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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 20 - 24

  • Orientation, ID Distribution, and Resource Fair - Monday, August 20 from 9:00 am to noon in Bailey Hall
  • New Graduate and Professional Students Transitions Workshops- Sessions I and Sessions II- in Weill Hall, 2nd Floor
    • Sessions One: Monday August 20 from 12:00 to 1:30 pm in Weill Hall, 2nd Floor on:
      • Developing Your Strategic Plan for Graduate School Success RSVP;
      • Get the Mentoring You Need and Want RSVP;
      • Understanding the Imposter Syndrome RSVP                    
    • Sessions One: Monday August 20 from 1:30 to 2:30 pm in Weill Hall, 2nd Floor on:
      • Maximizing Your Every Minute RSVP;
      • The Culture of Respect at Cornell RSVP;
      • Serious Scholarship and Responsible Conduct of Research RSVP;
      • Understanding Doctoral Funding at Cornell: An Introduction to Fellowships & Assistantships RSVP;
  • Ice Cream Social - Monday, August 20 from 3:30-5:30 pm at the Big Red Barn, RSVP here
  • Ithaca By Night - Tuesday, August 21 from 5:30-8:30 pm Meet at the Big Red Barn Graduate and Professional Student Center.  Meet with other incoming students for dinner at one of the many great Ithaca restaurants, guided by a current graduate student.  Bring cash for your portion of the dinner.  RSVP here
  • New Student Mix and Mingle - Friday, August 24 from 3:30-4:30 pm at the Big Red Barn Graduate and Professional Student Center. RSVP here
  • TGIF (Tell Grads It’s Friday) - Friday, August 25 from 4:30-7:00 pm at the Big Red Barn Graduate and Professional Student Center ($1 Beer)

 

Continuing Programs

Helpful Links

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

 

Fellowships

 

Grants