2018-2019 Important Dates

Opening and closing dates for 2018-2019

Please refer to the following dates when making travel arrangements to and from Cornell. Students are not permitted in their residence hall room before the time indicated, and must vacate their residence hall room by the time indicated. No exceptions are allowed. Students who find it necessary to arrive earlier or depart later are expected to make alternative off-campus arrangements.

Please note the information found on the corresponding links are for the current academic year, and are available for reference only.  Links pertaining to fall semester dates will be updated over winter break and links pertaining to spring semester dates will be updated in late May to reflect information for the 2018-2019 academic year.


Wednesday, August 22, 2018

8:30 a.m.

Residence halls open for new students

Friday, August 24, 2018

9:00 a.m.

Residence halls open for transfer students

Saturday, August 25, 2017

9:00 a.m.

Residence halls open for returning students

Thursday, September 6, 2018

4:00 p.m.

Last day to change meal plans for fall semester*

Thursday, November 15, 2018

11:00 a.m.

Fall break begins (residence halls remain open)

Thursday, December 20, 2018

11:00 a.m.

Residence halls close for winter break

Sunday, January 13, 2019

9:00 a.m.

Residence halls open for all students

Thursday, January 17, 2019

4:00 p.m.

Last day to change meal plans for spring semester*

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Spring break begins (residence halls remain open)

Thursday, May 9, 2019

11:00 a.m.

Residence halls close for non-graduating students

Friday, May 10, 2019

1:30 p.m.

Residence halls open for full summer housing students

Sunday, May 12, 2019

6:00 p.m.

Residence halls close for all graduating students

Sunday, May 19, 2019

12:00 p.m.

Residence halls open for ten week summer students

Saturday, July 27, 2019

5:00 p.m.

Residence halls close for ten week summer students

Friday, August 2, 2019

1:30 p.m.

Full summer students transition to fall housing assignments

*Note: these are meal plan dates and not directly related to residence hall opening and closing, but students should still note those dates and choose or change their meal plan accordingly.