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Items are required unless noted otherwise. Expand an item for more detail. As you arrive on campus, please take advantage of campus offices and resources.

First Things First

Accept Admission Offer

Return by your school's deadline

Return by your school's deadline

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 receives your response to your offer of admission, and deposit if your program requires one, 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.

Johnson School students: once you have activated your NetID, please visit

For more information, visit NetID & Email.

Activate your NetID as soon as you receive it


  1. Receive email (at admissions email address) that NetID was created
  2. Graduate Students: log in with your ApplyWeb credentials to activate your NetID and email
  3. Cornell Tech (NYC), Johnson, Law and Vet Students: If text messaging activation is available, attempt or wait for postal delivery. Then activate your NetID and Cornell email account at
  4. Check email regularly for official university communications

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:

  • forms
  • exams
  • 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.

Learn after activating NetID

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 Options

Whether you're a single student or have a spouse, partner, or family, our friendly housing complexes, convenient dining options, and abundance of supportive resources will ensure that you feel at home while pursuing your academic interests.

Learn more about your housing options—and apply for housing—at There is no deadline to apply for graduate and professional student housing, but it is recommended that you submit your application before May 1.

Learn more about Off-Campus Housing.

For campus housing, apply by May 1 or as soon as possible


  1. Submit housing application by May 1 or as soon as possible
  2. Review housing assignment
  3. Sign housing contract online (NetID required)

Dining/Meal Plan Enrollment

To review your dining options, visit

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.

Enroll in a meal plan.

Student ID Card Request

If you have a current, working Cornell Student ID Card, you do not need to get a new one. Once we create a new card for you, your current card will stop working.

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

Attend your check-in event.

If you failed to submit a photo online, you can have your photo taken at your check-in event or, after that date, at the Office of the University Registrar in B07 Day Hall, Mon-Fri, 8:00 am-4:15 pm.

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!

As soon as possible

Graduate School Students:
Submit Official Transcript for Previous Degree(s)

Students offered admission by a graduate field must submit a final, official transcript of their undergraduate degrees to the Graduate School. Please mail transcripts to Graduate School Admissions as soon as your degree is marked as conferred or awarded.

If you attended an undergraduate institution outside the U.S.A., and its primary language of instruction is not English, you must submit a copy of the diploma and a certified translation of all documents if they are not already in English.

Please note: all transcripts and/or diplomas that you submitted with your application for admission are retained by the admitting field. The Graduate School needs an additional official copy.

Submit by August 1


  1. Submit your final, official transcript to your Student Service Representative at the Graduate School by August 1:
    ATTN: Graduate School Admissions
    Cornell University
    143-B Caldwell Hall
    Ithaca NY 14853-2602
  2. Or, if there is not time to mail your documents to the Graduate School before you arrive on campus, you may submit them in person at Graduate Orientation (Monday, August 24, 2015) or at the Graduate School's Student Services Office, 143 Caldwell Hall.
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

Submit by June 17 (postmark deadline)


  1. Sign in and review instructions NOW
  2. Schedule an appointment with your health care provider
  3. Fill out form online–using your immunization records, if you have them–submit, and print
  4. Take printed form to health care provider for information/signatures related to physical exam and immunizations
  5. Mail signed form by June 17
  6. Check updated compliance status here

Disability Self-Disclosure

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: Housing requests and supporting documentation should be submitted to SDS by May 15.

Access form: Disability Self-Disclosure and Request for Access Accommodations

Submit by June 17


  • Submit by June 17 or earlier
    (By May 15 for housing accommodations)
  • Send disability documentation to:

    Student Disability Services
    Cornell University
    420 CCC
    Ithaca NY 14853-6601

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

Enroll in a fitness plan

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

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 now. Once you sign up, the service activates on your Cornell ID Card.

Sign up for the 2015-16 pass (NetID required)

Available now

Available now

Health Insurance

ALL STUDENTS are required to have quality health insurance that meets Cornell's requirements. Every graduate and professional student will be automatically enrolled in Cornell's Student Health Plan (SHP). The premium will be reflected on your July Bursar bill. The SHP coverage period is August 17, 2015 through August 16, 2016.

FULLY-FUNDED graduate students: you will see a credit in the same amount from your field of study on the July or August Bursar bill.

SELF-PAY graduate and professional students:

  • 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.
  • Domestic students: If you have other insurance that meets Cornell's requirements, and do not want the SHP, you must file an application to appeal the SHP requirement


  • benefits and coverage provided to SHP members
  • enrolling in optional dental and vision plans
  • enrolling spouses, domestic partners, and children in SHP
  • appeal application and instructions

Action required for optional programs and appeal process


  1. Details about the 2015-16 SHP and appeal process available in May
  2. Deadline for appeal: September 30
  3. Deadline for enrolling in optional dental/vision plans or enrolling dependents: September 30

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
Contact the Graduate School to report an address change.

After activating NetID
Visit Student Essentials to make sure that all of your information including addresses and emergency contact/notification are correct.

Summer 2015

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 as soon as possible

CornellCard Enrollment

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)

Apply for CornellCard

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.

Submit by August 7

Enroll in Net.Pay and Pay Your Tuition Bill

Bursar bills are electronic, via Net.Pay, paper bills will not be sent.

  1. Activate your Cornell NetID and email address.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

Pay by August 7
Before You Arrive & Orientation

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. 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.

Available August 1

Check Registration Status

Beginning August 18, the university will update your registration status on Student Essentials.

Sign in to Student Essentials (NetID required) to make sure that you have no holds preventing your university registration.

Available August 18

Student ID Card Pick Up

If your event has passed and you need to pick up your Cornell ID card or have one made, please come to the Office of the University Registrar, B7 Day Hall, 8am – 4:15pm to pick up your ID card or have one made.

Protect your Cornell ID card. It is used for door access, dining, libraries, transit, CornellCard and fitness. There is a $40 fee for all replacement ID cards. Learn more about ID cards.

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Attend Check-In Event

Check-in has ended. Please be sure to attend all required college or school events.

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