At Cornell our goal is to empower you to succeed in your education. The Office of Academic Support and Advising offers incoming with disabilities a variety of support services to provide equal access.
We support students who experience a variety of disabilities, including but not limited to the following:
Sensory disabilities related to hearing and/or vision
Chronic health conditions
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Temporary illnesses and injuries
We offer a range of accommodation options to meet each student’s individual needs. Some commonly used accommodations include:
- Extended time on exams and quizzes
- Distraction-reduced exam settings
- Note-taking assistance
- Print materials in accessible formats
- Assistive technologies
- Accessible campus housing
If you have general questions regarding accommodations and services, please contact us.
Adapting to the Block Plan
This block plan is a uniquely intensive academic schedule that allows students to explore a different subject every 18 days. You will take one course at a time, with each block covering the same amount of material as a course on the semester system. A typical day might include four hours of class—plus labs or field trips. After class, students might read a few long chapters, spend time in the library doing research for a paper, and collaborate with classmates on a presentation. It is not unusual to have a small paper or homework problems due every night on top of progress towards larger on-going projects. As you can imagine, every day counts!
There is an increased pace of reading required. Students are regularly expected to read 50-150 pages of challenging course materials per night. If reading is a challenge for you, whether due to disability or just comfort with reading, we will advise you to start reading your textbooks during the block break before the block begins. Accommodations with digital books can still be made on the block plan, so you'll want to coordinate efforts with the disabilities service coordinator in the office of Academic Support and Advising. Ideally, you would order your books two blocks in advance of the course in question to have them ready when you will need them.
There might be a homework assignment or writing assignment due each day. This means that it is critical to use time management skills to make the most of your time.
Registering with Academic Support & Advising
We encourage admitted students to register with Academic Support and Advising as early as possible after confirming enrollment at Cornell College, preferably by August 1 for fall starts and December 1 for spring starts. This can be done through the Admitted Student Checklist. Please note, though, that these are suggested dates—not deadlines, as students can connect with the Coordinator of Academic Support and Advising at any time.
We’d be happy to meet with you! Please let Admissions know you’d like to meet with the Coordinator of Academic Support and Advising as part of your visit and they can coordinate that meeting for you.