To Do List
Items are required unless noted otherwise. Expand an item for more detail.
First Things First
Submit Enrollment Deposit
Submit your enrollment response and deposit by May 1 to reserve your place in the incoming class.
Enrollment deposit status updates every 2 business days.
Submit by May 1
Visit Reply to Admission Offer for instructions.
Activate NetID & Cornell Email Address
Your Cornell NetID is your key to secure online services at Cornell. You will need it to view and pay your bursar (tuition) bill, add and drop courses, check financial aid awards and more. Your Cornell email address will be used for official university announcements.
Beginning April 3, as soon as the university processes your enrollment deposit, you will receive an email (at your admissions email address) that your NetID was created and what to expect next. You are expected to activate your NetID and Cornell email account immediately.
For more information, visit NetID & Email.
Memorize Your Cornell ID #
All new students must memorize their 7 digit Cornell ID #.
This is your unique personal identifier at Cornell. It will be printed on your Cornell ID card. You will be required to use it for:
- paying your bill
- security verifications and more.
Your Cornell ID # is different than your Cornell NetID.
Your NetID consists of your initials plus a number. You use it, along with a password, to obtain secure access to online services at Cornell.
You will see your Cornell ID # in the To Do List only when you are able to sign in with your NetID and password.
Housing Application Process
All first-year students are guaranteed on-campus housing if applications are submitted by May 8. Those received after May 8 are processed in the order in which they are received.
You will receive notification in mid-June from the Housing and Dining Contracts Office with your housing assignment and contract signing instructions. Make sure you have activated your NetID and Cornell email address so that you don't miss out on housing information.
If you have an accessible housing request due to a disability, register with Student Disability Services (SDS) before the housing application deadline by filling out the Disability Self-Disclosure and Request for Access Accommodations form. Review detailed information on the SDS website.
Access the Housing application at housing.cornell.edu.
- Submit housing application by May 8
- Review housing assignment; available mid-June
- Sign housing contract online (NetID required)
Dining/Meal Plan Enrollment
Review your dining options at dining.cornell.edu and enroll in a plan by May 1.
In addition to the traditional meal plans, be sure to check out City Bucks - a pre-paid declining balance account accessed through your Cornell Student ID Card that eliminates the need to carry cash at many off-campus locations.
- Review dining options at dining.cornell.edu
- Sign up for meal plan by May 1
Student ID Card Request
You are required to submit a photo online for your Student ID Card.
Depending on your relationship to the university and the services that you sign up for, your ID card can also be used as an electronic door key and to access a variety of functions and facilities on campus, including athletic events, CornellCard charges, dining units, fitness centers, libraries, and transportation services.
Access form: Student ID Card Request
Submit by July 10
International Students: Additional Requirements
If you are not a United States citizen or permanent resident, you may need to obtain F-1 student visa status in order to study at Cornell.
Please read the International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO) guide for newly accepted international students. Complete the requirements to get your F-1 certificate of eligibility (called an "I-20") and F-1 entry visa stamp as soon as possible!
Health & Community
Health History & Immunization Compliance
There are a number of steps involved in this process that may take several weeks to complete. Please sign in now to read the instructions. This will give you the opportunity to plan the actions you must take to complete your form, submit it by the deadline, and avoid penalties and registration delays.
Access form: Health History Form
- Sign in and review instructions NOW
- Schedule an appointment with your health care provider
- Fill out form online–using your immunization records, if you have them–submit, and print
- Take printed form to health care provider for information/signatures related to physical exam and immunizations
- Mail signed form by June 17
- Check updated compliance status here
If you would like to self-identify as a person with a disability, please complete the first part of the form. If you are requesting an access accommodation, please complete and submit the entire form online and submit disability documentation to Student Disability Services (SDS).
Accessible Housing Requests: First-year student requests for accessible housing and supporting documentation should be submitted to SDS by May 15. Transfer student accessible housing requests should be submitted by July 1.
- Submit by June 17 or earlier
(By May 15 for housing accommodations)
- Send disability documentation to:
Student Disability Services
Ithaca NY 14853-6601
Parent/Guardian Address Request
In order for the university to provide the most up-to-date information to your parents/guardians about Cornell, including invitations to Cornell events and programs, please fill out this form as completely as possible.
