To Do List
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
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 5, once 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
Access the housing application at housing.cornell.edu.
Dining/Meal Plan Enrollment
To review your dining options, visit dining.cornell.edu
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.
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
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 F1 student visa status in order to study at Cornell.
If you are coming to Cornell as an undergraduate, please see the admitted student web page for international undergraduate students. Complete the requirements to get your F1 certificate of eligibility (called an “I-20”) and F1 entry visa stamp as soon as possible.
All others, please read the information on getting student visa status for newly accepted international students. Complete the requirements to get your F1 certificate of eligibility (called an "I-20") and F1 entry visa stamp as soon as possible.
Health & Community
Health History & Immunization Compliance
This process can take several weeks to complete. Please sign in now to read the complete instructions. You will need to plan ahead to meet 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 (appointment requirements vary; see instructions for details)
- 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 16
- Check updated compliance status here
Students with disabilities are encouraged to self-identify with Student Disability Services (SDS) and request access accommodations and services as needed. Students with a broad range of conditions such as, medical and mental health conditions, learning disabilities, ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorders and sensory disabilities use our services to address their access needs. Appropriate documentation of the disability must also be submitted. Find out more about eligibility and documentation for disability services.
- Accessible Housing Requests: First-year student requests and supporting documentation must be submitted to SDS by May 14 . Students who miss this deadline and qualify for accessible housing may be placed on a waiting list.
- Academic and other access requests: To allow adequate time to determine eligibility for disability services and accommodations, submit your request and supporting documentation by June 16. Some disability services require advance planning to have in place at the start of the semester.
Call SDS at (607) 254-4545 or visit our website: sds.cornell.edu. Upload your disability documentation when you submit your application or fax it to (607) 255-1562.
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 15
Fitness Centers Enrollment
Cornell Fitness Centers offer fun, stress-relieving, safe, convenient, and enjoyable exercise programs with five centers located around campus, more than 95 group exercise classes each week, and an extensive variety of cardio and weight equipment.
Access form: Fitness Centers Enrollment
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 15
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 2017-18 pass now. Once you sign up, the service activates on your Cornell ID Card.
All new students must complete AlcoholEdu, 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.
Sign in to the To Do List with your NetID to access your link to AlcoholEdu. The deadline for completion is August 18.
ALL STUDENTS are required to have adequate health insurance. You will be automatically enrolled in Cornell's Student Health Plan (SHP), unless you waive your enrollment (see below). The premium will be reflected on yourJuly Bursar bill, and your coverage will begin August 1.
- If you have other insurance that meets Cornell's requirements and you do not want to stay enrolled in SHP, you may file an online waiver application.
- If your waiver application is approved, you will pay a student health fee instead of the SHP premium (Ithaca students only).
You do not need to do anything about this item because Cornell requires all international students to be covered by SHP.
DENTAL & VISION PLANS (optional):
All students are eligible to enroll in Cornell's dental and vision plans. The enrollment deadline is September 30.
Steps for domestic students only
- Beginning in June, go to www.studenthealthbenefits.cornell.edu to learn about SHP, and/or to submit a waiver application.
- SHP waiver deadline: July 31
- Deadline to enroll in optional dental/vision plans: September 30
Update Emergency Contact
Students are required to provide emergency contact information. Keep this and all addresses and phone numbers including Emergency Mass Notification information complete – and current – in the student information system. This will ensure you receive critical information and alerts.
After activating NetID
Sign in to Student Essentials and click on "Update Emergency Contacts" to complete this item.
If your address changes after you've applied, but before you activate your NetID
Log in to Cornell's application self-service system to report an address change.
Courses & Colleges
College Specific Items
Your college may have specific tasks for you to complete during the summer in addition to enrollment July 10-18. 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
Sign in for your college.
What is it like to come to Cornell? Stories from sophomores, juniors & seniors
See how current and former students describe their experience coming to college. Then share your thoughts and feelings about coming to Cornell. Your thoughts will help give future students a better idea of what to expect, helping to improve their transition! Please set aside 30 minutes to do this.
The survey is no longer available.
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 15.
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 10-18. After July 1, 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, visit Creating Your Schedule.
Cornell Essentials: The Cheating Video
Please set aside 15 minutes to watch Cheating, a short video in which Cornell students, professors, and alumni talk candidly, poignantly, and sometimes even humorously about student cheating at Cornell. They discuss real-life ethical dilemmas that new students might face; share their perspectives on why students cheat; discuss the reasons why students shouldn’t cheat; and give tips on how students can avoid the predicaments that lead to cheating.
Review Video Now (NetID required). Review by August 1.
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 will be available until August 25, 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
The CornellCard account is a service that allows you to make purchases by presenting your Cornell 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)
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 31
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 31
CASHNet - Paying Your Tuition Bill
Bursar bills are electronic, via CASHNet, paper bills will not be sent.
- Activate your Cornell NetID and email address.
- CASHNet is Cornell's e-billing system. Incoming students must grant access to other users/payers to view or pay the tuition bill.
- Pay your tuition bill by August 7. The August e-bill includes fall semester tuition and fees and will be available via CASHNet on July 13.
For more information including a complete bill schedule, visit the Bursar website.
Before You Arrive & Orientation
Review Orientation Guide
The Orientation Guide will be available to download in late July. This essential guidebook contains all of the university's orientation events so that you can get acquainted with Cornell.
Read the guide and make plans for Orientation, including attending required college and university events, plus all of the amazing optional events that interest you. Some students use the orientation app to build their itinerary.
A hard copy of the guide will be distributed during Cornell Orientation (August 18-21, 2017).
Download the Orientation Guide (PDF) when available
Transit Access, Vehicle Registration, Parking Permits, Bicycle Registration
Transit Access: New-to-Cornell students on the Ithaca campus automatically receive free, unlimited-ride TCAT bus privileges until August 31, 2018. 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 and/or Parking Permits: Parking on the Ithaca campus is restricted to permit or payment. Students must register their vehicle (required; free) if they bring it to campus, and can purchase a parking permit (optional; price varies) for their residential area or a commuter lot prior to their arrival.
Bike Share: Bicycle registration (free) is mandatory if you ride or store a bike on the Ithaca campus.
Complete New Student Survey
The New Student Survey is no longer available.
Create and Print Your Unloading Permit for Move-In Day
All new students are required to display a valid unloading permit on your vehicle's dashboard on Move-In Day.
Your unloading permit is customized for your assigned move-in time and includes both your name and housing assignment.
- Go to the Unloading Permit for Move-In Day form.
- A PDF is available immediately to download and print.
Check Registration Status & Schedule
Beginning August 15, the university will update your registration status and fall semester schedule on Student Essentials.
Sign in to Student Essentials (NetID required) to view your registration status. If you are registered, you will see a green check mark. The absence of a green check mark means you have a hold that is preventing registration. For more information, including registration deadlines, go to courses.cornell.edu and scroll down to "University Registration" under the Students section in General Information.
Student ID Card Pick Up
New Student Check-In has ended. If 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, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm to pick up your ID card or have one made.
Attend New Student Check-In Event
New Student Check-In has ended. Please be sure to pick up your Cornell ID card if you have not done so already.