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.
1. Submit your payment, if you haven't done so already
See the academic calendar for registration dates.
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
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, Cornell Health, Level 5, 110 Ho Plaza, Ithaca, New York 14853-3102 (telephone 607.254.4545; Deaf/HoH: via 711 Relay). 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:
8. Prepare for classes
9. Familiarize yourself with Cornell's academic policies
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.
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:
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
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
Check out these resources:
12. Still have questions?
Please feel free to contact the Summer Session office.