Weekday Visits to Cornell
Best times to visit
If you would like to visit while classes are in session, consult our academic calendar first. Visits are not available during finals, which are held on the last day of each 18-day block (usually a Wednesday). Though you may schedule visits during the block breaks after finals, note that classes are not in session.
Weekday visit options
Current students lead hour-long walking tours of campus. Tours are offered on weekdays at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. The morning tour ends with lunch in our nationally-recognized Hilltop Café. Our campus is hilly and fairly spread out, so please let us know if you need any special assistance or a slower pace.
We encourage you to include an admission interview as part of your visit. The interview is an informal, non-evaluative discussion with an admission counselor that gives you an opportunity to learn more about Cornell and get any questions answered. It also gives us an opportunity to get to know you (and your parents at the end of the session) and to help you through the admission process.
If you've completed your junior year of high school, you can also request a High 5 interview where your counselor will tell you if you qualify for admission and what kind of merit scholarship you're eligible to receive. (Be sure to send us a copy of your latest transcript at least 3 days before your visit. Unofficial transcripts are fine.)
Sitting in on a class gives you a first-hand experience of One Course At A Time and the close faculty to student interactions that happen at Cornell. Please be sure to note your academic interest(s) so that we can place you in an appropriate class. We also accept requests to attend specific courses, but be aware that exams, field trips, and space limitations sometimes make it impossible to accommodate your first choice.
During your classroom visit, parents will have an hour to explore Mount Vernon, stroll around campus, or relax in the Thomas Commons.
If you are interested in pursuing varsity athletics we can arrange a meeting between you and a coach. Be sure to indicate the sport you are interested in learning more about. Teams normally practice from 3-6 p.m. on weekdays, so plan your visit accordingly.
If you have narrowed your college search and would like to explore a specific academic program, we are happy to arrange a meeting with a professor, based on their availability. Professors are unavailable during class hours—generally 9-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m.—and they also have appointments with current students and other commitments. It helps to request meetings with professors well in advance and to be flexible with your schedule.
To be considered for a fine arts scholarship, you must complete an audition, interview, or submit a portfolio. You can register for your audition when you schedule your campus visit. On-campus auditions must be scheduled two weeks in advance.
If you are planning an audition and trip to campus for a time that is not yet on the calendar, please contact Adeara Jean Maurice directly at: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would like to submit a portfolio for a visual arts scholarship, you can send your work to: email@example.com
Overnight visits are available only to admitted students. We prefer to arrange overnight visits during our Open House or special events for admitted students, but if you are unable to attend one of these events and are strongly considering Cornell, you may contact our visit experience coordinator to explore other options for an overnight stay.