As you prepare for the start of the new academic year, you will find the following information useful (please note that this page will be updated to provide additional information as it becomes available).
Housing assignment information (for incoming new and transfer students only)
You will receive a message to your Cornell e-mail with your housing information (including building and room number, campus mailing address, roommate's name and e-mail address and other important information). We generally send that information around the middle of July. Watch this site for updated information.
Also, if you have not already done so, you should refer to the Admitted Students information to complete your housing preference form. You can update your preferences as often as you would like (through Sunday, July 5). To update your form, simply log back in and make your desired changes. If you are interested in our themed communities, please be sure to complete the connect floor application.
Dates and times for opening
For new and transfer students
The residence halls open at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, August 26. There are two main tasks to accomplish in the morning: move-in and the "validation" process (you can visit New Student Orientation's website to learn more about validation).
When you arrive in Mount Vernon, you will see signs directing your to either check-in or to park for validation. When you arrive at your designated check-in location, you will pick up your keys. Then, you will be directed to an unloading location where volunteers will unload your belongings and help take them to the room. Please mark your boxes with your room number (any unmarked boxes will be marked that morning and so it helps our process run more smoothly if you already have them marked). Pack light in reasonably-sized boxes as carrying really heavy things up the stairs can be difficult.
To help reduce your wait times for move-in and validation,we have divided students into two groups:
- Students with last names A - M will go through validation first and then check in to the residence halls
- Students with last names N - Z will check in to the residence halls first and then go through validation
For your convenience, a map of campus with parking lots, check-in locations and other helpful information is available. Please view the campus map (PDF).
For returning students
The residence halls open at 9 a.m. on Saturday, August 29. Students should report directly to their assigned residence hall to obtain their room key.
For new and transfer students of color, first-generation students and/or international students
The Office of Intercultural Life (ICL) organizes an orientation specifically to help students of color, first-generation students and international students in their transition to college. Students participating in either of those programs will hear from ICL regarding their arrival information. Learn more about Each One Teach One (our orientation for students of color and/or first-generation students) or learn more about our international student orientation.
For fall athletes
Select fall athletes have an earlier arrival time. That information will be posted here when it is available.
Early arrival requests
The Residence Life office occasionally gets requests for students wanting to move in earlier than the dates listed above. Students deemed essential for opening of the residence halls and/or for New Student Orientation are permitted to check in on a date and time jointly established by the supervising department and Residence Life. Examples include resident assistant staff, peer advocate staff and Thomas Commons staff (including some individuals who work at the Information Desk). Students in these groups should confirm their arrival dates and times with their supervisors. In addition, fall athletes have a different move-in process; student athletes should consult with their coach if they have questions. In each of these cases, the supervising department will cover all housing and meal plan expenses for the student(s).
Students not with a sponsoring department should expect that the above dates reflect the earliest that they can check into the residence halls. With very rare exception, staff members from housekeeping, facilities and residence life are preparing for the official opening days and are unable to accommodate early arrival requests from individuals not with a sponsoring department. If extenuating circumstances exist that the student believes would warrant an earlier move-in day, then the student should contact their appropriate assistant director. If an exception is made, the student would be charged a daily early arrival fee for housing expenses (all charges would be applied directly to the student's account); the student would not have an active meal plan and so would need to pay out of pocket to eat in the Hilltop Café.
Meal plan information
The first meal served for all new and transfer students will be lunch on Wednesday, August 26, 2015. The first meal served for all returning students will be lunch on Saturday, August 29. We need to collect meal plan preferences from all students. Please refer to the meal plan selection information for more details.
ID card photos (for incoming new and transfer students only)
You will receive a Cornell identification (ID) card when you get to campus and you will be required to carry that at all times. You can choose to submit your ID card photo in advance. Refer to ID Photo Submission information for details.
In August, all incoming students are required to complete an online program called AlcoholEdu. Learn more about AlcoholEdu.
Living with a roommate
Students new to sharing a living space may find our information on living with a roommate helpful in learning how to navigate that relationship.
Mailing your belongings to Cornell
Please refer to the information on mailing your belongings to campus.
Cornell College occasionally receives requests from students who want to use commercial storage pods as a means of moving their things in or out. The College can permit a limited number of storage pods to be stationed on campus. Requests will be honored in the order in which they are received. Refer to our information on storage pods for complete details.
Suggested packing list
Please refer to the suggested packing list for a list of items that you might want to bring as well as a list of items that are prohibited. Also, if you plan applying for a job (including a work-study opportunity), you must also bring an original birth certificate, social security card or passport.
Residence Hall Linens
Please refer to our information on beds and linens so that you can ensure that you purchase appropriate linens
Student parking on campus
Students interested in bringing a car to campus should refer to Campus Safety's information on student vehicle and parking regulations and then complete Campus Safety's student parking registration form.
Getting to and from the airport
If you will be traveling and don't have a car, you can refer to a list of transportation suggestions compiled by the Thomas Commons Information Desk. There you will find the College's electronic need a ride board as well as information on commercial transportation opportunities.