaurants, guided by a current student.  Bring cash for your portion of the dinner.
  • New Student Mix and Mingle - Friday, August 26 from 3:30-4:30 at the Big Red Barn.
  • TGIF (Tell Grads It’s Friday) - Friday, August 26 from 4:30-7:00 at the Big Red Barn ($1 Beer)


Continuing Programs

Links to Cornell Offices

With its large and decentralized campus, finding the right office can take time. The following websites offer links and portals to important information for new students.

Personal Finances, Fellowships, and Funding

Personal Finances