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Cornell University School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions

Summer welcome guide

Welcome to Summer Session at Cornell!

Now that you're enrolled, please follow the steps below to make sure you're prepared for your first day of class.

If you will be participating in an off-campus summer program, please see our welcome guide for off-campus study.

If you're taking an online course, please review our welcome guide for students taking online courses.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us.




Preparing for Summer Session

1. Submit your payment, if you haven't done so already

See the academic calendar for registration dates.

  • Before or on registration day, send or bring payment to Cornell University Summer Session, B20 Day Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853.
  • After registration day, bring payment to B20 Day Hall.

Note: You are not officially registered for Summer Session until you have submitted full payment. For payment amount, see tuition. For ways to pay, see payment methods.

2. Review the Summer Session health requirements

Visit the Health and safety page for information about health requirements, deadlines, and late fees.

If you are required to submit the Summer Session health history form, you must do so by the time you begin Summer Session.

3. Activate your NetID

As a Summer Session student you will need to obtain a Cornell Network ID (NetID) to access services including e-mail, your grades, library services, and more.

You may receive a letter or text before you arrive on campus with information about activating your NetID. If you receive this information, we recommend you activate your NetID right away.

If you do not receive this information before arriving on campus, follow the steps below under "Obtain your Cornell ID card and NetID."

4. Select your housing

To review your options, see

5. Learn about your dining options

For information about summer meal plans offered by Cornell Dining, visit the summer dining website or contact the Housing and Dining Office.

To learn more about off-campus restaurants, see visitithaca.com.

6. Contact Student Disability Services if you need an accommodation for equal access

Cornell University is committed to ensuring that students with disabilities (including physical, medical, visual, hearing, learning, ADHD, and psychological disabilities) have equal access to all university programs and activities.

If you are a student with a disability and need an accommodation for equal access, please contact Student Disability Services, Center for Learning and Teaching, Cornell University, 420 Computing and Communications Center, Ithaca, New York 14853-2601 (telephone 607.254.4545; TDD 607.255.7665). Some accommodations, such as a specific housing assignments or sign language interpreters, take advance notice to arrange, so please contact SDS as soon as you have decided to attend Summer Session.

7. Review what to bring to campus

Below are some items you may wish to bring with you to campus:

  • computer
  • cell phone or prepaid phone card (There are no landline phones in student dorm rooms.)
  • ATM card (This is the easiest way to get money. Unfortunately, the banks on the Cornell campus do not cash money orders, traveler's checks, or personal checks.)
  • towels
  • swimsuit
  • comfortable shoes
  • clothes hangers
  • clothes suitable for hot weather
  • sweater or sweatshirt
  • rain gear and umbrella
  • a laundry basket and laundry soap
  • shampoo, soap, and other personal supplies
  • earplugs
  • power strips
  • flashlight
  • bike, a strong bike lock, and bike helmet
  • camera

8. Prepare for classes

9. Familiarize yourself with Cornell's academic policies

As a registrant you are expected to be familiar with Cornell policies. Please carefully review our policy page, including the Campus Code of Conduct and the Code of Academic Integrity.

10. Check out directions to Cornell, campus maps, and information about living in Ithaca

11. Make plans if you anticipate arriving early on campus

If you plan to arrive early on campus, you must arrange your own lodging and accommodations until your registration day. (See the academic calendar for your session's opening day.)

You can find information about local hotels, restaurants, shopping, and much more at visitithaca.com

12. If you have additional questions . . .

Please contact us at the Summer Session office if you have questions about preparing for Summer Session.


When you arrive at Cornell

1. For registration or ID cards, stop by the Summer Session office

The Summer Session office in B20 Day Hall will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. on opening day.

2. For questions about residence halls, visit the Housing office

Questions about your residence hall or moving in? Contact:

Cornell Housing
206 Robert Purcell Community Center
Ithaca, NY 14853-6006
Phone: 607.255.5368
E-mail: housing@cornell.edu
Website: housing.cornell.edu
Hours: Monday through Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Please note that on-campus rooms are assigned on a first-come-first-served basis as students arrive at the residence halls. You may not check in more than twenty-four hours before your scheduled session.

3. Learn about parking and transportation on campus

4. Locate your residence hall or take a campus tour

5. Check out Cornell dining hours and off-campus restaurants

6. Obtain your Cornell ID card and NetID, if you don't have one already

Review our ID card and NetID page for information about how to obtain these important documents.

7. Enroll in Cornell's emergency notification system

If you have not yet entered your emergency notification and contact information, please go to studentcenter.cornell.edu and select the links for Emergency Contact Info and Emergency Mass Notification. (You will need your NetID to access this system.)

For more information, visit Emergency Notification Tools.

8. Review important health and safety information

You can reach the Cornell Police by dialing 911 from any campus phone or 607.255.1111 from any cell phone.

Check out our Health and safety page for important information, including links to gorge safety. Note that swimming in gorges is prohibited.

Cornell Health, located on Ho Plaza near Willard Straight Hall, is open Monday to Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

9. Take advantage of our academic advising services

Academic advising services are available to all Summer Session students. For assistance, contact our registrar in B20 Day Hall (607.255.4987, cusce@cornell.edu).

10. Connect with Cornell libraries and the IT Service Desk

To learn more about Cornell libraries, visit the CUL website or stop by the library nearest you.

Contact Information Technology at Cornell for information on e-mail accounts, printing, computer labs, and more.

11. Enjoy free summer events on campus and other fun things to do in Ithaca

12. Still have questions?

Please feel free to contact the Summer Session office.