Access form: Parent/Guardian Address Request
Submit by July 10
Fitness Centers Enrollment
Cornell Fitness Centers provide safe, convenient, effective, and enjoyable exercise programs with five centers located around campus, more than 80 group exercise classes each week, and an extensive variety of cardio and weight equipment.
Access form: Fitness Centers Enrollment
Submit by July 10
Spiritual Life at Cornell
Cornell United Religious Work (CURW) coordinates the programs of the major religious traditions that sponsor communities at Cornell. The member groups of CURW sponsor services, social and cultural events and lectures. We are available to counsel you and your family in times of crisis.
Access form: Spiritual Life at Cornell
Submit by July 10
Get a Big Red Sports Pass
The free Big Red Sports Pass gives you access to all home athletic contests (except men's ice hockey) at no cost. Sign up for the 2015-16 pass beginning July 1. Once you sign up, the service activates on your Cornell ID Card.
Available July 1
All new students must complete Alcohol-Wise, an online, interactive alcohol education course. Even if you are among the many Cornellians who do not drink alcohol, the information provided in the program will be valuable.
Check back in July for instructions for completing Alcohol-Wise. The deadline for completion will be August 21.
ALL STUDENTS are required to have quality health insurance that meets Cornell's requirements. You will be automatically enrolled in and billed for the Cornell University Student Health Plan (SHP). The SHP coverage period is August 17, 2015 through August 16, 2016.
INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS: You do not need to do anything about this item because Cornell requires all international students to be covered by the Cornell SHP.
- If you have other insurance that meets Cornell's requirements and do not want the SHP, you must file an online waiver application.
- If you want the SHP, complete the online application to expedite your enrollment.
MORE INFORMATION at www.studenthealthbenefits.cornell.edu:
- benefits and coverage provided to SHP members
- enrolling in optional dental and vision plans
- enrolling spouses, domestic partners, and children in SHP
- online enrollment and waiver process
Steps for domestic students only
- Beginning May 11, go to www.studenthealthbenefits.cornell.edu to enroll in or waive the SHP
- Waiver deadline: August 16
Update Primary & Emergency Contact Addresses
Did you move? Did your mailing address change? Cornell must have an accurate mailing address to ensure you receive critical information. Confirm & update your address so you don't miss important information.
Before you activate NetID
Log in to Cornell's application self-service system to report an address change.
After activating NetID
Sign in to Student Essentials to make sure that all of your information including addresses and emergency contact/notification are correct.
Courses & Colleges
College Specific Items
Your college may have specific tasks for you to complete during the summer in addition to enrollment July 8-17. Please activate and check your Cornell email regularly and make sure that your postal mailing address is current on Student Essentials so that you don't miss any important communications.
For more information, visit College & School Links
Login for your college.
Social and Academic Life: What is it like to come to Cornell?
Please set aside 30 minutes to complete a survey about social and academic life at Cornell.
Read stories from current and former students about their experiences with the transition to college and share your thoughts and feelings about coming to Cornell. Your thoughts will be used to help improve this transition for future students.
Available June 1.
Please have your secondary school counselor access the Final Report form at: www.commonapp.org or www.universalcollegeapp.com and return the completed form and your final high school transcript by July 10.
Final transcripts will not be considered "official" and fulfill the transcript requirement unless they are sent directly from your high school. If mailing your documents, please have your school send them to the Processing Center, 349 Pine Tree Road, Ithaca, NY 14850.
If you have questions about your final report, please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office: firstname.lastname@example.org or (607) 255-5241.
Enroll in Fall Courses
You will enroll in fall semester courses July 8-17. After July 6, check your appointment window in Student Center (NetID required). Before your appointment window begins, familiarize yourself with the process by reviewing the instructions from your college (most colleges will send out information by late June) and reading the general Course Enrollment information on this site.
For more information of the process, visit Creating Your Schedule.
Sign up for a Swim Test Time or Beginning Swimming
Passing the swim test is a requirement for graduation. If you know how to swim, sign up in July, then complete the test during Orientation or shortly after. If you cannot swim or do not feel confident about your swimming skills, enroll in Beginning Swimming (PE 1100) during course enrollment.
