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 21 - 25
- Orientation, ID Distribution, and Resource Fair - Monday, August 21 from 8:30 am to noon in Bailey Hall
- New Graduate and Professional Students Transitions Workshops- Monday August 21 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
- Ice Cream Social - Monday, August 21 from 3:30-5:30 pm at the Big Red Barn Graduate and Professional Student Center
- Ithaca By Night - Tuesday, August 22 from 5:30-9:30 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.
- New Student Mix and Mingle - Friday, August 25 from 3:30-4:30 pm at the Big Red Barn Graduate and Professional Student Center
- 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)
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.
- Student Essentials - Academic portal with links to Cornell offices
- FAQs for First Year Students - Common questions for first year students
Personal Finances, Fellowships, and Funding
- Direct deposit for stipend and assistantship checks
- Personal Finance @ Cornell - Learn how to manage your finances in graduate school
- Graduate School Emergency Funds - Help in extenuating circumstances for qualified graduate students
- Graduate School Fellowship Workshops - Learn how to write an effective external fellowship application
- International Research and Language Fellowship and Grant Funding and Information Sessions - Learn how to write an effective fellowship application for international research and language fellowships, including Fulbrights.
- External Fellowships - Information about obtaining an external fellowship
- Fellowship Database- Searchable database of external fellowships