Student-athletes, trainers and managers who are involved in fall sports may be required to arrive on campus early to participate in preseason training and/or practice. This page is meant to provide general information for students and their families related to preseason arrival information. Each coaching staff will be in direct contact with their student regarding further instructions on arrival dates, times, and move-in procedures.

Below are the arrival dates for each fall athletic team during the 2019-2020 academic year.  These dates were coordinated with the coaches for each sport and are based on what is allowed through College policy and NCAA regulations.  Students should expect that the date listed below is the earliest possible date and time they can check into campus housing, and that requests to arrive earlier will not be able to be granted.

Men's Sports

  • Cross Country: Friday, August 16th
  • Football: Thursday, August 15th
  • Soccer: Friday, August 16th

Women's Sports

  • Cross Country: Friday, August 16th
  • Soccer: Friday, August 16th
  • Tennis: Friday, August 16th
  • Volleyball: Friday, August 16th

Check-in Process for Student-Athletes and Managers

Unless otherwise noted above, check-in for each team will take place from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. in the Thomas Commons Bradsley Grand Foyer. Upon arrival student-athletes should proceed to Ringer Dining Room to meet with the athletic training staff (all paperwork and athletic medical information must be completed and turned in during this time). 

Once you've meet with the training staff first-year and transfer students will begin with the Orientation table to complete steps in the new student check-in process (student accounts, business services, health services, and parking permits).

Returning students, and students who've completed check-in, will stop at the Residence Life table to receive their room key.  New and transfer students will also receive their student ID if a photo was submitted in advance.  Students who did not submit a photo will be instructed on how to get to the Residence Life Office in Old Sem to have their picture taken and ID made.  

Once you completed all parts of the check-in process and receive your room key you can drive to your residence hall to unload your belongings and take them to your room. Pack light in reasonably-sized boxes as carrying really heavy things up the stairs can be difficult.

Students who are running late and not able to arrive by 3:00 p.m. are encouraged to contact their coach for instructions on picking up keys and completing check-in.

Check-in Process for Student Athletic Trainers

Students who are part of the athletic training staff for a fall sport are approved to arrive the day prior to the student-athletes for training and to assist with the athlete check-in process.  These students may pick their room keys up from the Residence Life Office in Old Sem anytime between 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. on their approved arrival date.

NCAA Meeting

Following the check-in process all student-athletes will receive information regarding athletic participation from athletic administrators and athletic trainers. This meeting normally takes place in Hedges Conference Room.

Parent Orientation

While the students are participating in the NCAA meeting, parents and families will attend a parent orientation session.  The Vice President for Student Affairs and Vice President for Academic Affairs will provide information to parents of new students entering Cornell. This is a longer session than the student-athlete session at the same time. We know that many of you will not be returning to campus for first year student move-in day, and we don’t want you to miss out on connecting with these important individuals.


The first meal served for athletic teams will be dinner on their official move-in day.  Meals will be held in the Hilltop Cafe.  Students participating with fall sports teams are considered sponsored early arrivals and all early arrival housing and meal charges are covered by their athletic team.  Student meal plans and flex cash do not begin until the dinner service on Saturday, August 24th.