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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

Submit Enrollment Deposit

The enrollment deposit is due within 10 days of the date on the offer of admission letter or January 5, whichever is sooner. If the deposit is not received by the due date, the university cannot guarantee housing.

Enrollment deposit status updates every 2 business days.

Submit within 10 days of offer or January 5

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 the week of October 9, 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.

Activate your NetID as soon as you receive it
  1. Receive email (at admissions email address) that NetID was created
  2. Log in with your ApplicantID and password to retrieve your NetID Activation Code.
  3. Use this code to activate your NetID and email
  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 Application Process

Access the housing application at

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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

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

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 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.

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

Submit by December 20 (postmark deadline)


  1. Sign in and review instructions NOW
  2. Schedule an appointment with your health care provider (appointment requirements vary; see instructions for details)
  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 December 20
  6. Check updated compliance status here

Disability Self-Disclosure

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: Transfer students are encouraged to submit requests and and supporting documentation as soon after admission as possible. Accessible housing requests will be considered based on the nature of the disability and available housing to meet your access needs.
  • Academic and other access requests: To allow adequate time to determine eligibility for disability services and accommodations, submit your application and supporting documentation by December 1. 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: Upload your disability documentation when you submit your application or fax it to (607) 255-1562.

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

Submit by December 1 or earlier

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 January 15

Submit by January 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: Sign up for your CFC membership today

Submit by January 15

Submit by January 15

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 January 15

Submit by January 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.

Sign up for the 2017-18 pass (NetID required)

Available Now

Available Now

Complete AlcoholEdu

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 January 23.

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Health Insurance

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 your December Bursar bill, and your coverage will begin January 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.


All students are eligible to enroll in Cornell's dental and vision plans. The enrollment deadline is January 31.

Stay enrolled or waive beginning in December 1

Steps for domestic students only

  1. Beginning in December 1, go to to learn about SHP, and/or to submit a waiver application.
  2. SHP waiver deadline: December 31
  3. Deadline to enroll in optional dental/vision plans: January 31

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.

Submit by January 15
Courses & Colleges

College Specific Items

Your college may have specific tasks for you to complete prior to arrival. 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

Variable by college

Login for your college.

Submit Final College Transcript

Please send a copy of your final college transcript(s) that reflects completed courses through the end of your current term to: Processing Center, 349 Pine Tree Road, Ithaca, NY 14850. You are welcome to send your official eTranscripts to:

If you have questions about your final report, please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office: or (607) 255-5241.

Submit as soon as possible

Enroll in Spring Courses

You will add your courses when Course Add/Drop begins in January (check Student Center for your appointment time beginning January 16). Before course add/drop begins, familiarize yourself with the process by reviewing instructions from your college and reading the general Course Enrollment information on this site.

For more information, visit Creating Your Schedule.

January 17-19

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.

The video is no longer available.

No longer available

Confirm Swim Test Exemption or Take Test

Transfer students entering with 2 semesters of academic credit or more are exempt from the swim test requirement. Consult with your college registrar to determine how many semesters of credit you will receive. If you are not exempt, you will need to take the swim test in April.

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Bursar Disclosure Statement

You have not submitted your 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 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

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.

Submit by January 7

Submit by January 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.

Submit by January 7

Submit by January 7

CASHNet - Paying Your Tuition Bill

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

  1. Activate your Cornell NetID and email address.
  2. CASHNet is Cornell's e-billing system. Incoming students must grant access to other users/payers to view or pay the tuition bill.
  3. Pay your tuition bill by January 7. The December e-bill includes spring semester tuition and fees and will be available via CASHNet on December 8.

For more information including a complete bill schedule, visit the Bursar website.

Pay by January 7
Before You Arrive & Orientation

Review Orientation Guide

The Orientation Guide will be available to download in late December. 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 online orientation tool to build their itinerary.

A hard copy of the guide will be distributed during Cornell Orientation (January 18-23, 2018).

Download the Orientation Guide (PDF) when available

Available in late December

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 (fall entrants) or December 31, 2018 (spring entrants). 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: Join. Unlock. Ride. Return. Big Red Bikes bike share is a fun and affordable way to get around the Ithaca campus. To learn more, visit the Facebook page or go to

Bikes: Bicycle registration (free) is mandatory if you ride or store a bike on the Ithaca campus.

Available January 1

Check Registration Status & Schedule

Beginning January 16, the university will update your registration status and current 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 and scroll down to "University Registration" under the Students section in General Information.

Available January 16

Arrive On-Campus & Attend Orientation

Plan to arrive on campus on Thursday, January 18. If you are living on campus, move into your residence hall between 9:00 am and 12:00 pm. Cornell Orientation begins Thursday afternoon and runs through Tuesday, January 23. During this time you will attend both required and optional programs including designed to introduce you to all aspects of your new community.

Thursday, January 18