Visit Swim Test Sign-up to enroll in a swim test time or learn more about the test. Sign-up opens July 8, and will be available until August 28, the last day the swim test is offered until the make-up tests in November.
Bursar Disclosure Statement
Read the Initial Disclosure Statement, the Retail Installment Agreement and the important information regarding your rights to dispute billing errors on this form. When you submit the statement, a copy will be sent to your email address for your records.
Access form: Bursar Disclosure Statement
Submit by July 10
The CornellCard account is a service that allows you to make purchases by presenting your Cornell Student ID card. This service can help you manage your day-to-day expenses without having to carry large amounts of cash.
Access form: Apply for CornellCard (NetID required)
Submit by July 10
Cornell Installment Plan Enrollment
The Cornell Installment Plan (CIP), also known as the Tuition Pay Plan, is administered by HigherOne. CIP allows you to pay your tuition in interest-free increments over a 5, 10 or 12-month period. Using the installment plan may help you borrow less and even your cash flow.
For more information or to enroll in CIP, visit Cornell Installment Plan.
The status of this item will not be updated on your To Do List until July.
Submit by August 7
Enroll in Direct Deposit
Bursar student refunds and university stipends (financial aid) are issued electronically. Students must enter their banking information and manage their account through the secure Cornell Nelnet.
Enroll in Net.Pay and Pay Your Tuition Bill
Bursar bills are electronic, via Net.Pay, paper bills will not be sent.
- Activate your Cornell NetID and email address.
- Sign up for Net.Pay beginning July 13. You will need your Cornell ID number. You will not be able to view or pay your tuition bill without enrolling in Net.Pay.
- Pay your tuition bill by August 7. The August bill including fall semester tuition will be available via Net.Pay on July 13.
For more information including a complete bill schedule, visit the Bursar website.
Before You Arrive & Orientation
Review Orientation Guide
You should receive the Orientation Guide mid-summer. It is your essential guidebook to Orientation—don't lose it! Your college schedule, daily schedule, university required events, and of course, everything fun is contained in there so look closely and make your own personalized Orientation schedule.
Download the Orientation Guide in mid-June.
Transit Access, Vehicle Registration, Parking Permits, Bicycle Registration
Transit Access: New-to-Cornell students automatically receive free, unlimited-ride TCAT bus privileges until August 31, 2016. No need to submit a form. Students must use their Cornell Student ID Card at the fare box and remain registered to access this privilege.
Vehicle Registration: Students must register their vehicle (required; free) if they intend to bring it to campus.
Parking Permits: Parking on campus is restricted to permit or payment. Beginning August 1, students can register their vehicle (required; free) and purchase a parking permit (optional; price varies) for their residential area or a commuter lot prior to their arrival.
Bikes: Bicycle registration (free) is mandatory if you ride or store a bike on campus.
Complete New Student Survey
All new first-year students are asked to complete the New Student Survey, which will be available July 31. This survey takes approximately 10 minutes to complete.
Create and Print Your Unloading Permit for Move-In Day
Beginning August 1 you will be able to create your Unloading Permit for Move-In Day. All new students living on campus move in on Friday, August 21.
All new students are given a move-in time for Opening Day, and must display a corresponding permit on your vehicle's dashboard. Check your move-in time and learn more about what you can bring to campus, on the Move-In Day page.
Check Registration Status & Schedule
Beginning August 18, the university will update your registration status and fall semester schedule on Student Essentials.
Sign in to Student Essentials (NetID required) to make sure that you have no holds preventing your university registration.
Student ID Card Pick Up
Pick up your Student ID Card atNew Student Check-In
Friday August 21, between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm
If you are an early arrival and you will be living in the residence hall prior to August 21, you may receive your ID card earlier.
Attend New Student Check-In Event
All new students are required to attend this event in Barton Hall on Friday, August 21 between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm. Staff from more than 30 university departments will be available to answer questions and share information regarding matriculation and campus opportunities. Students should plan to spend approximately 45 minutes at the event. Families are also welcome. Concessions and seating will be available.
Find Barton Hall on the Cornell University map.